Christmas at the Castle and Holiday Lights Tour returns to Toronto’s fabled destination, Casa Loma.  This year’s events include both an indoor, daytime offering of family activities, as well as an evening experience featuring a dazzling lighting display and outdoor adventure through the historic gardens, walkways, and tunnels of the castle.

Marvel in the magic at the castle, resplendent with stunning holiday décor, including a 25 ft tree in the Great Hall, and eight signature trees created by talented Canadian designers. Destination “design” trees are scattered throughout the castle, in the Great Hall, designed by the Casa Loma Design and Décor team; in the Windsor Room, created by Cheryl Torrenueva; in the Study, designed by James Connelly, and in Lady Mary’s Solarium, as imagined by Carlos Lazaga from Christmas with Carlos, and more.

Both young and old will thrill at live theatrical performances including the Knight Before Christmas performances of swordplay and archery, the celebrated, Canadian Majinx illusion show, along with a live aerialist soaring high above the Great Hall ceiling, roaming mime artists and mascots, a wandering and interactive magician, and more.

Visitors can also experience the wonderment of winter in its glory, while wandering outdoors through a dazzling lighting display in the gardens and inside in the famous underground tunnels, adorned for the holidays. Designed as a self-guided walk, guests stroll through the property’s grounds delighting in the decorations, lights and live performances including a magic show, a fire performer, roaming mime artists, mascots and stilt walkers, a trio of Christmas carolers, and Santa and his entourage.

As always, children are invited to visit Santa Claus, Mrs. Santa, and the elves in their castle workshop, while penning letters to the North Pole for their holiday wishes. 

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Christmas at the Castle

Holiday Lights Tour

Again, this year the venue will host a toy drop off for the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish; guests are encouraged to bring a wrapped gift to donate. Also, one dollar from each adult admission during Christmas at the Castle will be donated to the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish Foundation. For more information visit

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