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October 17, 2014 – October 31, 2014

Giant Panda Jelly Belly Artwork

Friday, October 17 through Friday, October 31: Panda Interpretive Centre.

Artists and candy-lovers unite! From October 17 – October 31 come and see a sweet Giant Panda portrait in the Zoo’s Panda Interpretive Centre made out of none other than…. 11,000 Jelly Belly jelly beans! This cuddly bear is munching on a bamboo stick made of Lime, Green Apple and Watermelon Jelly Belly jelly beans. Our Giant Panda comes to life with Coconut, Cream Soda, Liquorice and Plum Jelly Belly beans. The creation of the portrait was broadcast live on the internet from the Jelly Belly Visitor Centre in California to celebrate National Jelly Bean Day 2014 with fans around the world.

For more information: www.TorontoZoo.com

Toronto Zoo — 361A Old Finch Avenue

Start: October 17, 2014
End: October 31, 2014
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October 10, 2014 – November 1, 2014

Fact or Fiction – The Ghosts and Spirits of Old Town

Departure: This tour will be departing from the office of our partner, Segway of Ontario, located at 30 Gristmill Lane in The Distillery Historic District.
On this special Halloween Version of our Ghosts and Spirits of Old Town tour, we are going to try to trick you. As we walk along the haunted cobblestone streets of the Distillery District, sharing our favourite terrifying tales of Toronto, we are going to include one fictional ghost story which we will attempt to convince you is real. Think you can spot the fake story? If you can, sweet prizes may await!
Duration: 90 minutes
Dates: Nightly (October 10th to November 1st). Times vary by evening. Book online or call to reserve. (www.hauntedwalk.com; 416-238-1473
Adults $18.75, Students/Youth $16.75, Children (6-12 yrs.) $10.75

Start: October 10, 2014
End: November 1, 2014
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October 10, 2014 – November 1, 2014

Toronto’s Haunted Walk – Mackenzie House Visit

Departure: This tour will departing from in front of the Hockey Hall of Fame at 30 Yonge Street.

From the old military town of York to the metropolitan city of today, discover Toronto’s ghost stories and darker history. On this special version of Toronto’s Haunted Walk, hear of the city’s haunted theaters, public hangings and the terrifying encounters at Mackenzie House – which you will have a chance to explore! You will never look at the city the same again.

Duration: 90 minutes.

Dates: October 10th, October 17th, October 18th, October 24th, October 25th, October 28th, October 29th, October 30th, November 1st. Times vary by evening. Book online or call to reserve. (www.hauntedwalk.com; 416-238-1473.

Adults $18.75, Student/Youth $16.75, Children (6-12 yrs.) $10.75.

Start: October 10, 2014
End: November 1, 2014
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November 9, 2014

Humphrey’s 1st Birthday Celebration – Supported by Symcor, Coca-Cola

Tundra Trek-Main Polar Bear Exhibit 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Join us in celebrating Humphrey the polar bear cub’s 1st birthday! Festivities will include a special keeper talk and birthday cupcakes for our visitors. Don’t forget to bring a special birthday card just for Humphrey! If you wish to give Humphrey a birthday gift why not support the Toronto Zoo and Polar Bear conservation efforts by making a donation.

Birthday Celebrations:

10:00 am to 2:00 pm Card Collection. Free polar bear poster giveaway for those who drop off a birthday card.

11:00 am to 12:00 pm Cupcakes! First come, first serve and while supplies last.

12:00 pm Polar Bear Keeper Talk.

Please visit our website: www.TorontoZoo.com

Toronto Zoo — 361A Old Finch Avenue

November 11, 2014

The Toronto Zoo’s 29th Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony

Waterside Theatre, Ceremony begins promptly at 10:55 am.

Veterans and the general public are invited to join in remembering and honouring the many wartime sacrifices that Canadians have made for their country. Admission for veterans and all guests attending the ceremony is free from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. The year round parking fee will be in effect except for VIP’s, Veterans in uniform or with medals, crests or other military affiliation insignia, as well as any other persons in uniform, including serving members of the armed forces, police, fire, ambulance and TTC.

