2018/19 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 21, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Free Holiday activities in Toronto.
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,
Champions Of Magic features original magic that can’t be seen anywhere else. From incredible illusions with supercars, an impossible escape from Houdini’s water torture cell, a mind-blowing prediction, levitation high above the stage and a finale beyond explanation, this show must be seen to be believed.
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 THE WIZARD OF OZ @ Elgin Theatre, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins @ Young People’s Theatre, Roald Dahl’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory @ Princess of Wales Theatre.
From The Great Dubois: Masters of Variety in Oakville to Peter Pan in Toronto to Alice in Wonderland in Whitby, there is something for every little kid of the GTA.
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 6th | 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 27-30, 2018 & January 3-6, 2019 | 10am-4pm @ Bronte Creel Provincial Park, Oakville | Daily Vehicle Permit: $17.00
Explore Happy Place
Happiness comes in the form of half a million pieces of confetti in the world’s largest indoor confetti dome, a jump into a pot of happiness from the top of a 20-foot-tall double rainbow, 7-foot stilettos made of a million candies, and the 40,000 immersive flowers of the Super Bloom Room.
through January 1, 2019 @ Harbourfront Centre, 245 Queens Quay W, Toronto
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.
60 Minutes to Save the Holidays
Visit this family friendly escape room to save the holidays in 60 minutes! Details
November 29 to January 31, 2019 @ 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.
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
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 28, 2019
ROM for the Holidays
Celebrate Holidays at ROM! For twelve exciting days, the Museum is transformed into a fun-filled winter wonderland. Experience three amazing special exhibitions, Spiders: Fear and Fascination, Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur, and Wildlife Photographer of the Year, that will transport you to three very different worlds.
December 26, 2018 to January 6, 2019 @ Royal Ontario Museum | Regular Admission
Outdoor 3-D Video Spectacular
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 – 30, 2018 | 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.
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 24 to January 4 @ 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
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 March 31 @ 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), 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.
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, 2018 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm @ Mackenzie House, 82 Bond St, Toronto
A Gibson House Hogmanay Dinner: December 29 & 30, 2018 | 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 open year-round with regular screenings.
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 2019
Pick a fireworks show or a family party happening across GTA and welcome 2018 with a bang!
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 Thomson Park. Check out the family activities happening this week (Jan 1 – 6, 2019). (check the article on Jan 1, 2019)
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