Take in the festive magic across Toronto this week, with winter markets, classic holiday movies, engaging stage shows and more.

Festive Favourites at Hot Docs

Watch a bunch of holiday classics at Hot Docs Cinema this week. Get in the festive spirit with $5 screenings of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and the Canadian thriller Black Christmas, as well as a special screening of Elf with an adult twist. They will also be accepting donations to support Spadina-Fort York Community Care. More info.

When: On now until December 25

Where: Hot Docs Cinema

TSO Holiday Pops

Experience a magical symphony of sounds at these special holiday concerts from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Legendary Canadian jazz vocalist Molly Johnson and the Etobicoke School of the Arts Holiday Chorus will join the TSO for a joyful concert with timeless classics and festive favourites that are sure to lift your spirits. More info.

When: December 11-13

Where: Roy Thomson Hall

Photo by Dahlia Katz

101 Holiday Movie Moments

This holiday comedy spectacle will take audiences on a journey through a heartfelt and hilarious reimagination of the traditional Hallmark Christmas movie plot, blending nostalgia, laughter, sing-a-long moments, and 101 movie references you’ll love, with a star-studded cast, including Ann Pornel and Kirsten Rasmussen. Jump over to our Instagram for a chance to win tickets! More info.

When: December 12-31

Where: Comedy Bar Danforth

To Kill a Tiger 

To Kill a Tiger shares one family’s devastating story and an urgent message about the staggering violence against women and girls in India, where a rape is reported every 20 minutes and conviction rates are less than 30 percent. This cinematic documentary was awarded a Canadian Screen Award in 2023, and has received praise from the likes of Mindy Kaling and Deepa Mehta. Join director Nisha Pahuja for a Q&A after the December 13 screening. More info. 

When: December 13 & 18

Where:  Hot Docs Cinema

A Holiday Mercadito

Local Latin artists will showcase their creativity at this lively indoor holiday market! With a range of art, stationery, home goods, ceramics, clothing, jewelry, accessories, candles, tattoos,  and more, you’re sure to find a special item you’ll cherish. More info.

When: December 16

Where: CSI Annex Lounge

Toronto Sunday Market

Discover a treasure trove of independent businesses at the Toronto Sunday Market, and find the perfect gift from local vendors selling handmade crafts, accessories, artisanal goods and more one-of-a-kind items. More info.

When: December 17

Where: Parkdale Hall

The Winter Market at Evergreen Brick Works

An afternoon of festive fun and holiday shopping awaits you this weekend at Evergreen Brick Works. Their Winter Market is an extravaganza of seasonal magic, featuring the Ontario Artisan Market and Ontario Vintage Market, public skating, live performances, an art hive, and delicious food and drinks. More info. 

When: December 17

Where: Evergreen Brick Works

Tranzac Holiday Gift Fair

This is the final weekend for the 2023 Tranzac Holiday Gift Fair, featuring dozens of vendors. Find original gifts by local artists and artisans at this annual holiday craft fair. Admission is free! More info.

When: December 17 & 18

Where: 292 Brunswick Ave

Winter Blooms at Toronto Botanical Garden

This is the final weekend to enjoy the festive flora and cozy atmosphere of TBG’s Winter Blooms. Find the perfect nature-inspired gift at their holiday market, and enjoy a human-sized terrarium, a dreamy art installation, outdoor firepits, and more. More info.

When: On now until December 17

Where: Toronto Botanical Garden

Photo by Dahlia Katz

Hypothetical Baby

Rachel Cairns, creator of the award-winning Aborsh podcast, takes to the stage to tell the story of her unintended pregnancy and a Christmas Eve abortion. The show explores the personal and societal factors that shape our reproductive lives, mixing data and drama to talk about abortion honestly and vulnerably. More info.

When: On now until December 17

Where: Tarragon Theatre