Winterfest 2015

BeaverTails Pastry-Eating Contest

Santa will be making two stops at The Waterfront BIA's annual Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront this holiday season on Friday December 18, Saturday December 19 and Sunday December 20!  NEW this year, adults can get in the holiday spirit aboard the Friday night Ugly Christmas Sweater Cocktail Cruise! Families can also join Santa and his elves for the Santa Brunch Cruise aboard Mariposa Cruises’ Northern Spirit. Pets can get in on the action with Pet Photos with Santa at Purina PawsWay, while families can learn more about the Arctic and create their own piece of art at the Museum of Inuit Art. People of all ages can also take part in a FREE pastry-eating contest, hosted by the BeaverTails mascot Beav. Hop aboard the 509 and the 510 streetcars for direct access to Toronto’s Waterfront via TTC. For additional information, please visit  

Santa Brunch Cruise

Join Santa aboard the Northern Spirit for the Santa Brunch Cruise presented by Mariposa Cruises (docked at the foot of York Street). Families are invited to join Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves for this magical two-hour Santa Brunch Cruise aboard the Northern Spirit on Saturday December 19 or Sunday December 20, boarding at 11:30am and cruising from 12pm to 2pm. The brunch menu includes a continental bakery basket, seasonal fresh fruit, mixed garden greens, wild rice salad with cranberry & butternut squash, olive Greek pasta salad, chef’s famous cinnamon French toast, scrambled eggs, hickory smoked bacon and organic pork breakfast sausage, carving of roast turkey, Yukon gold home fries and freshly brewed regular and decaffeinated coffee, orange pekoe and assorted herbal teas, fountain soft drinks and juices. Advance tickets only - adults are $48.95 + HST & HSC and children (ages 4-12) are $24.95 + HST & HSC (children under 4 are admitted FREE). Purchase at or call 416-203-0178.

Santa’s merry elves will entertain families on the Santa Brunch Cruise, hand out holiday treats and help make sure each family has their photo taken with Santa. There will be fun kid-friendly activities including crafts, caroling, face painting and plenty of reindeer games with Santa’s elves.

Have Your Pet’s Photo Taken with Santa

Find out if your cat or dog has been naughty or nice as Santa pays a memorable visit to Purina PawsWay (245 Queens Quay West). Capture that special moment between Santa and your pet and help support a guide dog. Photos cost $12 + HST ($2 from each photo is donated to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides).  

Purina PawsWay is open daily from 11am-6pm, general admission is FREE. Visit for more details.

Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show

The Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show is coming to Purina PawsWay (245 Queens Quay West) during Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront! Featured on Family Channel, Animal Planet and The Pet Network, the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show is a one-of-a-kind comedy stunt dog show showcasing more than 50 incredible and hilarious stunts and tricks. The highly trained dogs demonstrate some amazing circus style tricks including: tightrope walking, bike riding, piano playing, skipping and more! Visit for more details.

Ultimutts Stunt Dog Sophia was found as a stray in Ohio and taken to a shelter, where she was saved by an animal rescue before her 'time was up’. She was taken to a special farm for animals where she waited for a forever home for a year. In that time she was completely overlooked as no one wanted her. Sophia was then sent on the rescue relay for animals to the London Humane Society to try her luck in a different area. In London, she was adopted by Melissa Millett, founder of the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show. She was given lots of love and with training, has become an integral member of the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show.

From Underdog to Wonderdog, Sophia will be making the rounds after each show accepting donations to help other dogs in need for the Ultimutts Retrieve for Rescue.

Meet a Real Dog Sledding Team

This is your chance to meet and have your picture taken with a real dog sledding team during Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront!  Visitors will be able to have a quick ‘pat and chat’ with Tanya Hawley and her authentic sled dogs and see various equipment used in dog sledding!  Visit for more details.

Discover the Arctic at the Museum of Inuit Art

Bundle up and prepare for winter at the Museum of Inuit Art (MIA) with some Arctic inspired activities! Play a true/false game to learn more about one of the Arctic's largest land mammals and how they handle their Northern climate. Take a self-guided tour of the museum's art collection, and learn how other animals in the North get ready for the changing seasons and how artists depict these animals. Take inspiration from the museum's art collection and unleash your own creativity by constructing a piece of art with their Art Assistants. Take your new masterpiece home or have it placed on display inside the museum on their MIA Community Art Board. Visit for more information.

BeaverTails® Pastry-Eating Contest Brings Fun to Queens Quay for a Good Cause

Stop by Pier 6 at the foot of York Street during Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront for guaranteed fun for a good cause! The BeaverTails mascot, Beav, will be on-site all weekend to pose for pictures and will also host pastry-eating contests throughout the weekend. Photos and contest entry are FREE. BeaverTails will also be collecting non-perishable food and monetary donations for the Daily Bread Food Bank throughout the event. Call (416) 203-7786 for more information.

Free A Cappella Performances from The Current

Get in the holiday spirit with free performances of holiday carols by The Current, comprised of four a cappella singers, sponsored by Queen's Quay Terminal. The Current will be traveling along Toronto’s Waterfront to various Winterfest venues to entertain the public. This quartet was formed through The Waterfront BIA’s 2015 award-winning Waterfront Singing Ambassadors Program. For more information visit:

Special Offers during Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront

For families feeling hungry while enjoying Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront, stop by The Watermark Irish Pub & Restaurant for lunch or dinner where you will be offered one FREE kids meal with the purchase of one adult meal - offer valid during Winterfest weekend.

You can also visit the Amsterdam BrewHouse for FREE hot chocolate on their festive front patio (at the entrance of the restaurant) during Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront on Friday from 6pm-9pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-5pm.

The Radisson Admiral Hotel is offering a special room rate of $145 (Standard accommodations) per night with one or two king beds, throughout Winterfest, including Friday December 18. Rates will be subject to availability and blackout dates. Bottled water replenished daily, free local and 1-800 calls, and complimentary wireless internet service for overnight guests will be included in room rate.

The Westin Harbour Castle Hotel will be allowing Winterfest visitors to book their best rate of the day.

For additional information on Winterfest, please visit  

Discover the Arctic at the Museum of Inuit Art

Meet a Real Dog Sledding Team at Paws Way

Free A Cappella Performances from The Current
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