It’s that time of year again. We’re approaching the holiday season and that means dinners, gatherings and holiday parties. When I think of special events, whatever the season, one of the venues that pops to mind is Casa Loma. Perched on the hill just north of Dupont Subway station, The “House on the Hill” has been one of Toronto’s best known landmarks drawing thousands of visitors each year.
This “Castle in the City” was originally a residence of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, a successful financier in the early 1900s. Although now the design may seem a bit much to some, this Gothic Revival style house and gardens was the vision of E. J. Lennox, the architect who was also responsible for the design of several other city landmarks. It took three years to build Casa Loma at a cost of 3.5 million dollars.
These days the property serves not only as a museum but also an event venue hosting a variety of events open to the public such as Afternoon Tea or Sunday Brunch, and private functions and life events like weddings and other family celebrations. Casa Loma is owned by the City of Toronto and operated by Liberty Entertainment Group, the folks behind other successful Toronto event venues and restaurants such as Liberty Grand, Spice Route and Cibo Wine Bar among others.
To kick off the celebration of 100 Years of Christmas at Casa Loma, the group has introduced exciting new programming for the whole family. Until December 28th, you can visit with Santa in his workshop and tell him your Christmas wish, enjoy exciting live theatrical performances of The Snow Queen, feast your eyes on 10 fabulous Christmas trees decked out by top designers, experience a Winter Wonderland lighting display in the gardens, sing along with live carolers, create festive arts and crafts or explore on a giant holiday character scavenger hunt.
Here are just a few of the events featured:
- 100 Years of Christmas at Casa Loma, 10 Decades of Christmas Trees Display – Tour the beautifully decorated rooms at Casa Loma and experience 100 years of Christmas. Ten trees lavishly decorated by ten of Canada’s top designers (including Lynda Reeves) each depicting one of the last ten decades.
- Snow Queen – Hit and Run Dance Company presents the Snow Queen. Three shows daily transport families into a fantasy world of dance and music. Performances at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Weekends and Holidays, Dec 5 -7, 13, 14, 20-23, 27, 28.
- Meet Santa, Christmas Carolers, Gingerbread and Sugar Cookie Decorating – Arts and Crafts
Weekends and Holidays, Dec 5 -7, 13, 14, 20-23, 27, 28. Daily from 9:30-5pm (Carolers from 11am-3pm), Santa will not be present on December 27th and 28th
- Winter Wonderland – Explore the seasonal light installation in the gardens of Casa Loma, ongoing through the Winter season
- Student Art Exhibition – 40 original art works celebrating the holiday season on display on the third floor.
Doesn’t it sound like a holly, jolly time? For more information visit the Casa Loma website.
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