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30 Things We Love About Toronto This December

The Paper Place1 Pondering Audrea DiJulio’s multi-material sculptures at Loop Gallery.

2 Finding perfect paper for creating seasonal cards at The Paper Place.

3 The magnificent arched ceiling of the Great Library at historic Osgoode Hall.

4 Ambling through peaceful Mount Pleasant Cemetery after a snowfall.

5 Melt-in-your-mouth triple- cream brie from a local fave, the Leslieville Cheese Market (891 Queen St. E., 416-465-7143).

Bar Volo6 The pulse in your chest, beating in time to a concert by the Yamato Drummers of Japan.

7 Choosing a tipple from Bar Volo’s extensive drink list.

8 Being pampered with a hot-lather shave at Truefitt & Hill.

9 Trying on size-five boots and other petite-chic fashions at Muskat Brown.

10 Cheering along with the roaring crowd when the Toronto Maple Leafs score a goal.

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre<br>photo courtesy of the Ontario Heritage Trust11 Chomping on chestnuts roasted over an open fire during Christmas by Lamplight at Black Creek Pioneer Village.

12 Stumbling upon a new outdoor art installation in the serene Toronto Sculpture Garden.

13 Admiring ornate architectural details while on a tour of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre.

14 Delving into the tombs of Egypt’s ancient rulers at the AGO exhibit, King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs.

15 Pressing your nose against the glass for a better view of the lavish holiday window displays at The Bay.

Canopic Coffinette from Tut's Tomb (detail)<br>photo © Sandra Vannini16 Savouring succulent braised beef short ribs accompanied by ratatouille and rosti at Joy Bistro.

17 The pristine view of Lake Ontario, as seen from inside Queen’s Quay Terminal.

18 The peal of the clock tower bells at Old City Hall as they mark the hour.

19 Discovering tomes for every cuisine at The Cookbook Store.

20 Celebrating with thousands of other revelers at the free Nathan Phillips Square New Year’s Eve bash.

bpNichol Lane21 Shopping for blue Christian Dior heels at über-department store Holt Renfrew.

22 Striding down bpNichol Lane (northwest of St. George Street and Sussex Avenue), named after the poet whose verses are carved into the concrete path.

23 Sipping spiced Mayan hot chocolate on a winter’s day from Soma Chocolatemaker.

24 A fresh blow-dry for a night on the town, from the apprentices at Marvel Beauty Schools.

25 Perusing contemporary photographs by John Long at Leonardo Galleries.

<em>Tatra 87 on the Dempster Highway, Yukon & NWT</em> (detail) by John Long26 Assisting with a Victorian-era printing press demonstration at Mackenzie House.

27 Rush-hour people watching at Union Station.

28 Picking up fun designer knick-knacks at Cubeshops.

29 Viewing the full Olympic medal collection—dating from 1896—at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

30 Becoming enchanted by the sugar plum fairies’ glittering costumes during a performance of The Nutcracker.

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