December 12th, 2018
Christmas in the Park - Tree Lighting
Sat. Dec. 1, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Alex Christie Bandshell in Kew Gardens
Toronto Beaches Lions Club
A community event with music, family entertainment, candlelight caroling, tree lighting, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, etc. Don’t forget to bring “Loonies for the Lions”.
Pancake Breakfast With Hamper
Sat. Dec. 1, 8 am - 9:45 am
Community Centre 55, 97 Main St.
Info: 416-691-1113;
Join us for a pancake breakfast with Hamper the Reindeer! Visit from Santa from 8:30-9 am. No reservation required. Suggested donation of $3 per person. Children's crafts and activities will also be offered.
Beach Guild of Fine Art's Christmas Gift & Art Show
Sat. Dec. 1, 12 pm - 8 pm & Sun. Dec. 2, 10 am - 5 pm
The Gardener’s Cottage at Kew Gardens, 30 Lee Ave. (south of Queen St.);
Browse for those special gifts in the charming, historic ambience of the Gardener’s Cottage, located in the heart of Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood. Take in the creative works of over 30 local artists. The show features a wonderful array of original art, small paintings, Christmas ornaments and unique gifts. Admission is free.
Jazz & Reflection at Beach United Church
Sat. Dec. 1, 4:30 pm
140 Wineva Ave.
Theme “A Gentle December Day” featuring Paul Novotny on bass, Tom Reynolds on piano, and Alana Bridgewater on vocals. Freewill offering.
The 9th Of Its Kind Craft Show and Sale
Sat. Dec. 1, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Legion Hall, Branch 11, 9 Dawes Rd. (south of Danforth)
45 handcrafted and food vendors. Free admission. All proceeds to Emily’s House and the Philip Aziz Centre for Palliative/Hospice Care.
Grant-Full Food and Fellowship Soup Kitchen
Sat. Dec. 1, 3 pm - 6 pm
Grant A.M.E. Church, 2029 Gerrard St. E.
Info: 416-690-5169
AME Daily Bread Food Bank is every Friday, 5 pm - 8 pm. Hot meal is also served.
Tannenbaum 10K
Sun. Dec. 2, starts at 10 am
Along the Boardwalk
Beaches Runners Club
A 10K run, and kids 1k fun run, along the Martin Goodman Trail, starting/ending at foot of Lee Ave.
Scarborough Model Railroaders Train Show
Sun. Dec. 2, 11 am - 4 pm
17 Jeavons Ave.
Two floors of HO and N scale layouts – 1950s southern Ontario with authentic steam & diesel sound, and double-tracked mainline through mountain scenery. Visit our website for more info.
Beach Photo Club
Thur. Dec. 6, 7 pm - 9:30 pm
Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave.;
Topic: “Losing Site” with Jessica Thalmann. Club meets first and third Thursday of every month (September to May).
East York Tree Lighting and Food Drive
Thur. Dec. 6, 5:30 pm
East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.; 416-392-4060
Hosted by councillor Paula Fletcher. Please bring a non-perishable food item as donation to Bethany Baptist Church Food Bank.
Woodbine Heights Drama Club presents ‘In Search of the Real Santa’
Fri. Dec. 7, 8 pm; Sat. Dec. 8, 4 pm & 7 pm; Sun. Dec. 9, 11 am
Woodbine Heights Baptist Church, 1171 Woodbine Ave.
This free, live theatrical performance for all ages takes us to 4th century Turkey to discover the origin of St. Nicholas. Inter-generational cast. Live music. Comedy, mystery and drama.
Leslieville Flea 6th Annual Holiday Market
Sat. Dec. 8 & Sun. Dec. 9, 10 am - 5 pm
Jimmie Simpson Community Centre, 870 Queen St. E.
The Leslieville Flea Holiday market is a one stop shop for Holiday gift giving needs. Select vendors have carefully curated a variety of unique and affordable vintage items, perfect for everyone on the holiday gift giving list. There will also be great food, coffee, and music. For all the details visit our website. See you there!
Holiday Crafts and Food Marketplace
Sat. Dec. 8, 11 am - 4 pm
1774 Queen St. E. (at Lark St.)
Mennonite New Life Centre Toronto
Admission is FREE for shoppers! Join us for live music and a silent auction along with 30+ artisan vendors. Proceeds from the event will go to the MNLCT and our co-organizer Aurora House to support programs and services for newcomers and people who have been trafficked in Canada.
Menorah Candle Lighting & Latke Fest
Sat. Dec. 8, 6:30 pm
Kew Gardens
Followed by Latke Fest at the Beach Hebrew Institute, 109 Kenilworth Ave. at 7 pm.
