What to do in Toronto this weekend December 9 to 11, 2022

What to do in Toronto this weekend? Well, if you’re looking for something specific, we’ve got you covered! Check out our list of the best things to do in Toronto this weekend and see which activities appeal to you most. Whether it’s going shopping at some of the city’s top boutiques or exploring one of its world-renowned museums, there is definitely something on this list that will fit your interests. Plus, don’t forget about all the amazing festivals taking place throughout Toronto over the next few days. Whether you’re a tourist or living in Toronto, these activities will have something for everyone! Start planning your perfect weekend in Toronto today!

I. Family Events & Activities

Gerrard Square Mall, 1000 Gerrard St. E. Toronto

Fri, November 25 – Fri, December 23, 2022

Santa’s Storytime is a unique interactive Meet and Greet experience with Santa Claus and his Elves. Participants will pre-register online for a sing-along, interactive story-time & photo-op experience with Santa.

Toronto Castle, 10 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

December 2-4, 2022 (multiple dates)

The top knights of our kingdom will battle with brawn and steel to determine one victor to protect the throne. Join us as we feast and raise a goblet to our Queen.

Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON

December 2, 2022 – January 2, 2023, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm (Multiple dates)

Casa Loma will host a wide range of activities and thrilling performances that are sure to be fun for the whole family. Guests will be surrounded by holiday magic throughout the castle which will be resplendent with holiday décor, including a 40ft tall tree in the Great Hall and eight other signature trees by talented Canadian designers.

75 Westmore Drive, Etobicoke, ON M9V 3Y6

Multiple dates

We have 30,000 square feet of amazing team building obstacles and activities! We’ll help you plan your trip and our team leaders will make sure everyone in your group has the best time ever!

Stackt market, 28 Bathurst Street, Toronto

November 18, 2022 – December 31, 2022

Holiday Hills is back. 6 months of holiday feels in the heart of the city. Holiday Hills will transform STACKT into a show stopping winter wonderland where you can immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with a whole roster of cozy, fun + festive activities + experiences.

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Scarborough), 115 St. Andrews Road, Toronto

Sun, November 27 2022, at 10:00 am to Sun, December 18 2022, 11:15 am

Getting ready for Christmas! Kids will think about the meaning of Christmas using discussion, crafts, object lessons, games and snacks! Children will also make a gift for their parent(s).

Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St W, Toronto

November 26, 2022 to January 7, 2023, 5 to 11 pm

Inspired by international lantern, fire and light festivals, this year’s festivities will transform City Hall and its surrounds into a dazzling wonderland each night. Enjoy the glittering tree, participate in public skating and bask in the glow of thousands of energy-efficient bulbs as they adorn the heart of downtown Toronto.

Variety Village, 3701 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M1N 2G2, Canada

Sun, December 11 2022, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

We are thrilled to invite you again to celebrate the holiday season at our World’s Greatest Christmas Party! The perfect way to kick off the holiday season, enjoy festivities, Christmas music, and indulge in festival treats!

Altea Active Toronto, 25 Ordnance Street Toronto, ON M6K 1A1, Canada

Sat, December 10 2022, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm EST

Celebrate the Holidays with your family at Catalyst Kitchen & Cocktails.

High Park, 1873 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3, Canada

Fri, December 9 2022, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm EST

Friends of High Park Zoo is hosting a very special event – the Snowflake Walk where you get to stroll through the Zoo in the dark and see the 25 plus beautifully decorates and lit up trees…and you might see some animals too!

Centennial Park and Conservatory, 151 Elmcrest Road, Toronto

December 9, 2022 to January 8, 2023, 10 am to 5 pm

The entire conservatory is decorated and filled with thousands of flowering plants, over 30 varieties of poinsettia and amazing seasonal topiary masterpieces made entirely of plant material.

II. Live Music, Parties & Concerts

Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L9

Fri, December 9 2022, 6:30 pm – 10:15 pm (doors 6:30 pm)

Sneaky Dee’s Concert Venue, 431 College Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M5T 1T1

Fri, December 9 2022, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm (doors 6:30 pm)

Lubbock Lights − metalcore

History, 1663 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON M4L 1G5

Fri, December 9 2022, 7:00 pm

Meridian Hall, 1 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2

December 09, 2022 – December 10, 2022

Bert Kreischer is hitting the road again with The Berty Boy Relapse Tour and it’s better than ever!

