18 Things to Do this Christmas Day in Toronto – December 25, 2019

Need ideas for Christmas Day Fun in Toronto? Here are 18 things to do on Wednesday, December 25, 2019.

I. Cheer Raptors on Christmas Day

Cheer on the 2019 NBA Champions on Christmas Day as they take on Boston Celtics at Scotiabank Arena.

II. Ripley’s Aquarium

If you want to escape the cold, then Ripley’s Aquarium makes a perfect day trip for an underwater exploration. On Christmas Day: 09:00 AM – 11:00 PM

III. Play a Game at the Rec Room

Roundhouse Rec Room (opposite Ripley’s Aquarium) is open on December 25, 2019 from 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM. Whether you are alone, planning a trip with friends or kids, visit Rec Room to enjoy the latest in next generation driving simulation, virtual reality, shuffleboard, ping pong and pool tables.

IV. Allan Gardens Conservatory

Christmas Flower Show is in full swing and so enjoy the myriad of colours – Open 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM on Christmas Day and it is FREE

V. Riverdale Farm

Photo Credit: Riverdale Farm

You may not believe that there is a lovely farm right in the middle of bustling Toronto. Riverdale Farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free Admission

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VI. Head to Hotdocs Ted Rogers

Movies playing on December 25, 2019:

  • Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2019 @ 2:45 PM –Every year, over 12,000 members of the global creative communications industries come together to screen the best advertisement work from around the world at the Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity. From the hundreds of ads selected for the festival, ranging from the hilarious and off-the-wall to the touching and unique, we’re screening the best of the year on our big screen. Be inspired by the artistic power of advertising, and join us once again for one of our favourite holiday traditions, brought to you by The Globe and Mail.
  • 63 Up @ 5:30 PM — One of the greatest cinematic achievements in history, the award-winning 7 Up series has checked in on the same group of people every seven years since they were children. Nine episodes and six decades later, we are now 63 Up, and the subjects director Michael Apted first captured in 1964 are heading towards retirement—what has life thrown at them over the last seven years? Getting richer with each installment, Apted’s saga both precedes and eclipses our reality TV-obsessed culture in a singularly human portrait of everyday people moving through all stages of life.
  • Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin @ 8:45 PM — The late great travel writer Bruce Chatwin (In Patagonia, Songlines) and legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog were close friends united by their shared passion for exploration, adventure, and an eternal wanderlust. In this fascinating travelogue, Herzog—who himself has made a film on every continent—traces the steps of Chatwin’s most treasured far-flung locales, from South America to Australia to the UK, discovering myth, culture, and landscape along the way. Both a poignant tribute to Chatwin and a rousing testament to the mysteries of the world still waiting to be discovered, Herzog has made one of his most personal and moving documentaries to date.

VII. Skating


Indoor skating locations are closed, but enjoy skating outdoors (weather dependent) free of charge. Check out the Bentway Skate Trail or the new outdoor skate rink at Union Station! Skate rental at Nathan Phillips Square is open on Christmas Day (10am – 10pm).

VIII. Centennial Park Conservatory

Christmas Day in Toronto - December 25

Photo Credit: City of Toronto

If you have not been to Toronto’s other famous conservatory , Christmas Day maybe the time to visit the famous feathered inhabitant amongst the Christmas blooms. Open 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM on Christmas Day and it is FREE

IX. Be a Holiday Hero

Be a Holiday Hero and gather at Nathan Phillips Square to handout brand new wrapped gifts on the street and in family shelters. Have you ever wanted to collect a bunch of awesome gifts to bring smiles to at-risk and homeless youth in your community alongside your friends, family and Fashion Santa?

December 25 | 9 AM @ Nathan Phillips Square

X. High Park Zoo

Christmas Day in Toronto - December 25

Photo Credit: Friends of High Park Zoo

Pay a Christmas day visit to Toronto’s famous capybaras, Bonnie and Clyde. Do not forget to say hello to Jasper (pictured) at High Park Zoo. Open daily from dawn to dusk. Admission to the zoo is FREE

XI. See a movie at the theatres

TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto — Schedule

Cineplex and Landmark cinemas

Movies releasing include:

  • Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker — Release Date: December 19, 2019
  • Cats — Release Date: December 20, 2019
  • Spies In Disguise — Release Date: December 25, 2019
  • Little Women — Release Date: December 25, 2019

XII. Lights

Photo Credit: Erwin Buck

Have you seen the twinkling lights that adorn GTA locations?

XIII. LegoLand

Christmas Day in Toronto - December 25
If you are a Lego fanatic, then LegoLand is a fun destination with with 2 rides, 10 LEGO build & play zones, a 4D cinema & much more! On December 25: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, last entry – 02:00 PM. Cost: $17.95 if you buy 24 hours in advance. Standard Walk up tickets are $24.95.

XIV. Dr. Seuss Experience

Visit this pop-up experience near Mississauga Square one to enjoy an imaginative and interactive immersion into the wondrous world of Dr. Seuss! This Seuss-tacular sensory spectacle takes you on an awe-inspiring journey through nine different, visually stunning Dr. Seuss worlds.

XV. Holiday Pop Up Escape Experience

Christmas case has presented itself and some items are missing from the North Pole! Everyone is a suspect so Santa has called you and your caper cracking crew to find the culprit. @ Looking Glass Adventures, 2944 Danforth Ave Toronto

XVI. Explore Pacific Mall

If you badly want to go shopping inside a mall, check out Pacific Mall. The largest Chinese shopping mall in North America located NE corner of Steeles & Kennedy in Markham (4300 Steeles Ave. E.) also has a heritage town section, built in a traditional pacific market style. Open 11a.m. – 8p.m.

XVII. Christmas Brunch

Head to Toronto restaurants, and enjoy a delicious meal. There are plenty of options listed in Open Table.

XVIII. Go Winter Walking

Enjoy winters’ solitude and go hiking in the green spaces of Toronto. Great places to explore include Don Valley Trails from Evergreen Village, Rouge National Park, Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail at Ontario Place, High Park, Riverwood Conservancy and the myriad of waterfront trails.

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In case there is snow, enjoy winter activities in Toronto.

FYI: Boxing Day Admission to Toronto Zoo is half price. Zoo is closed on Christmas Day – DECEMBER 25.
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