Things To Do in Toronto this Weekend: November 18th - 20th

While snow first touched the streets of Toronto this past Sunday, it has really started coming down over these past few days, turning the city into a winter wonderland! Let’s see what there is to do this weekend; the snow might make everything a bit more exciting (or, wet, maybe both? It’ll be fun nonetheless)!

*TOP PICK* Enjoy a Magical Experience with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Photo credit: (centre l-r) Luke Kimball as Albus Potter and Thomas Mitchell Barnet as Scorpius Malfoy and company. Photo by Evan Zimmerman.

Get ready for a theatre experience unlike you've ever had before with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre! Set 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts that takes place in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, this story follows Harry's head-strong son Albus on a journey with potential consequences drastically impacting the past and the future! It's as fantastical as it is thought-provoking, dealing with the complexity of parenthood, self-acceptance, and a new generation of wizards

 

The whole theatre has been transformed to deliver the most magical experience possible, with a new coat of paint called “Witchcraft” and delicious confectionary items including Butterbeer and chocolate wands!

Where: 263 Yonge St, Toronto, ON, M5B 1N8.

When: Tuesday through Sunday until March 19, 2023 (Holidays may affect show times).

Price: from $69.

Visit their website for tickets and more information!

Enjoy Winterfest at Canada’s Wonderland

Bring the whole family to Winterfest, the holiday festival hosted by Canada’s Wonderland! The event features skating on Snow Flake Lake, live performances, millions of spectacular lights, and beautiful Christmas trees throughout the park! Plus, many of your favourite rides will be open, including the Psyclone and the Sledge Hammer!

Where: 1 Canada's Wonderland Drive, Vaughan, ON, L6A 1S6.

When: Open Friday to Sunday from November 18th to December 31st

Price: $$$.

Visit their website for more information!

Head to Holiday Hills, a Winter Festival at STACKT market

Get ready for 6 months of holiday feels in the heart of the city with stackt! They’ve got everything you need to celebrate the holiday season: a ferris wheel, immersive photo experiences, Unbounded Well (Toronto's first and only utdoor Wellness Playground!), a Crokicurl rink (a blend of the Canadian classic game curling and crokinole), and so much more! You’ll never run out of things to do at Holiday Hills!

Where: 28 Bathurst St. Toronto, ON, M5V 0R4

When: Friday, November 18th to Saturday, December 31st.

Price: it’s free!

Visit their website for more information!

Drink and be Merry at Miracle on Bloor St.

Grab a drink for a good cause at Miracle on Bloor St.; $1 of every drink sold is donated to Nellie's Shelter, an organization providing shelter, education, and advocacy for women and children in the GTA! This holiday “fever dream” bar has a menu full of whimsical, Christmas-themed cocktails!

Where: 875 Bloor St W Second Floor, Toronto, ON M6G 1M4

When: Friday, November 18th to Saturday, December 31st.

Price: $$.

Visit their website for more information!


Witness the Holiday Magic at Blue Mountain Resort

Blue Mountain Resort’s festive event, Holiday Magic, starts this Friday! Experience the Village draped in decorations and illuminated from head to toe in the most stunning holiday lights, and they’re kicking things off with a stop from the Coca-Cola Holiday Truck Tour, where you can get a photo with Santa!

Where: 190 Gord Canning Dr, The Blue Mountains, ON, L9Y 1C2.

When: Friday, November 18th to Saturday, January 8th.

Price: $$$.

Visit their website for more information!

Illuminate a Winter Wonderland at Leslieville Wanderlust

For the 16th year, Leslie Grove Park will come alive for Leslieville Wanderlust! The streets will be lit up with a beautiful Christmas tree, various holiday activities, live entertainment, a Winter Village with snacks and treats, and much more!
Where:
1158 Queen St E, Toronto, ON, M4M 1L2.

When: Friday, November 18th at 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 19th at 11:00 a.m.

Price: it’s free!

Visit their website for more information!

Enjoy Legendary Laughs at the Canadian Comedy Hall of Fame Gala

The Canadian Comedy Hall of Fame Gala is taking place this Friday night, being held in the Imperial Ballroom at the Fairmont Royal York! This year, the Hall is celebrating inductees including Canadian comedy legends Dan Aykroyd, Catherine O’Hara, and the late Leslie Neilsen!

Where: 100 Front St W, Toronto, ON, M5J 1E3.

When: Friday, November 18th at 6:00 p.m.

Price: $$$.

Visit their website for more information!

Catch a Free Movie with Cineplex Community Day

Community Day at Cineplex is back with a morning of free movies and $2.50 concessions! Featured movies including Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run) are available at participating theatre box offices on the morning of the event. Plus, $1 from every concession order throughout the entire day will go towards supporting youth empowerment programs!

Where:  various locations, visit their website for the full list!

When: Saturday, November 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Price: it’s free!

Visit their website for more information!

See Santa Claus at the Toronto Christmas Pet Show

No Santa Paws? That’s a missed opportunity. Taking place at the International Centre, the Toronto Christmas Pet Show is back and is fun for the whole family! Enjoy dog and cat shows, play areas for the children, a small animal village, and Santa Claus will be there for photos!

Where:  6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON, L4V 1E8.

When: Saturday, November 19th and Sunday, November 20th.

Price: $$.

Visit their website for more information!

