You still have the chance to enjoy the Distillery District’s Toronto Christmas Market, a must-hit for the holidays (in town until December 16th). This family-friendly market is filled with the spirit of Christmas. You’ll find carolers, storytellers, and even Santa’s elves sing-a-long. There will be beer gardens and mulled wine or hot chocolate if you prefer. A showcase of hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products will also be displayed. And of course, we can’t forget Santa, who will be there to update his naughty and nice list (weekdays 2-7:30pm and weekends 10am-7:30pm). Toronto Christmas Market and Mill Street Brewery are hosting a World Carolling Challenge on Saturday, December 8 at 5pm. Mill Street Brewery will donate $1 to the Daily Bread Food Bank for each person that participates. So, head over to the Distillery District to help them break the world record for most carollers singing in one place. Check out Toronto Christmas Market’s full event schedule. (Free)
- The Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents the animated film The Snowman (Dec 9) at Roy Thompson Hall. Live with the film, the TSO will perform Howard Blake’s beautiful score, which includes the song, Walking in the Air. Free arts and activities will take place during intermission. The concert is recommended for children aged 5-12.
- Toronto Motorcycle Show pulls into town this weekend (Dec 7-9). It’s your chance to see hundreds of new models for 2013. Click here for a full list of features and events.
- City of Craft will be on this weekend (Dec 8 & 9) at The Theatre Centre on Queen Street West. There, you’ll find a craft sale featuring craft-based installations, free workshops, and craft-related programming in local businesses and galleries.
Continuing this week:
- Cross off gifts on your list in the Annex at The Artisans’ Gift Fair (open every weekend until December 23). You’ll find a selection of affordable one-of-a-kind gifts. (Free)
- Visit Santa’s Workshop at Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront (on every weekend until Dec 16th). Santa’s elves are there to help kids with free arts and crafts, creating holiday ornaments and greeting cards or decorating an elf hat. Enjoy a Santa Cruise, ice-skate and get pictures taken with Santa.
- Grab your skates and head out to one of the many outdoor skating rinks available across the city including: Nathan Philips Square, Natrel Rink (Harbourfront Centre), Mel Lastman Square and Kew Gardens among others. For a full list of outdoor skating rinks and their status, click here.
- You’ll find Winter Magic on the downtown streets of Toronto as they are magically transformed into a winter wonderland, marked by various events: Buskertainment, runs every weekend afternoon now until Dec 23. Don’t be surprised if you pass street-performing illusionists, mimes, stilt-walkers and jugglers on Yonge Street as you do your holiday shopping. And while you’re out there, check out Window Wonderland, as you shop, and vote for your favorite window display online. (Free)
- The 19th annual Festival of Smalls philosophy is that “everyone should be able to own an affordable piece of art”. They have a wide selection of original works, including paintings, photographs, drawings and multimedia available in gift sizes from $55-250. Check out the artists on exhibit (Nov 10-Dec 24).
- Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting, an AGO exhibit (on until Jan 20, 2013), features “more than 80 works on paper and paintings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and more than 60 photographs of the couple, whose shared passion for each other and Mexico’s revolutionary culture during the 1920s and 1930s have made them Mexico’s most famous artists”. (Tickets)
- Designing 50 Years of Bond, an exhibition devoted to Bond, featuring costumes, props, models, gadgets, concept artwork, storyboards and other fascinating artifacts from the series, has opened at TIFF Bell Lightbox. It runs until Jan 20, 2013. (Tickets)
Theatre Productions in the City:
- War Horse at the Princess of Wales Theatre (until Jan 6)
- Snow White at Elgin Theatre (until Jan 5)
- Avenue Q at Lower Ossington Theatre (until Jan 20)
- Lord of the Flies at Lower Ossington Theatre (until Dec 9) LAST CHANCE
- Terminus at the Royal Alexandra (until Dec 16)
- Without You at Panasonic Theatre (coming Dec 13)
- The Wizard of Oz at Ed Mirvish Theatre (coming Dec 20)
Music in the City:
Click here to find out who’s in town: Jam! ShowBiz Concert Listings Highlights: Dave Matthews Band at ACC (Dec 7); The Trews at Enwave Theatre (Dec 7 &8); Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS) at Sound Academy (Dec 8); Carrie Underwood at ACC (Dec 9).