December in Toronto

Festivals, Holidays, Trade Shows and Other Special Events

••• The New Years Eve crowd always more than fills Nathan Phillips Square. Marilyn Campbell

December is full of festive events, but not everything is all holly and jingle bells. Don't forget about the motorcycle show, the celebration of anime and more that will take place in Toronto in December 2021.

Continues to Sunday December 2, 2012
One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale
Visit the Direct Energy Centre to browse a huge selection of unique gift and decorating ideas created by Canadian artists and craftspeople.

• See other Christmas Craft Shows in Toronto

Continues to Sunday December 16, 2012
Lowe's Toronto Christmas Market
Visit the Distillery District between for family-friendly entertainment, lighting displays, local handcrafted products, and more.

Continues to December 23, 2012
Christmas at Black Creek
Enjoy the daily Christmas programming available throughout the season, including learning about Christmas traditions.

Saturday December 1, 2012
Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade
Santa visits South Etobicoke (Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch) in a parade that begins at Dwight Avenue at 10am and heads west along Lakeshore, nearly to Browns Line.

Saturday December 2, 2012
The Toronto Women's Expo
At Downsview Park.

Thursday December 6, 2012
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
A day to remember the 1989 gender-based killings in Montreal, and to rally against further violence. See:
The YWCA Rose Campaign
The December 6 Fund (YWCA loan program for women escaping violence)
The White Ribbon Campaign (Men against violence against women)

Friday December 7 - Sunday December 9, 2012
Toronto Motorcycle Show
See new models and vintage bikes, improve your skills and more at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

December 8 & 9, 15 & 16
Winterfest on Toronto's Waterfront
Enjoy free skating and family activities, or get tickets to join Santa and his elves on a Winter Wonderland Cruise.

Sunday December 9, 2012
Toronto AnimeCON
Join other anime fans at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for an afternoon with vendors, contests, and special guests.

December 8, 15 & 22, 2012
Christmas by Lamplight
For three evenings you can "Step into a Victorian Christmas" at Black Creek Pioneer Village. Dinner option available.

December 9, 16 & 23, 2012
Christmas Dinners at Black Creek
For three evenings you can "Step into a Victorian Christmas" at Black Creek Pioneer Village. Dinner option available.

Monday December 10, 2012
UN International Human Rights Day
Visit the website of Amnesty International's Toronto Office for information on events and learn how you can participate in Amnesty International Canada's annual "Write for Rights" letter writeathon (Toronto event on Saturday December 8).

Wednesday December 26th, 2021
The Toronto Zoo's Annual Christmas Treats Walk
Visit the zoo for a morning walk to see many of the animals enjoy Christmas treats. Half-price admission all day, but please bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank.
• Learn more about visiting the Toronto Zoo

Monday December 31, 2012
Toronto Zoo's Annual New Year's Eve Family Countdown
Family-friendly fun includes a performers and animal visitors.

This is a separately ticketed early evening event; get your tickets in advance online.
• Learn more about visiting the Toronto Zoo


Monday December 31, 2012
More Options for New Year's Eve
There are events for families, comedy shows and other performances to choose from. Have a look at the Guide to New Year's Eve in Toronto.
• Also check out Things to Do on New Year's Day

2012 details TBA
Kensington Market Winter Solstice
Formerly known as the Kensington Market Festival of Lights, this participatory lantern parade is preceded by lantern-making workshops for those who are interested. (May be subject to weather - check event website for updated information).


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