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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Holiday and winter celebrations galore in Toronto

From Tourism Toronto - seetorontonow.com

Winterlicious, running January 27 – February 9, 2017, is one of Toronto's favourite culinary celebrations, and the perfect opportunity to explore the great variety of delicious cuisine that the city has to offer. The popular prix fixe program offers three course menus for exceptional value. The culinary event series offers a variety of programming including cooking classes and demonstrations, dinner theatre, tastings and pairings, intimate chef dinners and more!

Since 1975, the One of a Kind Show & Sale has been the flagship destination to shop handmade. Stop by between November 24 – December 4, 2016 at the Enercare Centre to meet and shop from makers, artisans and designers across Canada.


On December 9-18, 2016 at Yonge Dundas Square is your chance to be a part of Toronto’s first annual Toronto Christmas Festival! A full 10 day festival for all to enjoy live music, shopping, a sleigh ride with Santa Claus, laser light shows and much more!

Bloor-Yorkville will transform into a magical holiday wonderland for this year’s Holiday Magic with a special performance by Shawn Desman. Holiday Magic runs November 19 through December 2016.  

Skate in the open air at Nathan Phillips Square or one of the city parks such as Christie Pitts, High Park, Riverdale Park East or Rosedale Park. 

The Harbourfront Centre has a jam-packed 2016/17 winter season, featuring a diverse offering of arts, culture and recreational programming for visitors of all ages and interests! The Natrel Rink is opening for another season of FREE skating November. Tucked away behind the Bill Boyle Artport and set against the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario, the city's most scenic rink awaits. It has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Lace up and get down at Toronto’s only Saturday night music and skating event where premier DJs turn the city’s most scenic outdoor rink into a dance party on ice.

Cavalcade of Lights celebrates 50 years of NPS. The official kick-off to the holiday season I Toronto, Cavalcade of Lights returns to Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday, November 26 at 7 pm. The holiday tradition features the first illumination of Toronto’s Official Christmas Tree, spectacular fireworks, a skating party and performances by some of Canada’s top musical talent including Whitehorse.

Now on its 10th year, Winter Magic continues to transform Downtown Yonge neighbourhood into a winter playground with dazzling holiday installations and a series of unique signature events.
This community-driven festival celebrates the holiday season in a high energy, urban destination located in the heart of Toronto.

The events are: Illuminite, Ice, Wine & Dine, and Kidzfest. The events are carefully created for different audiences and to create a unique urban experience. The holiday lights will continue will be great backdrops for photographs particularly the 40-foot sculptural light tree located at Yonge –Dundas Square; the 3D polar bears, 3-D sleigh and reindeers and the cross-street displays suspended above Yonge Street. Don’t forget to visit Elm Street, where the trees are lit year-round.


The Toronto Eaton Centre gets decked out this season with holiday lights and decorations. Finish your shopping amidst the festive atmosphere.

Elaborate holiday windows are revealed in November. Bundle up and take a stroll to see the stories told by The Hudson’s Bay Company (Queen and Yonge) and Holt Renfrew (Bay and Bloor). 

For luxury and designer labels, head to Yorkdale, boasting the largest number of first-in-Canada stores and luxury brands. Yorkdale offers it all in style: exclusive designer labels, home décor, fine cuisine, and technology, as well as a list of exceptional guest services.

Check out one of the largest shopping centres in Canada and the largest shopping centre in Ontario, with over 1,700,000 square feet of retail space and more than 360 stores and services.  Square One Shopping Centre has everything from luxury to trendy. 

Fashion conscious shoppers who prefer designer labels and leading brands visit Toronto Premium Outlets. Shoppers can expect impressive collections of high quality outlet stores from the finest brands and savings of 25 to 65 percent every day. 

It's the thrill of the find that draws savvy shoppers to Vaughan Mills. An exceptional mix of outlets and specialty concept stores make it a top destination. One of the most unique collections found anywhere in Canada presents an unrivalled outlet shopping experience for savvy shoppers from all over the globe.

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