Casa Loma in Toronto (Photo Source: Casa Loma)

It’s here… if you’re hanging around TOwn or hosting some out-of-TOwn-ers, here is a list to keep you busy and merry over the Christmas long weekend:

Start on Thursday, December 21st at noon with the City of Toronto’s annual Christmas Concert in the Rotunda at City Hall . The free concert features local choirs Toronto Beaches Children’s Chorus and Toronto Mass Choir, joined by the Pan Fantasy Steelband and Tower Brass. PS – Santa Claus is slated to make an appearance.


Thursday night it’s the 28th Annual Winter Solstice Parade lights in Kensington Market. The parade celebrating the longest night of the year starts at the intersection of Oxfort St. and August Ave at 6:30 p.m. and the band, fire-breathers and lantern-carrying crowd makes its way at 7 p.m. to Alexandra Park for the finale.


Casa Loma transforms into a winter wonderland with lights, Santa’s workshop and carolers. On (almost every) evening starting at 5 p.m. until January 7th.


Pinnochio: A Very Magical Pantomime opens this weekend and runs until December 31st.


Winter at Ontario Place continues and is open on December 24th and 26th then right through the holidays. Expect fairy lights, a light exhibition, bonfires and skating on a synthetic ice.


The Christmas Flower Show is on at Allan Gardens. It’s free, warm and cozy, and on weekends, you can experience it by candlelight.


E.T. is screening at TIFF Bell Lightbox on December 23rd and 25th (plus some dates over the holidays.)


Next week: ROM for the Holidays, with extended hours, starts on December 26th.


Happy holidays!