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December 2018

The Quest to Save Christmas Family Escape Room

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - Sunday, March 31, 2019
Mysterious Minds Escape Rooms, 322 Bloor Street West, 3rd Floor
Toronto, M5S 1W5
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Come and experience Toronto's only holiday themed escape room! Available for booking in two different difficulty levels, this 60 minute adventure is guaranteed to get the whole family involved! Santa's Head Elf in charge of his reindeer has been kidnapped! You have 60 minutes to gain access to the office of Pepper Minstix and create the Magical Reindeer Dust needed in order to help his reindeer fly in order to save Christmas! Bookings are required in advance by calling 416-922-6061…

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Toronto Christmas Market 2018

Wednesday, December 12 @ 11:44 pm - Sunday, December 23 @ 10:00 pm EST
The Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill Street Street
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4 Canada
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$6

The magic of the Christmas season returns to Toronto, Nov. 15 to Dec. 23, with the 9th annual Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery Historic District. Ranked one of the best Christmas Markets in the world, the festival features hundreds of unique and locally handcrafted products, stunning light canopies, family friendly entertainment, heated mulled wine, beer and hospitality gardens, and Santa and the elves, all in an atmosphere so romantic you can't help but fall in love with the holiday…

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It’s on this Winter – Opening Weekend

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - Sunday, March 17, 2019
Ontario Place, 955 Plakeshore Blvd. West
Toronto, ON M6K 3B9 Canada

From November 23 - March 17, join us on the West Island of Ontario Place to experience our beautiful winter setting and enjoy activities and attractions along the way. Admission is free! WINTER LIGHT EXHIBITION: Explore the creativity and innovation of 18 light exhibits that shape, transmit, reflect or contain light, created by artists from across Ontario. The theme this year is Disruptive Engagement, challenging the creator and user to contemplate light, or the lack thereof, in the context of…

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Skate On The Square

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - Friday, March 15, 2019
Mississauga Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON Canada
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Free

Enjoy a holiday skate at Celebration Square's outdoor community rink. Special hours on Christmas Eve, Christmas day and New Years Eve.

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THE WIZARD OF OZ – The Toto-ly Twistered Family Musical

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - Saturday, January 5, 2019
Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M5B 1M4 Canada

“Toto, I don’t think we’re in Toronto anymore!” Ross Petty Productions proudly presents THE WIZARD OF OZ – The Toto-ly Twistered Family Musical. Follow the yellow brick road to the Elgin Theatre in Toronto from November 29, 2018 – January 5, 2019 for the 23rd annual fractured fairytale! Strapping on the famous ruby slippers will be Camille Eanga-Selenge (The Book of Mormon / Broadway and Australia), as the adventure-bound and homesick Dorothy. Swept up from their home on Ossington Avenue…

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Magical Christmas Forest

Wednesday, December 12 - Saturday, December 22
Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive
Woodbridge, L4L1A6

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 and make Christmas crafts. 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. Selected Days between Nov 30 - December 22, 2018 Friday/Saturday 5 pm - 9 pm Advance Tickets Required.…

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Burlington Festival of Lights

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Spencer Smith Park, 1400 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, ON Canada
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The Burlington Festival of Lights is Burlington’s longest running festival, lighting up the waterfront from dusk to dawn over the holiday season.

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Christmas at Kortright

Wednesday, December 12 - Saturday, December 22
Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Drive
Vaughan, ON L4L 1A6 Canada

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 and make Christmas crafts. 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. Advance tickets required.

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Blumination Dream Trail

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - Sunday, January 6, 2019
Blue Mountain Village The Blue Mountains, L9Y 0V2 CA

Blumination Dream Trail is a magical, illuminated winter stroll through the Village, around the Mill Pond and straight through your imagination. It’s a holiday celebration every day of the week, with entrancing nightly light shows and an experience like none other. Weekends bring Saturday night Fireworks, horse and wagon rides, visits with Santa, and more!

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Holiday Fair in the Square

Wednesday, December 12 - Sunday, December 23
Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Toronto, M5H 2N2 CA

In the heart of Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square, the Holiday Fair in the Square runs December 1st – 23rd. Combining the charm and elegance of a Christmas market with the excitement and allure of a thriving winter carnival, Fair in the Square is a new favourite Toronto holiday tradition. Whether you’re shopping for that unique, perfect gift, taking the family out for an afternoon of skating, rides and games, stopping by for a quick lunch and some seasonal treats,…

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December Nordic Deal at Scenic Caves Nordic Centre

