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November 29, 2013
Yuletide spirit flowers at Allan Gardens and Centennial Park Christmas flower shows
'Tis the season to be floral, with the opening of the annual Christmas flower shows at Allan Gardens and Centennial Park Conservatories this weekend. Both flower shows are a long-standing tradition, marking the start of the holiday season for many Torontonians and visitors.

The Christmas flower shows will operate from December 1 to January 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with the exception of the opening events December 1 and 8 and the extended hours on the candlelight dates noted below. Both Christmas flower shows showcase many of the newest varieties of poinsettias, with about 40 varieties on display.

Allan Gardens Conservatory's annual Christmas Flower Show opens on Sunday, December 1 from noon to 7 p.m., featuring Victorian carollers, hot cider and cookies, children's activities, and horse-and-carriage rides. Holiday topiary includes a grand piano and Victorian-theme dancers. Allan Gardens Conservatory is located at 19 Horticultural Ave. More information is available by calling 416-392-7288.

Centennial Park Conservatory presents a special opening event on Sunday, December 8 from noon to 7 p.m., with Victorian carollers, hot cider and cookies, horse-and-carriage rides, and chestnuts roasting over an open fire. A family carol sing will take place at 4 p.m. Centennial Park Conservatory is located at 151 Elmcrest Rd. More information is available by calling 416-394-8543.

Candlelight dates: The two conservatories will extend their hours from to 7 p.m. to enable visitors to enjoy the floral displays by candlelight on the following dates:
Allan Gardens: December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22
Centennial Park: December 14, 15, 21 and 22

Admission to the conservatories is free. Donations to the Food Bank are welcome.

More information is available at

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