This weekend marks the point of no return; you have either started holiday shopping at this particular juncture, or you… have not. Either point on the pre-holiday spectrum is OK, especially since there continues to be ample opportunities to shop local in the city. And if you have no more holiday shopping to accomplish, or you have opted out entirely, you still have several entertainment options at your disposal this weekend – here are a few of the best.
Check out a winter flower show
Winter doesn’t have to mean a dearth of plant life. Starting this Sunday at Centennial Park Conservatory and running until Jan. 9, you can get your fill of flowers. The entire conservatory will be decorated and filled with thousands of flowering plants, over 30 varieties of poinsettia and even seasonal topiary pieces made entirely of plant material. This is the perfect place to pretend winter doesn’t exist.
Celebrate Christmas at the Roundhouse
Make your way to Roundhouse Farmers’ Market at the Steam Whistle Brewery on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for a bit of festive fun in partnership with the Toronto Railway Museum. Expect live performances, a festive photo booth and the chance to make a holiday craft to take home. You can also browse seasonal goodies from local farmers and vendors.
See the Nutcracker
The Nutcracker returns this holiday season courtesy of the National Ballet of Canada. Beginning on Dec. 10 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, performances are happening through to Dec. 31. The iconic Christmas ballet has been choreographed by James Kudelka and offers the chance to see some serious talent on stage while also taking part in a classic holiday activity.
Browse and buy handcrafted goods
If you find yourself in the east end this weekend, make a stop at Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre in Leslieville for the Leslieville Flea holiday market running Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be over 50 local vendors selling vintage and handcrafted goods just in time for anyone still in search of a few unique holiday gifts.
Grab some brunch
That Turn Up Brunch is a new monthly drag brunch taking place at Belgian Moon at Stackt Market featuring some of Toronto’s best drag queens, including Jada Shada Hudson, Devine Darlin, Aurora Matrix and Miss Fiercalicious. All the fun happens from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday and your ticket includes access to the show, brunch and a welcome cocktail. Brunch goodies include fried chicken, onsen poached eggs, hash brown potatoes and more.
Shop the Toronto Artisan Holiday Market
Your best bet of giving a unique gift, something that the recipient likely will not have (or have bookmarked for future purchase), is by shopping local. This is relatively easy in Toronto, especially around the festive season. Stop by Twist Gallery on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and shop a wide variety of goods ranging from handmade jewelry and organic skincare, to original art, home goods, pet products and more.