Weekly Slice: In and Around Town (Dec 23 – 29)

Lights at Brookfield Place - Credit: Flickr user, AshtonPal

And so here we are in Chanukah also the night before the night before Christmas.  Hopefully, you’ve made it through your shopping list and can now relax and enjoy celebrations with family and friends.  There is so much to do during the holidays in TO to get you in the spirit.

Bring the kids to Professor Wick’s Magical Castle, hosted by Casa Loma.  It’s described as “a spectacular parade of impossibilities-a wonderful blend of mechanical wizardry, music and comedy delivered by an outlandish cast of “steam punk” characters”.  School of Wizardry will also take place, lead by Professor Pepper. There will be magic, juggling and balancing acts and an opportunity to learn tricks of your own. For more details, click here.

  • Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald Duck, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio, Disney Princesses and friends skate into town for Disney on Ice, on until Jan 1st at the Rogers Centre.  Here’s a chance for your family to enjoy the holidays with “65 of Disney’s unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories” as Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic!
  • There are also so many beautiful holiday displays throughout the city that will get you in the holiday spirit.  Whether you plan to skate or not, just grab a hot chocolate at Nathan Phillips Square and enjoy the beautifully lit-up skating pavilion and Christmas tree.  Continue your walk through the Eaton Centre and check out the gigantic reindeers and massive tree. And keep strolling on to Dundas-Square for some Winter Magic lighting displays.  Your eyes will light up in Yorkville for Holiday Magic. Check out the Cavalcade of Lights Festival website to find more neighbourhoods that have been helping to spread the holiday cheer by illuminating the city with spectacular lighting displays. 

Continuing this week:

    • The National Ballet celebrate the holiday season with The Nutcracker ( on until Jan 3) at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
    • Mary Poppins has hopped on her flying umbrella and is in Toronto until Jan 8 at the Prince of Wale Theatre. You won’t need a spoonful of sugar to enjoy this family favorite. It’s guaranteed to be Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
    • Winter Magic lights up the city. You’ll find displays on the downtown streets of Toronto as they are magically transformed into a winter wonderland.  And while you’re out there, check out Window Wonderland, as you shop.
    • Chagall and the Russian Avant-Garde: Masterpieces from the Collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris continues it run at the AGO until January 15. It is composed of 118 works of art from various media, including painting, photography, film, sculpture and works on paper. Russian modernists, also included in this collection, are Wassily Kandinsky, Kasimir Malevich, Natalia Goncharova, Sonia Delaunay, and Vladimir Tatlin.

Music in the City: Click here to find out who’s in town: Jam! ShowBiz Concert Listings. Highlights: The Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the ACC (Dec 29).

Let me take this opportunity to wish you and your family the best for the holidays.  Wishing you eggnog, good food, great company and a big CN tower of a candy cane. Enjoy!

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