Celebrate the holiday season at city events in Toronto

The sights and sounds of the season are upon us. As the students and staff at Evergreen College count down to a winter break, there’s lots of holiday chatter around our campus. And, for those of us at our downtown Toronto location, we can’t help but get excited about all of the celebrations right on our doorstep. Here are a few local festivities where you can feel festive this year.

Toronto Christmas Market

Not too far from our campus, in the Distillery District, is a European-inspired market festival that runs until Dec. 23. The market is a combination of crafts, foods, light displays and entertainment set in an old-world environment. And while you’re there, keep an eye out for one of our favourite carolers, our very own Linda Cook, Evergreen College’s Academic Director.

Cavalcade of Lights

If you’re near Toronto City Hall, be sure to stop by Nathan Phillips Square in December to take in a brilliant light display. More than half a million lights illuminate the square each year. You can even go for a skate at the rink onsite under the brilliant glow of all the lights. Skate rentals are available, and nearby food vendors are serving up warm treats in even the chilliest of weather.

Winter Wonderland

If you prefer to escape the cold, take a visit to Toronto’s Famous People Players theatre this winter for a Winter Wonderland show. This broadway-style performance comes complete with a three-course meal beforehand. The show itself is suitable for all ages, and focuses on the gifts of the season. Shows run until Jan. 5.

The Nutcracker

Another must-see stage performance this season is The Nutcracker ballet at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. This classic tale takes place on Christmas Eve in Russia and showcases Marie and Misha who are brought into a magical world of the Nutcracker. Shows run until Dec. 30.

These are just a handful of holiday events that we’ll be checking out this season. In a city so large, there are plenty more festive events taking place. Let us know in the comments below what is your favourite holiday event to attend? From Evergreen College, we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!