Christmas Past: Christmas events at Toronto’s historic landmarks!

December 12, 2014

Christmas Past: Christmas events at Toronto’s historic landmarks

A sample of the beautiful artwork of Toronto Historic Landmarks by Local Artist David Crighton

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The Toronto Historic Landmarks collection features artwork showing many of Toronto’s favourite historical buildings and famous landmarks.  Original artwork and art prints can be personalized upon request.  Visit our FAQ page for details.

Upcoming Christmas events

Christmas is always a great time to visit many of Toronto’s historic landmarks.  There is something magical about Christmas celebrated in old-timey fashion.  I don’t know if it’s the vintage decorations, the candle lit rooms, the carolers, or the traditional Christmas cookies that I like best.  If you’re in Toronto during the month of December, I highly recommend you take time to visit a few Christmas events at Toronto’s many historic sites and museums.

St. Lawrence Market

The St. Lawrence Market began in 1803.  Lieutenant Governor Peter Hunter established the Market Block, which included all land north of Front, west of Jarvis, south of King, and east of Church Street.

Visit the market during December to get unique, quality Christmas gifts and delicious multicultural and traditional food and desserts.  

Christmas events at St. Lawrence Market
  • Family Cupcakes and Colouring Activities day on December 13, 2014
  • Christmas cookies baking on December 13 and December 20, 2014 (sold out)
  • Corporate and Private hands-on cooking classes on December 20, 2014 or book your own date

Visit the St. Lawrence Market website for more information about the market’s hours of operation, events, or booking a venue


Toronto’s Old and New City Halls are located across from one another, with Old City Hall being at the corner of Queen and Bay streets, and New City Hall being across Bay at Nathan Phillips Square.  

Toronto's Old and New City Hall with an Old-New Streetcar

Old City Hall opened in 1899 and housed city council until the new hall opened in 1965.

Nathan Phillips Square, in front of the current city hall, is where Toronto’s official Christmas tree is located every year.  This year, Toronto’s Christmas tree is over 60 feet tall and is spectacularly lit and decorated.  Check it out for yourself!

Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery Historic District

Another great venue for Christmas shopping and getting into the Christmas spirit is the Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District, which runs until Sunday, December 21, 2014.

There is so much going on in this fantastic historic district, which includes my favourite icon of Toronto, The Flatiron Building.  For details, check out the Toronto Christmas Market website.  There will be free live entertainment including Christmas caroling and choirs, tons of activities and fun contests, beer gardens, and of course lots of fantastic vendors to help you finish off your Christmas shopping.  If you live in Toronto or are visiting during December, you definitely need to stop by!

Casa Loma 100 Years of Christmas


Famous landmark Casa Loma by Toronto Artist David Crighton.  Can be personalized

If you really want to experience the magic of an old-fashioned Christmas, be sure to visit  Casa Loma during December to take in their 100 Years of Christmas celebration.  Every weekend, from Friday through Sunday, enjoy Casa Loma’s Family Program.  This programming will also run on Monday December 22 and Tuesday December 23.

The Christmas decor and caroling are reasons enough for visiting Casa Loma during the Christmas season, but December’s programming also includes cookie decorating, arts and crafts, performances of The Snow Queen, and much more.  Of course, Santa Claus will also be making appearances leading up to his trip around the world.  

Speaking of Christmas decor, for this year’s 100 Years of Christmas, Casa Loma will have 10 spectacular Christmas trees decorated by 10 of Canada’s top designers.  Each tree will be decorated to represent one of the last 10 decades.  Also, you must check out the Winter Wonderland in the Gardens, featuring a beautiful display of festive light sculptures.

For more information including the full list of activities, hours of operation, and admission costs, visit the Casa Loma website.

Some of the Christmas events and activities listed in this post might already be part of your family’s annual tradition.  What other Christmas traditions do you hold dear and look forward to each December?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments; please share your favourite Christmas events and things to do in Toronto in December.  I look forward to hearing about them and maybe getting some new ideas!

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