It is officially holiday season in Toronto -- complete with an early snow fall.
And that means that the weekends are about to become even more jam-packed, as the festivities kick off in fine form throughout the city.
From the Santa Claus Parade and a magical holiday trail, to a festival of short films, here's what to do in Toronto this weekend.
Wave Hello to the “Big Guy” at the Santa Clause Parade
A long-time Toronto tradition (at least, in non-pandemic times), the beloved Santa Claus Parade returns to take over Toronto streets on Sunday. As always, guests can expect eye-popping floats, bands, music, celebrity clowns, and -- of course --the star of the show, Santa Claus himself, along with his better half. Find more info here.
Sip Over-the-Top Cocktails at The Thirsty Elf
Shamelessly rock your best ugly holiday sweater and step inside the festive Thirsty Elf pop-up bar at the iconic Fairmont Royal York Hotel, which kicked off yesterday. Here, you can immerse yourself in festive décor and drink holiday-themed -- and completely social media-worthy -- cocktails as you toast the season. Find more info here.
Step into a Festive Wonderland at Distillery Winter Village
Once again, the historic Distillery District is transformed into a magical winter wonderland for the holiday season. The sprawling grounds will glitter with lights and house picture-perfect holiday vendor and food cabins filled with seasonal items, gifts, and festive treats. Find more info here.
Channel Your Inner Skater at the House of Vans
House of Vans, a four-day skate festival is returning to Toronto after a four-year hiatus. The festival will take over the Great Hall, featuring all things skateboarding (including a pop-up skate park), with live music, workshops, and vendors. Find more info here.
Catch Lil Jon at Rebel’s Six-Year Anniversary
If you’re in the mood for a club vibe this weekend, Rebel Nightclub is celebrating its sixth anniversary with a special performance by American rapper Lil Jon on Saturday night. In true nightclub style, ladies get in free until midnight. Find more info here.
Discover a New Film at the SHORTS NOT PANTS Film Festival
The annual SHORTS NOT PANTS Film Festival showcases an assortment of short films made by talented filmmakers from around the world. Guests can expect to be inspired and entertained; the festival’s programming team have experience working for some of the biggest and best festivals in the world (TIFF, Sundance, Hot Docs, and Cannes). This year’s festival will screen 57 short films from 22 countries. Find more info here.
Find New Home Additions at the Good Work Art Market
If you’re in the market for some new art, head over to the Art Gallery of Ontario on Saturday for the Good Work Art Market. At the free event, guests are invited to meet dozens of local creators, who will showcase and sell their unique works of art. Find more info here.
Drive Through a Dreamy Christmas Trail
Canadian Tire’s light and entertainment-filled Christmas Trail returns to offer a dreamy drive-through holiday experience. The event features dazzling lights, live entertainment, and festive treats, as guests embark on a 1.5-km journey through decorations and interactive displays. Guests can even capture a photo of Santa from the comfort of their own vehicle. Find more info here.