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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Holiday inspirations featured at Christmas shows and events


   One-Tank Trip for Nov. 16/19

      (c) By Jim Fox

   The International Centre in Mississauga will be turned into a winter wonderland as the holiday spirit returns for the Seasons Christmas Show.
   Happening from Nov. 22 to 24, show-goers can “add some sparkle to holiday shopping,” said publicist Jakki Roussel.
   There are craft workshops, holiday inspired stage presentations and Santa posing for photos beside a giant Christmas tree.
The Seasons Christmas Show is a popular place for shoppers.
    Some 100 artisans, along with talented food-makers and do-it-yourself crafters, will show seasonal decor ideas and handmade items.
   The Makeful Market has “pretty quirky gifts” for stocking stuffers including avocado hand cream, beer-infused mustards, espresso face balm and edible ornaments, Roussel said.

   Holiday inspiration on the main stage includes Cityline TV’s Lynn Spence with her favourite festive finds from the hundreds of vendors at the show.
   Celebrity florist Kate Seaver demonstrates how to create picture-perfect moments, from tree decorating to floral arrangements.
Chef Tonia Wilson, author of Beer at My Table, will share the art of pairing beer and cheese at the Seasons show.
    Jo Lusted, chef and author of Dish-Do-Over, will show how to create the ultimate displays for holiday entertaining.
   There are also hands-on, holiday themed craft sessions, from making burlap wreaths to evergreen table toppers and paper quilled gift tags. For hours and admission prices: seasonsshow.com

   Shop ’til you drop
   - There’s more Christmas shopping at the One of a Kind Winter Show, Nov. 21 to Dec.1, at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto.
   The show features “unique creations” by artisans and is said to be the largest craft show in North America.
   This year it features 800 artisans, with products ranging from home decor, fashion, toys and artisanal food items. oneofakindshow.com
Original watercolours by Sue Goossens
    - Happening now is the Welcome Back to Otterville Studio Tour today and Sunday (Nov. 16 and 17) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
   The artists of Otterville, an historic village south of Woodstock, will show their original art, wood and steel pieces, art cards and original mixed media pieces as well as bird houses and floral creations.
   “Treat yourself to a quiet day in the countryside and enjoy some hot apple cider and homemade cookies while you experience a world of creativity, said artist Sue Goossens. welcomebacktootterville.ca

   Christkindl is wunderbar
   A Christmas tradition dating back 700 years in Germany will be recreated at the Christkindl Market in Kitchener from Dec. 5 to 8.
   Based at Kitchener City Hall (200 King St. W.), this festive celebration recalls the outdoor markets in towns and cities across Germany.
Folkloric characters liven up the Christkindl Market. (Photo: Pirak.com)
    The downtown comes alive with the rustic wooden booths and stalls full of traditional handmade Christmas ornaments, nutcrackers and wooden figurines.
   The four-day market is enlivened by a cast of folkloric characters highlighted by Christkindl “Christ Child,” the traditional gift-bringer in Germany, and her two angels.
   There’s also Klaus Wehrenberg, who plays a street organ accompanied by a (stuffed) monkey, and farmhand Knecht Ruprect.
   The aroma of cinnamon, apple fritters, mulled wine and grilled sausages fills the air.
Christkindl Market
    There are bands, choirs and dance groups, a nativity scene, model railway, puppet show and workshops.
   It’s a free event hosted by the City of Kitchener. christkindl.ca

   Here comes Santa Claus
   The jolly gent in the big red suit, Santa, makes his arrival in Toronto on Sunday (Nov. 17).
Santa arrives as the star of the Toronto parade.
    It’s a highlight of the season for more than 100 years as Santa arrives with a big parade through the downtown.
   The five-kilometre route has floats leaving from Parliament and Bloor streets at 12:30 p.m. with marching bands, dancers, prancers and costumed characters. thesantaclausparade.com

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   Jim Fox can be reached at onetanktrips@hotmail.com
   For more One-Tank Trips: http://1tanktrips.blogspot.ca

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