November 14, 2013 - December 22, 2013 Sherway Gardens
Everyone’s favourite entertaining and interactive Santa Experience play session with singalongs, dancing and story reading returns to Sherway Gardens, Tuesdays through Sundays from Thursday, November 14 until Sunday, December 22. Tickets are $12 per child (limit of 6 tickets per family) and sold online only at www.sherwaysanta.com. Tickets sell out fast for this magical event so reserve a spot early. A percentage of the proceeds goes to Sleeping Children Around the World, a locally based charity that provides bed kits for needy children in developing countries. For more information call 416-621-1070 or visit www.sherwaygardens.ca. or www.scaw.org. Children can pose for an informal picture taken by mom or dad and will receive a limited edition Sherway Santa puzzle. Each child must be registered, newborns included and admission is limited to children age 10 and under. Sessions are 30 minutes long and limited to a maximum of 40 children. Please be at Sherway Square 15 minutes before your scheduled session time to check in. Late arrivals cannot be admitted. Tickets are not required for adults accompanying children. SANTA EXPERIENCE SCHEDULE Tuesday – Sunday from Thursday, November 14 – Sunday, December 22 9:30am | 11:30am | 2:00pm | 4:00pm | 6:00pm Tickets are $12 per child and are available online only at www.sherwaysanta.com
November 14, 2013 - January 5, 2014 Royal Botanical Gardens 680 Plains Rd. W. Burlington
Celebrate winter at RBG with Holiday Traditions, RBG’s annual holiday season event featuring Canada’s best all-botanical model train installation. You’ll find Canadian highlights in RBG Centre and a new train in our Mediterranean Garden featuring Wonders of the World. Weekends are filled with seasonal activities, musical entertainment, local school and adult choirs, light and model train displays, and a traditional Santa.
November 23, 2013 - December 15, 2013 Gardiner Museum 111 Queen’s Park
For the past 25 years, the 12 Trees of Christmas has been a favourite Toronto holiday tradition. Designed by the city’s top designers, the trees dazzle hundreds of families at the Gardiner Museum before they are delivered to various charities in the community, spreading the spirit of giving throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
The Bloor-Yorkville BIA is kicking off the holiday season with their annual lighting ceremony and a special performance by renowned singer-songwriter and pianist Sarah Slean, in support of CANFAR.
Sarah Slean with Strings will be performing songs off her newest highly acclaimed album, “Land & Sea”. The musical entertainment will commence with a special 15-minute performance by the Rosedale Day School Choir, followed by a special performance by Juno-nominated Sarah Slean with Strings. Holiday Magic attendees can also look forward to free cookies and hot apple cider as they enjoy the glittering lights, majestic Christmas tree and storefronts adorned with festive decorations.
November 26, 2013 - January 5, 2014 Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens 285 Spadina Road
Experience a 1920s Christmas on a guided tour of Spadina. Holly wreaths, garlands of evergreens and mistletoe festoon the house based on the memories of the Austin family grandchildren. The 1920s Christmas tree and accompanying poinsettias fill the Palm Room with Christmas cheer. Nestled in the 1930s kitchen visitors will enjoy holiday treats made from recipes from the era and sip mulled cider warmed on the art deco gas range.
November 27, 2013 - January 12, 2014 Gardiner Museum 111 Queen’s Park
Meet Peter Rabbit, Jumbo the elephant, Clara the rhinoceros, and a menagerie of colourful animals in this family-friendly exhibition at the Gardiner Museum!
Elephants, leopards, dogs, squirrels and dragons… From exotic creatures, household pets, urban wildlife to mythical beasts, animals have been an active part of human experience, an inexhaustible trigger of the imagination. Animal Stories presents the many tales of our encounters with the animal world, shedding light on how our social, symbolic, affectionate, scientific and utilitarian relationships with animals have been visualized through ceramics from the 17th century to our day.
November 30, 2013 - January 5, 2014 Colborne Lodge Colborne Lodge Drive South end of High Park
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, which is decorated for a Victorian Christmas. You will discover festive traditions, decorations and 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.
