As we head into December, Toronto is in full-on holiday mode! Here are the grand openings, screenings, holiday markets and other enlightening events you won’t want to miss this week.
Second City Grand Opening
Second City’s brand-new flagship Toronto venue will have its grand opening on November 30! This new location at One York Street will feature three theatres, nine studios for student classes and workshops, plus a restaurant and bar. Performances in the new comedy complex start on December 1, including holiday-themed improv and sketch shows. Find out more.
Hilary MacMillan Holiday Bazaar
Hilary MacMillan has another pop-up launching this week! This December at the Hilary MacMillan Holiday Bazaar, shop for your favourite pieces from the collection, as well as a curated selection of international and Canadian lifestyle brands, including Blume, The Silk Labs and La Daje Jewelry. And from November 30th-December 4th, you can take a festive photo with the holiday portrait set-up from Mint Room Studios. See what else is in store!
Netflix Canada Holiday House
This free immersive experience from Netflix Canada offers four days of free holiday fun, with something the whole family can enjoy. From Dec. 1- 4, the Campbell House in downtown Toronto will be transformed into a winter wonderland, full of Instagram and TikTok ready moments. Decorate ornaments, write a holiday letter and enjoy sweet treats including hot chocolate, donuts, and candy.
Watch Little Women at The Revue
Begin your holiday season with the March sisters at this screening of the 1994 film, Little Women, hosted by We Really Like Her. Gillian Armstrong’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel features a star-studded cast of Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon and Christian Bale. This heartfelt coming-of-age drama is full of heart and whimsy. See it at The Revue on December 1. Get your tickets.
TIFF Make it Fashion series
Film and fashion go hand-in-hand. At TIFF Bell Lightbox this December, the Make it Fashion series will explore a century of fashion in films we love. Check out the roster of 14 films, including classics like Romeo and Juliet, Marie Antoinette, and Cabaret, that showcase the work of major fashion houses like Prada and Dior, as well as independent designers. In partnership with Fashion Art Toronto, a special runway show will kick off the celebrations on December 2. And don’t miss the In Conversation With… discussion with Black Panther costume designer Ruth E. Carter on Dec. 3! Tickets go on sale to the public on November 30.
Danceworks’ IN-WARD at Harbourfront
On Dec. 1-2, a fascinating dance performance featuring some of Canada’s top hip-hop performers is coming to Harbourfront Centre. Created by Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé, IN-WARD weaves together hip-hop and contemporary dance styles to depict the complex range of human emotions, exploring the depths of human relationships and pushing the limits through its choreography. Get your tickets.
Canadian Modern Exhibit at the ROM
A new exhibit showcasing contemporary Canadian design is opening at the ROM this week. Canadian Modern celebrates innovations in the world of Canadian design, and honours legendary designers like John Fluevog, Karin Jones, Michael Fortune, and Daphne Odjig. Visitors to the Canadian Modern exhibit can expect to see over 100 innovative creations including furniture, fashion, jewellery, glassware, ceramics, textile design, graphic design, and electronics. This engaging exhibit is opening on December 3.
Tranzac Holiday Gift Fair
Tranzac’s holiday gift fair will feature dozens of vendors every day. Find original gifts by local artists and artisans this weekend, December 3 and 4, at 292 Brunswick Ave. Admission is free for this annual holiday craft fair! If you can’t catch it this weekend, it will return for Dec. 10-11, and 17-18. See the full list of vendors here.
Toronto Art Crawl Christmas Pop Up
The 6th annual Christmas pop-up from Toronto Art Crawl will feature 70+ local artists and designers to shop from and find a perfect gift. Browse through original art, fashion, jewelry, home decor, vintage, photography, body care and more—plus a DJ, live demos, and food vendors. Take in all the holiday magic on Dec. 4 at The Great Hall.
Last Week of the One Of A Kind Show
On until Dec. 4 at the Enercare Centre, this is your last chance to shop the One Of A Kind Show. It’s a must-visit for holiday gifts: you’ll find an extensive selection of handmade toys, beautiful home design, art, apothecary, stationary and more. With 600+ Canadian artisans displaying their work, you’re bound to find a unique and creative gift crafted with care.