Photos: Tiffany Shum
From the finest hotels to stunning corporate buildings, we share where to find the most glittering and spectacular Christmas trees in Toronto.
Every year the Distillery District hosts a “Distillery Winter Village” from about the middle of November to the end of December. The winter village features local shops and cafes as well as vendor cabins offering specially curated seasonal items and gifts, plus delicious, can’t-miss food cabins.
Every year the 51-foot-tall white spruce Christmas tree is decorated with a different theme, and opens the winter village for the season with a special tree lighting ceremony.
Nathan Phillips Square is home to Toronto City Hall, and the city’s official Christmas tree. The 55-foot tree is officially lit during the annual Cavalcade of Lights event near the end of November, and remains throughout the season.
The CF Toronto Eaton Centre is home to a massive, 108-foot tree, the tallest in the country. Its lighting ceremony normally happens around mid November when it is unveiled to the public for the first time, and remains throughout the season.
For the past few years Casa Loma has hosted “Christmas At The Castle”. Which features a wide range of activities and thrilling performances for the whole family. Guests are also surrounded by holiday magic throughout the castle which is resplendent with holiday décor, including a 40ft tall tree in the Great Hall and eight other signature trees by talented Canadian designers.
For over 93 years, Fairmont Royal York has been the city’s choice to celebrate the holidays. In recent years they have been spreading the holiday cheer at their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, which features a tree that is over 20 feet tall.
Escape 31 floors up to Louix Louis in one of Toronto’s most famous hotels, The St. Regis. Celebrate the festive season with their signature St. Regis rituals including champagne sabrage and festive menus. The glamorous hotel also has stunning Christmas trees throughout the lobby.
The Ritz-Carlton, one of Toronto’s chicest hotels offers multiple festive experiences. Including a Festive Brunch Buffet, dessert cave and more. The hotel also offers a festive afternoon tea at Epoch Bar & Kitchen, and fills their lobby with stunning holiday decor, capped off with an elegant Christmas tree in the lobby.
Shangri-La Hotel Toronto is filled with festive spirit. Their lobby lounge is featuring eight seasonal cocktails from traditional mulled wine to extravagant snow globes. Their popular Nutcracker afternoon tea is also back, Thursday to Sunday throughout December. In recent years they have featured a Holiday Pointe Shoe Tree, complete with 499 pointe shoes, donated by ballerinas from The National Ballet of Canada in their Lobby Lounge.
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto sets the stage for a memorable holiday filled with special programming, curated offerings and inspired menus for guests, near and far, to enjoy. Guests can expect to indulge in annual holiday brunches, lunches and festive feasts, the Après Ski Pop-Up, festive afternoon tea, and Festive Escape packages. Four Seasons Toronto also puts on a lavish display with holiday decor throughout the hotel, complete with a beautiful Christmas Tree in the lobby.
Commerce Court is a rare complex that intersects and inspires the worlds of business and architecture. Its history reaches back to 1931 when at that time, The North Tower, designed by the firm Pearson and Darling, was the tallest building in the British Empire and today remains a historical Beaux-Arts jewel. Three other modern buildings were eventually commissioned, Commerce Court West, East and South, and were designed by I.M. Pei, who is one of the most influential architects of the modern era. Every year Commerce Court features stunning holiday decor both inside and outside, including a massive Christmas tree.
Situated at the very centre of Canadian business, TD Centre is Canada’s most prestigious business community. In recent years they have had a stunning Christmas tree display outside in the centre court area, and when shot just right, offers a stunning view with the CN Tower.
200 King Street West is located right at the corner of University Avenue and King Street West in Toronto’s Financial District, and every year offers a stunning away of holiday decor, including a massively decorated tree.
This office tower in the heart of downtown Toronto is stunning both inside and out. The marble clad lobby is host to their elegant holiday decor, including a gorgeous Christmas tree. You can pop in to see the tree, and then head to one of the many dining and retail amenities in the area for an extra special festive experience.
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