Toronto’s multicultural Xmas

Events, Kid Friendly, Things to Do — By shelaghmcnally on December 19, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Photo by Doug Brown. Courtesy of Tourism Toronto

Toronto is a multicultural city but that doesn’t stop it from celebrating a traditional Christmas. The whole city joins in the fun and gets into the spirit of the season. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate in Toronto, check out these fun events.

Glide to the groove

Slap on your skates and groove to Saturday DJ Skate Nights feature DJs spinning everything from hip hop and reggae to electronic. It all takes place Harbourfronts Natrel® Rink, an outdoor skating rink by the lake. Spin to the music of 1 LOVE T.O., Cozmic Cat and Denise Benson, Dr. Jay de Soca and more. Saturday nights, 8-11 pm. Free admission.

Of mice and magic

Canada’s National Ballet celebrates 60 years and for the holiday season revives James Kudelka’s 1995 version of the Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s beloved Christmas ballet has been a Toronto holiday staple since the mid-twentieth century. Kudelka’s interpretation is famed for its beautiful set designs and choreography that underscores the children’s symbolic journey into adolescence. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, December 10 until 30th.

Cavalcade of Lights

It’s been a 45-year tradition to light up City Hall’s Nathan Phillips Square with a dazzlingly display of lights. Every evening at dusk, the Christmas tree and skating rink are lit up. Wander through the display of lights or bring your skates for a tour around the rink. This year, neighbourhoods and tourist attractions are also participate in the Cavalcade of Lights festival and adding their brilliant creations of light. Take a walk around the city and soak up the magic. On Dec 23 inside the Rotunda at 11:30 am, there will be a free Christmas concert with with performances by the Toronto Beaches Children’s Chorus, Nathaniel Dett Chorale, All the King’s Voices and the Tower Brass.

Magic at the Castle

Professor Wick’s Magical Castle & the School of Wizardry transforms Casa Loma into an theatrical spectacular that will wow kids of all ages. Professor Wick’s Magical Castle blends mechanical wizardry, music and comedy delivered by an outlandish cast of “steam punk” characters. Professor Pepper opens the School of Wizardy with magic between juggling and balancing acts. Kids will even have a chance to learn and perform their own magic tricks. Casa Loma, December 3, 2011 until January 8, 2012 . Professor Wick’s Magical Castle Showtimes: 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 am, 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm. The School of Wizardry Showtimes: 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm & 3:30 pm.

Break from tradition

Christmas is a time where we get to revisit crazy family members. Share in the madness of the season with a few laughs courtesy of The Second City’s Dysfunctional Holiday Revue. It’s become an annual tradition in Toronto. With a seasonal blend of hilarious scenes, songs and SC’s trademark improvisation, the show is a lighthearted look at the underside of the holidays. Laugh along at the uneven gift exchanges with the clueless boyfriend, couples therapy with Joseph and Mary and other spoofs sending up all that is ridiculous about this magical season. December 7 until Jan 2, 2012.

Xmas bouquets

If the holiday shopping is getting you down, grab some moments of tranquility at the Christmas flower show at Allan Gardens and Centennial Park Conservatory. The conservatory is warm, lush and quiet. From December 4 to January 8, 2012 you can enjoy Victorian Christmas Carollers, hot cider, cookies and children’s activities. From 5 pm until 7pm Sit with the flowers and watch the candle lighting throughout the Conservatory for some real holiday magic.

Happy Holidays!

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