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Weekend events in Toronto November 25-27 2016

Weekend events in Toronto will keep you warm even though you might be outside. Case in point is the ongoing Toronto Christmas Market. You'll feel like you're walking on the set of a holiday film, complete with fire pits and hot drinks, like mulled wine, around every corner. Or huddle up in Nathan Phillips Square for the annual Cavalcade of Lights festivities.

Here are my picks for the top events in Toronto this weekend.


Toronto Christmas Market (Until Dec. 22, Distillery District)
We've already showed you what the Christmas market looks like this year, and it doesn't disappoint. And that's a good thing, since you now have to pay to get in (except during most weekdays). There's live entertainment, vendors, fire pits, food and hot drinks to keep you warm for your entire visit.

Regent Park Film Fest (Until Nov. 26, Daniels Spectrum)
This film festival is completely free and unlike any other fest in the city. It features, "local and international independent works relevant to people from all walks of life, with a focus on low income and public housing communities." Check out the official lineup and programming schedule to see a film.

One of a Kind Show (Until Dec. 4, Enercare Centre)
Over 800 vendors and artisans welcome you to this massive shopping event featuring clothes, visual art, food and all kinds of other unique gift ideas all in one spot. It saves you a lot of time and keeps you indoors while getting all that shopping done.

Cavalcade of Lights (Nov. 26, City Hall)
Not only will there be a massive fireworks show at City Hall as part of this holiday ceremony, they'll also light up a 60-foot Christmas tree, throw a skating party with DJs and feature live entertainment. And that's just one of the big lighting shows this weekend; Riverside and the Beaches are also launching their light shows.


We've teamed up with the City of Toronto to host the official photo challenge for this year's Cavalcade of Lights at City Hall. To enter, simply tag your photos on Instagram with #blogTOcavalcade by 11:59 p.m. this Sunday November 27. We'll then select 10 finalists for a reader vote commencing on Monday. Prizes this year include:

  • 1st place: $200 gift card from Henry's Camera
  • 2nd place: $100 gift card from Henry's Camera
  • 3rd place: $50 gift card from Henry's Camera



Pixel & Bristle Winter Edition (Nov. 26, Drake Underground)
Toronto's best design and typography market brings together local designers, illustrators, typographers and makers showing and selling their finest prints, cards, gifts, signage, coasters, wall art, mobiles, bags, banners, textiles, mugs, enamel pins, patches, buttons, stickers and more. Admission is free.

More shopping in Toronto


Official You Can Play Greycup Party (Nov. 25, Striker)
It's the Grey Cup Festival in Toronto this weekend and although that's not really that exciting since the Argos aren't playing, there is this LGBTQ-friendly sports party at Toronto's first ever gay sports bar. This is the first time a professional sports league has officially sanctioned a LGTBQ event during its championship weekend.

Glow in the dark Nerf battle (Nov. 25, Battle Sports Inc.)
$20 gets you into this glow-in-the-dark Nerf battle and pyjama party. It's a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society and also features a dance party inside the Battle Sports venue.


Tanya Tagaq (Nov. 25, Trinity St. Paul's Church)
Don't miss your chance to see the Polaris Prize-winning, throat singing diva perform in this beautiful, intimate venue. Tanya Tagaq can blow the roof off of any venue, but this concert is going to be very special. Michelle Nox will open the show.

More music in Toronto


Footprints 14 year Anniversary (Nov. 26, Rivoli)
We're big fans of Toronto's most famous dance party, which is why this 14th anniversary party is a big, big deal! As always, General Eclectic Jason Sanders and Jason Palma play the goods.

More dance parties in Toronto

Have an event you'd like to plug? Submit your own listing to the blogTO Toronto events section and have a great weekend!

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Photo of the Toronto Christmas Market by Hector Vasquez.

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