Wondering what to do in Toronto this weekend? We've got you covered.

The tree is up at City Hall, the ice rinks are about to open, and the festive events are popping up all around town. It’s officially holiday season in the city. And that means that Toronto is particularly packed with events.

From festive affairs for the whole family, to horror films, here’s what to do in Toronto this weekend. 

Check Out One of Canada’s Hottest Bands
Homegrown superstars The Arkells will hit the stage at Scotiabank on Friday night to give what will inevitably be a memorable performance as part of their anticipated Blink Once/Blink Twice tour. Find more info here

Sharpen those Skates and Hit an Ice Rink 
The City of Toronto’s ice rinks will officially open this weekend -- and this is cause for celebration. On Saturday afternoon the downtown Yonge BIA will mark the opening of the Barbara Ann Scott Ice Trail with skate performances, a DJ, photo ops, fire pits, and games for the whole family. Find more info here

Surround Yourself in Festive Lights 
The annual Cavalcade of Lights returns on Saturday until January 7 to transform the exterior of City Hall into a winter wonderland, with a bustling skating rink front and centre. Special opening day programming begins at 3 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m., with the tree and square lighting ceremony taking place at 8:30 p.m. Find more info here.

Immerse Yourself in a World of Mercedes
Mercedes-Benz fans can step into a photo-worthy world of luxury at the Maison Mercedes pop-up. The retail destination allows guests to discover the Mercedes-Maybach Haute Voiture, G-Class, and Mercedes-AMG while shopping exclusive retail offerings from Sarah Abaza Jewelry, Thomasine Gloves, and Luxton Women’s Outerwear. Find more info here


Transport Yourself to 1813 at the Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience 
The city’s Bridgerton fans are invited by the queen herself to transport themselves back to 1813 to the most coveted and sophisticated ball of the season. Guests will be immersed in a world of costume, dance, music, cocktails, and performances in a grand ballroom reflective of royal times past. Find more info here

Check Out an Innovative Outdoor Art Show 
From tomorrow until New Year’s Day, Window Wonderland will transform the Junction into an interactive outdoor public art gallery, featuring 20 unique augmented reality (AR) installations and four mural walls that have been designed by local and international artists. Visitors can watch the art come alive via their smartphones. Find more info here

Get a Horror Film Fix 
Catch a thrilling film at The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival, a unique and imaginative showcase of contemporary Canadian horror, genre, and underground cinema. The festival exists to challenge social boundaries, explore artistic taboos, and support and exhibit independent Canadian genre media artists. Find more info here.

Party Alongside Dinosaur Bones
The Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) monthly, young professional-filled event series, ROM After Dark, returns to offer an evening of art, music, performances, eats, free-flowing cocktails, and personal and professional networking. Each ticket includes free access to four floors of the museum (Floor 1,2,3, c5). 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 is glittering with lights and houses picture-perfect holiday vendor and food cabins filled with seasonal items, gifts, and festive treats. 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

Check Out a Feel-Good Musical
Be among the first to experience Mirvish’s latest production, Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical at its opening day on Sunday. Based on the true story of the chart-topping Cornish singing sensations and their hit 2019 film, Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical is a feel-good play about friendship that promises to tell the story of “the world’s most unlikely buoy-band.” Find more info here.