You’re Invited: Toronto’s Special Events + TTC’s Holiday Schedule 2012

This video presents “1 LOVE T.O. Holiday Ice Skating Party”:

  • 1 LOVE T.O. presents The Harbourfront’s DJ Skate Night as our Holiday Ice Skating Party for the city of Toronto,” Ontario, Canada (2011)
  • Hosted by T-rexxx
  • Music by DJ D-LUX and JEDI

During the holiday season, some special events are happening in Toronto.

The 12 Strays of Christmas

December 12 – 23, 2012

  • This is an animal adoption event that the City of Toronto’s Animal Services is presenting to heighten awareness of the adoptable animals available in its shelters such as dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, bunnies, and birds
  • Features three animals from each of the four shelters located in Toronto
  • These furry friends are looking for “forever” homes to call their own
  • all bunny adoptions are just $10
  • all cat adoptions are just $25 (a saving of almost $60) plus tax and a licence, if applicable
    • Toronto residents are required to purchase a licence for all cats and dogs in Toronto

    • Licences for sterilized cats are $15, with a lower fee ($7.50) for senior citizens buying a cat licence

    • licences for sterilized dogs are $25, with a reduced fee ($12.50) for seniors buying a dog licence

  • All cats and dogs up for adoption are vaccinated, micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, vet checked and de-wormed
  • For anyone unable to adopt a pet but who wants to contribute to an improved life for these animals, a donation can be made on the website or in person at any one of our four animal shelters
  • Torontonians may also drop off a holiday gift for the animals to any of the shelters
    • These pets are always in need of blankets and towels (new or used), cat treats, dog cookies, leashes, collars and halti-leads, toys, hot water bottles, can openers and even Canadian Tire money

  • Pets are available for adoption at these locations:

Beat Nation
Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture

15 December 2012 – 5 May 2013

An exhibition organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and based on an initiative of grunt gallery

FREE Daily

The Power Plant – Contemporary Art Gallery – Harbourfront centre

231 Queens Quay W, Toronto, Ontario  M5J 2G8

  • Construction Notice: Due to Queens Quay construction, there is only one-way westbound between Bay Street and Lower Spadina Avenue. Read more
  • Beat Nation describes a generation of artists who juxtapose urban youth culture with Aboriginal identity to create innovative and unexpected new works that reflect the current realities of Aboriginal peoples today
  • On view at The Power Plant

christmas choral toronto-2012

Choral Celebration at City Hall

FREE Admission

December 21 at 11:30 a.m.

in the Rotunda at Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario

  • You are invited to take in the sounds of the season at the City of Toronto’s annual Christmas Choral Celebration
  • Sign language interpretation provided

DJ Skate Nights

FREE Admission

  • Saturday, December 22, 2012
    8:00PM – 11:00PM
    The Natrel® Rink
    235 Queens Quay West: View Map

    • 1 LOVE T.O. Holiday Party is back

    • “An electric talent in the form of DJ DLUX who will “Jinglebell Rock” you around the rink”

Holiday Big Band


Sunday, December 23, 2012

2:00PM – 4:00PM

Lakeside Terrace

York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

View Map

  • A special holiday performance by the Toronto All-Star Big Band, a renowned group that revives the spirit, style and sound of 1930s and ’40s

Festive Christmas Weekends

Scarborough Museum
1007 Brimley Road (just north of Lawrence in Thomson Memorial Park)

Saturdays and Sundays in December, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is Pay What You Can


  • Visit another era this holiday season!
  • Tour the festively decorated McCowan Log House and Cornell House
  • Enjoy warm apple cider and sample some traditional holiday baking

Toronto Zoo:  37th Annual Christmas Treats Trek

December 26, 2012

  •  At the annual Christmas Treats Trek on December 26, visitors can watch animals throughout the zoo enjoy their festive treats
  • Please bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank
  • This outdoor event is half-price admission all day

    • *Please Note: $10.00 Parking Fee Applies

    • Please join them at 10:00am for a special greeting at the Courtyard Stage (inside the Front Entrance)

  • Everyone who visits the Toronto Zoo between December 26, 2012, and January 6, 2013 will receive a FREE gift from the Littlest Pet Shop by Hasbro (While supplies last)
    • Toys will be given out upon entrance from the admission booths, one per person

