Holiday season is on full speed now and while we’re all trying to check off our shopping lists! OH MY! But here are some fun things to see and do in between to keep you in that holiday spirit!

Ontario Place Winter Programming: on now (West Island)

The park is open everyday from 5 am to 12 pm. Enjoy Ontario Place’s winter programming including The Winter Light Exhibition, DJ Skate nights, community bonfires and classic movies in the Cinesphere. The Winter Light Exhibition (Free until March 17, 2019) features 18 fresh and exciting exhibits created by award-winning local artists.

Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square: December 1 to 23

From December 1st to the 23rd, the square in Toronto’s downtown core will be transformed into a charming European-style Christmas market but with some exciting twists. Not only will the fair have adorable little shops full of artisan crafts and holiday treats, but it will also have a winter carnival vibe. There will be skating, tons of warm, delicious food and even an ice bar to stop by for festive bevvies.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Royal Ontario Museum, December 1 to March 31, 2019

This is the perfect escape from the malls. Striking wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and the remarkable beauty of our natural world are captured in Wildlife Photographer of the Year. As the longest-running and most prestigious nature photography competition in the world, this exhibition returns to the ROM for the sixth year and features one hundred extraordinary new photographs that will amaze and move viewers. Organized by the Natural History Museum, London, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is now in its 54th year and attracts tens of thousands of submissions from photographers of all ages and skill levels. With the winning photographs selected by an international jury for their artistic composition, technical innovation and truthful interpretation of the natural world, the exhibition showcases the competition’s winners and category finalists who’s work calls attention to the beauty and fragility of life on this planet. By the way, the gift shop is a good stop on your way out.

MNDFUL GREEN BEAUTY MARKET: Thursday, December 6

Meet some of the best Canadian brands in the natural beauty industry and shop for everyone on your list. Over 33 brands under one roof. Everything from anti-aging skincare to deodorants, makeup, nail polish, and that jade roller you’ve been longing for.

EVERGREEN’S WINTER VILLAGE: begins December 1

Skating returns to Evergreen Brick Works this December. There’s also a great line up of winter activities, local eats and holiday shopping.

OCAD HOLIDAY ARTIST ALLEY: December 4, OCAD. 100 McCaul Street, 2 – 8 pm.

Looking for unique gifts for friends and families this holiday season? OCAD’s student-run Holiday Artist Alley always has something unique.  Find a wide variety of beautiful posters, prints, zines, stickers, greeting cards, ceramics, fashion, jewelry items and more from local creators. Support 50+ OCAD artists and alumni as they set up shop in the Great Hall, 2nd Floor of 100 McCaul.Bring Cash. Free admission.

THE ROLLING PIN NONNA’S COOKIE BAKING CLASS: December 13, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

This special edition holiday cookie making class lead by their in-house pastry chefs teaches you  homemade classic Italian cookies direct from Nonna’s handwritten recipe box. Reserve your spot for this popular class.

HOAME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: 430 Adelaide Street, West. December 9th.

Morning and afternoon sessions will offer a mindful experience. Yoga classes by Lululemon in the light room and Hoame meditation classes the dark room. Round off your beautiful time here at their holiday market featuring a variety of holiday vendors and treats. This is a ticketed event. Also check out their Gratitude Launch Party on December 12.

Need more ideas? There are events carrying through from November including Happy Place, Museum of Illusions, Aurora Winter Fest and more. See our previous posts.