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December 2, 2002
Santa, Principal Dancer, and Deputy Mayor delight children at City Hall
Parks and Recreation - Twenty-five enraptured children had a special
visit from Santa Claus, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Deputy Mayor Case Ootes today
at Toronto City Hall.

The children listened to a reading of The Nutcracker story by Deputy Mayor Case
Ootes and received "sugar plums" distributed by Santa and principal dancer,
Chan Hon Goh, who dances the Sugar Plum Fairy in The National Ballet of
Canada's production of The Nutcracker. The program was held to promote the
City's annual Christmas flower shows at the Allan Gardens and Centennial Park
conservatories, and The National Ballet of Canada's production of The

The Christmas flower shows at both Allan Gardens and Centennial Park
conservatories feature topiary masterpieces inspired by James Kudelka's
production of The Nutcracker. The Allan Gardens show includes a pair of giant
pointe shoes, a full-sized nutcracker and the Czar of the Mice, all of which
are fashioned entirely from plants and flowers.

The flower shows opened Sunday, December 1, and run until January 6, 2003. They
are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a candlelight viewing from 4 to 5
p.m. Candlelight viewing is extended December 15-23 and 26-30, until 7 p.m. In
addition, the Centennial Park Conservatory presents a special Carols by
Candlelight program on December 15, 2002, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Allan Gardens is located on the south side of Carlton Street between Jarvis and
Sherbourne Streets. For more information, call 416-392-7288.

Centennial Park Conservatory is located at 151 Elmcrest Rd., north of Rathburn
Road and west of hwy 427. For more information, call 416-394-8543.

Admission to both flower shows is free. A donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank
is much appreciated.

The National Ballet opens James Kudelka's The Nutcracker at the Hummingbird
Centre on December 14. For tickets, call 416-345-9595 or visit for schedules and information.

Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Media Hotline,

Sally Szuster,
The National Ballet of Canada,
416-345-9686, ext. 302



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