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Invite: Christmas Events at Allan Gardens & Centennial Park Conservatories Today to Jan.11, 2015

This video presents Allan Gardens Greenhouse Christmas Show.

  • A video walk through Toronto’s historic Allan Gardens greenhouse, during the annual Christmas flower show. Music by Mozart.

Admission to the Allan Gardens and Centennial Park Conservatories is FREE.

Donations to the Food Bank are Welcome.

You are invited to the following annual Christmas Flower Shows and events at Allan Gardens and Centennial Park Conservatories:

  • Christmas Flower Shows: December 7, 2014 – January 11, 2015
    • The shows will operate daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on the grand opening event and candlelight dates outlined below.
    • The shows feature many new varieties of poinsettias, with about 40 different types on display.
  • Grand Opening Events

    • Allan Gardens Conservatory’s Grand Opening event will take place on Sunday, December 7 from noon to 7 p.m. The highlights of this event include Victorian carollers, cookies and hot apple cider, children’s activities and horse-and-carriage rides. Allan Gardens Conservatory is located at 19 Horticultural Ave. More information is available by calling 416-392-7288.

  • Centennial Park Conservatory’s Grand Opening event is happening on Sunday, December 14 from noon to 7 p.m. The highlights include Victorian carollers, hot apple cider, horse-and-carriage rides and chestnuts roasting over an open fire. A family carol sing will take place at 4 p.m. Centennial Park Conservatory is located at 151 Elmcrest Rd. More information is available by calling 416-394-8543.
  •  Conservatory by Candlelight Event

    • The two conservatories will extend hours until 7 p.m. to enable visitors to enjoy the floral displays by the warm, festive glow of candlelight on the following dates:
      Allan Gardens – December 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28.
      Centennial Park – December 20, 21, 27 and 28.

Please click here for more info.

Enjoy! / Amusez-vous bien!

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You’re Invited: Toronto’s Holiday Events Dec. 2013 – Jan. 2014 + News & Extreme Cold Weather Alert

Here are more holiday events in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • Most events are FREE.

This video presents “Allan Gardens – Christmas Flower Show 2010 (HD).”

Nathan Phillips Square Outdoor Skating Rink. Photo: City of Toronto
Nathan Phillips Square Outdoor Skating Rink. Photo: City of Toronto

Toronto’s Recreational Options During the Holidays

Holiday scheduling for outdoor rinks, indoor skating, ski, snowboard and swim programs will be in effect from December 24, 2013 to January 6, 2014.


  • This is an update to the previous blog, You’re Invited: Celebratory Events in Montreal & Toronto Nov.29-Feb.23, 2014 + News & Alerts.
  • Skating on outdoor artificial ice rinks is FREE for all ages.
    • The official opening of the new rinks at Dieppe Park (located at 455 Cosburn Ave.) occurred on December 8, 2013.
    • The existing rink slab was replaced; fences, dasher boards and the refrigeration were improved; new lighting was installed on the hockey ice pad and the leisure skating path; and new rubber flooring and benches were installed.
    • The $2.4 million investment included interior and exterior renovations to the change room building in addition to modification and enhancement of the existing site landscape, asphalt and concrete sidewalks.
  • Drop-in skating for adults only at indoor rinks costs $3.50 for adults and $1.75 for seniors.
  • On December 25, outdoor rinks are unsupervised and for use at your own risk.
  • Please click here for more info.
Double Chairlift at Centennial Park Ski Centre: Photo: City of Toronto
Double Chairlift at Centennial Park Ski Centre: Photo: City of Toronto

Skiing and snowboarding


Riverdale Farm

  • Visit the cows, horses, sheep, goats, rabbits and farm cats at Riverdale Farm, 201 Winchester St.
  • The farm offers indoor board games, sewing crafts with the Cabbagetown Quilters Guild, and activities with the Toronto Guild of Spinners and Weavers.
  • The farm is open daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • You can call the farm at 416-392-6794 or check online at for more information.

High Park Zoo

  • Located at 77 Deer Pen Rd. in High Park, the High Park Zoo houses both domestic and exotic animals, including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle and sheep.
  • The zoo is open daily from dawn to dusk.
  • Please click here for more info.

Playground Paradise

  • Located at Flemingdon Park Community Centre at 150 Grenoble Dr., Playground Paradise offers family fun for children 12 and younger.
  • Kids can play on a two-storey play structure, go down the spiral slide, swing on the track ride, climb the cargo elevator, talk to friends through the talk tube and play in a ball pit with over 8,000 balls.
  • The hours at the playground vary during the holiday season.
  • More information is available at
    • Select “Drop-in Programs” and then select “General Interest” to get the most up-to-date schedule or call 416-395-6014.
  • Regular scheduling returns on January 4, 2014.
  • The daily rate is $2.50 per child.

Christmas Flower Shows at Allan Gardens and Centennial Park

Walk Toronto’s trails

  • The Shared Path, the newest of the City of Toronto’s Discovery Walks, includes 15 kilometres of trails through a series of park areas along the banks of the Humber River.
  • The Discovery Walks program is a series of 10 self-guided walks linking ravines, parks and neighbourhoods to showcase Toronto’s outstanding natural features and cultural and historical attractions.
  • Please click here to discover the trails and download maps.

Generally, Holiday Scheduling for Community Centres is as follows:

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You’re Invited: Celebratory Events in Montreal & Toronto Nov.29-Feb.23, 2014 + News & Alerts

There are exciting celebratory events happening in Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • Most events are FREE.

This video presents “Festival recap – BARBEGAZI 2013.”

  • BARBEGAZI 2013 – Action Sports Festival at the Esplanade Financière Sun Life, Parc Olympique,  Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

Launch of the 2013-2014 Winter Program of the Olympic Park: ENTER PLAY OUTSIDE the Sun Life Financial Esplanade!

FREE  Admissions

Located East of the Olympic Stadium, Montréal, Quebec, Canada

December 1, 2013 to January 5, 2014

February 7, 2014

February 15 and 16, 2014

  • Olympic Park announced that the Esplanade will once again host an authentic Winter Village , a central element of its winter program that will include family, FREE and accessible activities.
  • Fitted this year in the area 100 of the Sun Life Financial Esplanade, which is located behind the Pie-IX metro, this new version of the Olympic Winter Park Village will feature a rink, allowing everyone to skate FREE and, even in mild weather thanks to its cooling system.
    • For the second year, the Winter Village is easily recognizable by its huge natural tree which this year, will measure 65 feet tall!
      • It will certainly return to Montreal as Sun Life Financial Esplanade will be hosted throughout the cold season.
  • The official opening of the site on December 1 will be highlighted by a fundraiser to benefit the organization’s Frimousse, a toy lending library of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.
    • For the modest sum of $2, children and adults can come affix a huge Christmas tree decoration in the Winter Village and are collected for each design will be donated to the toy library.
    • They will also be on site to donate new toys to contribute to service the loan toys Frimousse.
    • And to close the festival in style, end of the day, the Olympic Park will illuminate all lights to shine throughout the winter!