If your kids are anything like mine, the talk about Santa has probably started in your house. Luckily for us here in Toronto, Santa will be making several local appearances over the coming weeks.
Sherway Gardens takes the ‘mall Santa’ experience to a whole new level with their (aptly named) Santa Experience at the mall’s centre court.
Book in advance and come participate in a special interactive session that concludes with your child’s opportunity to chat with Santa and receive a complimentary digital photo. Tickets are $15 per child (yes, even babies) and adults are free. The show runs approximately 45 minutes from start to finish.
Partipants in our Mommy Connections Mini Movers program get a complimentary ticket to the Santa Experience 2017 at Sherway!
Stroll the village while listening to Carollers and enjoying the outdoor café at Santa In The Village. Receive a free photo with Santa, and visit his workshop for various crafts and entertainment.
With brightly lit festive box cars and a great line up of musical talent, the goal of The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, which is a real train that visits over 150 communities across North America collect food and money for local food banks while raising awareness of the fight against hunger (while delighting local children in the process).
The train’s ONLY Toronto stop happens to be at our very own Runnymede Station! Meet the train at 750 Runnymede Rd, in front of CP Lambton yard office – and don’t forget your food and monetary donations for this important cause. All donations will help those in need in our own community.
4. Etobicoke-Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade: Sat Dec 2nd, 2017 10am
The Etobicoke-Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade is a good old-fashioned holiday parade that includes 10 marching bands, 15 professionally built floats, assorted clowns, and – of course – Santa himself! It starts at Dwight Avenue (one block west of Royal York), travels west along Lakeshore Blvd. W. and ends at 36th Street (Just before Browns Line). Families are invited to join Santa for a free community skate at the beautiful Colonial Sam Smith Skating Trail following the parade from noon to 4pm.
Shop the indoor markets featuring artisans + local vendors inside businesses throughout The Junction neighbourhood. Grab a latte and get cozy by the Train Platform with a wintery bonfire while the kiddos line up to meet Santa. And race to complete your Train Spotting ballot for a chance to win $500 at the Holiday Market!
6. High Park Christmas Celebrations, Sun Dec 3, 2017 1-5pm
Bask in the beauty of Toronto’s High Park, while meeting Santa in the live Reindeer pen! Join in the caroling while enjoying delicious treats and fun crafts. Don’t miss the annual Tree Lighting at 5pm!
Honourable mention goes to one of my favourite Christmas activities – even though it’s not in the west end. The Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District runs Nov 16 – Dec 23 and is absolutely magical.
Let us know what events you plan on visiting – and comment below if there are great events we’ve missed and should know about. Happy Holidays!