Holiday Events December 2014




Christmas on the Rails at Halton County Radial Railway

If you're looking for fantastic Holiday events to attend this month, look no further! Our list is chock-full of festive annual holiday happenings in and around the city. You'll find the coolest events, including parades, concerts, films, exhibits, visits with Santa, and much more!

Santa Claus Parades in the GTA
Various dates in December
Santa will be bringing some holiday cheer to Toronto and the GTA with this season's Santa Claus parades. See which city streets Santa will be hitting this year!
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Nutcracker Performances in the GTA
Various dates in December
Toronto is a magical place during the holidays, full of so many treasures for young children to discover. The classic Nutcracker ballet is one such delight, and the city offers many wonderful interpretations of this beautiful Christmas show. There are lots of family-friendly Nutcracker productions taking place in and around the city. See this timeless classic that will keep kids charmed and wide-eyed.
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Holiday Traditions Featuring the RBG Train Show!
Until Jan 4, 2015
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.
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Visits with Santa at RBG
Until Dec 21, 2014
Santa Claus has transformed the Turner Pavilion in Hendrie Park into his very own cabin!
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Santa Train Rides
Until Dec 14, 2014
We have received news from the North Pole that Santa will be riding our trains departing from the Uxbridge station only on Saturdays and Sundays beginning on November 16th. Each trip lasts approximately 1 hour and has on-board entertainment for children of all ages (including the adults!). Santa will be visiting each child at their seat and distributing goodies to each.
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Eglinton Square Celebrates Santa's Arrival
Various dates Dec
Join us Friday, November 21, 2014 for Santa Claus' arrival at Eglinton Square Shopping Centre. To celebrate his arrival, Eglinton Square is hosting a Holiday Carnival, complete with face painters, balloon artists, temporary tattoo artists, a magic show, and of course, Santa Clause himself. The celebration starts at 4:00 pm with a magic show in the Eglinton Square branch of the Toronto Public Library and Santa Claus will parade through the mall at 6:30 pm. Come out and enjoy the festivities. Free for the whole family.
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Christmas at Colborne Lodge
Until Jan 4, 2015 - 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm
Warm up by the hearth at Colborne Lodge and take in the sights and smells of a Victorian Christmas. Enjoy the natural greenery decorations, toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove, and nibble on special holiday treats. The Lodge is nestled at the south end of High Park.
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Adult and Youth Wreath-Making Workshop at Colborne Lodge
Until Dec 6, 2014 - 2:00 pm
Adults and youths make their own Christmas wreaths. This 2-hour workshop is a unique opportunity to start the season doing a special activity together in the cozy historic ambience of Colborne Lodge’s 19th-century kitchen. A tour of the decorated parts of the house and light refreshments are included. Pre-registration required.
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Christmas at Black Creek
Until Dec 23, 2014
On weekends in November and December before Christmas, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride around the historic Village and meet with Santa in Santa's Cottage!
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Write a Letter to Santa at MacKenzie House
Until Jan 4, 2015
This festive season take a step back in time to Victorian Toronto and experience the magic of a traditional Christmas in an 1859 row-house. Escape from the hustle and bustle while you enjoy a sample of mulled cider and a biscuit in the warmth of the historic kitchen. Discover the story of how families celebrated Christmas in 19th-century Toronto as you tour the Mackenzie home which is dressed in greenery for the holidays.
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A Roaring Twenties Christmas at Spadina Museum
Until Jan 4, 2015
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. In the kitchen visitors will enjoy holiday treats made from original recipes and sip mulled cider warmed on the art deco gas range. Holiday admission applies.
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One of a Kind Show Toronto
Until Dec 7, 2014
It's Canada's finest craft show, bringing innovative artists, craftspeople, and designers together to share their unique creations with the rest of the world! Everything sold at the show is made by hand in North America by Canadian and/or American artisans. The Christmas Show features handmade designs by over 800 artists, makers, designers, and craftspeople, while the Spring event showcases over 450 artisans working in various mediums like glass, ceramics, textile, and wood.
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A Christmas Carol
Until Dec 27, 2014
Part of Soulpepper's Family Festival, Soulpepper's beloved production of Michael Shamata's A Christmas Carol has become a Toronto holiday tradition. Share the classic Dickens tale with your loved ones, and watch as Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts who help him understand the importance of charity in the holiday season.
