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December 1, 2011
Christmas flower shows at Allan Gardens and Centennial Park
The Yuletide season will be set in motion with the festive openings of the annual Christmas flower shows at the Allan Gardens and Centennial Park Conservatories. Both shows are a long-standing tradition marking the start of the holiday season for many Torontonians and visitors.

The show at Allan Gardens Conservatory, 19 Horticulture Ave., opens with an event on Sunday, December 4 from noon to 7 p.m. This event features Victorian carollers, hot cider, cookies, children's activities and horse-drawn carriage rides, with a special Christmas tree topiary featuring a circling toy train.

Centennial Park Conservatory, 151 Elmcrest Rd., opens with an event on Sunday, December 11 from noon to 7 p.m., with Victorian carollers, hot cider, cookies and horse-drawn carriage rides. There will be a family carol sing at 4 p.m. This year's show features a polar-bear theme topiary.

Both Christmas flower shows will showcase many of the newest varieties of poinsettias, with up to 50 varieties on display.

The Christmas flower shows will run daily from December 4 to January 8. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of the opening events and the dates below.

Both conservatories will extend their hours to 7 p.m. on the following dates so visitors can enjoy the floral displays by candlelight:
Allan Gardens: December 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18
Centennial Park: December 11, 17 and 18

Admission to both conservatories is free. Food bank donations are welcome.

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