Winter Fun Day

Colborne Lodge
South end of High Park on Colborne Lodge Drive

Sunday, January 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is free

Limited FREE parking


  • Fun wintery activities including:
    • taffy pulling for kids take place inside Colborne Lodge

    • roasting marshmallows, eating roasted potatoes and  sipping warm cider in the great outdoors

  • Small fees apply for taffy-pulling, potatoes and cider
  • Dress warmly as most of the activities are outside

TTC holiday service schedule

  • From December 22, 2012 to January 6, 2013:
    • a TTC Day Pass:
      • provides unlimited one day travel for a group of up to six people, maximum two adults and not more than 4 children/youths 19 years of age or under

      • is valid from the start of service until 5:30 a.m. the next morning

      • costs $10.50 until January 1, 2013, at which time the Day Pass will cost $10.75

  • FREE parking will be offered at all TTC parking lots on December 24 and December 31 after 3 p.m.

TTC’s holiday schedule for Monday, December 17, 2012 to Friday, January 11, 2013:

  • Monday, December 17 to Friday, December 21
    • Weekday service
      • Subway and most routes start at 6 a.m.
  • Saturday, December 22
    • Saturday service
      • Subway and most routes start at 6 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 23
    • Sunday service
      • Subway and most routes start at 9 a.m.
  • Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
    • Weekday service
      • Subway and most routes start at 6 a.m.

      • Free parking at TTC parking lots after 3 p.m.

  • Tuesday, December 25 – Christmas Day
    • Sunday service
      • Subway and most routes start at 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, December 26 – Boxing Day
    • Sunday service
      • subway and most routes start at 6 a.m.
  • Thursday, December 27 and Friday, December 28
    • Weekday service
      • Subway and most routes start at 6 a.m.
  • Saturday, December 29
    • Saturday service
      • Subway and most routes start at 6 a.m.
  • Sunday, December 30
    • Sunday service
      • Subway and most routes start at 9 a.m.
  • Monday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve
    • travel FREE after 10 p.m. until 4 a.m., Jan. 1, 2013
      • Subway and most routes start at 6 a.m.

      • FREE parking at TTC parking lots after 3 p.m.

      • Subway and most bus and streetcar service extended until approximately 4 a.m., Tuesday, January 1, 2013

      • Last trains on the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway leave Union Station at 3:30 a.m. for Finch Station and 3:34 a.m. for Downsview Station

      • Last trains on the Bloor-Danforth Subway leave Bloor-Yonge Station at 3:37 a.m. for Kipling Station and at 3:37 a.m. for Kennedy Station

      • Last train on the Scarborough RT leaves Kennedy Station at 4:07 a.m. for McCowan Station

      • Last train on the Sheppard Subway leaves Sheppard-Yonge Station at 3:58 a.m. for Don Mills Station

  • Tuesday, January 1, 2013 – New Year’s Day
  • Wednesday, January 2 to Friday, January 4
    • Weekday service
      • Subway and most routes start at 6 a.m.
  • Saturday, January 5
    • Saturday service
      • Subway and most routes start at 6 a.m.
  • Sunday, January 6
    • Sunday service
      • Subway and most routes start at 9 a.m.
  • Monday, January 7 to Friday, January 11
    • Weekday service
      • Subway and most routes start at 6 a.m.

TTC Contact Info

  • Information on fares, routes, schedules and service
    • 416-393-4636 (INFO)

    • Recorded information available 24 hours daily

    • Operator-assisted service is available from 8:00am to 6:00pm daily, except statutory holidays

    • TTY Hearing Impaired Service, 416-481-2523, Daily, 8:00am-6:00pm; except statutory holidays.

  • Main Switchboard
    • 416-393-4000

    • Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

City of Toronto Contact Info

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311)

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685

If your matter is urgent, please call them. They are open 24/7.

Always call 911 for emergencies.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!


December 19, 2012

Toronto’s annual Christmas Choral Concert

The City of Toronto invites the public to celebrate the season on Friday, December 21 with the annual Christmas Choral Celebration. This year’s event will be hosted by Citytv’s Gord Martineau and will include performances by All the King’s Voices, Toronto Beaches Children’s Chorus and Toronto Mass Choir. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the Tower Brass and organist James Bourne.

Date: Friday, December 21
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Rotunda, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

The concert will last approximately one hour and will conclude with a visit from Santa. Sign language interpretation will be provided. More information is available at

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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