Holiday Craft Market and Bake Sale
Sat. Dec. 8, 10 am - 3 pm
St. Aidan’s Church, 70 Silver Birch Ave. (at Queen St. E.)
Info: 416-691-2222
A wide variety of specialty vendors and our parish Home Baking Table.
Deck the Trees of Glen Stewart Ravine
Sat. Dec. 8, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Meet at Glen Manor entrance to the ravine
Join Friends of Glen Stewart Ravine for this festive, family-friendly event. Bird-friendly tree decorating, scavenger hunt and more. Supported by the Beach Garden Society. Refreshments and materials provided. Free event, all welcome.
Pet Valu Meet & Greet
Sun. Dec. 9, 11 am
2210 Queen St. E.
Come and meet some DIBS volunteers and learn about Pet Valu's amazing rescue. They hope to have some foster pups there too!
Christmas In The Village
Sun. Dec. 9, 10 am - 2 pm
RCL Branch 13, 1577 Kingston Rd.
Facebook page Birch Cliff Village Day Out
Free pictures with Santa, gingerbread house decorating contest, live music, reading of The Night Before Christmas and How The Grinch Stole Christmas, kids corner, coffee corner fundraiser for Veterans PDS Service Dog. Non-perishable donation for local food bank. 20 local Vendors. Presented by Birch Cliff Village Day Out.
Winter Fair at Equinox Holistic Alternative School
Sun. Dec. 9, 11 am - 3 pm
151 Hiawatha Rd.
Family-friendly whimsical winter fair with live entertainment, lunch cafe, artisan market, crafts, face painting, puppet show, children’s store and more. Admission is free.
Carolling in the Park
Tue. Dec. 11, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Glen Stewart Park
Contact: 416-759-9997, Dave Breach
The 30th year! Join us to sing carols and contemporary songs with the Salvation Army Band and the Beach United Church choir. Santa Claus will hand out candy canes to the children and there will be hot apple cider and hot chocolate to keep you warm. A collection will be taken for the Salvation Army.
Historical Talk with Gene Domagala
Tue. Dec. 11, 7 pm
Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E.
The Beach & East Toronto Historical Society and The Toronto Public Library present historian Gene Domagala on Mayors of Toronto: 1834-1978. Admission is free. All welcome!
Adam Solomon live at Michael Garron Hospital
Tue. Dec. 11, noon to 12:45 pm
Michael Garron Hospital, in the Mortimer lobby
Juno-winning artist Adam Solomon performs his unique blend of blues and traditional Kenyan music at Michael Garron Hospital as part of the World of Music concert series. Free event!
Ugly Sweater Jukebox Party
Fri. Dec. 14, 9:30 pm
The Salty Dog, 1980 Queen St. E.
Come and show off your Ugliest! The Uglier the better! Prizes for the Ugliest Sweater - Drink Specials - Food Specials and free tunes on the Juke Box all night! A great way to get in the festive spirit. See you there!
Home Alone with Cheese Pizza
Sat. Dec. 15, starts 1:30 pm
Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St. E.
The only thing better than watching Home Alone in December is watching Home Alone in December while enjoying a couple squares of cheese pizza, 'just for you,' the way Kevin McCallister likes it! The Fox Theatre know's you hate sausage and olives and onions. Pizza included with ticket!
Pancake Breakfast
Sun. Dec. 16, 10 am -11:30 am
Beaches Recreation Centre, 6 Williamson Rd.
Beaches Recreation Centre Advisory Council
Annual Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Advisory Council. There will be a collection of non-perishable food items in support of Centre 55.
Christmas in Kew
Sun. Dec. 16, 1 pm - 3 pm
Kew Gardens plaza, 2075 Queen St. E.
Beach Village BIA
Get pictures with Santa or one of his elves. Stick around for an elf dance party and meet some real life toy soldiers! Warm yourself up with some hot chocolate and snack on some holiday treats! It's an afternoon you won't want to miss.
Centre 55 Share-A-Christmas Program
Tue. Dec. 18 thru Sat. Dec. 22
Community Centre 55, 97 Main St.
Jade Maitland, 416-691-1113 ext 224,
Tuesday 18 to Thursday 20 - packing and sorting non-perishables, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm; Friday 21 - packing and sorting toys (no children please), 6 pm - 8:30 pm; Saturday 22 (Delivery Day) - 1 pm - 5 pm.
Senior’s Luncheon at St. Paul’s United Church
Tue. Dec. 18, noon
St. Paul’s United Church, 200 McIntosh St.
Info: 416-261-4222
All seniors are welcome! Free event, donations welcome.
