Featured Events & Exhibitions

Things are getting sparkly and bright as the holiday season takes hold.

Here are just a few of the many big events coming up and for a full range of goings on, check out our calendar of Toronto events. ShareThis

The Toronto Christmas Market

November 18 to December 21

Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market.

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The Nutcracker

December 10 to 31

The National Ballet of Canada’s touching and multilayered version of the famous ballet, choreographed by James Kudelka, is a spectacular re-imagining that has been greeted with rapturous acclaim by audiences whenever it is performed.

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Ugly Sweater Cocktail Cruise

Friday, December 16

Get decked out in your ugliest Christmas sweater and come aboard the Northern Spirit for a festive evening on the lake, with the best views of Toronto.

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World Junior Hockey Championships

December 23 to January 2

Cheer on Canada’s National Junior Team or root for one of the 9 other national teams from around the world. The 2017 Championship is a chance to see hockey played at the highest calibre.

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DJ Skate Nights: A NYE Ice Skating Jam

Saturday, December 31

8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.: Count down to the New Year with the whole family at DJ Skate Nights: A NYE Ice Skating Jam Named Saturdays, as DJ P-Plus serves up the hottest hits. No posing, no pretense, just real music!

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January 27 to February 9, 2017

Toronto’s favourite culinary celebration, is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the city’s culinary scene through delicious three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus served at more than 200 restaurants.

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Art Gallery of Ontario

Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more

October 22 to January 29, 2017.

Organized in partnership with the renowned Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more breaks new art historical ground, exploring the mystical experiences of 36 artists from 15 countries. The only showing in North America, Mystical Landscapes features many works that rarely leave their home museums, as well as a series of Gaugin paintings that have been brought together for the first time and are being displayed as a tryptich, as the artist intended.

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Ontario Science Centre

Wild Weather

October 5, 2016 to January 7, 2017.

Delve into severe weather science, discover cutting edge technology and investigate the stories of scientists, forecasters and wild weather enthusiasts. Get “struck” by lightning in slow motion and discover how lightning forms. Dance up a storm; the more energy you put in, the bigger the storm!

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Toronto Zoo

Giant Pandas

For only the second time ever, two giant pandas (named Er Shun and Da Mao) are exhibited in Canada. See the pandas now at the Zoo!

UPDATE: Meet the Panda Cubs!

Er Shun, the Zoo’s female giant panda, gave birth to twins in the fall of 2015. The cubs, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue, are getting bigger every day and can be seen daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last admission at 3:30 p.m.). Visit for details. #TOPandaCubs.

Royal Ontario Museum


June 25, 2016 to January 2, 2017.

An exhibition of dozens of works by one of the world’s foremost artists working in glass today. Created by sand, fire and human breath, these fantastic, imaginative works of art provide a uniquely sensory experience and a chance to immerse yourself in a world of colour and light. See Chihuly at the ROM

Hockey Hall of Fame

Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Exhibit

July 1, 2016 to March 6, 2017.

A must-see for every hockey fan, the limited-time Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Exhibit is an immersive tribute to 100 years of pride and passion. The exhibit is an homage to those who have worn the blue and white and highlights some of the most iconic moments in the Leaf’s history. Artifacts on display include Darryl Sittler’s stick used during his 10-point game, Bill Barilko’s Stanley Cup-winning OT puck, Mats Sundin’s jersey from the final game at Maple Leaf Gardens, and many more unique treasures.

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Myseum of Toronto Presents

Cosmopolis Toronto: The World in One City

November 3, 2016 to January 8, 2017.

A photography exhibition that explores the journeys of newcomers to Canada, this series by Colin Boyd Shafer captures a Torontonian from every country in the world. In partnership with the Toronto Public Library, Myseum presents this series of exhibitions in library branches across Toronto, with the hub at the Toronto Reference Library in downtown Toronto.

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Aga Khan Museum

Álvario Siza: Gateway to the Alhambra

July 23, 2016 to January 8, 2017.

Spain’s iconic Moorish palace and World Heritage Site comes to life in new exhibition showcasing the designs of one of today’s greatest living architects. Through renderings, models, large-scale photographs and video, the exhibition reveals the artistic challenge behind Siza’s design of the new visitor centre at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain as well as architectural objects from the Alhambra’s own collection.

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Syria: A Living History

October 15, 2016 to February 6, 2017.

For millennia, this region has witnessed great world civilizations comingling on its soil and producing art, literature and culture that constitute the country’s rich legacy. Going beyond the recent stories of conflict and turmoil that dominate our understanding, Syria: A Living History inspires new understanding of Syria’s past and present.

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