Saturday, November 23 to January 5, 2014 Tuesdays to Sundays – Noon to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays, Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1
December 1, 2013 - December 22, 2013 PawsWay, 245 Queen's Quay, Toronto, ON, M5J 2K9
Pet Photos with Santa Find out if your cat or dog has been naughty or nice as Santa pays a memorable visit to PawsWay this December. Capture that special moment between Santa and your pet and help support a guide dog. Photos cost $10+HST ($2 from each photo is donated to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides). General admission to PawsWay is free! Photos with Santa available to families and children too! For more info. and updates follow PawsWay on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
December 1, 2013 - December 17, 2013 Shops at Don Mills
Take a deep breath this holiday season with a candle lit Karma Yoga class courtesy of Titika in the Holiday Studio (25 Karl Fraser Road) at Shops at Don Mills on Sunday, December 1, Monday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 17. People of all ages and skill levels can bring their mat to the Holiday Studio in Town Square for FREE yoga sessions and a moment of inner peace during the busy holiday season. For additional information, please visit www.shopsatdonmills.ca or call 416-447-6087 ext 244.
DATES & TIMES: Sunday, December 1: 9:30am – 10:30am Monday, December 9: 7:00pm – 8:00pm Tuesday, December 17: 7:00pm – 8:00pm LOCATION: Shops at Don Mills’ Holiday Studio (25 Karl Fraser Road) PRICE: In lieu of admission fee, please consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy for donation to the Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive. REGISTRATION: Visit www.shopsatdonmills.ca to register.
December 10, 2013 - December 14, 2013 Mess for fun - Indoor kids playground and Ceramic Studio
Celebrate this Hanukkah with lots of joy and laughter at Mess For fun - Make a memorable keepsake for life for yourself or gift it to your grandparents. Entrance fee - $20 per child - Parents are FREE - Enjoy 2 hours of fun and creative play at play centre with bouncy castle, slides, ball pit, lots and lots of toys, dollhouse and then 30 minutes of ceramic painting activity. Free WIFI and complimentary coffee and tea for parents. Phone: 416-736-7101 http://messforfun.ca/
December 14, 2013 - December 22, 2013 Mariposa Cruises
Families are invited to join Santa and his elves for the 8th Annual Santa Cruise presented by Mariposa Cruises aboard the Northern Spirit during Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront presented by the Toronto Port Authority Saturday December 14, Sunday December 15, Saturday December 21 and Sunday December 22. For additional information, please visit www.waterfrontbia.com. Santa’s merry elves will direct families to the Santa Cruise, hand out holiday treats and help make sure each family has their photo taken with Santa. Download your FREE photo with Santa by visiting www.waterfrontbia.com. Get in the holiday spirit and decorate a complimentary ship-shaped felt Christmas ornament to take home. Local charity, Artbarn School, is partnering to provide supervised crafts suitable for all ages. This enchanting one-hour cruise sells out quickly! Purchase tickets for $14 +HST/person in advance and $17 +HST/person at the dock (children under 6 are admitted FREE) online at www.mariposacruises.com or call 416-203-0178. Capacity for these popular family cruises is limited. Buy early and SAVE $3.00 as it will sell out! Morning Santa Cruise: Boarding 10:30am, Cruising 11am-12noon Afternoon Santa Cruise: Boarding 1:30pm, Cruising 2pm-3pm
December 14, 2013 - December 22, 2013 Queens Quay Terminal
Drop by Queen’s Quay Terminal during Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront presented by the Toronto Port Authority Saturday December 14, Sunday December 15, Saturday December 21 and Sunday December 22 from 12pm-4pm and decorate your own gingerbread cookie for FREE. All it takes is a little imagination to create the ultimate one-of-a-kind holiday treat. Guests are encouraged to bring a smile to a child’s face this holiday season by donating a new, unwrapped toy to the annual Snowball Express Toy Drive in Queen’s Quay Terminal. Drop off a donated gift in the collection bin in the office lobby. All donations going to the Salvation Army. Visit www.qqterminal.com for more information.
Find out if your cat or dog has been naughty or nice as Santa pays a memorable visit to PawsWay during Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront presented by the Toronto Port Authority Saturday December 14, Sunday December 15, Saturday December 21 and Sunday December 22. Capture that special moment between Santa and your pet and help support a guide dog. Photos cost $10 +HST ($2 from each photo is donated to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides). Photo sessions 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm in PawsWay. Visit www.pawsway.ca for more details.
