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article imageOp-Ed: Holiday happenings in Toronto

By Bryen Dunn     Nov 21, 2014 in Entertainment
Toronto - The holiday season is a time to reflect upon another year soon to be behind us, spend time with family and friends, and also a great time of year to bundle up and enjoy all that the city of Toronto has to offer.
Here’s a rundown of noteworthy events compiled for your festive pursuits.
The Toronto Christmas Market - this free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products. Distillery District - November 28th to December 21st
Messiah - experience the combined power of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and an all-Canadian cast in this epic holiday masterpiece. Roy Thomson Hall - December 16th to 21st
Sing-Along Messiah - Tafelmusik offers up a sing-along version of Messiah featuring 2,700 audience members and incredible guest soloists. Massey Hall - December 21st
Brunch with Santa – take in the beautiful winter wonderland as you cruise past Toronto’s skyline and Islands during a two-hour cruise with the guy in the red suit. Toronto Waterfront - December 21st
The Nutcracker - National Ballet’s sumptuous, comical, touching and spellbinding version of this classic tale, a feast for the senses and the imagination. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts - December 13th to January 3rd
Cinderella - The Gags to Riches Family Musical – Ross Petty Production’s presents its annual holiday farce, always a hoot, and enough one-liners to keep the adults giggling and the kids smiling. Elgin Theatre – November 21st to January 4th
Step Into A Victorian Christmas - for three magical evenings, Black Creek Pioneer Village invites visitors to join in the holiday festivities. Bathed in the glow of lamplight, the grounds come alive with music, food and activities. Program only or with dinner options available. Black Creek Pioneer Village - December 6, 13, & 20
Winter Magic – downtown is transformed into a winter playground with dazzling holiday installations and a series of unique signature events, including Illuminite, Ice, Wine & Dine, Kidzfest, and Window Wonderland where Ryerson Retail Management student’s partner with businesses to create themed holiday windows throughout Downtown Yonge BIA. November 15th to 30th
Disney On Ice presents Treasure Trove - Get tangled up in Disney’s 50th animated feature with Rapunzel and Flynn and enter worlds of your other favourite Disney princesses including Tiara, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan, and of course, the one who started it all, Snow White. Rogers Centre – December 19th to 28th
Jesus Christ Superstar - the global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years illuminating the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart. The Lower Ossington Theatre - December 4th to January 24th
Cavalcade of Lights - this festive event, a 48-year holiday tradition in Toronto, features the illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, performances by some of Canada’s top musical talent, a brilliant fireworks show and a skating party at Nathan Phillips Square - November 29
Blades On Stage: A Broadway Holiday Spectacular On Ice - Elvis Stojko, Shae-Lynn Bourne, Violetta Afansieva, and Pete Dack are among the luminaries who will star in this brand new show specifically created for the Princess of Wales Theatre. The massive stage of this state-of-the-art theatre will be frozen to allow these world champions and Olympians to present their brilliant moves. Princess of Wales Theatre - December 24th to January 4th
Holiday Dinner Cruise – there’s no better way to get ready for the holiday than to go cruising. This three-hour cruise sails through Toronto's spectacular Harbourfront, and includes buffet dinner, cash bar, and DJ. Toronto Harbour – November 22nd, 29th, and December 6th
Snow Queen – a live 60 minute musical production chronicling a night between five best friends getting ready for a year-end holiday party, with drag and musical performances by Bunni Lapin, Devine Darlin, Jada Hudson, Sapphire Titha-Reign, and Nikki Chin. Specials guests include REVERSE, Toronto Kiki Ballroom Scene Alliance, and Carlotta Carlisle. Winter Garden Theatre - December 12th
Donny & Marie Christmas in Toronto - with a dash of Christmas spirit and their trademark show-stopping production numbers, the two famous Osmond siblings deliver the goods. Princess of Wales Theatre – December 9th to 21st
Roch Voisine – performs songs from his 25 year musical career that includes two holiday albums. He will be accompanied by special guests for this special magical Christmas show. Massey Hall – December 21st
Holidazed & Confused - a hilarious new collection of satirical sketches and songs that lovingly lampoon all the absurd rituals, stresses, and obligations of the festive season. The Second City - November 17th to January 1st
The Naughty Listers – musical about pair of mischievous youngsters who are put on the Naughty List after they set out on an mission to ruin the holidays for everybody else. This production features a mix of puppets, live action, comedy and song for the whole family. The Second City - December 13th
New Year’s Eve Comedy Extravaganza - Tom Green brings his hilarious, high-wire comic styling to the stage as host of the 14th annual Comedy Extravaganza. Curated by Yuk Yuk’s founder Mark Breslin, the evening gathers together a zany crew of comedians and sketch artists Massey Hall – December 31st
New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Cruise - enjoy a night of great food, great music and spectacular views as you cruise into 2015 aboard the Northern Spirit. Tickets include a buffet-style deluxe dinner prepared fresh onboard, reserved seating, a sparkling wine toast at midnight and DJ. Toronto Harbour – December 31st
Toronto City Hall - Skate on Toronto's famous ice rink to the sounds of a local DJ, enjoy live musical performances from top Toronto talent throughout the evening, and a spectacular fireworks presentation at midnight. Nathan Phillips Square – December 31st
Hotel Parties – most of the larger luxury hotel properties have fabulous events that include dinner, drinks, and dancing. Book a room, and don’t worry about trying to find a cab to get home. Check individual websites for details. Suggestions: Thompson, Trump, Four Seasons, Shangri-La, Ritz-Carlton
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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