Lower Lobby, Meridian Hall

December 09, 2022

The Juno-Award winning ensemble fuses Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk, and global rhythms in songs about immigration, courage, and love.

Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1T7

Fri, December 9 2022, 8:00 pm

The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON

Fri, December 9 2022, 7:00 pm

Jane Mallett Theatre, St Lawrence Centre for the Arts

Fri, December 9 2022, 8:00 pm

Multi moods: Humorous Haydn, profound Beethoven, pensive Balfour, and a bouquet of contrasting songs.

George Weston Recital Hall, Meridian Arts Centre

Sun, December 11 2022, 3:00 pm

Using nothing more than the unadulterated human voice, a clean-cut presentation, and a little Jewish humour, this unique group of singers connects with fans of all backgrounds and ages.

Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1T7

Sat, December 10 2022, 8:00 pm

At Queen Elizabeth Theatre Toronto, 190 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON

Fri, December 9 2022, doors 7:00 pm

Take a journey with Award-Winning, Multi-Platinum Selling crooner Matt Dusk as he whisks you away to Las Vegas in 1966 where he pays homage to his hero, Frank Sinatra.

At Queen Elizabeth Theatre Toronto, 190 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON

Sat, December 10 2022, doors 7:00 pm, show 8:00 pm 

Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON

Fri, December 09 2022, 8:00 pm

The Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, ON M5X 1K2

Fri, December 9 2022, 9:00 pm (doors 8:00 pm)

Big Sugar − pop

The Rivoli, 334 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A2

Fri, December 9 2022, 9:00 pm (doors 8:00 pm)

Lost In Japan − indie pop

Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y5

Fri, December 9 2022, 9:00 pm – 2:00 am (doors 9:00 pm)

If you agree that all malls and stores should replace Christmas music with 1D songs, then this is the party for you!

TOYBOX, 473 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1T1

Fri, December 9 2022, 10:00 pm

CODA, 794 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5R 3G1

Fri, December 9 2022, 10:00 pm

Woo York − techno

The Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON

Sat, December 10 2022, 5:00 pm

Sneaky Dee’s Concert Venue, 431 College  Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M5T 1T1

Sat, December 10 2022, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm (doors 6:30 pm)

Hungry Lake − folk rock

Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON M6J 1J3

Sat, December 10 2022, 8:00 pm (doors 7:00 pm)

MBNel − hip-hop/rap

The Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street, Toronto, ON M5X 1K2

Sat, December 10 2022, 9:00 pm (doors 8:00 pm)

Pocket Dwellers − pop, My Son The Hurricane − musicals, Mista D − pop, Chuck From The Salads − pop.

CODA, 794 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M5R 3G1

Sat, December 10 2022, 10:00 pm doors

Dance

The Starlight Room at The El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON M5T 2G8

Sun, December 11 2022, 8:00 pm (doors 7:00 pm)

Andrew Hyatt − country, Nate Haller − country, SACHA − alternative dance, David Boyd Janes − country.

Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Avenue Toronto, ON M4K 1N6, Canada

Sat, December 10, 2022, 7:30 pm EST

Under A Winter’s Moon, Loreena McKennitt’s Concert of Carols and Tales, featuring A Child’s Christmas in Wales narrated by Cedric Smith.

Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Avenue, Toronto, ON M4E 2T4, Canada

Sat, December 10, 2022, 4:30 pm EST

Join Mike and Jill Daley as they share their favourite Christmas music in our Great Hall at Beach United Church.

III. Theater & Performing Arts

John Bassett Theatre, 255 Front Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 2W6 

Fri, December 9 2022, 8:00 pm – 9:40 pm

A great gift for theater lovers! The premiere of a musical and poetic performance based on the works of the great poets Joseph Brodsky, Marina Tsvetaeva and Yuri Levitansky “Orpheus” with the unsurpassed Chulpan Khamatova in the title role!

Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St. E, Toronto, ON, M4E 1G2

December 9-15, 2022

“…a really intriguing exploration of the mostly uncharted world of classical music, as “Black Swan” did for ballet and “Whiplash” for jazz.” – USA Today

Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen Street West, Toronto, Canada

Fri, December 9 2022, 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm

 A medley of magic, music, and the macabre, this adaptation of Charles Dickens’ story features original scenes, characters, and songs.

Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St. E, Toronto, ON, M4E 1G2

Fri, December 9 2022, 9:30 pm

Sun, December 11 2022, 9:40 pm

This “Dark December” Santa Claus is coming to town . . . and this time he’s got an axe! Community leaders tried to stop it. The P.T.A. fought to ban it. Now, one of the most controversial slasher films of all time is back in a new restoration from the original camera negative.

Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane, Distillery Historic District, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

December 10, 2022 − January 7, 2023

From the creators of the smash-hit family musical Peter Pan comes a new adventure for all ages. Bad Hats Theatre’s contemporary spin on Wonderland takes us down the rabbit hole with Alice, a girl with a lot of questions.

Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2R2

Sat, December 10 2022, 6:00 pm

This is the world premiere of the Miri and Nate Movie Lemons to Lemonade! This is a story about a brother and sister who have a dream, a really huge goal!

Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1J2

December 11, 2022 – February 18, 2023

Joseph is the musical that launched the Rice-Lloyd Webber collaboration, becoming a multi-award-winning show performed in over 80 countries and recognized as one of the world’s most beloved family musicals.

Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5A 2W3

November 23, 2022 – December 18, 2022

In this raucous, adults-only holiday treat, the cast of the Daisy Theatre take on the beloved classic A Christmas Carol for the merriest marionette mash-up ever. Don’t miss Esmé Scrooge’s wild, improvised ride to redemption!

Multiple dates

CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St, Toronto ON, M5B 1V8

It’s Time To Believe In Magic.

Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St W, Toronto, ON, M5V 1J2

November 27, 2022 – January 15, 2023

Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical tells the story of the world’s most unlikely buoy-band! Based on the true story of the chart-topping Cornish singing sensations and their hit 2019 movie, Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical is a feel-good voyage about friendship, community and music that will give any land-lover a mighty pair of sea legs.

1536 The Queensway, 1536 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 1T5, Canada

December 9-11, 2022

This spectacular Christmas musical is a fast-paced comedic heart-warming extravaganza that will delight and please audiences of all ages. The musical tells the story of an artistic community that gathers to create a new Christmas Play.

Ada Slaight Stage, 165 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 3Z4

November 21, 2022 – January 7, 2023

A “Once Upon a Time” tale re-imagined for twice as much fun! Not your traditional Snow White, this clever twist on the beloved fairy tale is a two-actor take that’s irresistibly playful and oh-so smart.

Ada Slaight Stage, 165 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 3Z4

December 9, 2022

From Montreal’s Geordie Theatre, Celestial Bodies is one girl’s cosmic journey toward truly owning the space she occupies.

SoCap Comedy, 154 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K 1N1 December 9-10, 2022 (multiple dates)

The SoCap Comedy Theatre is your go to place for Improv Comedy in Toronto.

The Royal Comedy Theatre, 1051 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON M6H 1M4

Sat, December 10 2022, 11:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Sun, December   2022, 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm EST (multiple dates)

Casting Couch Sundays is a Judge Panel Comedy Show where armature and semi-pro comedians perform their best routine in front of a judging panel. If they make it through they can get a spot on one of our other weekday or weekend shows.

The Royal Comedy Theatre, 1051 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON M6H 1M4

Fri, December 9 2022, 8:00 pm, 10:30 pm 

Every Friday we present some of Canada’s top talent as well as local comics from across the city. This Friday we are happy to present TBA…

The Royal Comedy Theatre, 1051 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON M6H 1M4

Sat, December 10 2022, 7:00 pm, 9:00 pm

Every Saturday we present some of Canada’s top talent as well as local comics from across the city. This Saturday we are happy to present: TBA

Studio Theatre, Meridian Arts Centre

December 02, 2022 – December 18, 2022

Two brothers set out to write the world’s first musical in this hilarious mashup of 16th-century Shakespeare and 21st-century Broadway.

