Christmas Date in Toronto: 6 Ways To Celebrate

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Look outside. The trees are laced with snow. Windows are lined with garland. Ribbons in red and green wrap around streetlights. And tinsel sparkles in every store.

It’s that time of year again… the season of Christmas. The season of love.

On quiet streets with diamond carpets, couples hold hands as they walk through feathers of falling snow. Under piles of fleecy throws, lovers embrace as golden fires crackle and snap. And late at night, the soft tune carols pours out of the radio, as you drift to sleep in the arms of the one you love.

There are many ways to celebrate the season of sleigh rides and snow. A quiet night in with your special someone is always treat, but sometimes you want to take in the holiday sights while they last… before the magic fades on December 26th.  Luckily, there is much to see and do in the city of Toronto with your Christmas sweetheart.

  1. Chassé to the Ballet

The Nutcracker is back. A triumph of pure magic. A production of absolute beauty. Watch with your loved one as dazzling dancers reveal a story of courage and wonder in a glittering realm of Winter dreams. Tchaikovsky’s scores are a stream of sweet silver, that will flood your mind long after the Waltz Finale. A romantic evening at the ballet is the perfect way to enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas – and the perfect excuse to don an exquisite holiday dress.

Performances run from December 8th to December 30th. Tickets are on sale now.

  1. Explore the Christmas Market in the Distillery District

The tree has been lit. Hot ciders are brewing. And vendors are open for business. The Christmas Market is officially underway, and ready for you to enjoy. Nestled in the historic streets of the Distillery District, a Winter Wonderland has emerged. Tinsel, lights and all things Christmas exist on these merry cobblestone streets. Vendors sell a plethora of sweets, gifts, drinks and art. Shop doors are open, inviting you into their unique boutiques. Radiant installations and holiday decorations make for a magical scene. You’ll be snapping pictures with your sweetheart left and right.

The market is open now until December 23rd. Tickets are required for weekend visits.

  1. Take a Peak at the Windows by the Bay

Walk hand in hand with your beloved along Queen Street by the Husdon’s Bay. Each year, elaborate window displays are decorated in their Christmas best. Music plays as you gaze at the colours and lights in the scenes before you. Dancing animals, crystal snow globes, and Santa in his workshop are just some of the sights to behold. There is no cost to marvel at these festive displays, you can visit them anytime from now until the end of the holidays. It truly is a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit.

  1. Explore the Christmas Displays Around the City

Once you’re done looking at the windows in the Bay, why not explore a little more of our city’s Christmas cheer. Grab your sweethearts hand and take them inside the Bay. Each floor has a trove of holiday décor. The best is on the lower level, where a sky of hanging lights and a small forest of Christmas trees will make your spirit bright. Nordstrom and the Eaton Centre are also ideal sites to see ornaments, reindeer, and a larger than life Christmas tree. If you happen to be comfortable walking the Path (the underground route of downtown Toronto), then journey down for a late night stroll. Around 8pm the Path becomes quiet; you and your love can tour the glittering lights and delightful decorations in peace.

  1. Skating in the Harbourfront

True, you can skate in Nathan Philips Square by the tree near City Hall. But this is almost always a busy place to be. With families and children crowding the ice, things can get a little tight. The Harbourfront, however, is a slightly different story. Skate under the stars next to Lake Ontario on this beautifully natural rink located at 235 Queens Quay West. The site is decorated with festive lights and holiday music. Hot cocoa and sweets are sold inside. After you skate, you can take a romantic walk along the waterfront, or enjoy dinner at one of the many fine restaurants nearby.

Skating is free. Helmet and skate rentals are an option if you do not bring your own.

  1. A Night at the Theatre

Toronto is full of live shows and theatre productions playing year round. Christmas is certainly no exception to this. General Motors Centre will soon be hosting Cirque Musica’s holiday show Wonderland. The Lower Ossington Theatre is presenting It’s A Wonderful Life, and the Baillie Theatre Stage is performing Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. There are a number of shows and performances to see around the holidays. With so many options, both you and your love are guaranteed to find a show you’ll enjoy. Click the link below to discover the best live entertainment in Toronto this Christmas season.

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