According to the Mayans, the world will end today, December 21. But if we don’t go out with a bang, there’s lots to do this week that will keep you busy.
To celebration “the end of the world”, TIFF presents the Countdown to Armageddon with apocalyptic (and post-apocalyptic) films including: Dr. Strangelove, The Road Warrior, Children of Men and Armageddon.
The National Ballet celebrates the holiday season with The Nutcracker at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (on until Jan 5). The show is described as a “sumptuous, comical, touching and spellbinding version of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Christmas tale.
Disney on Ice presents World of Fantasy at the Rogers Centre (until Dec 30th). Your favorite stars from Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story 3, Cars 2 as well as Tinkerbell and Little Mermaid and friends skate into town for this non-stop, fun-filled fantasy on ice.
Continuing this week:
- Christmas Flowers Show 2012 is on at Allan Gardens and Centennial Park Conservatory until January 7th. The conservatories will be filled with boughs of holly, evergreen wreaths, poinsettias, and other festive plants. (Free)
- Cross off gifts on your list in the Annex at The Artisans’ Gift Fair (open every weekend until December 23). You’ll find a selection of affordable one-of-a-kind gifts. (Free)
- Grab your skates and head out to one of the many outdoor skating rinks available across the city including: Nathan Philips Square, Natrel Rink (Harbourfront Centre), Mel Lastman Square and Kew Gardens among others. For a full list of outdoor skating rinks and their status, click here.
- You’ll find Winter Magic on the downtown streets of Toronto as they are magically transformed into a winter wonderland, marked by various events: Buskertainment, runs every weekend afternoon now until Dec 23. Don’t be surprised if you pass street-performing illusionists, mimes, stilt-walkers and jugglers on Yonge Street as you do your holiday shopping. And while you’re out there, check out Window Wonderland, as you shop, and vote for your favorite window display online. (Free)
- The 19th annual Festival of Smalls philosophy is that “everyone should be able to own an affordable piece of art”. They have a wide selection of original works, including paintings, photographs, drawings and multimedia available in gift sizes from $55-250. Check out the artists on exhibit (Nov 10-Dec 24).
- Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting, an AGO exhibit (on until Jan 20, 2013), features “more than 80 works on paper and paintings by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and more than 60 photographs of the couple, whose shared passion for each other and Mexico’s revolutionary culture during the 1920s and 1930s have made them Mexico’s most famous artists”. (Tickets)
- Designing 50 Years of Bond, an exhibition devoted to Bond, featuring costumes, props, models, gadgets, concept artwork, storyboards and other fascinating artifacts from the series, has opened at TIFF Bell Lightbox. It runs until Jan 20, 2013. (Tickets)
Theatre Productions in the City:
- War Horse at the Princess of Wales Theatre (until Jan 6)
- Snow White at Elgin Theatre (until Jan 5)
- Avenue Q at Lower Ossington Theatre (until Jan 20)
- Without You at Panasonic Theatre (until Jan 6)
- The Wizard of Oz at Ed Mirvish Theatre (until Jan 12)
Music in the City:
Click here to find out who’s in town: Jam! ShowBiz Concert Listings Highlights: Zed’s Dead at Koolhaus (Dec 22); Monster Truck at Sound Academy (Dec 28); Alexisonfire at Sound Academy (Dec 26, 27, 28 & 29).