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December 20, 2002
Holiday happenings to celebrate New Year's Eve
Shop. Dine. Explore. Celebrate the Holidays in Toronto. This season, discover a
world of exciting holiday activity - right in your own backyard. As you shop
and dine your way around town, be sure to take a break to explore and celebrate
the best of the season. Special events and Christmas celebrations are happening
around the city and in your neighbourhood. Don't let the holidays go by without
experiencing some festive fun. Be sure to join in the holiday cheer and take
advantage of the incredible selection of things to see and do. There's
something for everyone.

Designs in Ice presented by Scotiabank is a three-day ice-carving exhibition
and competition. This 20-year holiday tradition at Nathan Phillips Square is
themed, in partnership with Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution, The
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, coinciding with the December 18 release of
the major motion picture. Before the carvers get started, the public is invited
to see some pivotal characters from the film captured in ice by internationally
renowned company IceCulture. Unseen, behind-the-scenes footage from the making
of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers appears on Friday, December 27 on an
outdoor screen. The weekend is complemented by family skating parties, which
feature live rink-side music for entertainment. Designs in Ice, running
December 27 to 29, is FREE. For more information on the Designs in Ice, call
Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit

Share in the spirit of Hogmanay, traditional Scottish New Year's celebrations
featured at two of Toronto's Historic Houses. Experience Scottish traditions
that have become world-renowned for the open celebration of goodwill.
Activities include toe-tapping music, traditional Scottish fare and the
customary visit of the first-footer bringing greetings, gifts and good wishes!
Gibson House Museum presents two Hogmanay events. Stroke of Midnight, a
licensed event on December 28 and 30 from 8 to 10:30 p.m. and an afternoon
Hogmanay session offering activities for the entire family on Tuesday, December
31 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. or 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mackenzie House, an impressive
Victorian town home, becomes the centre of celebration with Hogmanay evenings
from 7 to 9 p.m. December 27 to 29. For additional information, please call
Gibson House Museum at 416-395-7432 or Mackenzie House at 416-392-6915. For a
complete listing of Toronto's Historic Museums and events please call the
information hotline at 416-338-3888 or visit

Toronto sparkles this holiday season - don't miss it. For more suggestions of
Holiday Happenings in Toronto, visit or call

Media Contact
Amber Authier,
Tourism Division,

Linda Irwin,
Culture Division,



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