It’s a huge weekend for events in Toronto, with Ontario Place’s new Winter Light Exhibition and skating rink opening up on the waterfront. Nearby, Toronto FC will battle for the MLS Cup at BMO Field. Go Reds! Read on below for lots of other stuff to do across the city.
Events you might want to check out:
Winter at Ontario Place (December 8 – March 18 @ Ontario Place)
Ontario Place is back in a big way this winter thanks to daily skate parties, a dazzling light festival designed by local artists, and plenty more free activities.
TFC MLS Cup Viewing Party (December 9 @ Liberty Village)
Toronto FC will duke it out with the Seattle Sounders for the 2017 MLS Cup on Saturday. For those who didn't snag tickets to the match, the official Viewing Party beside BMO Field is the next best thing and sure to be a raucous affair.
The Jingle Ball (December 9 @ Air Canada Centre)
The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball is back at the ACC, featuring pop juggernauts like Kelly Clarkson and Backstreet Boys, plus recent Toronto area breakout artist Jessie Reyez.
Long Winter (December 9 @ Polish Combatants Hall)
The beloved winter music and arts festival's December outing presents loads of live performances, visual arts, and a year in review talk show-style panel.
City of Craft (December 8-10 @ The Theatre Centre)
The 11th Annual City of Craft returns to Toronto with over 60 of the city's finest artists and makers, free workshops, and breath-taking installations.
Santa Speedo Run (December 9 @ Hemingway’s Restaurant)
This marathon sees runners brave the Canadian winter in nothing but red and white bathing suits for charity. If nothing else, a crowd of near-naked Santas is worth catching for your Instagram stories.
Kenny vs. Spenny (December 9 @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre)
Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice continue where they left off on their hit television series, competing in insane challenges that see the best friends try to humiliate one another live on stage.
Toronto Fan Days (December 9 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre)
Fan Days is a one day shopping fest for fans of comics, toys, and all sort of nerd culture collectibles. It's organized by the same folks behind Toronto Fan Expo.
I Heart Beer Holiday Festival (December 9 @ Queen Elizabeth Building)
Take out your ugly Christmas Sweater to sip beer, cider and spirits alongside Santa Claus while snacking from some of the many food trucks on site.
Evanescence (December 8 @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts)
The 2000s nu metal sensation bring the Sony Centre to life playing songs from their 15+ year catalogue of angsty bangers.
Leif Vollebekk (December 8 @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre)
The Montreal-based folk singer is back in Toronto, playing songs from his dreamy, 2017 Polaris Prize nominated album, Twin Solitude.
Whitehorse (December 8 @ Massey Hall)
Juno Award winning duo Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland of Whitehorse return to Toronto with their new album, Panther in the Dollhouse, with support from Terra Lightfoot.
The National (December 9 @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts)
The dads of alt rock are back in Toronto playing tunes from their critically acclaimed and wonderfully chilled out album, Sleep Well Beast.
Barenaked Ladies (December 9 @ Massey Hall)
The lovable goofballs of Canadian rock made their return this year with the release of Fake Nudes (it's an album), and now they're back in Toronto to flaunt their stuff.
Krampus Ball (December 8 @ Opera House)
Is all the holiday cheeriness too much for you? This annual night of Christmas mischief might be just the party you need. Catch wild performances like aerial chains, tight rope dancing, and body contortion.
HoHoTO (December 8 @ Mod Club)
Back for its 10th year, this annual DJ party is in support of fostering a more inclusive and women friendly digital music community.
Boys N Girls (December 8 @ The Round Venue)
It's time to spice up your life and get N Sync with this tribute to all the great girl groups and boy bands of the 90s.
Home Alone 90s Christmas Dance Party (December 9 @ Sneaky Dee's)
Break out your cheesy Christmas sweaters and get ready to dance at this party playing only the cheesiest 90s tracks all night.
Nirvanna the Band the Show the Pop-up Shop (December 8-10 @ Show Gallery)
Nab posters, t-shirts, buttons, and other surprise items from Viceland's cult hit TV series. Rumour has it show stars Matt and Jay are set to make an appearance, too.
Waterfront Toronto Pop-Up (December 8-9 @ Yonge-Dundas Square)
Waterfront associates are popping up at Yonge-Dundas square to offer hot chocolate and discuss the Port Lands revitalization and hear ideas Torontonians have to improve the area.
Un/tamed Holiday Market (December 8 @ Milk Glass Gallery)
This holiday market celebrates female identifying makers and artists in Toronto, with all proceeds from beer sales going towards the Sistering agency.
Pink Xmas (December 9-10 @ The 519)
Pink Xmas is a two day holiday queer craft, fashion, art & literature fair organized by Pink Market in support of The 519.
The Post Market's Last Ever Event (December 10 @ The Great Hall)
The Holiday Post Market will mark the final event by these Toronto market mainstays, showcasing local craftspeople and businesses for the very last time.
The Other Side of Hope (December 8-21 @ TIFF)
Winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, Aki Kaurismki's The Other Side of Hope intertwines the stories of a young Syrian refugee and a restaurateur who finds the refugee sleeping outside his diner.
Human Rights Film Festival (December 8-10 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
This three day documentary film festival features human rights stories from across the globe.
Armed with Faith (December 9 @ HOT DOCS TED ROGERS CINEMA)
Armed with Faith follows the men involved in the Pakistani Bomb Disposal Unity as they risk their lives to clear mines and IEDs in the war against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
Tales of Two Cities (December 10 @ Aga Khan Museum)
Visit the Aga Khan Museum and its beautiful courtyard for the premiere of Tales of Two Cities, an orchestra and chamber choir concert filmed in the museum last year.
Free Screening: The Nutcracker (December 10 @ West Wing, Union Station)
Get cozy and watch a festive classic as part of Union Station's month long free entertainment initiative, Union Holiday.