Featured Events & Exhibitions

Toronto is starting to sparkle and shine as a festive feeling takes hold.

This season’s featured events and exhibitions include unparalleled performance, gasp-worthy gifts and the jolliest parade of the year. For a full range of goings on, check out our calendar of Toronto events.

Featured Events

Canadian Opera Company

2015/2016 Season

The new season includes four magnificent new productions (including a world premiere), stellar international casts and the magic of musical storytelling that only the Canadian Opera Company can provide.

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Royal Winter Fair

November 6 to 15.

Once a year, the country comes to the city bringing along over 300 vendors, regal horse shows, entertaining dog shows and everything in between.

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The Santa Claus Parade

Sunday, November 15.

The Santa Claus Parade has been a Toronto tradition since 1905. See two dozen marching bands and a couple of thousand costumed participants, cheered along by excited kids.

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Toronto Christmas Market

November 20 to December 20.

The romance and magic of a traditional Christmas Market at the beautiful Distillery Historic District.

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One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale

November 26 to December 6.

For 40 years, this celebration of creativity has been the place to go for unique, handmade goods.

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Cavalcade of Lights

Saturday, November 28.

A Toronto holiday tradition for nearly 50 years, featuring the illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas tree.

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12 Trees of Christmas

November 12, 2015 to January 3, 2016.

The Gardiner Museum celebrates the festive season by displaying Christmas trees decorated by renowned designers. A showcase of vibrant creativity, with creations that are elegant, wild, highly personal, and outrageously beautiful.

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Brampton Christmas Tree Lighting

Friday, November 20.

An exciting celebration for the whole family. The event features live entertainment, interactive demonstrations and fun-filled activities for people of all ages!

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Mississauga Light Up the Square 2015

Saturday, November 21.

Warm your heart with holiday magic at the official lighting of the Christmas Tree.

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Featured Exhibitions

Art Gallery of Ontario

J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free

Now open. The critically-acclaimed solo exhibition from the Tate Britain makes its only Canadian appearance in Toronto.

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Ontario Science Centre

Red Bull Stratos: Mission to the Edge of Space

Until January 13, 2016. Free fall into science at the Ontario Science Centre! To mark the third anniversary of the record-breaking jump by Austrian skydiver, Felix Baumgartner, the Science Centre welcomes Red Bull Stratos, an exhibit that highlights the equipment used in the mission, which includes Baumgartner’s space suit and 1,450-kilogram (3,200-pound) capsule.

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Royal Ontario Museum

Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano

Now open. Pompeii: In the Shadow of the Volcano presents over 200 objects excavated from the ancient site that reveal the daily lives of the people of Pompeii.

ROM Friday Night Live

Toronto’s most unique social destination is back for a new season of drinks, food, and live music. Dance among the fossils and rub elbows with history at ROM Friday Night Live.

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! Panda Cubs

Er Shun, the Zoo’s female giant panda, gave birth to twins on October 13, 2015. The cubs will remain in the maternity area of the giant panda house for several months. As this area is not visible to the public, the Zoo will provide updates at #TOPandaCubs.

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Andy Warhol: Stars of the Silver Screen

Until January 24, 2016.

This major exhibition surveys Warhol’s celebrity obsession and features his personal collection of Hollywood artifacts and memorabilia, as well as early artworks, film and video works, and photographs.

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Aga Khan Museum

Home Ground: Contemporary Art From the Barjeel Art Foundation

Until January 3, 2016.

Pushing boundaries, testing limits: this powerful exhibition from the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE runs the gamut from photography to installation, sculpture to painting, and more. Experience the work of 12 Arab artists who examine how private life is shaped by current political events.

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Casa Loma: Toronto’s Majestic Castle

Escape From the Tower

Now open!

The year is 1941. You and your team have been recruited to an undercover Anti-Submarine Detection Research Center in the tower of Casa Loma. You must find the coordinates of the enemy’s U-boats and communicate their location to our allies. You have 60 minutes to complete your missions and escape the tower. Will you Escape From the Tower?

Gardiner Museum

European Porcelain Gallery Revealed, Kent Monkman, and 12 Trees

This fall & winter.

This fall brings exciting changes and special events to the Gardiner Museum, including the unveiling of the transformed European porcelain gallery, the opening of the highly anticipated show Kent Monkman: The Rise and Fall of Civilization, and the Museum’s annual 12 Trees exhibition, which this year reimagines the Christmas tree both aesthetically and conceptually.