This winter, the Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) is transforming into a magical winter wonderland with its inaugural festival, “Winter Blooms”. From November 24 to December 17, 2023, visitors can immerse themselves in a unique blend of seasonal magic and natural beauty.
The festival offers a variety of attractions for all ages. The Holiday Market, open on two weekends (November 24-26 and December 15-17), features over 100 local vendors offering eco-friendly and botanically themed products. Visitors can enjoy live music, warm up by the outdoor firepit, and indulge in delicious food from onsite food trucks or the indoor TBG Bloom Cafe.
For those seeking a mesmerizing spectacle, the Wonders of Winterland: Dance + Circus show (December 8-10) promises to captivate with breathtaking displays of aerial silks, straps, trapeze, dance, and acrobatics by Toronto’s top aerial artists.
Families will find plenty of engaging activities throughout the festival. Hands-on workshops, Artist and Author Talks, Elf School for kids, family wreath-making, and garden chats with Master Gardeners are just some of the offerings.
A highlight of the festival is the new 17’ human-size terrarium. This wood-framed GeoDome, filled with moss and tropical plants, offers a tranquil indoor oasis. It’s available for rent for private events, providing a unique setting for winter picnics, cocktail parties, or wellness experiences.
Art lovers will be enchanted by the Suspended Landscape: Ode to a Prairie exhibit. Canadian embroidery artist Amanda McCavour transforms the TBG’s second-floor mezzanine into a field of floating flowers, blending fantasy and observation.
Finally, the Garden Shop offers a wide selection of holiday home décor, nature-based gifts for kids, fresh seasonal greens, and amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs.
Winter Blooms is a celebration of the season and nature’s wonders, promising a memorable experience for all visitors. For more information, visit torontobotanicalgarden.ca.
Featured image: TBG Market Over 100 local vendors_credit Arthur Mola