It’s the beginning of December and Christmas is fast approaching. Get in the holiday spirit with some great events and shopping this weekend.
Friday, December 3
The Distillery Historic District’s Toronto Christmas Market opens today. This charming, European-style venture features numerous vendors offering unique, handcrafted gifts, plus food, beer and wine, carolers, and a giant Christmas tree—all in a lovely outdoor Victorian setting.
Dubbed by Oprah as one of North America’s hottest singing groups, operatic quartet The Canadian Tenors return home to present some Christmas favourites and their own hits at The Sony Centre.
If country music is more your cup of tea, the legendary Kenny Rogers brings his Christmas and Hits tour to Massey Hall. As the name suggests, Rogers will be crooning seasonal classics as well as the songs that made him an American icon.
Saturday, December 4
A holiday theatre classic gets the musical treatment as the Canadian Children’s Opera Company presents A Dickens of a Christmas at Harbourfront Centre. Featuring professional opera singers and all 200 of the company’s choristers, this production is becoming a seasonal tradition in Toronto, with two shows both today and tomorrow.
Taking inspiration from Canada’s beloved winter activities, Caillou’s Greatest Skate of All comes to the Sony Centre tonight. Get ready for an interactive sing-along experience with this beloved bald-headed boy and his friends and family.
Still struggling to find gifts for choosy friends and family members? Stop by Chasse Gardee on Queen Street West for the Magwood Vintage Pop-Up Sale. High-end designer womenswear, menswear and accessories from the likes of Dior, Givenchy and Fendi are just some of the great vintage items to be found at prices that fit your budget.
Sunday, December 5
Harbourfront Centre hosts HarbourKids: Sk8 for kids aged 5 to 12, an event that celebrates all forms of skating. Ice skating, skateboarding, breakdancing, live performances and much more will be taking place at this free event.
This weekend marks the opening performance of the Church of the Holy Trinity’s annual showing of The Christmas Story. All are welcome to attend this moving presentation of the traditional Christmas tale, a Toronto seasonal staple since 1938.
Or perhaps you’re looking to escape the holiday season’s excess of cheer. If so, catch the final day of Shary Boyle’s Flesh and Blood exhibition of provocative paintings, drawings and sculptures at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her intriguing ceramic works are also on display as part of the Gardiner Museum’s Breaking Boundaries group show.