Winter begins (Winter Solstice)
Fri. Dec. 21
The winter solstice occurs exactly when the axial tilt of a planet is farthest away from its star, depending on the polar hemisphere of reference. Earth's maximum axial tilt to our Sun during a solstice is 23° 26'. More evidently from high latitudes, a hemisphere's winter solstice occurs on the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun's daily maximum position in the sky is the lowest.[2] Since the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, other terms are often used for the day on which it occurs, such as midwinter, the longest night or the first day of winter.
Christmas Day
Tue. Dec. 25
Traditional Christmas Dinner
Tue. Dec. 25, 3 pm
Calvary Baptist Church, 72 Main St. (at Benlamond)
Join family and community for a traditional Christmas dinner. ALL, adults and children, are welcome. FREE, and donations accepted with gratitude.
Boxing Day
Wed. Dec. 26
Reading Nature’s Signs in Winter: A Guided Walk
Thur. Dec. 27, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Glen Stewart Ravine or
Meet at SW corner of Beech Ave. & Kingston Rd. The whole family is welcome and service animals, but no pets please.
New Year's Eve at Nathan Phillips Square
Mon. Dec. 31, starts at 8 pm
Nathan Phillips Square
Join the celebration and ring in the New Year with residents and visitors alike at Nathan Phillips Square. Skate on Toronto's famous ice rink to the sounds of a local DJ, enjoy live musical performances from top Toronto talent throughout the evening, and a spectacular fireworks presentation at midnight.
39th Annual Hair of the Dog Run
Tue. Jan. 1, 11 am - 1 pm
Balmy Beach Canoe Club, along the Boardwalk
Lace up your running shoes and come on down to the Balmy Beach Club at the foot of Beech Avenue for the annual Hair of the Dog Run. 9K run or 3K walk routes along the Martin Goodman trail. Walkers start at 11:30 am, Runners start at 12 noon. On-site registration starts at 10:30 am. or you can register online. Everyone is invited to the cool dip!
New Year's Day
Tue. Jan. 1
School resumes (TDSB)
Mon. Jan. 7
Fri. Jan. 25 - Thur. Feb. 7
Restaurants throughout Toronto or call 311
Toronto's Winter Foodie Celebration! Experience a series of mouth-watering culinary events and indulge in creative cuisine from around the world at great prix fixe value. Try something new, try something exotic, try something traditional or try it all during this savoury, luscious, and succulent series hosted by more than 200 of Toronto’s top restaurants. Is anybody else getting hungry?
Valentine's Day
Thur. Feb. 14
Family Day (Ontario)
Mon. Feb. 18
Beaches 12th Annual Kids Program Open House
Sat. Feb. 23, 10:30 am - 2 pm
Beaches Recreation Centre Gym, 6 Williamson Rd.
Beaches Living and Beaches Recreation Centre
Come learn about and explore kids programs available in the Beaches for ages 0 to 16. Meet face to face with program organizers, teachers, coaches, etc. The participating programs are in all areas including music, sports, science, arts, computer, playgroups, tutors, after school programs and much more. This Open House is free and open to families in the Beaches and the Greater Beaches area. View event photos from past year at:
Daylight Saving Time Begins
Sun. Mar. 10
Don't forget to turn your clocks forward an hour!
March Break
Mon. Mar. 11 to Fri. Mar. 15
St. Patrick's Day
Sun. Mar. 17
The longest-running Saint Patrick's Day parade in Canada occurs each year in Montreal, Québec. The parades have been held in continuity since 1824; however, St. Patrick's Day itself has been celebrated in Montreal as far back as 1759 by Irish soldiers in the Montreal Garrison following the British conquest of New France. In Canada, Saint Patrick's Day is an official holiday only in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. In the City of Toronto from 1919 to 1927, the Toronto Maple Leafs were known as the Toronto St. Patricks, and wore green jerseys. In 1999 when the Leafs played on Hockey Night in Canada (national broadcast of the NHL) on St. Patrick's Day, the Leafs wore the green St. Pats retro jersey. Although the baseball season is still in the spring training phase when St. Patrick's Day rolls around, the Toronto Blue Jays wear green uniforms for the occasion.
Spring begins
Wed. Mar. 20
Earth Hour
Sat. Mar. 30, 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet, and is organised by WWF. Engaging a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues, Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide, and the one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.
Beaches Spring Sprint
Sat. Apr. 6, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Boardwalk and Balmy Beach Club
Beaches Recreation Centre Advisory Council
32nd Annual Spring Sprint, 5 km run/walk for adults at 9:30 am; 2 km run for kids/seniors at 10:30 am. Awards following at the Balmy Beach Canoe Club. Registration will take place at the Beaches Recreation Centre late March and beginning of April. No registration day of the race. To volunteer please send an email to
Beaches|Life 2nd Annual Spring Wellness & Beauty Show
Sun. Apr. 7, 10 am - 4 pm
Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club - at the foot of Coxwell Ave.
