416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Nov.15 – Nov.17)

SantaHave you been enjoying the brisk autumn weather this week? It sure caught me off guard. It felt sort of wrong to take my puffy coat out of the closet, but I guess there’s no denying it – winter is coming…..well, and so is Santa. This weekend, in fact. Along with the Santa Claus parade, there are many other events happening in the city to put us all in a good mood. So here are my TOP5 things to do in Toronto this weekend. Keep warm!

Santa Claus Parade – This Sunday Santa Claus returns to put smiles on the faces of families across Toronto. The parade begins at the Christie Pits Park at 12:30 p.m. It will travel past the ROM and the Eaton Centre, before ending at St. Lawrence Market. The elaborate celebration consists of more than 25 different-themed floats, 22 bands, 100 celebrity clowns, more than 1,500 volunteers, and the big man himself, Santa. Make sure to arrive early for a good spot as space fills up fast. It’s also always a good idea to bundle up and bring a hot drink in a reusable mug to stay warm.

Ugly sweater runThe Ugly Sweater Run – If you want to kick off the holiday season and keep fit at the same time, come out to Downsview Park at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday and join The Ugly Sweater Run. You can finally pull out that hideous sweater with bright green and red reindeer (or possibly snowmen?) from the back of your closet for everyone to see. The 5k marathon helps raise funds for the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.

Gourmet Food and Wine Expo – This annual weekend event taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre includes cooking demos, seminars and exhibits from food purveyors, wineries and restaurants, including trendy spots like Playa Cabana, Rock Lobster and Hudson Kitchen. Saturday’s event lineup includes a live Top Chef Canada judging session with celeb chef and host Roger Mooking.

Ossington AveThe Culinary Wizardry of Oz – Ossington Food Tour – One of the city’s most improved areas in the last decade, Ossington Village has grown from a bland series of storefronts to a  hotspot with dozens of great restaurants. A tour of the area is the perfect fit to let you not only learn just how much the area has changed, but to also try dishes from some of the hottest chefs in the city. Considering how crowded some of these restaurants get, it might be the only way to reserve a seat at some places.

European Union Film Festival – Starting this weekend until November 27th, the EUFF brings films from across the European Union to The Royal Theatre in Toronto’s Little Italy. The EUFF collaborates with various European Union consulates in Toronto to feature award-winning films, with free admission to all screenings. Several movies are set to make their Canadian debut at the fest.


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