Even as the year winds down, there are plenty of fun-filled activities running across the city. Brighten up these final days of December with these Toronto immersive experiences, art exhibits, comedy shows and more.

Wonka’s Sweet Escape

Escape into the whimsical world of Wonka! This magical immersive experience (recently launched with a visit from Timothée Chalamet himself!) expands on the enchanting world of the newly-released film, bringing to life sugar-coated delicacies like a 30ft tall chocolate-candy cherry blossom tree, and a larger-than-life WONKA chocolate bar. Come for sweet photo-ops, giveaways, and other delicious surprises. More info.

When: On now until January 2

Where: Yorkdale


Arcadia Earth Toronto

This multi-sensory experience uses 17,000 square feet, interactive projection mapping, augmented reality and virtual reality to showcase the beauty of our planet—but also the harm humans have caused. Learn about Earth’s most pressing environmental challenges and how to live more sustainably while taking in these vast, breathtaking visuals. More info.

When: On now

Where: The Well at 486 Front St W

Being and Belonging – Final Weeks

Don’t miss your last chance to see Being and Belonging, a bold exhibit at the ROM featuring compelling artworks by 25 women artists from or connected to the Islamic world. Their work offers fresh perspectives on the defining issues of our time—exploring themes like identity, power, sexuality and displacement. More than 100 art pieces are on display, including paintings, photography, graffiti art, textiles, ceramics, animation, mosaics, and video installations. More info.

When: On now, closes January 7

Where: Royal Ontario Museum

Chaos Menu: Disorder Up!

Treat yourself to an evening of non-stop laughter and unpredictable hilarity with the latest mainstage revue from The Second City! The show offers all the music, mischief, and mayhem that The Second City Toronto is known for, making light of the absurdity of the world around us with an all-star cast of comedians: PHATT al, Andy Assaf, Ron Pederson, Coko Galore, Liz Johnston and Devon Henderson. More info. 

When: On now

Where: 1 York Street

Dressed to Impress: Footwear and Consumerism in the 1980s

If you’re looking for some nostalgia this holiday season, this exhibit at the Bata Shoe Museum is all about the bold fashion and bright colours of footwear of the 1980s. From cone heels to high-status sneakers, learn about the innovation of the decade that influenced consumer habits of today. Also, check out their Frosty Footwear Winter Break events for hands-on crafts and bingo. More info.

When: On now

Where: Bata Shoe Museum


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Winter at The Bentway

Join in the winter fun happening at The Bentway! Their  220m figure-eight outdoor skate trail is now open for the season, featuring Northen Lights inspired arches and free skate rentals. If you’re in for a chill this New Year’s Eve, join the brave Torontonians stripping down at their annual Polar Bear Skate and clothing drive. More info.

When: On now

Where: The Bentway


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Light Up the Dark

The Aga Khan Museum is closing out the year with a display of stunning light projections illuminating its exterior. Created by a group of OCAD students, these mesmerizing animations are inspired by works in the museum. Enjoy pop-up performances, warm drinks, and bites from the museum’s restaurant, all for free. More info.

When: December 27-29

Where: Aga Khan Museum