Canada is host to a variety of winter villages and festivals, and the best of the best are either in Toronto or only a short drive away from it! Make your way to these beautiful winter locales; you’ll feel like you’re in a Hallmark movie on one of those weird channels that nobody ever watched outside of the holiday season!
Kick-off the holiday season in Yorkville with Holiday Magic 2022! Hosted by Traci Melchor of Canada’s Drag Race, the tree lighting ceremony will feature a performance by Chantal Kreviazuk and an appearance by Jeremie Albino! After their opening ceremony, you and your date can look forward to shopping, dining and taking in the neighborhood’s attractions surrounded by the holiday lit streets
Where: Cumberland St, Toronto, ON, M5S 2W7.
When: Saturday, November 26th at 5:00 p.m. to Saturday, December 31st.
Price: it’s free!
If you’re looking to escape this winter, then head to Ontario's only year-round mountain resort and spa - Blue Mountain Resort! Blue Mountain’s festive event, Holiday Magic, starts this weekend; experience the Village draped in decorations and illuminated from head to toe in the most stunning holiday lights!
Where: 190 Gord Canning Dr, The Blue Mountains, ON, L9Y 1C2.
When: Friday, November 18th to Saturday, January 8th.
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
Toronto’s most charming holiday market is back and is kicking off with the Winter Village Tree Lighting Ceremony! Make your way to the Distillery District for the tree lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m.! Then come back for the 65+ local merchants, restaurants, and cafés that are part of their Winter Village!
Where: 55 Mill St, Toronto, ON, M5A 3C4.
When: Thursday, November 17th at 5:00 p.m. to Saturday, December 31st.
Canada’s largest illumination festival and the premiere illumination festival in North America is back for its 40th anniversary! Come and see why the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights is a world-renowned festival, and 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!
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