Dec 17 | Posted by Barry Cohen

Christmas is a busy time of year, and the GTA has activities, live performances, craft markets and delightful opportunities which let the family break away from the hustle and bustle and listen to some outstanding musical performances including everything from Handel’s Messiah to whimsical magic shows and big name concerts by performers from around the world.  We hope you have time to take in some of the sounds of the season being offered in and around the GTA.

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

In it’s 17th year the CP Christmas train raises money, food and awareness for food banks across Canada and the US.  The Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet in length with 14 rail cars decorated with hundreds of thousands of LED lights and a modified boxcar that has been turned into a travelling stage for performers.

Magical Winterland Nights – Casa Loma 

Explore the magic of Casa Loma at night.  Wander through the gardens aglow with a dazzling light display and see famed illusionist and entertainer Professor Wick’s holiday themed magic show. Visit Santa in his workshop surrounded by his winter mascots and take part in a scavenger hunt.  Sing along with live carolers; enjoy savoury chili, s’mores and hot cocoa.

The Messiah – Roy Thomson Hall – Dec 15, 19, 20

The biggest Messiah performance in Toronto, Handel’s immortal oratorio will be given in Sir Andrew Davis’s uniquely grand scaled tradition with a large classical orchestra, huge choral force and esteemed vocal soloists.

Orpheus Choir Of Toronto – Dec 15 Roy Thomson Hall

This beloved choir’s program will feature an eclectic blend of choral favourites to celebrate the holiday season.

Christmas Concert By The Candy Cane Carolers – Dec 18 – Solar Stage Children’s Theatre

Bring the whole family to sing along with the famous Candy Cane Carolers for this special event Christmas Concert.  There will be treats, hot beverages and some surprises too.

Toronto Children’s Chorus – Dec 19 – Roy Thomson Hall

Internationally renowned Canadian baritone Russell Braun joins the 300 member Toronto’s Children’s Chorus at one of the city’s favourite holiday traditions.  The program features seasonal classics, audience carols and new works accompanied by piano, strings, trumpet and a mighty pipe organ.

Trans Siberian Orchestra – Dec 23 – Air Canada Centre

If you are not familiar with their music, the TSO is a delightful blend of symphony and rock that puts their own unique twist on holiday favourites; they are in town for two shows.

Christmas Choral Concert At City Hall – Dec 24th

The entire family will enjoy this choral concert by All The King’s Voices, Toronto Beaches Children’s Chorus and Toronto Mass Choir.

Trees Of Christmas – Gardiner Museum 

This year, Canada’s leading designers and artists will be invited to re-imagine Christmas trees both aesthetically and conceptually for a bold new direction for the museum’s 27th annual 12 Trees Exhibition.  Come and experience Christmas trees like never before.

Gallery Of Trees – Elman W. Campbell Museum

The Royal Family celebrated the holiday season with Christmas trees even before the custom became popular.  This exhibit is sure to inspire whether your taste is Victorian, Edwardian or retro – there is truly something for everyone.

Christmas At Black Creek

Come see the village in its finest holiday attire and celebrate the Christmas season with old and new traditions. Special weekend programs include horse-drawn wagon rides around the historic village and a chance to meet with Santa in Santa’s Cottage.

Santa Clause Cruises

Families are invited to join Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves for a magical one-hour cruise aboard the Northern Spirits.

We hope you set time aside from shopping and entertaining to take in some of the amazing performances this holiday season.