Elgin Theatre

December 01, 2022 – January 07, 2023

This winter’s brand new action-packed family musical Peter’s Final Flight will be our farewell production. Experience the magic one last time!

Famous People Players, 343 Evans Avenue, Toronto, M8Z 1K2

November 2022 – January 7, 2023

Hart House Theatre

November 25 – December 10, 2022

The Birds is a new psychological thriller inspired by the Daphne DuMaurier short story and Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name.

Second City, 1 York St, Toronto

December 1, 2022 to January 1, 2023

The Second City’s Jingle Bell Ruckus delivers a heaping serving of seasonal satire that’s the perfect alternative to those same old holiday shows.

Second City, 1 York St, Toronto

December 3-31, 2022

We guarantee yule laugh a whole latke as The Second City unwraps the most wonderful time of the year in our nut-cracking-est, jingle-bell-ing-est revue ever!

The Phoenix Concert, Theatre 410 Sherbourne St, Toronto, ON M5X1K2, Canada

Sun, December 11 2022, 8:00 pm EST, doors at 7:00 pm

The Infamous Canadian Comedy Duo Is Back With A Special Christmas Comedy Show! Featuring Video Clips, Special Guests, Christmas Competitions & More!

The Assembly Theatre, 1479 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6R 1A1, Canada

Fri, December 9 2022, 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm EST (Multiple Dates)

This is Toronto’s hottest improv comedy show that will take you on a wild and hilarious ride. If it’s date night or just go out to see some comedy night this is the funniest and most diverse show in town!

Nuvo Toronto, 4749 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 2N9, Canada

Fri, December 9 2022, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm EST

A Magical Evening like no other!

Sweet Action Theatre, 180 shaw st, Toronto, Canada

Fri, December 9 2022, at 7:00 pm to Sun, December 11 2022, 9:00 pm

8 incredible award-winning and unique solo shows from Toronto and New York City will be featured over the course of the weekend as well as amazing performers workshopping brand new solo work!

Alumnae Theatre Company, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2W6, Canada

December 10-11 2022,  8 pm – 9 pm

Through a collection of sketches and storytelling Gillian captures the sweet and bitter parts of life – from the monumentous occasion of your fake ID working, to the crushing realization you’ve eaten the last All Dressed chip in the bag. Gillian recounts all of the good parts, the hard parts, and the small parts that make life so sweet.

Theatre Passe Muraille, 16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto

December 9 to 18, 2022

Through stacks of books, Theatre Passe Muraille becomes an immersive multimedia experience, Miriam’s World. Based on Martha Baillie’s Giller long-listed novel, The Incident Report, patrons are invited to move from screen to screen inside the library room.

Fleck Dance Theatre Queen’s Quay Terminal, 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto

December 9-10 2022, 8:00 pm

December 11 2022, 2:00 pm

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre’s WINTERSONG – dances for a sacred season returns to warm the hearts of family audiences with a breathtaking tapestry of seasonal dance inspired by the world’s rich solstice traditions.

400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M6R 2M9

1530 Albion Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9V 1B42M9

Cineplex Theatres, Canada

The Royal, 608 College Street Toronto, ON M6G 1B4, Canada

Fri, December 9 2022, 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm EST

Welcome to The Great Canadian Comedy Film Festival! We have gathered the best comedy films from around the world for you to enjoy.

Grace Presbyterian Church, 447 Port Union Road Toronto, ON M1C 2L6, Canada

Fri, December 9 2022, 7:00 pm EST

Join us at Grace for Christmas Movie Night; a night where we will have something for all members of the family to enjoy.