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A Christmas Carol at Todmorden Mills
Until Dec 7, 2014
This unique production is a play of a group of radio actors in the late 1940s putting on an adaptation of Dickens’ beloved tale. Sit back and watch the voice actors at radio station WAPR give life to Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, and little Tiny Tim. Rediscover the Golden Age of radio as "A Christmas Carol" is presented in its entirety as a fully staged 1940s radio play. 
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Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market
Until Dec 21, 2014
This holiday season Toronto will once again celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas at the Toronto Christmas Market. Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage, and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and locally handcrafted products. Family friendly entertainment includes musicians, carolers, and children's choirs. Meet Santa! Free.
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Brunch with Santa at African Lion Safari
Until Dec 7, 2014
Santa, reindeer, furry friends, and more! Looking for a unique Christmas experience for the whole family? Join us for our annual "Brunch with Santa" here at African Lion Safari. Enjoy an "All You Can Eat" brunch buffet! See furry and feathered friends and meet Santa and his reindeer!
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Santa's Log Cabin in Trinity Square (Eaton Centre)
Dec 1 to 24, 2014 - Fully Booked
Visit Santa in his log cabin at Toronto Eaton Centre where he’ll read a story, then you can sit on his lap and have mom or dad take a photo. Once you’re done explore our tyke-sized Christmas Tree Maze too. They'll get a sneak peek at new toys being developed and listen to Santa read a Christmas classic. Then they can climb on to Santa’s lap, whisper in his ear while mom or dad snap a photo. Free.
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Skype with Santa
Dec 3 to 17, 2014 - 3:30 pm until 6:00 pm
Reserve your spot for Skype with Santa below. Skype sessions are available for three consecutive Wednesdays in December from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm (see schedule below). Each session is approximately 10 minutes. Fill in your contact information and a little information about your child(ren) to help Santa know them better, then choose a date and time for the call. Free.
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Christmas at Kortright
Dec 5 to 20, 2014 - 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm
Experience the magic of Christmas at Kortright this December. The forest comes to life with lights, friendly elves, and your favorite Christmas characters. Visit Santa's workshop to see the elves at work. Play games, make Christmas crafts, and watch a Christmas movie in our theater. Enjoy carols and Christmas treats by the fire. Each child will have the chance to visit Santa's cabin and tell Santa their Christmas wish.
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The Pageant
Until Dec 20, 2014
This Winter season Bad Dog Theatre presents The Pageant - A very special holiday episode of a totally improvised sitcom. The Pageant is a wildly irreverent celebration of the best - and worst - parts of the holiday season, all gift-wrapped up in an unscripted package that pays homage to the rich tradition of "very special" sitcom episodes.
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Fort York Frost Fair
Dec 6 to 7, 2014 - 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
Fort York celebrates the Winter season with a Frost Fair! Imagine yourself transported back in time to the early 19th century, where the local Christmas Market was one of the social and shopping highlights of the year. Stroll through the historic buildings of Fort York where merchants will be selling their heritage inspired wares and reproductions.
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Habitat for Humanity Toronto's Annual Gingerbread Build
Dec 6 to 7, 2014 - 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
Join the Gingerbread Build Party. Enjoy fun festivities, prizes, music, and a visit from Santa! Gingerbread Kits Include: 8.5" gingerbread house (unassembled or pre-assembled), cardboard toolbox stuffed with a variety of candy, two bags of icing, two holiday cookies, foil base, cellophane wrap, and charitable $25 tax receipt ($20 if early bird). The Gingerbread Build will be held at the Weston Family Innovation Centre in the Ontario Science Centre. Free parking provided for event participants. $50 per gingerbread kit/house.
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A Christmas Story - A Family Favourites Presentation
Dec 6, 2014 - 11:00 am
Ralphie has to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940s. Cost $2.50. At Participating Cineplex Theatres
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Festive Christmas Weekends at Scarborough Museum
Dec 6 to 28, 2014 - 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm
'Tis the holiday season! Sample hot chocolate, and baked holiday goodies. We ho-ho-HOPE everyone enjoys their time here at Scarborough Museum this month! Admission is Pay What You Can.