Website: www.TorontoZoo.com

Toronto Zoo — 361 A Old Finch Avenue

November 15, 2014


Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area kicks off the holiday season with Illuminite. This is no ordinary holiday tree lighting ceremony – dancers will defy gravity, new costumed characters will premier in Canada and the live band will keep you moving. This event will show you how different spaces can be used to create one great show. Illuminite culminates with the lighting of the 52,000 LED tree and other light installations around the Downtown Yonge BIA Neighbourhood. Illuminite is part of Winter Magic. For updates, visit wintermagic.ca or follow us on Twitter and Facebook: /DowntownYonge. Free admission.

Please visit our website: www.wintermagic.ca

Bloor-Yorkville Shines Bright for Holiday Magic

On Saturday, November 15, the Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area (BYBIA) will kick off the holiday season with Holiday Magic, the spectacular annual community free concert event in support of the Canadian Foundation For Aids Research (CANFAR).

Between 5pm – 6:30pm, families, friends and music lovers are invited to the Village of Yorkville Park for the Official “Flick the Switch” Lighting Ceremony and a special performance by Molly Johnson. Back by popular demand after a stand-out Holiday Magic performance in 2011, the Juno Award winning jazz vocalist will ring in the holidays with the Bloor-Yorkville community performing songs from her new album “Because of Billie”, an album of Billie Holiday songs that plays homage to the iconic jazz singer. The evening’s musical entertainment will start with a performance by folk rock artist Andrew Austin.

The BYBIA will transform the Village of Yorkville Park and Bloor Street into a dazzling display of lights shining bright throughout the neighbourhood. In addition to the Christmas tree located in the Village of Yorkville Park, a 20-foot tree glowing with an LED light display will sit outside the ROM at Avenue Road and Bloor Street. Patrons of the neighbourhood can look forward to shopping, dining and enjoying the attractions this year surrounded by festive lighting along the tree-lined streets.

For full event information, please visit: www.bloor-yorkville.com/holiday_magic/

November 22, 2014

Ice, Wine & Dine

Delight your senses for an evening of food, drinks and entertainment at the annual Ice, Wine & Dine. Taste delectable sampler menus from the different restaurants and have a sip of one (or two) of our signature Martinis at the Ice Lounge while you enjoy the sights and sounds of the different entertainment all night long. Explore Elm Street and take photos at our interactive Ice Sculptures. Ice, Wine and Dine is presented by Downtown Yonge BIA and is part of Winter Magic. Free admission. Proceeds from the Ice Lounge go to Downtown Yonge BIA’s charity partners.

Please visit our website: www.wintermagic.ca

Date: November 22, 2014
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Holiday Dinner Cruises

‘Tis the season to come aboard one of the two largest ships in Toronto to celebrate the festive holiday season complete with delicious buffet meal and dancing. Enjoy our festal buffet with all the trimmings, including such holiday classics as a carving of roast turkey and a carving of prime rib roast beef. Indulge in our full sweets table with scrumptious cakes, Christmas cookies and fresh fruit. Discover a winter wonderland out on the harbour and see the Toronto’s skyline lit up like a Christmas tree during the 3 hour cruise.

Mariposa Cruises has been sailing the city’s Harbourfront from April to New Year’s Eve for more than 25 years and welcomes over 100,000 guests each season. Mariposa Cruises has built its reputation as the leader in the Toronto harbour, with an impressive fleet of six distinctive ships, varying in size and style. Docked in a prime location at Toronto’s waterfront alongside Queens Quay Terminal, Mariposa Cruises can accommodate groups of 15 to 575.

Calendar link for booking events: tickets.mariposacruises.com/programm.php

Date: November 22, 2014
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November 29, 2014


Come to Yonge-Dundas Square for a day of free family-friendly fun. The day’s festivities include stage performances and meet and greets with some of the children’s favourite characters – the Octonauts, Frozen Ice Queen & Princess, Peter Pan and Friends.

You can also take your family holiday photos in our giant snow globe! KidzFest is part of Winter Magic and is presented by the businesses in the Downtown Yonge Improvement Area. Free Admission. Donation accepted for Downtown Yonge BIA charity partners.

Please visit our website: www.wintermagic.ca