Wednesday, December 12 - Friday, December 21
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Until Dec 21, 2018 Whether you are a cross-country skier or a snowshoer (or both!) you can save $ on your season pass until December 21, 2018. Enjoy unlimited access to: 27 km of cross-country ski trails groomed daily for skate and classic styles, 10 km of dedicated snowshoe paths plus access to Southern Ontario’s longest Suspension Footbridge. From beginner to advance levels, the variety of trails and panoramic views are sure to energize. Perched high atop the Escarpment, the…

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60 Minutes to Save the Holidays- Family Friendly Escape Room

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - Sunday, March 31, 2019
Looking Glass Adventures, 2944 Danforth Ave
Toronto, Ontario M4C 1M5 Canada
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$20 – $25

Your car breaks down as you're driving home in a blizzard. All is not lost, however. You spot an inviting looking house with the lights on! When you approach the house something seems strange - it says "Shhh! Top Secret Elf Research Station!" on the door. Inside you discover that the Elf in Charge has been given a very important task and he needs your help! Can you save the holidays in 60 minutes? This family-friendly room is packed with…

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Slava’s Snowshow

Wednesday, December 12 - Sunday, December 16
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East
Toronto, ON M5E 1B2 Canada
Slavas Snow Show

Bluma Appel Theatre A Dream-like Vision of Theatrical Beauty & Uninhibited Joy The multi award-winning, international sensation blows back into the Great White North just in time for the holidays! Returning to Toronto for the first time in two decades, the scruffy, disarming troupe of clowns will take audiences on a spellbinding adventure, unleashing full-throttle madness amidst enchanting, contemplative moments, before roaring to its legendary finish. For more than 25 years, millions of audiences around the globe have rediscovered a…

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Christmas by Lamplight

Wednesday, December 12 @ 11:44 pm - Saturday, December 22 @ 9:30 pm EST
Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway
Toronto, ON M3J 2P3 Canada
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$24.95 – $96.25

On select Saturday evenings in December, enjoy the wonder of a Victorian Christmas as Black Creek Pioneer Village is transformed by the glow of lamps and lanterns, flickering candles and cozy fireplaces. Explore The Village at your own pace from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. and sample festive foods like mulled cider, gingerbread cookies and chestnuts roasted on an open fire. Enjoy seasonal music and performances. Behind every door is something new to discover and delight in! You can enhance your…

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Family Holiday Workshop with The Little Artist Toronto

Thursday, December 13 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am EST
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Various dates and times please see website to register.
The Little Artist Studio, Leslie & Finch
North York, Ontario (ON) M2H 1K3 Canada
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$50

Are you ready for Winter? Looking to get out of the cold for an hour or two? The Little Artist Toronto has Holiday Workshops to keep you warm, happy and creative this winter. Spend some time with us, with or without your family, making beautiful decor for your tree or home this season!   Family Holiday Workshop with The Little Artist Toronto For Families (cost is for up to 4 participants) 2 hrs This Workshop is geared for kids 5…

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Christmas Victorian Teas

Thursday, December 13 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm EST
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An event every day that begins at 11:30am, repeating until Thursday, December 13, 2018

Oshawa Museum, 1450 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 8S8 Canada
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$7.50 – $15

Have you ever had tea at the Oshawa Museum? Don’t miss out on this year’s Christmas Victorian Teas! The Oshawa Museum is the only place you can find sandwiches, scones and desserts homemade by our dedicated volunteers. Spend the afternoon at the lake and relax while our friendly Visitor Hosts serve a light luncheon at our Christmas-themed Victorian Afternoon Tea. We provide friendly service and smiling faces to relieve any holiday season stress! On Wednesday, December 12 and Thursday, December…

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Christmas at the Carousel

Thursday, December 13 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Pride of Canada Carousel, 8080 Birchmount Road
Markham, Ontario L6G Canada

Join us again for our second annual Christmas at the Carousel on Thursday, December 13th, 2018 5PM-8PM. Enjoy live music performances, free carousel rides, skating, treats and hot beverages! Special guests and performances include Santa, Parkview Public School's Drum Band, Markham District High School's Wind Symphony Band and Markham Skating Club. We will be broadcasting live for CTV's 23rd Annual Toy Mountain at 6PM. Please drop off toy donations (unwrapped toy or toys!) for Toy Mountain starting at 5:30PM. (If…

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Pia Bouman’s 33rd Annual Nutcracker

Friday, December 14 @ 7:30 pm - Sunday, December 16 @ 7:30 pm EST
Humberside Collegiate Institute, 280 Quebec Ave
Toronto, Ontario M6P 2V3 Canada
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$20 – $50

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with the Nutcracker ballet! Presented by Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, a not-for-profit dance school in Parkdale, it brings together nearly 100 dancers ages seven to 18 along with a community of volunteers and local dignitaries to share this holiday favourite. It is an annual tradition for many families in and beyond the Toronto area, that brings Parkdale and its surrounding communities together for an evening of dance and holiday…