IV. Sports & Related Events

Mattamy Athletic Centre, 50 Carlton Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1J2

Thu, October 20 2022 – Sat, February 18 2023, 12:00 pm

Coca-Cola Coliseum, Toronto, ON

Sat, December 10 2022, 4:00 pm

Mattamy Athletic Centre, 50 Carlton Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1J2

Fri, December 2 2022, 6:00 pm

Coca-Cola Coliseum, Toronto, ON

Sat, December 3 2022, 4:00 pm

Mattamy Athletic Centre, 50 Carlton Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1J2

Sat, December 3 2022, 6:00 pm

V. Art Masterclasses and Workshops

2400 Midland Ave, Unit 118, Scarborough, ON M1S 5C1

Multiple dates

Beginners all-inclusive! For beginners (18+) who want to try the wheel for the first time. Three-hour class includes:

Instruction, clay, tools and kiln firing of what you make.

Redpath Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada

December 9-11 2022, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm EST (multiple dates)

This experience is for individuals, couples/dance partners, or/and kids. We will learn the art of Salsa or Bachata in leading and following.

Academy Of Spanish Dance, 401 Richmond Street West #suite b104, Toronto, ON M5V 3A8, Canada

every Friday, from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (multiple dates)

Give yourself an early Holiday Gift this year. The gift of belly dance! Learn how you can regain your mind-body connection and more!

70 Roehampton Ave, Yonge & Eglinton Toronto, ON M4R 2E9, Canada

December 2-3, 2022 (multiple dates)

Making and using natural soap is good for you and the planet. Learn how to make soap from scratch. Nature is our choice.

Location provided after booking Toronto, ON M5V0J, Canada

December 9-11, 2022 (Multiple Dates)

Phenomenal food and incredible company await you at the chef’s table! Join Cozymeal’s upcoming cooking class Join “Journey Through The Flavors of India ” with Chef Vinutha for an intimate 2.5-hour culinary experience and 3-course meal.

Location provided after booking Toronto, ON M5V0J, Canada

December 9-11, 2022 (Multiple Dates)

Phenomenal food and incredible company await you at the chef’s table! Join Cozymeal’s upcoming cooking class Join “Authentic Neapolitan Cuisine ” with Chef Vinutha for an intimate 2-hour culinary experience and 4-course meal.

Location provided after booking Toronto, ON M5V0J, Canada

December 9-11 2022, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm EST (Multiple Dates)

Learn all about Toronto’s incredible culture while enjoying the city’s favorite fare with Cozymeal! Join the upcoming food tour, “Discovering Toronto’s Best Eats”, with Guide Bobby or Local Guide for a fun 2.5-hour experience with 5 tastings along the way.

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street Toronto, ON M4Y 1B4

Fri, December 9 2022, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm EST

The City of Toronto’s Drag Masterclass Present: Slay Bells hosted by Luna Dubois featuring Anastarzia Anaquway, Sanjina, and Virgo Queen.

Abanico Dance & Entertainment, 3107 Bloor Street West,Toronto, ON, Canada

Sat, December 10 2022, at 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Intensive workshop, Drill some important techniques of Brazilian Zouk and learn a short choreo challenge with optional video shoot.

Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd.,Toronto, ON, Canada

Sun, December 11 2022, at 01:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Closing out the year with an incredible Salsa experience that is guaranteed to help you become everyone’s favourite Salsa dancer in a fraction of the time!

Become a smooth, flavourful, comfortable, and fun social dancer!

VI. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events

Walker Court, Art Gallery of Ontario

Every Friday in December, 6 pm

Experience our Multisensory Art Cart here in Walker Court. Discover a series of fun activities that will help you focus on your senses while experiencing AGO artworks.

Level 4, Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles and Costume

December 3, 2022 to July 30, 2023

Step into the latest ROM-original exhibition and explore Canada’s innovative and lasting contributions to modern design and craft.

Junction Neighbourhood, Toronto

November 25, 2022 to January 1, 2023

The award-winning Window Wonderland exhibition will transform the Junction into an interactive, outdoor gallery featuring unique augmented reality (AR) installations by local and international artists.

Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr, Etobicoke, ON M8V 4B6

November 15 2022 – December 14 2022, 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Created by students from local schools, the works in this exhibition speak to the seasonal changes from autumn to winter, like snowfalls and long periods of darkness, and the cultural traditions they help shape.

