What to do this weekend? Christmas anyone?

This weekend I’m feeling festive, so I decided to search out some festive events that could occupy my time. Thankfully Toronto’s transit ads are a great way to fill your weekend with ideas. I’ve received multiple ideas from the TTC such as Second City and the David Bowie exhibit. So what ideas sprung up this time?

Yup, it's that time of year again. (CC CS_McMahon)

Yup, it’s that time of year again. (CC CS_McMahon)

One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale
If you’re feeling jolly and would like to get some items crossed off your Christmas list, running from November 28 to December 8 is the coveted One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale at the Direct Energy Centre. If you’re willing to endure the crowd, this place seems to be the spot to shop this weekend. For $14 you are granted admission into what has been described as the Mecca of one stop gift shopping. The One of a Kind Show brings in over 800 artisans and their handmade items. The event has been going on since 1975 and attracts over 200,000 people per year. It is the largest craft show in North America and has vendors from all across Canada and the United States. You can see a whole list of vendors here. Based on reviews, it seems you can find anything from the usual mitts and scarves, but also furniture, board games, delightful sweets and jams and much more. However, a look through the Torontolife.com gallery leads me to believe that if you want this shopping excursion to be worth your while, it may be wise to bring a hefty set of coin: this isn’t your bargain craft sale.

47th annual Cavalcade of Lights
If you’re not looking to spend some dough but still want a little Christmas charm, then on Saturday, November 30 at Nathan Phillips Square is the 47th annual Cavalcade of Lights in Toronto. This marks Toronto’s official Christmas tree lighting and with it comes some fun festivities. Personally I am a sucker for fireworks. Especially fireworks with music! And guess what! There are fireworks! While the celebration starts at 7pm, the fireworks begin at 8pm and the music follows shortly after. With the skating rink open for business, I’m sure it could be equally romantic as family friendly. Okay I’ll stop now because I’m beginning to sound like a travel brochure.

Here are some fireworks from last year’s event.

C’est tout for now!


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