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WinterSong – dances for a sacred season

Friday, December 14 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EST
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One event on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2:00pm

Harbourfront Centre, Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8 Canada
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$22.50 – $38

WINTERSONG – dances for a sacred season celebrating thirty-one years of illuminating the solstice through dance WINTERSONG warms the hearts of family audiences with a breathtaking tapestry of seasonal dance inspired by the world’s rich solstice traditions. A world premiere by Dora Award-winning choreographer Hanna Kiel highlights the program, set to an original score by Greg Harrison and Frances Miller. Also featured are the return of Against the Dark by Colin Connor (Artistic Director, Limón Dance Company), Sylvie Bouchard’s exquisite…

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Family Christmas Weekends

Saturday, December 15 - Sunday, December 16
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An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Saturday, repeating until Sunday, December 23, 2018

Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway
Toronto, ON M3J 2P3 Canada

Step into a Christmas wonderland as your senses come alive with the sights and sounds of a Victorian Christmas. With special Christmas activities every Saturday and Sunday,  your family will discover old traditions and perhaps start some new ones of your own! Saturdays and Sundays from November 17 to December 23

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Children’s Holiday Workshops

Saturday, December 15 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm EST
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Main Street Kids Unionville, 157 Main Street Unionville
Markham, Ontario L3R2H1 Canada
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$25.00

Main Street Kids.ca has Children's holiday workshops 1/2 day and full day options! Children ages 4 -9 can be dropped off and you can get your holiday shopping done! Dec. 1st Designer trees: One of a kind painted trees Dec. 9th The GRINCH: A themed day of making a grinch craft, Grinch hot chocolate and a Grinch Treat Dec. 15th: Holiday treasures: Choose from an assortment of ornaments and cards to make Hot chocolate and holiday cookies will be served.…

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Santa Train

Saturday, December 15 @ 10:00 am - Sunday, December 16 @ 4:00 pm EST
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York-Durham Heritage Railway, Uxbridge Train Station, 19 Railway Street
Uxbridge, ON L9P 1E5 Canada
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$25

We have received news from the North Pole that Santa will be joining us on our decorated and heated heritage train! This popular train ride is a great family holiday experience! Enjoy on-board entertainment while waiting for Santa’s arrival. The highlight of the ride is a visit from Santa with each child, big and small. Upon leaving the train, each child will also receive a gift bag full of goodies. Create a new family tradition and lasting memories! This popular…

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Unionville Christmas Market

Saturday, December 15 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST
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One event on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 10:00am

One event on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 10:00am

Unionville Main Street, 157 Main street Unionville
Markham, on L3R 2g8 Canada

Celebrate the joy of Christmas with a traditional, yet unique Christmas Market on Main Street Unionville. Enjoy our amazing lights and decorations.

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Family Holiday Fun at the Spadina Museum

Saturday, December 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm EST
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One event on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 10:30am

Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Road
Toronto, ON M5R 2V5 Canada

Step into a world of vintage holiday fun in a special program just for families! Children and adults will love exploring a real 1920s mansion that's been decorated for the holidays. Experience period movies and radio shows, enjoy cider and cookies in the kitchen, and make a festive holiday card to take home.

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Storytime with Santa

Saturday, December 15 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm EST
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One event on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 11:00am

Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy
North York, ON M3J 2P3 Canada

Spend a fun-filled festive time with Santa and his helpers at Black Creek Pioneer Village! Gather round Santa’s chair and hear a classic Christmas tale read by the jolly man himself, and don’t forget to snap that perfect photo!

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Christmas Kids Event 2018: Who Stole Christmas?

Saturday, December 15 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm EST
Toronto (Finch) Branch, 1183A Finch Ave. W., unit 2
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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$20

Each year when the days start getting shorter, all of us Fairylanders start drinking more cocoa. It’s our way we of keeping the magic going between the holidays and all the amazing parties we have with you. That warm velvety beverage slowly eases us into the Christmas season and it’s not long after that we start getting all the ideas regarding another annual event we know you also love. So, as you can probably guess, we are already all worked…

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Holiday Glass Fused Lantern Workshop

Saturday, December 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST
Glaze Craze, 11005 Yonge Street, Unit D4
Richmond Hill, Ontario L4C 0K7 Canada
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Create a one of a kind decorative glass lantern for your home. Learn how to cut/alter fusible glass to create your own unique designs.

