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Santa Claus

New App Tracks Santa’s Christmas Flight

NORAD Tracks Santa screenshot on an iPhone.

By Amanda Yiu

The countdown is on for Santa’s takeoff from the North Pole to all corners of the world, and this year you can track his amazing journey in real-time on the eve of Christmas with a new, free mobile app from NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command). (more…)

Hot Date: Santa’s Festive Boat

See Santa early on a Mariposa Cruise

DECEMBER 10, 11, 17 & 18 Santa Claus’s sleigh needs some maintenance in advance of his marathon night of work. While the sled’s in the shop, Saint Nick himself will be on board the Mariposa Cruises ship Northern Spirit for the sixth annual Santa Cruise. Bring the family to meet Kris Kringle and his elves on this hour-long boat ride around the Toronto harbour, where kids can pose for photos and negotiate their wish lists with the jolly man. After the cruise, Santa’s elves lead the way to free souvenir holiday photo frames available at the Queen’s Quay Terminal. $12; call 416-203-0178 or visit here for cruise times and tickets.

12 Days of Christmas in Ottawa

By Misa Kobayashi.

While the traditional carol offers up lords-a-leaping and swans-a-swimming, we bring you 12 ideas for fun outings and events to take you through the holiday season (no partridge required). (more…)