2019/20 Winter Break Family Fun
A list of suggestions for family Christmas holidays/winter break activities and events to attend with kids in Toronto and GTA.
December 20, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Free Holiday activities in Toronto.
Winter Solstice Festival
Kick off the holidays by enjoying the annual solstice festival! This event beckons the return to light on the eve of the winter solstice, every December 21st. On this longest night thousands of decorated revelers take part, with hand-made emblematic lanterns, encountering on route, tented-theatrical scenarios of shadow play, rooftop masking antics, roving giant puppets and stilted dancers with eclectic musical accompaniment.
More fun things to do,
See Christmas / Holiday Lights
Go for a winter wonderland drive and enjoy great Christmas displays in Toronto & GTA.
Go on a day trip to see the best lights in Ontario!Free holiday activities for kids in Toronto
Attend a Holiday Family theatre performance
Holiday performances include Rose Petty’s Lil’ Red Robin Hood @ Elgin Theatre, The Adventures Of Pinocchio @ Young People’s Theatre,Cinderella Panto @ Annex Theatre, Toronto
From The Little Mermaid – A Holiday Pantomime in Oakville to The Wizard of Oz: A Panto in a Ruby Red Slipper! in Oshawa, there is something for every little kid of the GTA.
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Family Christmas Events in Toronto
Christmas at Casa Loma
Explore the Magic of Casa Loma.. at night or celebrate and take part in the holiday magic at Casa Loma! Enjoy a wide range of activities and exciting performances that are sure to be fun for the whole family.
A Nutcracker Christmas at the Castle – December 1st to January 5th | 9:30 AM-05:00 PM @ CasaLoma, 1 Austin Terrace , Toronto
If you rather play, escape games, the Casa Loma Escape Series invites you into a fantastic world, full of strange science and mystical wonders. It’s the perfect adventure for the whole family.
Victorian Christmas Festival
Experience a Victorian Christmas at Bronte Creek Provincial Park! Take a step back in time to the year 1900 and experience the Christmas season like never before. Activities include: Hands-on crafts where you will get to see and use historic tools and techniques to create your own take home souvenirs, Traditional games and activities designed for all age groups , Tours of the elegantly decorated Spruce Lane Farmhouse, Seasonal stories and songs in the parlor, learn about the holiday traditions of the Victorian era, Enjoy freshly baked holiday treats and cider
and a visit to the Farm animals.
December 27-30, 2019 & January 3-5, 2020 | 10am-4pm @ Bronte Creel Provincial Park, Oakville | Daily Vehicle Permit: $18.00
Dr. Seuss Experience
Explore 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.
through January 5, 2020 @ 199 Rathburn Rd W, Mississauga
Little elves can experience themed decor, building challenges, scavenger hunts and much more! Jump inside the World’s Most Festive Box of LEGO® Bricks! Details
Christmas Flower Show at Toronto Conservatories
See the Christmas Flower Show that features around 40 different varieties of poinsettias and winter sport topiary including a skater and tobogganer and explore Toronto Conservatories at Night(select days). FREE.
Holiday Pop Up Escape Experience – The Christmas Caper
Can you crack this caper in time? A 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. Details
Sunday December 1, 2019 to Friday January 31, 2020 @ Looking Glass Adventures
2944 Danforth Ave (Lower Level)
Go Snow tubing
With absolutely no skills necessary, snow tubing is a great winter family fun activity to get your heart pumping with all the thrill that the winter season brings. Weather dependent.
Aurora Winter Festival
Escape into a hidden village by the North Pole, filled with captivating light displays and magical characters, and enjoy the market huts, food gardens, amusement rides, live entertainment, and plenty of other activities.
Experience the thrill of tobogganing
Lace up for a twirl on the ice – Outdoor skating in GTA
Christmas at the Castle!
Travel through the mists of time to a forgotten age and a tale of devotion, courage and love—at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Imagine the pageantry and excitement that would have been yours as a guest of the queen ten centuries ago. That’s exactly what you will experience at North America’s most popular dinner attraction.
Holiday Programs at the Ontario Science Centre
Closed December 25 | Regular Admission.
Guided Night Snowshoe Hikes
Go on a day trip to Collingwood and strap on your snowshoes for a night-time hike, where stars and shadows create a dramatic setting for adventure. Experience beautiful trails that wind through a mature forest of 100 foot tall trees, sparkling views of the countryside at the Suspension Bridge and breathtaking lookouts from the top of the Niagara Escarpment.
From December 27, 2019
ROM for the Holidays
Celebrate Holidays at ROM! Celebrate this festive season at the ROM! From December 26 to January 5, discover over 30,000 species that feed on blood, explore an extraordinary collection of classic horror and sci-fi movie posters, and catch a glimpse into the world’s most stunning wildlife photography. There’s a lot for families and friends of all ages to explore at the Museum.