Come and meet local business owners face-to-face, discover the wide range of products and services they provide, get a personal consultation, and celebrate the Spring Season together! *Healthy Living, Wellness & Lifestyle *Live presentation, demos & fashion show *Special offers from your local businesses *Live music *FREE Admission & FREE Parking
Good Friday
Fri. Apr. 19
Beaches Lions Club 53rd Annual Easter Parade
Easter Sunday, Apr. 21, 2 pm - 4 pm
Queen St. E., from Munro Park to Woodbine Ave.
Toronto Beaches Lions Club,
Everyone loves the Easter Parade. The event, now in its fifth decade, attracts thousands of people from all over the city. Don't forget your Loonies for the Lions, to support local charities. Applications for the parade can be found at the Beaches Lions Website.
Easter Sunday (Western)
Sun. Apr. 21
Easter Monday (Western)
Mon. Apr. 22
Earth Day
Mon. Apr. 22
Spring Beach Studio Tour 2019
Fri. May 3, 6 - 9 pm; Sat. May 4, 10 am - 6 pm; Sun. May 5, 11 am - 6 pm
From Coxwell Ave. to Victoria Park Ave.
Beach Studio Tour artists
Home is where the art is! You are invited into the homes and studios of local artists throughout the Toronto Beach. Visit 23 artists at 15 locations. This tour offers fine craftsmanship in a variety of mediums and styles for the home. Self-guided, free admission. Brochures with map will be available at most local shops and on the website. On the weekend of the tour look for the yellow signs and explore our vibrant, artistic neighbourhood.
Mother's Day
Sun. May 12
Happy Mother's Day!
Artfest Toronto at the Distillery
Sat. May 18 to Mon. May 20, 11 am - 6 pm
Distillery District
Spring Art & Craft Show. Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada's top artists. Set throughout the cobblestone lanes of the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto. FREE admission.
Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park
Victoria Day, Mon. May 20, 9:45 pm
Ashbridges Bay Park
City of Toronto
Toronto's only Victoria Day fireworks show will be a spectacular 14 minute display at Ashbridges Bay Park, rain or shine. TTC service will be increased between Queen Street East and the Bloor-Danforth subway on the Coxwell (22A), Main (64) and Woodbine South (92A). It is recommended that members of the public use the TTC and leave their cars at home. A special viewing area with limited space is set aside to accommodate people with disabilities and their families. City bylaws prohibit the public from setting off personal fireworks in the park.
Victoria Day
Mon. May 20
Happy Victoria Day!
Father's Day
Sun. June 16
Happy Father's Day!
First Day of Summer
Fri. June 21
Today marks the official first day of summer.
Let's BEACH! 2019
Sat. June 22, 11 am - 4 pm
Leuty Boathouse (foot of Leuty Ave.)
Come out and join your neighbours, friends, family and local business owners for a fun summer celebration on the beach! Featuring live music, vendors & surprises. Please visit our website for more information. Presented by Beaches Living, celebrating 15 years connecting our community!
St. Jean Baptiste Day (Que.)
Mon. June 24
Happy Canada Day!
Mon. July 1st
Did You Know? -- not till October 27, 1982, July 1st which was known as "Dominion Day" became "Canada Day". The July 1 holiday was established by statute in 1879, under the name Dominion Day. For more information about the history of Canada Day, visit Canadian Heritage website at
Independence Day (U.S.)
Thur. July 4
Civic Holiday in Canada
Mon. Aug. 5
Canada wide
In Canada, Civic Holiday is in most cases the first Monday of August. Civic Holiday in Canada is not a statutory holiday. A bill has been attempted to be passed in the House of Commons but it has always been unsuccessful. If an employer wants you to work, it is a work day.
Labour Day
Mon. Sep. 2
Canada celebrates Labour Day on the first Monday of September and is the last long weekend of the summer – the last time families can take their children on a short vacation before school starts again. If you can't get out of town – be a tourist in your own town.
First Day of Autumn
Mon. Sep. 23
Thanksgiving Day
Mon. Oct. 7
The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Orient. He did not succeed but he did establish a settlement in Canada. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony, in what is now the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This is considered the first Canadian Thanksgiving, and the first Thanksgiving to have taken place in North America.
Thur. Oct. 31
The Celts believed that every year on the last day of October, the souls of the dead visited the earth.
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