December 14, 2013 - December 22, 2013 Ann Tindal Park
A perfect addition to Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront presented by the Toronto Port Authority, PawsWay presents FREE Dog Sledding Demos with Tanya Hawley at 12pm and 2pm on Saturday December 14, Sunday December 15, Saturday December 21 and Sunday December 22 in Ann Tindal Park. This is your chance to meet and have your picture taken with a real dog sledding team! Each 30 minute demo will showcase the kick sled, harnesses, lines, leashes and items used in dog sledding and visitors will be able to have a quick ‘pat and chat’ with Tanya and her authentic sled dogs! Visit www.pawsway.ca for more details.
December 14, 2013 - December 22, 2013 York Quay centre
Visit York Quay Centre and see a FREE demonstration from the Woofjocks Canine All Stars presented by PawsWay at 1pm and 3pm during Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront presented by the Toronto Port Authority Saturday December 14, Sunday December 15, Saturday December 21 and Sunday December 22. One of the most popular canine sports groups, the Woofjocks are a high-energy dog and handler performance team specializing in interactive games and demonstrations of canine agility and obedience. After each show, they do a ‘pat and chat’ where visitors come out onto the floor and meet the dogs and have photos taken. Visit www.pawsway.ca for more details.
December 14, 2013 - December 22, 2013 Harbourfront Centre
Families are invited to enjoy everyone’s favourite winter pastime at Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel® Rink during Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront presented by the Toronto Port Authority Saturday December 14, Sunday December 15, Saturday December 21 and Sunday December 22. Tucked away behind York Quay Centre and set against the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, the city’s most scenic rink awaits. No skates? Harbourfront Centre rents them and helmets too. The Natrel Rink is open for FREE skating 10am-11pm on Saturdays and 10am-10pm on Sundays. Full programming details including hours, schedules and more, are available at www.harbourfrontcentre.com
December 14, 2013 - December 22, 2013 Harbourfront Centre
Rock the Natrel® Rink as Toronto’s hottest DJs put the beat in your blades at Harbourfront Centre’s DJ Skate Night during Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront presented by the Toronto Port Authority Saturday, December 14 from 8pm to 11pm. DJ Skratch Bastid brings the heat to the ice to kick off the DJ Skate Night series on December 14. Admissions is free and you can rock the rink from 8pm-11pm. Visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com for more information.
December 14, 2013 - December 15, 2013 Harbourfront Centre
This dynamic space overlooking the Natrel®Rink welcomes visitors from across the city and around the world throughout the year. During Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront presented by the Toronto Port Authority on Saturday December 14, Sunday December 15, Saturday December 21 and Sunday December 22 from 11am-3pm, enjoy fun and engaging hands-on activities and create your own winter craft. And learn about Miss Lou, too. Explore winter throughout Harbourfront Centre's entire site with an interactive scavenger hunt! Available at Miss Lou’s Room and at the info desk. Visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com for more information.
December 14, 2013 - December 14, 2013 The Rose Theatre
The 2013/2014 Rose Theatre Concert Series continues with their annual celebration of the Christmas season with “Christmas at the Rose” on December 14, 2013, 8 p.m at Brampton’s Rose Theatre.
They offer a fresh approach to a Christmas concert combining fascinating new music, traditional favourites and theatrical elements to express the spirit of Christmas. The concert will intertwine the music with several narratives; the story-telling presented by local Brampton actor Joe Rose.
Tickets may be purchased at the Rose Theatre or Lester B. Pearson box offices or by calling 905 874-2800 or www.rosetheatre.ca.
Ticket prices are: Adults $25, Seniors and Students $20 and Children 12 and under $15. You can track with the organization and stay in touch with other upcoming concerts in their Rose Theatre Series by visiting their website, www.bramptonconcertband.com or following them on their Facebook fanpage: “Brampton Concert Band.”
December 14, 2013 - December 14, 2013 PawsWay, 245 Queen's Quay, Toronto, ON, M5J 2K9
Saturday, December 14 (11am-3pm) Fundraiser for the Toronto Humane Society. Santa pictures, childrens face painting, mini-makeovers for your canine friends and lunch are just some of the great things families can expect. See here for more info and to buy your tickets today! For more info. and updates follow PawsWay on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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