December 26, 2019 to January 5, 2020 @ Royal Ontario Museum | Regular Admission
Light the Dark
Art comes to life this holiday season on the Aga Khan Museum’s exterior walls in a spectacular 3-D projection show you won’t find anywhere else in Toronto.
December 27 – 29, 2019 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. @ Aga Khan Museum
Holidays at Toronto Historic Sites
Whether you are looking for get-togethers with friends, family adventures over the holidays or an evening out, you’ll find all these and more at the City of Toronto’s Historic Sites.
Auld Lang Syne 19th Century New Year’s Celebration @ Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street, Toronto
A Roaring Twenties Christmas @ Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Rd, Toronto
Christmas in the Valley @ Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery Rd, Toronto
Musical Candlelight Tours @ Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Road, Toronto
Gingerbread Make and Bake @ Fort York National Historic Site
Winter Break at PAMA
Participate in fun, family friendly activities each day and create a different activity with friends and family! Events
December 24 to January 3 @ PAMA, 9 Wellington St E, Brampton
Enjoy Life Under the Sea.
Visit Ripley’s Aquarium and explore life under the sea. There is a limited time offer “Wave Goodbye to 2019” with promocode “wave2019”, where-in you can get tickets for $20.19+HST! Available for purchase from Monday, December 9 to Sunday, December 22, 2019. Must visit by Feb 13, 2020.
Ripley’s Aquarium is OPEN is on Dec 25 – Christmas Day and on New Year’s Day
The Quest To Save Christmas Ho-Ho-Holiday Escape Room
Santa and the North Pole need your help! You have 60 minutes to follow the clues and solve the puzzles in order to help save Christmas! Come and experience a fun-filled holiday adventure like no other! Details
Through January 31, 2020 @ Mysterious Minds Escape Rooms 322 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Zoos & Petting Zoo
There are quite a few options for those who want to visit zoos or a petting farm during winter break. Toronto Zoo, Reptilia (Vaughan & Whitby), Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park (Orono) are all great visit any time of the year.
Toronto Zoo offers half price admission On boxing day (Dec 26). The Zoo also offers special programming during the holidays. Toronto Zoo has a new winter lights program this year, called Terra Lumina setup by the famous Moment Factory.
High Park Zoo and Riverdale Farm are free to visit and open daily including Christmas Day. 150 year old barn (also a play barn) at Bronte Creek Provincial Park has a petting zoo and is open during holidays.
Enjoy an evening of Scottish music and foods at this traditional celebration of the New Year.
Hogmanay: December 28 & 29, 2019 | 6:00 pm @ Mackenzie House, 82 Bond St, Toronto
A Gibson House Hogmanay Dinner: December 28 & 29, 2019 | 6:00 PM @ Gibson House Museum – 5172 Yonge Street, Toronto
See a movie at the Theatre
Enjoy a family’s evening out at the theatre, and see holiday releases.
Winter Wagon Rides
Explore Mountsberg Conservation Area on a horse-drawn ride through a winter wonderland. Arrive at a roaring bonfire rosy-cheeked and ready for a tasty marshmallow roast- a perfect way to get outside and enjoy winter with friends and family!
Winter Break Fun at the BSM
Take them down to the coolest shoebox in town where they can enjoy an afternoon of shoe-inspired fun! All through the winter break, kids will receive an activity bag which includes an arts and crafts activity, ISpy cards and a colourful tattoo. There is also fun try-on shoes for the whole family!
Welcome New Year 2020
Pick a fireworks show or a family party happening across GTA and welcome 2020 with a bang!
The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays
Celebrate the holidays with the entire family at The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays, a mind-blowing showcase featuring jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage.
Visit Indoor Attractions & playgrounds
In case of inclement weather or if you want to escape the cold, visit indoor attractions like Hockey Hall of Fame, or Bata Shoe Museum and take part in holiday themed activities. Take the kids to one of the indoor kids’ playgrounds and let them up have a rollicking time climbing on play structures, going down the slides, racing indoor go-karts and other fun activities.
City Recreation & Library
The City of Toronto offers fitness classes, weight rooms, camps, permitted hobby clubs and more, offering something for everyone.
Take a splash this holiday season in the pools across the city. Drop-in swim programs.
City of Markham
City of Vaughan
City of Mississauga
City of Pickering
More Kids Activities
There are more activities happening during first week of January including Winter Bird Count 4 Kids at Tommy Thompson Park. Check out the family activities happening this week (Jan 1 – 5, 2019). (check the article on Dec 30, 2019)
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