Holiday Kick Off
Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, it’s still worth checking out the city’s official tree. Standing at a stately 19.2 metres high, the Ontario-grown white spruce that holds court at Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall (100 Queen St. W.) is decked out with more than 3,810 metres of LED lights and 700 decorations. Catch your first glimpse of the evergreen in all its glory at Cavalcade of Lights on November 29 starting at 7 p.m., or from dusk to 11 p.m. through to mid-January; see toronto.ca/cavalcade for more information.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of seeking the perfect gift for the special folks in your life, take a moment of respite and soak in the dazzling display at the centre court of Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Swarovski will adorn a towering Christmas tree, which will be unveiled on November 12, with more than 20,000 glittering crystal ornaments. Pick up an annual edition snowflake ($85) or ball ornament ($115) from the retailer for a special someone or your own home.
All Spruced Up
If one Christmas tree isn’t enough, how about a dozen? From November 11 to December 14, the Gardiner Museum presents its annual 12 Trees of Christmas, in which local designers decorate themed trees that are later delivered to community charities. This year’s participants include such returning favourites as Hilary Farr, who presented a cosmic robot and aliens tree last year, and Cobi Ladner, who decked her pink boughs with gumdrops and lollipops last season. Shawn Gibson and Michael Pellagrina of Teatro Verde and TV hosts Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman also take part. —Linda Luong