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Christmas on the Rails at Halton County Radial Railway
Dec 6 to 13, 2014 - 1:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Ride into the holiday season with us! We’re opening our doors one last time until the spring for a unique seasonal experience. There’s nothing like riding the rails through the woods with snow on the trees and Christmas carols in the air and a visit from Santa!
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Annual Lamplight Tour at Oshawa Community Museum
Dec 6, 2014 - 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm
An evening of lamplight tours through the Oshawa Community Museum’s heritage Victorian homes. Kids can enjoy stringing popcorn for our Christmas tree, and decorating an ornament. Entertainment will be provided by the Oshawa Civic Band. Celebrate Christmas with a Victorian flare! Come and have your photo taken with Father Christmas and try the Christmas pudding!
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Miniature Gingerbread House Making Workshop – Ages 4 and Up at Todmorden Mills
Dec 6, 2014
Build and decorate your very own holiday gingerbread house and learn about holiday customs from the past. Pre-registration required. $30 plus tax per house (maximum 1 adult and 2 children per house).
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Holiday Bricktacular! at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre
Dec 6 to 28, 2014
In December, something magical comes over the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centres! Every Saturday and Sunday in December, little elves can experience themed decor, building challenges, scavenger hunts, and much more! Jump inside the World's Most Festive Box of LEGO® Bricks!
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Flight of White at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
Dec 6, 2014 to Jan 31, 2015
It's going to be a white Christmas again this year at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory with the opening of the 6th annual Flight of White exhibition December 6th, 2014. This truly unique holiday exhibit transforms the tropical butterfly conservatory into a magical oasis featuring 1000's of additional Rice Paper butterflies flying freely through the Conservatory.
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Celebrate the Holiday in the Ice Age at the CN Tower
Dec 6, 2014 to Jan 4, 2015
Your favourite Ice Age friends are back in a holiday adventure for the whole family! Can a handful of prehistoric misfits really save the holiday? Find out in this hilarious adventure featured in 3-D with added in-theatre effects that will transport you back to the Ice Age. Access included with a General Admission ticket.
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Christmas By Lamplight at Black Creek
Dec 6 to 20, 2014
For three magical evenings, Black Creek Pioneer Village invites visitors to join in the holiday festivities. Bathed in the glow of lamplight and dressed in its finest holiday decor, Black Creek comes alive with live music, food, and activities. Program only or with dinner options available.
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Christmas Baking Workshops at Black Creek
Dec 6 to 20, 2014
Get a head start on your holiday baking by attending one of our Christmas Baking workshops, for both adults and kids. Bring the kids and bake up a storm on our wood-burning stove, follow Christmas recipes loved by the pioneers, and take home some tasty treats.
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A Christmas Carol at Solar Stage
Dec 6 to 7, 2014
Get an early start to the holiday season with The Nearly World Famous DuffleBag Theatre as they present this classic story with an interactive twist. Fun for everyone! (Interactive Play) Ages 4+. By DuffleBag Theatre.
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Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus in the Log Cabin at Bradley Museum
Dec 6 to 7, 2014
Have your photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Log Cabin at the Bradley Museum. All proceeds will support the Friends of the Museums of Mississauga.
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Christmas in the Village, Winter in the Woods at the Pickering Village Museum
Dec 7, 2014 - 12:00 pm until 3:30 pm
Visit with the inhabitants of the pioneer village as they share their holiday customs. Enjoy Scottish Hogmanay, Welsh traditions, Victorian English Christmas celebrations, Squire Jonathan's Christmas Ball, and walk in the woods to see how Pickering's first settlers struggled in the wilderness. Backwoods Players presents the Duffins Creek Sunday School Pageant free with admission.
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Milk and Cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Dec 7, 2014 - 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm
Ho Ho Ho! Santa is coming to the Butterfly Conservatory! Have fun decorating cookies and get a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. A great photo opportunity! Please note: reservations are required.
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Holiday Baking Bonanza at Scarborough Museum
Dec 7, 2014 - 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm
Register your child to join us in baking holiday treats using traditional methods in the woodstove and at the hearth. Kids take home a recipe booklet and selection of goodies to share with the family! Pre-register!
