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Christmas Things to Do Toronto 2020

Christmas is a special season for Toronto, and although it might look a little different this year, there’s still plenty of festive events and activities to take part in.

Christmas favorites like the Toronto Christmas Market and the city-sponsored Cavalcade of Lights are cancelled, but here are some socially-distancing friendly Christmas Things to Do in Toronto for 2020.

Winter Festival of Lights @ Niagara Falls

The Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights has been lighting up the night for 37 years and is Canada’s largest light show.

Winter Festival of Lights @ Niagara Falls
Credit: Niagara Falls Tourism

Over a million people attend annually to see the 8 kilometer display winding through Niagara Park and Dufferin Islands. All displays are located outdoors in open spaces.

This year’s light show includes a two-story Zimmerman Fountain, 3D angels and Noah’s Ark.

The fireworks have been put on hold this year, but the show is sure to be spectacular. Plan your visit today!

Date: Nov 14, 2020 – Jan 10, 2021
Admission: Free
Location: Various locations around Niagara Falls, see website for details

Santa Claus Parade Toronto 2020

Toronto’s largest and most beloved Santa Claus parade is going ahead this year, with tons of Santa’s, elves, Mrs. Claus’s and more on floats and parading on foot.

Santa Claus Parade Toronto 2020
Credit: Santa Claus Parade Toronto

Details are still to be announced, but the parade will be available to stream online and in-person elements are in the works. 

Date: Dec 5 at 7pm
Admission: Free
Location: TBD

Toronto Outdoor Skating Rinks

Get outside this Christmas season for a little holiday cheer with an outdoor skating rink.

Indoor rinks are closed, but outdoor activities are encouraged and public rinks are free.

Changing facilities are closed and capacity is limited, so check the Toronto pubic facilities website before you go.

Date: November and until March Break
Admission: Free
Location: Various Locations

The Nutcracker On Screen

Toronto’s beloved Christmas tradition, The Nutcracker with The National Ballet of Canada, is available this year on screen at select Cineplex theatres, or streaming through the Cineplex site.

The Nutcracker On Screen
Credit: The National Ballet of Canada

All the magic of the classic Christmas ballet is now being broadcast through the biggest screens in the country, or right into your living room.

Date: From Dec 4, 2020
Admission: Streaming for $29.99, tickets at Cineplex $14.95 for adults
Location: Select Cineplex theatres across Canada in jurisdictions not affected by the current lockdown

Christmas Brunch, Turkey-to-Go, Dinner in Toronto 2020

Check out my post on restaurants and businesses in Toronto that have special Christmas Toronto 2020 offerings this year including brunch, turkey-to-go, dinner and more.

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