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Christmas by Lamplight

Saturday, December 15 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm EST
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One event on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 6:00pm

Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy
North York, ON M3J 2P3 Canada

Bathed in the glow of lamplight and dressed in its holiday finery, Black Creek comes alive at night with music, food and activities. See the Village at your own pace from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Enjoy: Caroling Storytime Christmas Crafts Shopping Visit with Santa Hot Apple Cider Samples Roasted Chestnuts Festive Treats Purchase tickets in advance online

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The Angels Said, “What?”~ A Children’s Christmas Musical

Sunday, December 16 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm EST
Milliken Wesleyan Methodist Church, 3 Clayton Dr
Markham, ON L3R 8N3 Canada
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Every year, Milliken Church celebrates Christmas by letting our children tell other children about why we celebrate Christmas through a musical. Bring your family and children and join us this year, for a musical by children FOR children!

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The Goodtimes 14th Annual Christmas Show

Sunday, December 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Revival Bar, 783 College St
Toronto, M6G 1C5
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$5

Don't miss the holiday event of the season! Join the dynamic-duo The Goodtimes and their children as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Christmas classic Die Hard with a spectacular family friendly stage rendition. Expect all the merriment & fun The Goodtimes are know for, complete with sing-a-longs, Sax-a-Claus, special guests & of course homemade cookies. Appropriate for all ages. New Long Underwear and personal care items will be collected for street health

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Rogers Hometown Hockey

Saturday, December 22 - Sunday, December 23
Mississauga Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON Canada

Rogers Hometown Hockey makes its way to Mississauga, Ontario, and you can expect a great weekend of FREE hockey-related activities, NHL Alumni appearances, music, and fun for the whole family! Join Ron MacLean and Tara Slone LIVE on site on Sunday, December 23rd for the holiday special broadcast as they tell the stories that celebrate the hockey history and culture that put Mississauga on Canada's hockey map, and stick around to catch the Detroit Red Wings take on the Toronto…

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Monday, December 24 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
Milliken Wesleyan Methodist Church, 3 Clayton Dr
Markham, ON L3R 8N3 Canada
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Are you looking for a place to gather with others to celebrate the traditions of a Christmas Eve service? Join the Milliken Church Family! Children welcome

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ROM for the Holidays

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 @ 10:30 am - Sunday, January 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm EST
Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON M5S 2C6 Canada
Drop in activities are included with Museum admission

For twelve exciting days, the Museum is transformed into a fun-filled winter wonderland. Experience three amazing special exhibitions, Spiders: Fear and Fascination*, Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur*, and Wildlife Photographer of the Year*, that will transport you to three very different worlds. *not included with general Museum admission. Make, discover and explore at ROM for the Holidays with daily activities and live performances from 10:30 am until 30 minutes before closing*, all included with admission. *unless otherwise noted.

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ROM for the Holidays

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 @ 10:30 am - Sunday, January 6, 2019 @ 4:30 pm EST
Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON M5S 2C6 Canada
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Drop in activites included with Museum admission.

December 26, 2018 - January 6, 2019 For twelve exciting days, the Museum is transformed into a fun-filled winter wonderland. Experience three amazing special exhibitions, Spiders: Fear and Fascination*, Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur*, and Wildlife Photographer of the Year*, that will transport you to three very different worlds. *not included with general Museum admission. Make, discover and explore at ROM for the Holidays with daily activities and live performances from 10:30 am until 30 minutes before closing*, all…

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Gingerbread Make and Bake

Thursday, December 27 - Monday, December 31
Fort York, 250 Old Fort York Blvd
Toronto, ON Canada

In this hands-on workshop, kids (aged 4 and up) 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 1800's gingerbread recipe. Samples can be taken home - if they last that long! See website for schedule and pricing

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ICE Winter Camp

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - Friday, January 4, 2019
140 LaRose Avenue, Unit#205, Etobicoke, ON M9P 1B2, 140 La Rose Ave, Unit 205
Toronto, Ontario M9P 1B2 Canada
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$225

Focus of program is learning with fun. 5 day winter camp for students age 5+. Various STEM based programs for different age group. classes will be from 9 am to 4 pm Extra care provided from 8am to 6 pm.

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Canada’s Ballet Jörgen presents The Nutcracker, A Canadian Tradition

Sunday, December 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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One event on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 7:00pm

Flato Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Boulevard
Markham, ON, L3R 8G5
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Holiday magic is made year after year by Ballet Jörgen’s treasure, The Nutcracker, a Canadian Tradition. Created by acclaimed choreographer and Artistic Director Bengt Jörgen to Tchaikovsky’s well-loved score, this delightful classic is a favourite that brings magic to the holidays. It’s Christmas Eve 1912 and an orphan named Klara arrives at a holiday party with her beautiful Nutcracker doll. As Klara’s dream and Tchaikovsky’s music unfold and the magic animates a colourful cast of characters, you’ll see why Ballet…

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