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Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square 2018

An Overview of the Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square 2018

The Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square is back for its third year and is in support of Epilepsy Toronto.

I went on the opening day this year on December 1, 2018. Even though it’s only the second year I’ve been to it, it’s become somewhat of a tradition. I enjoy the sights and sounds of the performances, rides, and crowds, and being around a selection of food trucks at the ready.

Skating on the Nathan Phillips ice rink has always been a thing. I’d go for some laps… You just need to give me a couple hours to re-learn how to skate again, and by then I’m ready to go home.

The Holly Jolly Midway (operated by Astro Amusements) is back. The small train awaits its passengers.

The Berry-Go-Round is an oddly nice sight for me because I like seeing the bare structure and shoring for the ride for some reason.

The Great Canadian Carousel (it had a sign last year but I didn’t see it today) is back and always seems to be the most popular midway attraction.

The last ride on the midway is a classic tea cups ride… The tea pot has seen better days…

Check in with Mrs. Claus to have the opportunity to take pictures with Santa and a couple of his reindeer.

There are a couple midway games this year.

Fun fact: I used to win big when Wonderland had this game. I had some luck at one point in my life.

There’s also a large basketball game which looks like one of the midway operator’s new toys. It looks great.

Also pictured here is one of the performers spotted later in the day. There are more performers to see in the Fair as it moves on through the month.

There’s lots of craft and food vendors in the mass of tents in the Square!

There’s also a line-up of food trucks, from Beavertails to tornado potatoes to poutine!

This is the Supreme Poutine which has bacon and chipotle sauce. I know I like to rag on Epcot for calling everything a poutine but at least this truck used a classic poutine as the base.

That was just a quick overview of the event this year. It’s a great event for a cause and something I think you should check out if you can. I’ll definitely try making out at least another time before the end because I kind of really want a funnel cake in the off-season.

Trip Video (from Last Year)

I made a trip video for this event last year which I think presents it pretty much as it is again this year, aside from a few different performers I saw.

For More Information on the Fair


The Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square runs December 1-23, 2018.

  • Mondays: Closed
  • Tuesday to Thursday: 4:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Friday to Sunday: 12:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Dec 23: Fair closes at 6:00pm


Admission into the Fair is free.

Of course, food, games, and merchandise will cost you, and there are opportunities throughout the Fair to donate to Epilepsy Toronto.


Check out the official website at

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