A Toronto Christmas

And so the seasonal madness begins….

If you’re gonna get “stuck” anywhere over Christmas.
If you can’t be with your family somewhere far away, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the season to the full with a host of fabulous festive events held across the GTA.
Here are a selection of festive sound bite

Santa Clause parade
Sunday 17 November and featuring Mayor Rob Ford in all his fallen glory. Begins at St. Lawrence market, wends it’s way along Bloor street west to finish at Christie Pitts.

Cavalcade of Lights – A Holiday Tradition
Paste link below into your browser to watch 2012 Fireworks

Saturday, November 30, 2013 will mark the official start to the holiday season in Toronto with the celebration of the 47th annual Cavalcade of Lights presented by Great Gulf. Featuring the illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, music from soul singer Divine Brown plus others, a fireworks show and a skating party

Twelve Trees at the Gardiner Museum – from 23 November to 15 December
Always a huge treat to see Designer dressed trees scattered and reflected off the glass cases housing the ceramic displays. This year’s theme “Celebrating All Things G”
Friday November 29, 2013, 6 – 9:30 pm
“featuring a spectacular Downton Abbey-inspired dinner by Chef Jamie Kennedy, this year’s edition will also have costumed hosts from Toronto’s Spadina Museum sharing insights into the Downton era, a sneak preview of Season Four from Vision TV”

Russ Petty’s traditional Xmas
Family show
(we call it a Pantomime) – The Little Mermaid
Nov 22 – Jan 4

The Distillery Xmas Market
Nov 29 – Dec 15, 2013.
The Distillery does ” Dickens” so very atmospherically thanks to its setting amidst Victorian industrial buildings (original home of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery) and cobbled lane ways. Gorgeous restaurants and artsy boutiques alongside the German style chalets of the Christmas vendors. Huddle round the wood burning outdoor braziers nursing a cup of Christmassy mulled wine.

One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale
Thursday, November 28 to December 8, 2013
Weave in and out of aisle upon aisle of sumptuously decorated craft and food boutiques booths. Taste amazing Christmas fayre and leave at least half a day for hunting down those special one off presents.

Carol Singing at Montgomery’s Inn
Friday, December 6, 7:30pm
Saturday, December 7, 7:30pm
Step back in time and sing nineteenth century carols in a nineteenth century heritage Rooming Inn. $20 plus tax, savoury treats, mulled cider, cash bar for historic drinks. Pre-registration only.

Also at Montgomery’s Inn and other heritage properties in and around the GTA The Humber River Shakespeare company present Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”
Usually yummy homemade biscuits available at the Montgomery’s Inn location

Christmas Afternoons at Colborne House
Nov 23, to Jan 5,
12:00 pm until 4:00 pm
All decked out for a Victorian Christmas discover the magic of Christmas in the winter wonderland surroundings of High Park and enjoy a tour of Colborne Lodge, the picturesque home of the founders of High Park. learn about festive traditions, decorations and the foods enjoyed during the 19th-century in Toronto. Toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats.

Sing Along Messiah at Massey Hall
– December 22 @ 2pm – word to the wise, bring your own sheet music if you want to join in singing as they always run out of the scores. The Tafelmusik conductor dressed as Mozart very audibly directs both the orchestra and the audience. Quite the experience!

The non singalong version of Handel’s Messiah – again by Tafelmusik at the acoustically and architecturally fabulous Koerner Hall
Wed Dec 18, Thurs Dec 19, Fri Dec 20 and Sat Dec 21 at 7:30pm

The Nutcracker Ballet at The Four Seasons
December 14- January 4.
Two treats in one evening – the National Ballet’s sumptuous and magical annual performance of ETF Hoffman’s Christmas Tale and a chance to experience it in the Four Seasons Centre – a state of the art glass and blonde wood confection in the heart of Toronto’s west end. Go early for the pre-show performances and a chance to get the autographs of the prima donnas.

Kitchener Christkindle
5-8 December
Kitchener Christkindl reflects the enormous German population of this area and is Christmassy in a way that only a German Christmas Market can be! Look out for Gluhwein, the corresponding mugs; traditional wooden decorations including revolving candle holders and table decor; Bavarian imports, oktoberfest sausage and oompah bands.

Also check out Christmas events at Casa Loma – www. casaloma.org
and heritage houses in Hamilton area
Dundurn Castlehttp://www.hamilton.ca/Dundurn
Bovaird House http://www.bovairdhouse.ca
Whitehern House and Gardenhttp://www.whitehern.ca

A Merry Toronto Christmas
Over and Out



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