199 Richmond St W, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 1W1

Fri, December 9 2022,  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Souvenir, is a solo exhibition at Onsite Gallery. Jordan Bennet’s large-scale outdoor mural called pi’tawita’iek: we go up river, is also on display.

Alliance Francaise Toronto – Downtown campus, 24 Spadina Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2S7, Canada

November 26 2022, 10:00 am – December 16 2022, 5:00 pm

The title of the exhibition, Enfant/Capuche, is a play on words that literally translates the English word, ‘childhood.’ The viewer can also feel present in front of a scene of children having fun.

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 231 Queens Quay West Toronto, ON M5J 2G8, Canada

October 1 – December 31, 2022

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery spotlights contemporary Indigenous artists from the circumpolar Arctic and the Amazon.

Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4

October 5, 2022 – February 20, 2023

A career retrospective, Denyse Thomasos: just beyond, brings together more than 70 paintings and works on paper, many rarely seen, to show how she challenged the limits of abstraction, infusing personal and political content onto her canvases through the innovative use of formalist techniques. 

Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON  M5S 2C6

October 8, 2022 to March 19, 2023

Curated by Cree artist Kent Monkman, Being Legendary presents an installation of new original paintings by the artist alongside cultural belongings from collections at ROM.

Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON  M5S 2C6

June 11, 2022 to January 8, 2023

Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature explores the links between the magical creatures of the wizarding world and the remarkable animals in our natural world, encouraging a greater connection to our planet and empowering us all to be advocates for its care.

Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON  M5S 2C6

November 12, 2022 to April 23, 2023

Experience our world in vivid detail and see some of the most extraordinary species in ways you never imagined.

MOCA Toronto, 158 Sterling Rd., Toronto, ON, Canada

September 16, 2022 — January 8, 2023

The title HOUSE OF CARD refers to the precariousness of Thomas Demand’s practice as a builder. Although architecture generally equates with permanence, Demand explores ephemerality through his use of paper and cardboard.

MOCA Toronto, 158 Sterling Rd., Toronto, ON, Canada

September 16, 2022 — January 8, 2023

For the last fifteen years, Kelly Jazvac has made artworks with plastic discards from the advertising industry, in doing so, she has developed a more sustainable way of making art. 

The Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1K1

from May, 2022 – April, 2023

Mahtab Hussain is a British artist (b. 1981) who, in the wake of 9/11, embarked on a series of photographic street portraits of Muslims.

The Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1K1

June 20 – January, 2023

The Birds rotation features masterpieces from the Museum’s Permanent Collection that evoke the splendour of the avian world – from a luxurious silk robe to paintings and ancient artifacts.

The Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1K1

October 8, 2022–April 10, 2023

Located in the Museum’s Temporary Exhibition Gallery, Afghanistan My Love highlights Afghanistan as a place of cultural richness, diversity, and deep love.

55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2H5

Oct 12, 2022 – Jan 29, 2023

Simone Elizabeth Saunders explores personal history, Afro-diaspora, and Black sisterhood through bold and colourful textiles.

333 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W7, Canada

Sat, December 10 2022, at 7:00 pm to Sun, December 11 2022, 8:00 pm

Toronto Visionary Arts and Culture in association with Alternity (333 Bloor St W) is pleased to present to you the 8th Toronto Visionary Art Exhibit. In both a virtual and physical space, TVAC aims to transform this year’s exhibit with a multi-level venue, and continental visual journey through visionary art.

Holiday markets

Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7, Canada

Sun, December 11 2022, 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm EST

Toronto Made Market returns this Holiday season inside the Daniels Spectrum  venue, December 11th, 12-7 pm, featuring 80 local vendors.

George Chuvalo Neighbourhood Centre, 50 Sousa Mendes Street, Toronto, ON M6P 3Z5, Canada

Sat, December 10 2022, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST

A pop-up market featuring local Toronto area artists & illustrators! Come do your holiday shopping and support local art!

1233 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L5, Canada

Sat, December 10 2022, at 12:00 pm to Sun, December 11 2022, 8:00 pm

We’re happy to be back with a Merry Pinay Christmas Pop-up shop, a two day Christmas market event showcasing local, Pinay owned, small-businesses.