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The Snowman
Dec 7, 2014 - 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm
The concert will feature: The classic Children's Animation "The Snowman" with music provided by Orchestra Toronto and the Bach Children's Chorus, The world premiere of A Hockey Cantata by Canadian composer Dean Burry, and Channukah Songs with the Bach Children's Chorus.
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Christmas in the Golden Age of Radio at Spadina Museum
Dec 7, 2014 to Dec 21, 2014
Family fun is On the Air! Join us at Spadina Museum for a recreation of a 1930s radio show —commercials included! Watch the behind-the-scenes fun of a live radio drama.
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Regency Christmas in the Valley
Dec 7, 2014 to Jan 4, 2015
Experience two different eras of Christmas at Todmorden Mills as we explore the holiday traditions of the 1890s and the 1940s. Sample historic recipes, create a take-home craft, and join us for a Winter-themed outdoor tour of the Wildflower Preserve.
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TSO's The Bear
Dec 7, 2014
Celebrate a family Christmas with The Bear, a delightful animated film from the creators of The Snowman, and accompanied by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Based on the book by Raymond Briggs, The Bear tells the story of young Tilly, who accidentally drops her beloved teddy into the polar bear pit at the zoo, beginning a magical friendship with bear-sized complications! Participate in a free intermission art activity with the Avenue Road Arts School.
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Family Wreath Workshop at Black Creek
Dec 7, 2014
Enjoy a festive afternoon at Black Creek Pioneer Village creating a wreath to deck the halls or adorn your front door! Maximum two children with each adult.
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Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at RBG
Dec 7 to 14, 2014
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a delicious buffet breakfast! Once you’ve satisfied your appetite, enjoy all of the day’s activities too!
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Christmas Dinners at Black Creek
Dec 7 to 21, 2014
Enjoy a traditional Christmas Dinner. See the Village at your own pace, relax, wander, and visit our many homes and workshops, decorated to celebrate the season.
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The Dog & the Angel at Evergreen Brick Works
Dec 11 to 30, 2014 - 7:30 pm
The tradition of outdoor winter theatre returns to Toronto this season with The Dog & the Angel by Martha Ross, writer of the Dora-nominated The Story. The Dog & The Angel by Martha Ross A play about one family’s annual holiday party run amok; the dog is in a coma, the christmas tree angel is missing, and the litigious neighbours threaten to crash the party.  
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The Polar Express 3D - A Family Favourites Presentation
Dec 13, 2014 - 11:00 am
It doesn't matter where the train is going. What matters is deciding to get on. Late on Christmas Eve, after the town has gone to sleep, a boy boards the mysterious train that waits for him: The Polar Express. Based on the classic Christmas story by Chris Von Allsburg. Cost $2.50.
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Gibson House Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Drop-in
Dec 13, 2014 - 1:00 pm until 4:30 pm
Sit by the fire and bake gingerbread cookies the traditional way. Take a tour.
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Santa Experience at Kidz360
Dec 13 to 14, 2014
Join Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves for storytelling, songs, and cookie decorating! There is fun for the whole family! This one hour event will also include face painting and a professional photographer will be available for pictures with Santa. All proceeds from this event will go to Sarah’s Drive for Hope. $10 per ticket.
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Santa Claus is coming to Springridge Farm
Weekends until Dec 14, 2014
Set your Santa tracker to Springridge Farm! Mr. Claus is making a special stop this holiday season! Christmas activities begin Saturday, November 15 and continue every weekend until Sunday, December 14. Christmas activities include painting a glass ornament and decorating a gingerbread cookie ($5 each).
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Crazy Christmas Extravaganza
Dec 13 to 14, 2014
This Christmas season The Christian Performing Arts Centre and the Church on the Queensway presents the musical theatrical experience "Crazy Christmas Extravaganza" featuring a fantastic cast of singers, dancers, and actors, and accompanied by The Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra. Experience the true meaning of Christmas in a wonderful stage show filled with familiar carols, a lot of laughs, and a few surprises! $5.
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Winterfest on Toronto's Waterfront
Weekends from Dec 13 to 21, 2014
Celebrate the magic of the holiday at Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront. There is so much for families to experience from cruising and photos with Santa, to creating arts and crafts and watching performances as well as dog shows. Free.
