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Handel's Messiah on period instruments | Until Saturday December 16 | Koerner Hall | Hours | Phone 416-964-6337

Tafelmusik, the Baroque ensemble which means table music” or “music for the feast” in German returns to Koerner Hall with Handel's Messiah, an uplifting and moving performance which starts at 2:00pm. Tafelmusik is world renowned for its interpretation of Baroque music on period instruments.

The Nutcracker | Until Saturday December 30 | Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts | Hours | Phone 416-345-9595

The National Ballet’s sumptuous, comical, touching and spellbinding version of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Christmas tale was created in 1995 and has been enthralling audiences – especially children – ever since.

It is a refreshingly traditional version of the story, replete with the details of childhood dreams and the appeal of fantasy, a ballet gloriously designed and costumed and brimming with affection for and insight into the passage from childhood to maturity that all children make.

Guillermo Del Toro: At Home With Monsters | Until Sunday January 7 | Art Gallery of Ontario | Hours | Phone 416-979-6648

From the fantastic to the frightful, this exhibition offers a glimpse into the world of renowned filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and his cabinet of curiosities. Taking inspiration from del Toro’s extraordinary imagination, At Home with Monsters reveals his creative process through his personal collection of art, artefacts, books, and props, all culled from Bleak House, del Toro’s creative haven located in Los Angeles.

“The exhibition explores the creative mind behind one of the most inventive filmmakers of our generation revealing his influences, from the Medieval era to contemporary culture, and his particular obsession with horror, fantasy and the rich heritage of the Victorian era.

Sing-Along Messiah | Sunday December 17 | Massey Hall | Hours | Phone 416-872-4255

A perennial Christmas celebration with the Baroque ensemble Tafelmusik and its musicians playing on period instruments. This is a fun, family event in which the public is invited to sing-along. For those who wish to sing (and you don’t have to!) it’s best to have a musical score to follow. Bring your own, or buy one when you get to the concert.

Handel's Messiah by the TSO | From Monday December 18 to Saturday December 23 | Roy Thomson Hall | Hours | Phone 416.593.7769

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, directed by Jane Archibald, joins forces with the 140 voices of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and internationally renowned vocal soloists for a glorious and stirring performance of this holiday tradition.

Next Stage Theatre Festival | From Wednesday January 3 to Sunday January 14 | Factory Theatre | Hours | Phone http://fringetoronto

The Next Stage Theatre Festival (NSTF) is a winter theatre festival produced by the Toronto Fringe as a platform for 10 past Fringe artists to take their groundbreaking fringe work to the next level. The Next Stage Theatre Festival offers a diverse selection of work that ranges from musicals to political dramas, from dystopian visions of the future to an urban dance show. While some of the shows have appeared at previous Fringe Festivals, most are new works by established Fringe.

Toronto International Boat Show | From Friday January 12 to Sunday January 21 | Direct Energy Centre

Canada's Largest Boat Show! This preeminent selling venue for the recreational boating industry is the year's premiere showcase for new crafts and products. From sailboats, to motor boats or paddle-powered crafts, a huge selection of boats can be visited, touched, evaluated, sold and bought.

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