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Things to Do in Toronto This Weekend: Friday November 30 - Sunday December 2, 2012

By November 29, 2012

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  • The Lowe's Toronto Christmas Market runs from November 30 to December 16, bringing family-friendly entertainment, lighting displays, local handcrafted products, and more to the Distillery District.

  • There are numerous Christmas Craft Shows on this weekend, including another Wandering Winter Craft Show, the first weekend of the Artisan's Gift Fair, and the last weekend of the One of a Kind Show.

  • The month-long installation Mozart's Magical Castle runs at Casa Loma from December 1-30. Created with Opera Atelier, the project offers performances, workshops, hands-on activities and more, based on Mozart's opera The Magic Flute.

  • Casa Loma also has other Christmas programming on this weekend, with "Elves in the Workshop" and "Breakfast with Santa" sessions on both Saturday and Sunday (Slightly less festive are the Adult Archery classes also available this weekend).

  • A variety of family-friendly Christmas programming continues at Toronto's pioneer village with Christmas at Black Creek.

  • There are still several Toronto-Area Santa Claus Parades on this weekend, including the Etobicoke-Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade and the Weston Santa Claus Parade, both on Saturday.

  • Winter programming at Harbourfront Centre this weekend includes a Holiday Decorations workshop and ongoing free skating at the Natrel Rink.

  • This weekend's featured events at Toronto's Historic Museums include wreath-making workshops at Colborne Lodge, a Christmas Mince Pies Historic Cooking Class at Fort York, and a talk with City of Toronto's Chief Curator Wayne Reeves, "Aftermath: The Roots of the Upper Canadian Rebellion of 1837", at Gibson House, along with several other options .

  • Two other museums have special seasonal programming on Sunday with a 12 Trees of Christmas Family Day at the Gardiner Museum and a celebration of the Dutch Santa Claus Sinterklaas at theBata Shoe Museum.

  • Habitat for Humanity Toronto is having their annual Gingerbread Build on Saturday and Sunday, inviting families to purchase a $50 gingerbread kit to build and decorate together.

  • Toronto Zoo members can get tickets to meet Santa at the Zoo on one of several dates, beginning this weekend.

  • Winterfest on Toronto's Waterfront continues, including Pet Photos with Santa.

  • Winter Magic celebrations in the Downtown Yonge area continue, including Kidzfest in Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday.

  • The Toronto Women's Expo is at Downsview Park on Saturday and Sunday.
  • And from the calendar of User-submitted events for December:
    • On Saturday night the Canadian Civil Liberties Association launches the new initiative "Canadian Artists for Civil Liberties" with a special evening of performances at Lee's Palace.
    • On Saturday, Santa comes to the Junction neighbourhood, bringing window displays, craft workshops, holiday promotions, treats, Mrs. Claus reading holiday tales, and a visit from the CP Rail Holiday Train.
    • The Don Valley Art Club opens its Holiday Art Show of Large and Small Pictures at The Paper Mill Gallery, Todmorden Mills, with a reception on Saturday night (the show runs until the 9th).
    • On Sunday evening Runnymede United Church is holding a dramatic reading of "A Christmas Carol" in support of The Stop Community Food Centre.
    • The Red Bull Crashed Ice competition is in Niagara Falls this weekend, with an opening night concert on Friday and the event itself on Saturday.

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