Twist Gallery, 1100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1H9, Canada

Sun, December 11 2022, 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm EST

Tis’ the season for supporting local! Join us on December 11th at Twist Gallery for our Holiday Market with Made For Me Marketplace.

Green Merchant Cannabis Boutique (Liberty Village), 139G Jefferson Avenue, Toronto, ON M6K 3E4, Canada

Sat, December 10 2022, 12:00 PM – Sun,  December 11 2022, 6:00 pm

The weekend of December 10th-11th, we will be hosting small businesses in our lounge to showcase their products. The vendors booked so far range from clothing, jewelry, visual arts, and more! The perfect stop for friends & fam holiday gifts.

Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Toronto

Sun, December 11 2022, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

The 1st. Annual Toronto Black Vegan Holiday Market is an opportunity for you to enjoy festive vegan meals and delicacies with unique African and Caribbean flavours.

The Maker Bean Cafe, 1052 Bloor St W, Toronto

Saturday and Sunday, December 10 & 11 2022, 10 am – 5 pm

Laser cutting, 3D printing, kids camps and workshops with locally sourced coffee and food.

Perth Ave, Jr Public School, 14 Ruskin Ave, Toronto

Sat, December 10 2022, 10 am – 3 pm

Junction Triangle Craft Show features over 50 Makers, Artisans and Local Vendors. Pictures with Santa, a supervised Craft Station while you shop.

Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto

December 10-11, 2022

The Howliday Market is Canada’s biggest festive experience for dog owners and admirers! You\’ll be able to shop from over 50 pet brands, get complimentary photos with Santa, visit the massive Tree of Treats and Cocktail Lounge.

Other Events

Victory Cafe, 440 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON M5S 1X5, Canada

Sun, December 11 2022, 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm  EST (Multiple Dates)

Join us every Sunday for a Brunch like no other filled with Drag performances, delicious brunch menu options & yummy drinks.

Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church Street Toronto, ON M4Y 2C6, Canada

Sun, December 11 2022, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm EST (Multiple Dates)

Every Sunday Erin Brockobić or Selena Vyle serve you more than you can handle and you eat it up! A different guest each week, delicious all-you-can-eat brunch brunch and a vibe you won’t get anywhere else.

TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West Toronto, ON M5V 3X5, Canada

December 9-10 2022, 5 :00 pm – 10:00 pm EST (Multiple Dates)

This small group tour involves sampling eclectic global cuisines at local hangouts for an incredible nightlife experience.

VII. Parties and events in clubs

Sneaky Dee’s Concert Venue, 431 College Street, 2nd Floor

Toronto, ON M5T 1T1

Fri, December 9 2022, 10:30 pm – 2:00 am (doors 10:30 pm)

Scarlett, 571 Queen Street West Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, Canada

Sat, December 10 2022, 10:00 pm – Sun, December 11 2022, 2:30 am EST (Multiple Dates)

R&B in Toronto is the only mature upscale urban event in Toronto. Private VIP style lounge party in an elegant atmosphere in downtown.

Blue Moon Brewery, 28 Bathurst Street, Toronto

Fri, November 18 2022 to Fri, December 23 2022, 9:00 am

Come to the Blue Moon Brewery every Friday evening for the Live Music Series curated by School Night, a discovery platform for local music.

Shoeless Joe’s Sports Grill, 38 The Esplanade Toronto, ON M5E 1A1, Canada

Fri, December  2022, 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm EST (multiple dates)

Join us for a night of MUSIC BINGO. Free to play, fun & awesome prizes, delicious food & drink! There’s no better way to spend your Friday.

Come See Me, 656 College Street Toronto, ON M6G 1B8, Canada

Sat, December 10 2022, 10:30 pm – Sun, December 11 2022, 2:30 pm EST (Multiple Dates)

DRIP Saturdays is a weekly event with resident DJs Sound Curator and Mendosa happening at DRIP, bottom level of Come See Me.

