Top Spots to Check Out Christmas Lights, Trees & Decorations in Toronto, Canada


Every year, during the most festive time of the season, shopping malls, businesses and iconic places around the city will put up beautiful Christmas trees, lights and decorations to celebrate Christmas and the holiday season. In particular, believe it or not, the Toronto financial district has some of the most cool spots to take photos of the beautiful Christmas trees, lights and decorations.

Below are my recommended top spots to check out Christmas lights; trees and decorations in Toronto, Canada.

Eaton Centre

Eaton Centre is 1 of the most busiest shopping malls in Toronto. It is where many brands and stores are located for people to do their last minute Christmas shopping. It is also a popular spot to check out its super tall Christmas tree that is located from the PATH level near the water fountain and stretches all the way up into the roof of the shopping centre. Each year around mid-November, it will have a Christmas tree unveil and this year is no different as the Eaton Centre invited U.S. Open Winner and home grown tennis star, Bianca Andreescu to unveil the Christmas tree.

CF Toronto Eaton Centre
Address: 220 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 2H1

Fairmont Royal York Hotel

The iconic Fairmont Royal York Hotel has its traditional Christmas tree lights ceremony every year. This year, they also have a 2-story high gingerbread house which made of real ginger bread and tons of candies on the wall of the house. I have to say, the Christmas tree at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel is my favourite tree for 2019. I really like the height of the tree, along with the yellow lights. It’s bling bling all the way!

Be sure to walk outside the entrance of the Royal York to check the festive displays of its cool holiday decorations.

While you are in the area, be sure to walk across to the Union Station and check out its outdoor skating rink. It’s new for 2019 and people can rent skates free of charge at one of the booths and you can skate and enjoy the view of the Royal York Hotel and the CN Tower. And you can check out the Best Buy lounge to keep you warm.

Address: 100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 1E3
Phone: (416) 368-2511

Nathan Phillips Square/City Hall

Outside the Nathan Phillips Square and the City Hall, you will see a giant outdoor Christmas tree. The tall tree is here in preparation for the 53rd annual Cavalcade of Lights, which usually take place at the end of November of each year and will feature the first lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas tree along with a spectacular fireworks display.

When I was checking out this giant Christmas tree, there was also a Christmas market where vendors sell some unique products and it’s perfect for holiday gift ideas. And I saw the merry-go-around carousel as well. It’s a super fun place to be especially with people skating around the rink as well.

Address: 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N1

Hudson’s Bay Christmas Display

After checking out the giant Christmas tree at the Eaton Centre, be sure to walk across the mall to check out the outdoor window displays at the Hudson Bay. Every year, the displays are different. The store does an official window display ceremony, usually accompany with a live music performance plus every window display moves and operated by machines so it’s quite fascinating to see how everything moves.

Address: 176 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5C 2L7
Phone: (416) 861-9111

Scotia Plaza

At the financial district, every business building has a nice setup of its own Christmas tree and decoration displays. And Scotia Plaza has a nice set of decorations all around the building. In particular, the ornament is super glamorous and shinny.

Address: 40 King Street West; Toronto, Ontario

Brookfield Place

Brookfield place is another a good spot in the financial district that has its traditional holiday decorations. It’s a spot that often showcase art collection and photography exhibits around the building all year round. Its unique iconic water fountain is 1 of my favourite chilling spots. High up above, you will see a Christmas decoration lifted up in the mid-air. It’s super festive and beautiful.

Address: 181 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5J 2T3

Queen-Richmond Centre West (Ricarda’s)

Another beautiful business building that has beautiful holiday decors is at Queen-Richmond Centre West. In case you are not sure where it is, it’s basically the atrium inside the same building as the Ricarda’s restaurant located at the 134 Peter Street.

Address: 134 Peter St, Toronto, ON M5V 2H2
Phone: (416) 977-9002

Bay Adelaide Centre

The Bay Adelaide Centre is an office complex in the Financial District of Toronto, Canada. The open parkette located between the two high rise business buildings provide a great spot for people to have lunch or take a coffee break. Most often in the summer, it has food trucks to sell unique food items. And during Christmas time, it has a big Christmas tree outside along with beautiful holiday lights along with speakers located around the area playing festive music. It looks especially beautiful during the evening when the place is LIT.

Address: 134 Peter St, Toronto, ON M5V 2H2
Phone: (416) 977-9002

The Omni King Edward Hotel

The Omni King Edward Hotel (aka King Edward Hotel) is located close to the King & Yonge intersection. A lovely hotel with a nice crystal boardroom for holiday parties and weddings on the 17th floor. The Christmas decorations at the grand lobby is always so classy and elegant.

Address: 134 Peter St, Toronto, ON M5V 2H2
Phone: (416) 977-9002

If you have any suggestions and any other cool spots that people should check out in the Toronto during the Christmas holiday season, please feel free to let me know so I can add them to this cool list of awesome spots.


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