Each Holiday Season Toronto becomes a magical place. Be dazzled by bright lights in Toronto’s neighbourhoods, Toronto's official Christmas tree at Nathan Phillips Square and the festive storefront window displays.
Plus the city will sparkle with savings on hotels, attractions and restaurants. Visit www.SeeTorontoLand.com for special Torontoland packages including a one night hotel stay for two - plus two attraction tickets - starting at $124. Create your own vacation based on great value packages with special deals for families, couples, or girlfriends’ or guys’ getaways.
So go to www.SeeTorontoland.com or call 1-800-499-2514 for great packages and deals.
Toronto means shopping – so shop your way through the Toronto Eaton Centre, the boutiques of Yorkville, funky shops on Queen Street West or the underground PATH. For a twist on Holiday shopping, there’s the Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market takes place November 30 through December 16, 2012 at the Distillery Historic District. This is a free event for people of all ages, cultures and faiths, celebrating the romance and magic of a traditional European Christmas market.
The market showcases hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products. There’s also a 45 ft Christmas tree and magical lighting and seasonal décor. In addition there is family fun and lots of activities. The South Pole attractions including a ferris wheel, merry-go-round, train rides and pony rides. Santa’s Lane is a fairy tale forest maze for the children with Santa's house, Children's story telling, Santa's Elves Workshop, Grimm's Brother Characters and a gingerbread house. Family friendly entertainment includes musicians, carolers and children's choirs. There are also a variety of beer and mulled wine (Glühwein) gardens.
Winterfest at The Harbourfront Centre is another great venue to get you in the Holiday mood where there is free skating seven days a week on the city's winter gem by the lake! The Natrel Rink has an indoor change room with lockers and washrooms; hot food & drinks are available at the rinkside restaurant.
The Harbourfront Centre, on Toronto's waterfront, is also a vibrant home for the culture of our time, and the magic of the creative spirit. November 24-25, 2012 brings the SWEA Annual Swedish Christmas Festival. And the Winter Family Weekends December 8-9, 2012, December 15-16, 2012 and December 23, 2012 will bring family programming, including hands-on activities, a performance by the Toronto All-Star Big Band, film screenings of "The Muppets Christmas Carol" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", a holiday marketplace and more.
Toronto’s first class entertainment is so diverse there is something for everyone - from the concerts in the Distillery District to the North American Premiere of the musical "The Wizards of Oz". There are seasonal favourites like Christmas Holiday Pops with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Soulpepper’s holiday performance of “A Christmas Carole”.
At The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts the National Ballet of Canada has performances of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” in November 2012. Plus performances of the perennial favourite for the Holiday Season - "The Nutcracker" (December 19, 2012 - January 5, 2013) .
The Bell TIFF Lightbox is the permanent home of the Toronto International Film Festival but a wonderful new attraction in Toronto. It is a beautiful, welcoming five-story complex at the corner of King and John Streets in the heart of downtown Toronto. The upper surfaces of the building are a series of glass panels against which the shadows of people moving within are cast, creating a cinematic dimension to the exterior. Inside, discover a three-storey public atrium, 5 public cinemas, 2 galleries, 3 learning studios, a centre for students and scholars, a bistro, a restaurant, and a lounge.
TIFF Cinematheque is a year-round screening programme of the classics of world cinema and contemporary art house films. … and don’t miss the “Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style” exhibition which runs through to January 20, 2012. Since 1962, the James Bond films have made an indelible impact on the worlds of art, music, fashion, technology, travel, automotive design, and culture at large. Featuring original costumes, props, models, gadgets, concept artwork, storyboards and other fascinating artifacts, "Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style" is an unprecedented exploration of the distinctive design, craftsmanship and style of the world's most famous secret agent.
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Travel to Toronto with Porter Airlines. Porter Airlines schedule 17 weekday flights between Montreal and Toronto with frequent weekend flights as well. The Porter Airlines experience is “flying refined” - convenience, speed and seamless service in your short-haul air travel. The Porter travel experience is simple, hassle-free and dignified, reflecting the days when flying was fun, exciting and a part of the journey to look forward to.
Porter Airlines home base at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport serves you right from the heart of downtown Toronto and features a $50 million passenger terminal that is a delight to travel through. It includes standard complimentary Porter amenities such as a business centre, modern lounge-style seating, beverages, snacks and Wi-Fi.
Stay at the One King West Residences - an oasis of hospitality marked by genuine warmth and personalized service. Architecturally inspiring and ideally located, One King West is a Toronto hotel that connects guests within minutes to downtown business, entertainment and shopping districts.
Originally established as the majestic head office of the Dominion Bank in the late 1800s, One King West is now a unique Toronto hotel. It has retained the ornate architectural character of its banking past, while seamlessly blending this charm with today’s sophisticated hotel amenities and services. The relaxed yet stylish experiences you expect from the finest Toronto hotels are all available at One King West, and at lower rates.
Your suite may be situated in one of Toronto's oldest landmarks, but inside you'll find a truly modern, home-inspired setting with spectacular views of the city. Designed with extended stays in mind, your refreshingly spacious suite comes with a host of luxurious features, including a stylish in-suite kitchen with laundry, tall ceilings, chic bathroom and designer décor through-out.
Stay at least two nights to enjoy some of Toronto’s fabulous attractions. A Toronto CityPASS booklet is great value. Each Toronto CityPASS ticket booklet contains prepaid admission to Toronto's top sights, including:
At many attractions, CityPASS ticket booklets provide VIP access, allowing travelers to bypass the main-entrance ticket line. CityPASS ticket booklets are valid for 9 consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use.
- The CN Tower
- The Royal Ontario Museum
- Casa Loma
- The Ontario Science Centre
- The Toronto Zoo.
Photo Credits: Tourism Toronto, Lowes Toronto Christmas Market and One King West Residences