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 22, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Free Holiday activities in Toronto.
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 Christmas Carol @ Elgin Theatre, Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, multiple Nutcracker performances, Treasure Island @ Solar Stage Children’s Theatre, Miracle on Mercer Street @ The Second City Theatre and more!
From Wizard of OZ: A Holiday Pantomime in Oakville to Peter Pan in Toronto to Aladdin in Oshawa, there is something for every little kid of the GTA.
Family Christmas Events in Toronto
Christmas at CasaLoma
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.
Casa Loma Canadian Winter Nights – December 18th, 2017 to January 7th, 2018 | 5pm-9pm
150 Years of Canadian Christmas at Casa Loma – December 1st to January 7th | 9:30 AM-05:00 PM @ CasaLoma, 1 Austin Terrace , Toronto
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 27-31, 2017 and January 1-7, 2018 | 10am-4pm @ Bronte Creel Provincial Park, Oakville | Daily Vehicle Permit: $17.00
Disney on Ice – Reach for the Stars
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy set the stage for a star-studded talent extravaganza as Disney On Ice presents Reach For The Stars. Unleash the magic with royal sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious snowman, Olaf, as they sing captivating songs like “Let it Go” and “In Summer.”
December 22 to January 1, 2018 @ Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way, Toronto | $28.00 & up
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.
Mystery at Maryweather Mansion
Visit this family friendly escape room and solve the Mystery at Maryweather Mansion ! Details
December 1st, 2017 – January 31st, 2018 | 10:00 AM- 10:00 PM @ 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.
Experience the thrill of tobogganing
Lace up for a twirl on the ice – Outdoor skating in GTA
Holiday Programs at the Ontario Science Centre
Strange Matter Exhibition: Discover how high-tech materials become the stuff of everyday life by interacting with one of the world’s hardest substances, investigating the unusual structure of magnetic ferrofluid, and even uncovering how sand led to the computer revolution.
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, 2017
ROM for the Holidays
Celebrate Holidays at ROM! The Museum comes alive for the season with tons of family-friendly, drop-in activities for kids of all ages. Three special exhibitions, Vikings, Dior, and Wildlife Photographer of the Year, will transport you to three very different worlds. Wonderful galleries and live entertainment will delight all ages. And kids will explore, share and create in uniquely ROM ways.
December 26, 2017 to January 7, 2018 @ Royal Ontario Museum | Regular Admission
Jurassic Park in Concert
Experience this ground-breaking film as never before: projected in HD with a full symphony orchestra performing Williams’ magnificent score live to picture. Welcome… to Jurassic Park!
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.
Victorian Christmas in Toronto @ Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street, Toronto
A Roaring Twenties Christmas @ Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Rd, Toronto
Scottish Holiday Traditions @ Gibson House Museum, 5172 Yonge St, North York
Christmas in the Valley @ Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery Rd, Toronto
Kids’ Crafts @ Mackenzie House
Winter Break at PAMA
Participate in fun, family friendly activities each day and create a different activity with friends and family! Events
December 27 – 29 and January 2 – 5 @ PAMA, 9 Wellington St E, Brampton
Enjoy Life Under the Sea.
Visit Ripley’s Aquarium and explore life under the sea. Details
Ripley’s Aquarium is OPEN is on Dec 25 – Christmas Day and on New Year’s Day
Andre De Grasse Holiday Basketball Classic
Does your kids love basketball? Then join for inaugural Andre De Grasse Holiday Classic basketball tournament, tipping-off at the Markham Pan Am Centre December 27th-29th. doors opening daily at 8:45 a.m. Entry is $5.00 per person with all proceeds supporting KidSport. Details
December 27th-29th @ Markham Pan Am Centre, 16 Main St Unionville
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
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), 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).
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.
Welcome New Year 2018
Pick a fireworks show or a family party happening across GTA and welcome 2018 with a bang!
Enjoy an evening of Scottish music and foods at this traditional celebration of the New Year.
Hogmanay: December 29 & 30, 2017 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm @ Mackenzie House, 82 Bond St, Toronto
A Gibson House Hogmanay Dinner: December 28 & 29, 2017 | 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 at Ontario Place
Winter at Ontario Place offers something for everyone, from a Winter Light Exhibition, to skating, to taking in the beauty of Ontario Place illuminated by fairy lights or a stroll on the newly opened Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail! Enjoy the magic and fun of winter by the lake all season long. In addition, the Cinesphere is now open year-round with regular screenings.
More Kids Activities
There are more activities happening during first week of January. Check out the family activities happening this week (Jan 1 – 8, 2018). (check the article on Jan 1, 2018)
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