News: Corktown Christmas Forest, Pan Am Updates & lots of holiday cheer

BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE…: The Distillery Christmas Market in all its splendour. It kicks off this Friday. Photo by Shopping Diva.

Christmas arrives in Corktown this week. On Sunday, December 2, we’ve got the Corktown Christmas Forest, an annual tradition at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse. There, you and the family can visit an indoor Victorian Christmas tree forest and enjoy live music, Victorian-era crafting demonstrations, carol singing, art displays and crafts for kids. Don’t miss this – it runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m and is pay-what-you-can, with suggested donations of $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Kids under 10 get in free. Visit the event page for more information.

As if that weren’t enough, this week also marks the kick-off of the world famous Distillery Christmas Market, which runs from Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 16. There’s lots of special events this year, included multiple visits from Old Saint Nick himself. Keep an eye on the handy event calendar.

Last week, Urban Toronto took a lot at the insane forest of cranes that currently dot the Pan Am Games construction site, and looked at how the new King East condo building at King Street East & Parliament rather nicely fits into the City’s King-Parliament Neighbourhood Plan.

Along the same lines, Waterfront Toronto just released their November 2012 newsletter, which is chock full of development news. Check it out.

The Extension Room, Corktown’s dance/yoga/fitness studio at Eastern & Trinity is holding a special Sugar Plum Holiday Open House this coming Saturday, December 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The all-day festivities will include $5 trial classes all day, FREE pilates reformer trials, juice barre holiday treats and special prizes. Download this flyer for more details – and check out their website for more info on Extension Room’s programs.

Little Trinity Church has put together a snazzy-looking flyer detailing their upcoming advent and Christmas services, plus some upcoming special events taking place at the church. Take a look.

Lastly, and keeping with the Yuletide theme, our neighbours in St. Lawrence Market are holding the Cavalcade of Lights in Old Town Toronto on Saturday, December 1, starting at 5:30 p.m. in Berczy Park. Following, be on the lookout for Victorian Carolers at various locations in the neighbourhood throughout the month of December.

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