Holiday In The City

Celebrate the holidays in the heart of downtown Toronto at The Adelaide Hotel Toronto. Just steps from the city’s most festive holiday events and activities, the hotel’s remarkably central location provides easy access to ice skating and tree lighting at Nathan Phillips Square, premier shopping at Toronto Eaton Centre and SAKS Fifth Avenue, famous holiday markets, theatre and much more!

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Family Holiday Activities

This year, our Guest Service Elves have been working away crafting an array of interactive holiday activities for the whole family to enjoy. Choose a gift from our lobby Gifting Tree, decorate your own gingerbread house, discover downtown Toronto with our Holiday Scavenger Hunt, or mail a letter to Santa in the hotel lobby – the elves have him on speed dial!

To speak to one of our Guest Service Elves regarding your upcoming stay, please email:

Book Dinner and Stay For Less

From Christmas Day Buffet Brunch to our New Year’s Eve Dinner Celebration, you can save on overnight stays when you book one of our festive holiday feasts. To learn more, please call 416-637-5550.

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Holiday Edition

The holiday season in Toronto is a time for family, friends, fun and festivity. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the city transforms into a wonderland filled with sparkling lights, outdoor skating rinks, snow-covered parks and festive window displays. Our renowned concierge invite you to discover their curated list of the cities must-see holiday activities. These are a few of our favourite (holiday) things:


NOV 16 TO DEC 23, 2017

Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this is month-long event celebrates the sounds, sights and scents of Christmas.

Set in the Victorian-era, cobblestone-lined Distillery Historic District, the Christmas Market brings together local craftspeople, musicians and artisanal food-makers for a truly festive experience. Sip on mulled wine and European Christmas cocktails as you peruse the selection of hand-made ornaments, wood carvings and crafts. Then cozy up by the fire or take in carollers, brass bands and authentic European dancers.


Sunday, Nov 19, 2017
Downtown Toronto

The Santa Claus Parade has been a highlight on the calendars of tiny Toronto revellers since 1913! Fantastic floats leave the corner of Christie and Bloor Street,

in the company of marching bands, dancers, prancers and costumed characters all cheered on by hundreds of excited Santa fans along the 5-kilometre route.


Saturday, Nov 25, 2017
Nathan Phillips Square

This festive event, a Toronto tradition for nearly 50 years, features the illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, performances by some of Canada’s top musical talent,

a brilliant fireworks show and a DJ skating party – all in the heart of the city at Nathan Phillips Square.


Dec 1 – Dec 23, 2017
Nathan Phillips Square

In the heart of Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square, the Holiday Fair in the Square runs December 1st – 23rd. Combining the charm and elegance of a Christmas market,

with the excitement and allure of a thriving winter carnival, Fair in the Square is guaranteed to become a Toronto holiday tradition. Whether you’re looking for that unique, perfect gift, taking the family for an afternoon of skating and festive fun, stopping by for some lunch and shopping, or enjoying a romantic evening drink at the ice bar, Holiday Fair in the Square has something for everyone.


Dec 9 – 30, 2017
The National Ballet of Canada

No staged production is more authentically “Christmas” than The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s famous adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffman’s story.

The National Ballet of Canada has been staging the beloved two-act ballet every year since 2005, enthralling children and adults with humour, surprise and sumptuous sets and costumes befitting this fantastic tale. Not to be missed.


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King Street West

CHILL Ice House is the first permanent ice lounge in Canada. At CHILL, guests can lounge in ice booths, sip whisky from hand-carved ice cups,

and marvel at a 2.5-metre frozen CN Tower. Insulated capes and gloves are provided with admission. CHILL Ice House and Gatsby’s Tale speakeasy in the back room compliment each other and provide a unique space for private parties, corporate functions and special events.



For the most iconic holiday window displays in the city, walk one block to the flagship Hudson’s Bay store and Saks Fifth Avenue each put their own twist on these must-see window displays.

The Saks Fifth Avenue design team have rocked it with their “Land of 1000 Delights” featuring nine fantasy music box vignettes. Empress Gingerbread, Marchioness of Confections, Lady Lollipop, Duchess de Chocolate and other Grand Dames of fashion and style don one-of-a-kind couture gowns for the holidays. Window-gazers are dazzled by mannequins in confectionary hoop skirts made of humungous cakes, over-sized candies and Lilliputian cookies. Enormous swirl lollipops, piles of hard rock candy and whipped cotton candy lend a rainbow of colours in lieu of traditional green-and-red splashes.


Dec 2, 2017 – Jan 6, 2018

Craving some holiday adventure? Southern Ontario’s premiere ski destination comes to life with the Jingles & Joy Holiday Festival. Thousands of twinkling lights, festive storefronts

and family-friendly entertainment make the perfect backdrop for holiday celebrations and shopping. Fireworks every Saturday night, horse and wagon rides, Santa, music and family activities.


Christie Pits Park

Oh what fun it is to ride at Christie Pits – a 8.9 hectare park located at 750 Bloor Street West and Christie Street, across from the Christie subway station.

The park features the Alex Duff Memorial Pool, located at its edge are three baseball diamonds, a multi-sport field, basketball and volleyball courts, an artificial ice rink, a children’s playground and labyrinth, a splash pad, a wading pool, and a community garden. The sides of the pits are highly sloped and are used in winter for tobogganing and related activities.


Harbourfront Centre

Set against the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario, the city’s most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel Rink has been an unparalleled skating destination

in Toronto for more than 30 years. It has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Best of all – skating is FREE!

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325 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario M5H 4G3

Phone: 416.306.5800

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