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
Cavalcade of Lights – A Holiday Tradition
Saturday, November 29th will mark the official start to the holiday season in Toronto with the celebration of the 48th annual Cavalcade of Lights presented by Great Gulf. Featuring the illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, music, a fireworks show and a skating party
Twelve Trees at the Gardiner Museum – from 12 November to 14 December
Always a huge treat to see Designer dressed trees scattered and reflected off the glass cases housing the ceramic displays. This years theme is Toronto Neighbourhoods.
The Distillery Xmas Market
Nov 28 Dec 21 2014
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 – Nov 27 till Dec 7 2014
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</strong
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
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
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
The Nutcracker Ballet at The Four Seasons
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 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.
And let’s not forget the Donny and Marie Christmas Show at The Princess of Wales Theatre on Wednesday Dec 10th.
Going on my own to that one
Also check out Christmas events
at Casa Loma – www. casaloma.org
and heritage houses in Hamilton area
Dundurn Castle – http://www.hamilton.ca/Dundurn
Bovaird House http://www.bovairdhouse.ca
Whitehern House and Garden – http://www.whitehern.ca
A Merry Toronto Christmas
Over and Out