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Fezziwig's Family Christmas Ball at Montgomery's Inn
Dec 14, 2014 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Enjoy the seasonal pleasures of times gone by with this recreation of Fezziwig's Ball as it appears in Dicken's A Christmas Carol. Learn the simple, joyous dances of young Scrooge's day, eat foods from his time and listen to live traditional fiddle music. Includes a cold lunch and tour of the Inn, hot cider, and cookies. Tickets must be booked by Monday, December 8th.
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at Living Arts Centre
Dec 14, 2014
The beloved stop-motion classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® and his friends soar off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. From fleeing the Abominable Snow Monster™ to saving Christmas, join Rudolph® and his friends, Clarice™, Hermey the Elf™, and Yukon Cornelius™ as their adventures teach us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the little misfit in all of us.
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The Holiday Season at Fort York
Dec 15 to 31, 2014
Enjoy a visit to Fort York National Historic Site this festive season. Sample some baking from the 1826 Officers' Mess kitchen and soak up the warmth of a crackling wood fire. Be sure to browse the Museum Store to find that special gift you won't find anywhere else and features gifts suitable for all ages and interests.
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Christmas Cookie Creation for Children - Ages 8 to 12 at Colborne Lodge
Dec 20, 2014 - 9:30 am until 11:30 am
Children will have fun making unique and tasty treats for the holidays in this historic baking workshop that uses a Canadian gingerbread recipe from the 1830s. While their cookies bake, participants will tour the house and discover Victorian Christmas traditions and stories. Participants will then take home the Christmas cookies they've made. Pre-registration required.
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Fred Claus - A Family Favourites Presentation
Dec 20, 2014 - 11:00 am
Fred Claus (VINCE VAUGHN) has lived almost his entire life in his little brother’s very large shadow. Fred tried, but he could never live up to the example set by the younger Nicholas (PAUL GIAMATTI), who was just a perfect... well... Saint. True to form, Nicholas grew up to be the model of giving, while Fred became the polar opposite: a repo man who then steals what he repossesses. Now Fred’s dirty dealings have landed him in jail. Cost $2.50.
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It's A Wonderful Life - A Classic Film Series Presentation
Dec 20, 2014 - 12:30 pm
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Cost: $6.00.
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Santa Brunch Cruise
Dec 21, 2014 - 11:30 am until 2:30 pm
Bring your little ones to meet Santa aboard the Northern Spirit and enjoy a delicious brunch including our chef’s famous cinnamon French toast, a carving of roast turkey with house stuffing, fresh salads, eggs, bacon, and much more. There will be plenty to keep the kids entertained, including arts and crafts, caroling and a free picture with Santa.
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Brunch with Santa at Horseshoe Resort
Dec 21, 2014
Santa Claus is coming to town!! And he's stopping for brunch at Silks on Sunday, December 21 with his elves too. Join us at 11:30 am for Santa's arrival and enjoy our delicious Festive Brunch Menu.
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Blades on Stage: A Broadway Holiday Spectacular on Ice
Dec 24, 2014 to Jan 4, 2015
Canada’s finest skating artists are being brought from the ice rinks into the legitimate theatre. Elvis Stojko, Shae-Lynn Bourne, Violetta Afansieva, and Pete Dack are among the luminaries who will star in this brand new show specifically created for the Princess of Wales Theatre. 
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Kids’ Crafts at Mackenzie House
Dec 27, 2014 to Jan 4, 2015 - 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm
Bring the family to visit the last home of Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie, then enjoy some kid time printing in the recreated printshop and doing an historically-based seasonal activity.
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Gingerbread Make and Bake for Kids at Fort York
Dec 27, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
While you enjoy a tour of Fort York your kids can join the cooks in the Officers' Mess kitchen to create traditional gingerbread cookies. In this hands-on workshop, kids will use period cooking utensils and tools to sift flour, crush cinnamon, cloves or allspice, pound sugar, and grate nutmeg and ginger as they prepare an 1800s gingerbread recipe. Samples can be taken home - if they last that long!
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More Holiday & Seasonal Events for December
We continuously update our Events Calendar so there may be more Holiday events taking place in December! CLICK HERE to get a list from our Calendar of Events. It's already been sorted by Seasonal Events for the month!

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