What Happened in Toronto: December 21 – January 1, 2017

For current weekend activities, see Things to do this weekend in Toronto

Activities & Events in Toronto: Friday, December 23 – Monday, January 2, 2016


I. Live Music & Concerts

1. Solaris Winter Music Festival

Annual EDM festival by Ink Entertainment & Live Nation. Details


December 26 & 27, 2016 | 09:00 PM


Rebel, Toronto


$99.50 – $179.50 + charges


2. E.t. The Extra-terrestrial Live

Filled with unparalleled magic and imagination, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial follows the moving story of a lost little alien who befriends a 10-year-old boy named Elliott. Experience all the mystery and fun of their unforgettable adventure in the beloved movie that captivated audiences around the world, complete with John Williams’ Academy Award®-winning score performed live by a full symphony orchestra in sync with the film projected on a huge HD screen! Details


December 29 – 30, 2016 | 7:30 PM


Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East, Toronto


$41.65 – $99 + charges


3. Salute to Vienna

More celebratory than a glass of champagne, Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert is a delight for the eyes and the ears. Welcome 2017 with this elegant concert—celebrating a 23-year tradition in Toronto! This New Year’s Day a stunning new program featuring Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from operettas will be performed by a full orchestra, acclaimed European singers, ballet and ballroom dancers. Fall for the Blue Danube Waltz all over again!! Details


Sunday, January 01, 2017 | 2:30 PM


Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto


$65 – $155


II. Live Theatre & Related Events

1. Performing Arts Events

Performing Arts & Theatre in December

Events this week include

  1. Come What Mayhem! @ The Second City Toronto
  2. Avenue Q The Musical @ Lower Ossington Theatre
  3. Sister Act @ Lower Ossington Theatre
  4. Come from Away @ Royal Alexandra Theatre
  5. A Better Place @ Factory Theatre
  6. Matilda the Musical @ Ed Mirvish Theatre
  7. Potted Potter @ Panasonic Theatre

and more!


2. Holiday Theatre

For all Christmas Theatre happening this weekend across GTA see, 2016 Christmas Theatre & Holiday Events in Toronto & GTA. Only events from our calendar given below. Other live theatre events include: A Christmas Carol @ Young Centre for Performing Arts, Flashman: A Live 1930s Radio Play @ Spadina Museum, It’s A Wonderful Life @ Bluma Appel Theatre, and more!

A Coal Mine Christmas: The Coal Mine presents their first ever Christmas show. A Childs Christmas in Wales By Dylan Thomas Performed by Kenneth Welsh with Concert by special musical guest Louise Pitre. Details


December 13 – 23, 2016 @ The Coal Mine – 798 Danforth Avenue, Toronto | $25.00 – $35.00


The Christmas Story: The Christmas Story is giving audiences back the joy of the Holiday season with a traditional nativity play. The Christmas Story is put on by a talented cast of volunteers and enhanced with the incredible music of our professional organist and singers. Details


December 9 – 24, 2016 @ The Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square, Toronto | $5.00 – $20.00

Tree-Mendous: This new Holiday Show is every child’s wish and every adult’s dream – music, dance, colour and lots of excitement. Let’s all HO HO together. A musical that promises to be. Details


Select Days, November 5 – December 30, 2016 @ Famous People Players, 343 Evans Avenue


Eat, Buy, Repeat: The Second City’s Guide to the Holidays: Chock full of original songs, hilarious new sketches, plus some Second City favourites from holidays past. A great family activity where you don’t actually have to talk to your family. An office outing that’s smart, funny, and over in two hours. What more could you ask from the comedians of The Second City? Alcoholic hot chocolate brought directly to your table? Yup, we have that too. Details


November 21 – January 1, 2017 @ Second City Theatre, 51 Mercer Street, Toronto | $25 & up

Sleeping Beauty | Ross Petty Productions: Ross Petty Productions celebrate our 21st anniversary at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre with the first ever production of SLEEPING BEAUTY, the Deliriously Dreamy Family Musical! Guest Star HILARY FARR from HGTV’s Love it or List It makes her Toronto theatrical debut as Petty’s evil successor. And in an eye-opening performance, Kinky Boots star AJ BRIDEL plays the drowsy heroine. Details


November 25 – December 31, 2016 @ Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, Toronto | $27-$99


The Nutcracker – The National Ballet of Canada: The National Ballet of Canada’s touching and multilayered version of the famous ballet, choreographed by James Kudelka, is a spectacular re-imagining that has been greeted with rapturous acclaim by audiences whenever it is performed. Details


December 10 – 31, 2016 @ The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto | $39 & up


Second City’s Twist Your Dickens: Written by former The Colbert Report writers Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort, Twist Your Dickens is the story of Scrooge, Tiny Tim and three outrageous ghosts—plus nods to other beloved yuletide specials. An all-star cast, featuring Sean Cullen and Pat McKenna, and Second City’s funniest alumni brings the story to life through parody and improv. Details


