There are just three weekends left until Christmas so time is running out if you hope to catch one of the many holiday-themed events happening in and around the city. Here’s a round-up of the top five worthy of the season:

Toronto Christmas Market

A trip to the city during the Christmas season isn’t complete without a visit to the Toronto Christmas Market. The five-week event is inspired by the European Christmas market that began in German back in the 1400s. Toronto’s market is now ranked one of the top 10 in the world. Attendees of the festive market can buy beautiful crafts, try seasonal foods and take in phenomenal light displays. Admission is free Tuesday to Friday and it costs $6.00 on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. The market is closed on Mondays. It runs from November 15th – December 23.

Christmas at Casa Loma

A majestic take on Christmas as Casa Loma presents: A Nutcracker Christmas at the Castle. The family-friendly event includes shows by illusionist Professor Wick and ice skating performers Glisse on Ice. Visitors are sure to be awed by all the holiday decor throughout the castle, including a 40 foot tree. And of course, Santa is on hand working away in his castle workshop. Admission is $30 for adults, $25 for youth, $25 for seniors and $20 for children, plus any applicable taxes. Casa Loma’s holiday extravaganza is open from December 1st – Jan 6th 9:30 am – 5 pm, and nightly from December 17th – December 23rd.

Aurora Winter Festival

A new edition to Toronto’s Christmas event listings this year, the Aurora Winter Festival has taken over Ontario Place. Described as a hidden village near the North Pole the festival will not disappoint with its sparkly lights, magical characters and amusement rides – among other things. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and kids. A limited number of tickets are available for weekends. The fest runs from November 29th – December 30th.

Holiday Fair in the Square

It’s year number three for the European-inspired holiday fair at Nathan Phillips Square. Featuring the square’s large skating rink, there are also crafts and gourmet snacks for sale as well as festive drinks for those looking for some holiday cheer. All proceeds from this free fair will go to Epilepsy Toronto. It runs from December 1st – December 23rd.

Christmas at the Village

‘Tis the season to check out Black Creek Pioneer Village as they celebrate a Victorian Christmas with special activities planned every Saturday and Sunday.  There are lots to do for people of all ages from singing Christmas carols to sampling delicious roasted chestnuts. Even Jolly old Saint Nick is on hand at the Santa cottage. The festivities run from November 17th – December 23rd.

Photo: Toronto Christmas Market (Facebook)

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