Support Local Artists at the Good Work Art Market

Celebrate the amazing work of Toronto’s accessible arts organizations and their talented creators at the Good Work Art Market. Taking place inside the Weston Faily Learning Centre in the Art Gallery of Ontario, dozens of creators will showcase and sell their unique works, giving guests the opportunity to learn how these non-profits are using art to support people in finding purpose, pride, passion, joy and healing!

Where: 353 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON, M5T 1G6.

When: Saturday, November 19th at 12:00 p.m.

Price: it’s free!

Visit their website for more information!

Say Feliz Navidad at Mercadito: A Latin Holiday Market

Come together and see incredible creations at the first of its kind Latinx Holiday Mercadito! They’ll be showcasing art and crafts made by Latinx artists and creative entrepreneurs, including original art, stationery, home goods, ceramics, clothing, and more!

Where: 805 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, ON, M6H 2X4.

When: Saturday, November 19th at 12:00 p.m.

Price: it’s free!

Visit their website for more information!

Celebrate Christmas, Swedish Style, at the Christmas Fair

The Swedish Christmas Fair, hosted by SWEA Toronto, attracts thousands of people each year! Visitors will enjoy Swedish food at the Café (you must order ahead of time!), the Swedish Folk Dancers and Singers, the Children’s Loft with Christmas crafts, and of course, the vast selection of Swedish design products and folk art for sale!

Where: 585 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON, M5A 2B7.

When: Saturday, November 19th to Sunday, November 20th.

Price: it’s free!

Visit their website for more information!

Get Ready for the Return of the Toronto Santa Claus Parade

For over 100 years, the Santa Claus Parade has been a cornerstone of the holiday season in Toronto, and it will be making it’s return to an in-person event for the first time in three years! Get ready to see fantastic floats, phenomenal performances, and of course, Santa Claus! 

Where: Parliament St & Bloor St E, Toronto, ON.

When: Sunday, November 20th.

Price: it’s free!

Visit their website for more information!

Take Your Furry Friend to the Grand Opening of Juno Vet Summerhill

Juno Veterinary is a forward thinking vet clinic, with a yearly membership plan that costs the same as an annual exam! They’re opening their Summerhill location this Sunday, and are offering free pet pictures with Santa, hot cocoa, and healthy pet treats! 

Where: 1073 Yonge St, Toronto, ON, M4W 1Y5.

When: Sunday, November 20th.

Price: $$$.

Visit their website for more information!

 

Listen to an MMA Great with Khabib Nurmagomedov: The Legacy Continues

The undisputed and undefeated lightweight champion of the world, Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov lands in Toronto for The Legacy Continues! This three-hour event includes a keynote by Khabib, a special presentation by Penny Appeal Canada, and a moderated Q&A session by a surprise guest with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions!

Where:  1 Front St E, Toronto, ON, M5E 1B2.

When: Sunday, November 20th at 6:30 p.m.

Price: $$.

Visit their website for more information!

Ongoing Events

 

Taste International Cuisine with ByBlacks Restaurant Week

ByBlacks encourages people to be intentional and purchase goods from black-owned establishments, and are celebrating ByBlacks Restauarant Week! With over 40+ participating restaurants offering prix-faire menus, restaurant goers can enjoy internationally-inspired cuisine at great value for a great cause! 

Where: various restaurants; visit their website for the full list!

When: Until Sunday, November 20th.

Price: $-$$.

Visit their website for more information!

Experience Foreign Cinema at the Reel Asian International Film Festival

Founded in 1997 by producer Anita Lee and journalist Andrew Sun, the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema! Works include films and videos by Asian-identifying artists in Canada, the U.S., Asia, and all over the world!

Where: various venues; click here for the full list!

When: Until Sunday, November 20th.

Price: $$.

Visit their website for more information!

The Thirsty Elf at the Fairmont Royal York

The Thirsty Elf is one of the more sophisticated celebration spots this holiday season, held inside the Fairmont Royal York! With Christmas sweaters, kitschy décor and cheerful, and festive cocktails, the Thirsty Elf has everything you need to get into the spirit of Christmas! Get ready to Gin-gle all the Way, and this time, it’s okay if you find yourself on the Naughty List; it’s made with cranberry, cinnamon, lime, ginger beer, Northern Keep Vodka, and mint!

Where: 100 Front St W, Toronto, ON, M5J 1E3.

When: Open Thursday through Saturday from Thursday, November 17th to Saturday, December 17th.

Price: $$.

Visit their website for more information!

Drive the Canadian Tire Christmas Trail at the Black Creek Pioneer Village

In celebration of Canadian Tire's 100th birthday, the Canadian Tire Christmas Trail is back to make this the Christmas of the century! The drive-along experience takes guests on an enchanted 1.5-kilometre journey through thousands of twinkling lights, interactive displays, and live entertainment!

Where: 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy, Toronto, ON M3J 2P3

When: Until Friday, December 23rd.

Price: $$.

Visit their website for more information!

Light Up the Night at the Winter Festival of Lights 

The Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights, the premiere illumination festival in North America, is back for its 40th anniversary! Walk through a magical Winter wonderland with multiple different sections including the Enchanted Forest, Frosted Falls, Royal Promenade, and more!

Where: 6815 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls, ON, L2G 3Y9.

When: Until Monday, February 20th.

Price: it’s free!

Visit their website for more information!

 

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