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7 of the Best Holiday Events in Southern Ontario

Holiday Events Cavalcade_of_Lights_-_TorontoPhoto Cred: Wiki Commons (Benson Kua)

Cheers to the Holiday Cheer!


From bright holiday lights and decorations to festive cheers and glutenous  treats (… and drinks … *cough* *cough*)!!


The Holiday season has officially arrived and there’s no arguing that one.


But at it’s very core, the Holiday season is about much more than all the bright lights, fancy decorations, and food we see/consume during the season. It’s about sharing the experiences of everything mentioned above with the best of us and even the rest of us!


What better way to do that then by checking out some of the best Holiday events that Southern Ontario has to offer?


So here they are. Here are 7 of the top Holiday events happening this year in Southern Ontario.


1. Toronto Christmas Market (Toronto, ON)


Dates: Friday, November 18th – Thursday, December 22nd


Back for its 7th year, The Toronto Christmas Market once again takes over the Distillery Historic District for another Holiday season. The market has become a city-wide favourite tradition, and rightfully so. Bright sparkling light canopies, traditional music and carols, dance performances and family-friendly activities like Santa’s House, a ferris wheel, carousel and life-sized gingerbread house.


Toronto Christmas Market Holiday Events Photo Cred: Toronto Christmas Market


2. Winter Festival of Lights (Niagara Falls, ON)


Dates: November 19th, 2016 – January 31st, 2017


The Winter Festival of Lights is Canada’s foremost illumination festival in spectacular Niagara Falls. The festival turns Niagara Falls into a winter wonderland, with over two million sparkling lights along a 8km route, grand holiday displays throughout the city, and unique Niagara Falls events.


Fest of Lights Holiday EventsPhoto Cred: Travel Zoo


3. CP Holiday Train (Multiple Cities)


Dates: November 25th , 2016 – December 17th, 2016


Back for its 18th edition, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, or CP Holiday Train, is once again ready to support communities and raise awareness surrounding hunger and poverty. Each Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet in length, with 14 rail cars brightly decorated and completely decked out with as much Holiday spirit as you could possibly imagine. Lights, trees, reindeer, and of course music! Check out the schedule to see when, where and if the train is making a stop near you!


Holiday Train TouringPhoto Cred: @cpholidaytrain


4. Cavalcade of Lights (Toronto, ON)


Date(s): Saturday November 26th, 2016


The Cavalcade of Lights holiday tradition features the first illumination of Toronto’s Official Christmas Tree, spectacular fireworks, a skating party, and performances by some of the top musical talent in Canada. Skating at Nathan Phillips Square ice rink continues all season long.


Holiday Events Cavalcade_of_Lights_-_TorontoPhoto Cred: Wiki Commons (Benson Kua)


5. STUFFED! (Hamilton, ON)


Date(s): Saturday November 26th, 2016


STUFFED! is a stocking-stuffer pop-up Holiday event featured local craft vendors from Hamilton and the surrounding area. Thinking of getting your Holiday shopping done and over with early and all in one place? Then STUFFED! is the event for you. Read our recent blog post on 9 reasons to attend STUFFED!


VMP Holiday EventsPhoto Cred: VMP Facebook Page 


6. Simcoe Panorama 


Dates: November 26th, 2016 – January 1st, 2017


Every year the town of Simcoe (in Norfolk County) participates in an annual Holiday event known as the Simcoe Panorama where people come together to decorate the entire town with incredible holiday lights and displays, transforming it into a winter wonderland getaway. The lights are kept on every evening until the New Year. Through the panorama, several festive activities take place including horse-drawn trolley rides and town tours.


Holiday Events Tree


7. Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square


Dates: December 8th, 2016 – December 23rd, 2016


In the heart of Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square, the Holiday Fair in the Square runs December 8th – 23rd. Fair in the Square looks to combine the charm and elegance of a traditional European Christmas market with the excitement and allure of a thriving winter carnival. It’s only a matter of time before Fair in the Square becomes another Toronto holiday tradition.

Holiday Events Nathan Phillip SquarePhoto Cred: Wiki Commons (John Vetterli)


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Kristian is an Entrepreneur, Marketing Professional and the Co-Founder, Head of Growth at Brüha. Craft beer, great coffee, and food are his Kryptonite. You'll likely find him on social media or out and about exploring local venues and meeting new people.