The 10 best things to do this week in Toronto

Winter is approaching and the city is alive and well with plenty of arts, shopping, food and more to enjoy! From a festive floral display to a few vintage and flea markets for holiday shopping, here are 10 things to do in Toronto this week.

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See Yorkville bloom into the holiday season

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From Wednesday to Sunday, a very festive floral display will take over the Yorkville neighbourhood. The popular Fleur de Villes NOEL is back with over 30 floral installations created by the city’s top floral artists — follow the trail through the neighbourhood and shop the fresh flower market to take some of that seasonal inspiration home with you!

Learn about Geddy Lee’s life from the man himself

Famed Rush band member Geddy Lee has come a long way from his days growing up in Toronto — and now you get to learn all about him, from dropping out of high school to forming the band he’s now famous for, thanks to his new book, My Effin’ Life. Meet him in person at his Toronto stop of his book tour at Massey Hall this Thursday!

Celebrate Christmas with the Clemons

Football legend Michael “Pinball” Clemons and motivational speaker and singer Diane Clemons are inviting all of Toronto to celebrate the holidays with them this week! On Wednesday, join their family and some of Toronto’s top artists at Roy Thomson Hall for Christmas with the Clemons, a fundraiser for the Pinball Clemons Foundation that supports marginalized and racialized youth.

Take in the sounds of a holiday classic at the Toronto Symphony

For Home Alone lovers, there’s a unique way to experience this holiday classic in Toronto this week! From Thursday to Sunday, see the popular Christmas film as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performs the stunning John Williams score live.

Catch the premiere of two incredible Mirvish shows

The year may be ending, but the season of great theatre has only just begun! On Thursday, see the premiere of Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations at CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre. And on Saturday, catch the premiere of 42nd Street, the “original showbiz musical,” at Princess of Wales Theatre.

Enjoy an on-stage version of a holiday romance

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If you love Hallmark Christmas movies, you’ll love Chris, Mrs., a new show coming to Toronto featuring some of the province’s top stage performers! Enjoy the opening night performance of this festive musical on Thursday, or grab tickets every night or for weekend matinees until Dec. 31!

Celebrate the season with the city’s favourite vintage market

Hippie Market has cemented its status as one of the top vintage markets in the city — and this weekend, they’re giving their tried and true formula a holiday twist with Hippie Holiday! Enjoy a night market on Friday and a daytime version on Saturday where you can source all the unique holiday gifts you’ll ever need.

Start a new holiday tradition with The Nutcracker

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For many families in Toronto, watching The Nutcracker performed by The National Ballet of Canada is an annual holiday tradition — and once you see it this year, you might want to make it one too! Beginning on Friday and running until New Year’s Eve, this delightful performance is a classic for a reason.

Have a laugh with Chelsea Handler

Grammy-nominated comedian, television host and best-selling author Chelsea Handler is coming to Toronto on Thursday and Friday as part of her Little Big Bitch Tour, where fans will get to learn a lot more about the comedian (and enjoy some big laughs along the way). 

Shop for holiday goodies at the Toronto Flea’s market

Formerly known as the Leslieville Flea, the newly branded Toronto Flea is back with everyone’s favourite annual tradition — A Very Merry Market! This holiday-themed flea market will feature 70 vendors between Saturday and Sunday and it has been carefully curated to bring you the very best in antique, secondhand and artisan finds!

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