Noir (Rebel Entertainment Complex), 11 Polson Street, Toronto, ON M5A 1A4

Sat, December 10 2022, 10:00 pm

The Axis Club, 722 College Street, Toronto, ON M6G 1C4

Sat, December 10 2022, 10:00 pm

Sneaky Dee’s Concert Venue, 431 College Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M5T 1T1

Sat, December 10 2022, 10:30 pm – 2:00 am

The Axis Club, 722 College Street, Toronto, ON M6G 1C4

Sun, December 11 2022, 7:00 pm doors

Oddisee − hip-hop/rap

The Opera House, 735 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M4M 1H1, Canada

Sat, December 10 2022, 9:00 pm – Sun, December 11 2022, 4:00 am EST

Toronto’s Alternative Xmas Costume Party!

Rivoli Toronto, 334 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A2, Canada

Sat, December 10 2022, 10:00 pm – Sun, December 11 2022, 2:00 am EST

Toronto Downtown’s Best Bollywood Party! Desi music, Live Dancers, DJ, Dance, Drinks, and more!!

El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Avenue #462 Toronto, ON M5T 2G8, Canada

Fri, December 9 2022, 10:00 pm – Sat, December 10 2022, 3:00 am EST

Back by popular demand! The second edition of your favourite Arabic club night is here.

Revival Bar and Event Venue, 783 College Street Toronto, ON M6G 1C5, Canada

Sat, December 10, 2022, 10:00 pm – Sun, December 11, 2022, 4:00 am EST

We are very excited to announce the Return of The Legendary Chosen Few DJs in Toronto. Chicago will be in the HOUSE at Revival Bar.

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON M6K 1T9, Canada

Fri, December 9 2022, 7:00 pm

Bringing a contemporary sound to traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms with an all-star Cuban Toronto line up!

VIII. Outdoor Events & Activities

What to do in Toronto this weekend

Downtown, David Pecaut Square, 215 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1H8, Canada

December 9-11 2022, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST (Multiple dates)

Toronto Zombie Scavenger tests your ability to survive after a zombie apocalypse. The game leads you through the city, where you will have 60 minutes to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game.

Downtown, David Pecaut Square, 215 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1H8, Canada

December 9-11 2022, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST (Multiple dates)

The scavenger hunt adventure game is all walking, and perfect for family fun and team-building activity. Take a tour of the city in the most unique way with Toronto Operation City Quest!

Tim Hortons, 218 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2H1, Canada

December 9-11 2022, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm (Multiple dates)

See the beautiful city of Toronto by night. This is a tour experience you don’t want to miss!

stackt market, 28 Bathurst St, Toronto

December 1, 2022 to January, 2023

Stackt is bringing back Toronto’s first ever Crokicurl rink. This outdoor + distanced game is perfect for you + your bubble to enjoy this winter!

Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M3C 1P2, Canada

Sat, December 10 2022, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm EST

Mark the transition from autumn to winter by joining us for an immersive forest bathing experience on-site at the Toronto Botanical Garden.

FAQ

The most visited place in Toronto is the CN Tower which has been visited by over 26 million people.
Toronto has many different neighbourhoods to choose from, so it really depends on what you’re looking for. Some popular areas to stay in Toronto include the Entertainment District, Yorkville and Downtown.
There are many ways to spend your weekend in Toronto. Some popular activities include exploring the city’s neighbourhoods, visiting major tourist attractions like Niagara Falls or The Royal Ontario Museum, enjoying a day at the beach and taking in some live music performances. Alternatively, you could explore some of the city’s neighbourhoods by taking a walk along Bloor Street or Queen Street West.
Toronto has a variety of attractions that are perfect for visitors at any time of the year. Late April through May and September through October are peak tourist season, when the sidewalks come alive with pedestrian marketplaces, patio restaurants and numerous cultural events. However, Toronto is also an amazing place to visit during other times of the year as well! Whether you’re looking for activities such as sightseeing or shopping, Toronto has everything you need right on its doorstep.

Final Thoughts

Toronto is a large and vibrant city with plenty to see and do. If you’re looking for things to do in Toronto this weekend, there are many great options available. From festivals and concerts to museums and art galleries, from roller skating to attending musical theatre, there’s sure to be something that interests you. So whether you’re a local or just visiting, be sure to check out some of these great events – you won’t regret it!

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