December 2 – 30, 2016 @ Greenwin Theatre 5040 Yonge Street, Toronto | $27-$99

III. Sports

1. World Junior Hockey Championship


December 23 – January 2, 2017


Air Canada Centre, Toronto


2. Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic


Red Wings V Maple Leafs on Sunday, January 1, 2017 | 03:00 PM


BMO Field, Toronto


3. Raptors 905


vs Westchester Knicks on Thursday, December 23, 2016 | 07:30 PM

vs Delaware 87Ers on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 | 07:30 PM

vs Maine Red Claws on Thursday, December 23, 2016 | 07:30 PM

Erie Bayhawks on Monday, January 2, 2017 | 07:30 PM


Hershey Centre, Mississauga


4. Mississauga Steelheads


vs Kingston Frontenacs on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 | 07:00 PM

vs. Niagara IceDogs on Friday, December 30, 2016 | 07:00 PM


Hershey Centre, Mississauga


5. Toronto Marlies


vs St. John’s IceCaps on Monday, December 26, 2016 | 03:00 PM


Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto


6. 3HL New Years Day Classic

The 3HL TOUR is the world’s first 3 on 3 Professional Hockey League showcasing Canada’s elite hockey talent through a series of 3 on 3 pro hockey tournaments (3HL TOUR Events)
3HL TOUR Events consist of 8 teams of aspiring and accomplished pro hockey players representing various cities competing in a single elimination bracket style tournament for a share of a cash purse, individual player bonuses, and pride. Individual tournament results contribute to the overall season standings, culminating in the top teams competing for the 3HL Champions Cup at the end of the season.


Sunday, January 1, 2017 | 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM


Mattamy Athletic Centre (Maple Leaf Gardens)
50 Carlton Street, Toronto


Adults: $29, Child: $8

IV. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events

Places to Christmas/Holiday lights in GTA

1. Annual Kensington Market Winter Solstice

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. All are illuminated by the glow of fire breathers and spinners, a Fire Finale in Alexandra Park, and a community feast for the numerous volunteers harkening the return to light. Details


Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM


corner of Oxford and Augusta, Kensington Market,Toronto



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2. The Illusionists

This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth. THE ILLUSIONISTS – Live From Broadway 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 to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Details


December 13 to January 7, 2017


Princess of Wales Theatre – 300 King St W, Toronto


$49 to $139 + charges

For fairs happening this week, see Craft Fairs in Toronto.

3. Bethlehem on Yonge St.

Bundle up to travel back in time and visit the Stations of the Nativity on the church grounds and meet the characters of the first Christmas along with their entourage of Christmas animals. Yes, the shepherds will be tending their sheep with angels singing nearby. The innkeeper will be guarding the doorway and the soldier’s will be patrolling the streets. The magi with their camels will arrive from the east and at last Mary and Joseph holding the infant Christ will be trying to stay warm in a stable with their donkey close by. Once you have visited the stations of the nativity, you will be welcomed in to Cameron Hall for hot chocolate and Christmas music.

Saturday, December 24, 2016 | 4:00 PM – 05:30 PM


York Minister Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street, Toronto




4. Nurielle Stern

Nurielle Stern is an emerging artist based in Toronto and a graduate of Alfred University’s prestigious MFA program in Ceramic Art. In her artistic practice, Stern creates sculptural ceramic objects and immersive installations that combine ceramics and video projection. Stern will discuss Maria Loboda’s exhibition Some weep, some blow flutes.Details

Monday, January 2, 2017 | 2PM


The Power Plant, 231 Queens Quay West



V. Food events /Night Life / Dinner Theatre

1. Club Events / Nightlife

Kayzo on Friday, Dec 23, 2016 10:00 PM @ The Hoxton

Love Thy Brother on Friday, Dec 23, 2016 | 10:00 PM @ Uniun Nightclub

The Holiday Shaker: Seaway w/ Guests. on Friday, December 23 | 6:30 PM at Mod Club Theatre

The Skydiggers on Friday, December 23 | 8:30 PM at The Horseshoe Tavern

Champions of Rock on Monday, Dec 26, 2016 7:00 PM @ The Rockpile West

Break for Love on Monday, Dec 26, 2016 | 10:00 PM @ Cube

Commotion: Songs of CCR Plus! on Wednesday, December 28 | 10:00 PM @ The Dakota Tavern

Municipal Waste on Thursday, December 29 | 7:30 PM @ The Opera House

Sure with Nords, Knifey on Thursday, December 29 | 9:00 PM @ Sneaky Dee’s Concert Venue

Sheer Heart Attack / Tribute To Queen on Friday, December 30, 2016 | 8:00 PM @ The Rockpile West

Clutch – Psychic Warfare World Tour 2016 on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 07:00 PM @ The Danforth Music Hall
Whitehorse – A Dakota 10th Anniversary Show @ Friday, December 30 | 9:00 PM @ The Dakota Tavern

It’s Not Sunday – New Year’s Day on Sunday, January 1, 2017 10:00 PM @ Uniun Nightclub


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