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November 30, 2012
Holiday spirit alive at Allan Gardens and Centennial Park flower shows
Toronto is kicking off the holiday season with its annual Christmas flower shows at Allan Gardens and Centennial Park Conservatories. The two flower shows are a tradition for many Torontonians and visitors.

The Christmas flower shows will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from December 2 to January 6, with extended hours for the opening events and for the candlelight dates specified below.

The Allan Gardens annual Christmas Flower Show opens at Allan Gardens Conservatory from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 2. The opening event will include Victorian carollers, hot cider, cookies, children's activities and horse-and-carriage rides. Holiday topiary includes a Victorian parlour with a fireplace and Christmas tree. More information is available at 416-392-7288. Allan Gardens Conservatory is located at 19 Horticultural Ave. in downtown Toronto.

Centennial Park Conservatory presents a special opening event on Sunday, December 9 from noon to 7 p.m. This event will include Victorian carollers, hot cider, cookies, horse-and-carriage rides, and chestnuts roasting over an open fire. A family carol sing will take place at 4 p.m. This year's show will feature a sleigh with a topiary reindeer. More information is available at 416-394-8543. Centennial Park Conservatory is located at 151 Elmcrest Rd.

The two Christmas flower shows will display many of the newest varieties of poinsettias among the approximately 40 varieties featured.

Both conservatories will extend their hours from 5 to 7 p.m. on the following dates so visitors can enjoy the floral displays by candlelight:
Allan Gardens - December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23
Centennial Park - December 15, 16, 22 and 23

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

More information is available via Slider #3 at upper right of the Parks web page at

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