HOLIDAY BALLET The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts takes up a full city block, features superior acoustic clarity and boasts the world’s largest freespan glass staircase. This two-year-old opera house is also home to the National Ballet of Canada, whose celebrated annual performance of The Nutcracker—set in a magical dreamscape of 19th-century Russia—runs from December 6 to 28. 145 Queen St. W., 416-345-9595.
EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED The 40-year-old Cavalcade of Lights tradition at Nathan Phillips Square casts beams of colour from thousands of bulbs to light up the night. See a designer-decorated Christmas tree and, on Saturday nights, concerts by performers like Suzie McNeil, Tomi Swick and Jully Black. Friday and Saturday nights, discover the city’s beauty and history with guided bus tours of six neighbourhoods, while fireworks and a rinkside DJ dance party cap the festivities. 100 Queen St. W., 416-338-0338.