Toronto's neighbourhoods are aglow with holiday lights and shopping|
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Toronto Special Events - As part of the 38th annual Cavalcade of
Lights presented by Scotiabank, the City of Toronto is working with Business
Improvement Areas of seven of Toronto's famous neighbourhoods to profile
Toronto's growing reputation as one of the hottest shopping destinations in
North America. This partnership will include the development of a hop-on,
hop-off guided bus tour conveniently linking the diverse shopping, dining and
entertainment experiences offered by each of the participating neighbourhoods.
The Cavalcade of Lights hop-on, hop-off guided tour will run Fridays, 4 to 9
p.m., Saturdays, noon to 9 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. from November 26
through January 2. A $15 adult ticket provides unlimited two-day travel upon a
luxurious coach bus, which makes hourly stops in each of the seven shopping
Participating neighbourhoods include:
Bloor-Yorkville is home to designer boutiques, spas, restaurants, plush hotels
and world-class galleries - more than 700 in all! Visitors can stroll through
the quaint lane-ways and unique side streets, and experience the ultimate
fusion of historic charm and modern seduction. Bloor-Yorkville is perfect for
tuning into jazz at a café, meeting a friend for brunch or shopping for the
season's most sought after fashions. The incomparable Bloor-Yorkville
transports guests to a world like no other - catering to every pleasure, every
whim. Select retailers are open 364 days of the year.
Downtown Yonge is Toronto's premier shopping and entertainment destination for
the holiday season. Vibrant, exciting, and easily accessible, Downtown Yonge is
the heart of Toronto. Home to a spectacular array of retail stores, bars,
restaurants, theatres, and hotels, it's an ultra-urban holiday experience. This
season features free regular events at Yonge-Dundas Square and other
entertainment options for all ages throughout the area. New holiday décor adds
to the gift giving atmosphere.
To the west on Bloor Street, the Kingsway is a neighbourhood shopping district
offering an excellent mix of small specialty shops, fabulous restaurants and a
sprinkling of pubs. The Kingsway boasts a pleasant ambiance created by unique
centre medians, distinct Kingsway flags and banners, beautiful wrought iron
park benches, coach lanterns and graceful flower gardens.
Bloor West Village
Bloor West Village is widely recognized as one of Toronto's most popular
shopping districts. Along with a good mix of retail shops, professional offices
and service establishments, it also boasts a concentration of distinctive
bakeries, delicatessens and restaurants, several of which offer a tempting
array of Polish, Ukrainian and German specialties.
Greektown on the Danforth
The Danforth, Toronto's Greektown, features a variety of attractions for
visitors, including a diversity of shopping, eating and entertainment
facilities. The Music Hall attracts audiences from all over the city, while
local Riverdale residents flock to Carrot Common, a trendy neighbourhood mews
filled with a unique mix of boutiques.
Little Italy is Toronto's gateway to all things European, all things Italian.
Its name is a tribute to the history of this great neighbourhood, which was
once Italian to the core. Today Little Italy is also home to South American,
Portuguese, and Asian newcomers adding a diverse multicultural mosaic to this
eclectic neighbourhood, which runs along College Street. The area has become
one of Toronto's hottest nightspots with its fantastic choice of restaurants,
coffee shops and lounges. Unique clothing and specialty stores, many with an
Italian twist, complete the mix.
St Lawrence Market Neighbourhood
Located in historical Old Town Toronto, the St Lawrence Market Neighbourhood is
home to the North and South St. Lawrence Markets, the 201 year-old Farmers
Market that was recently recognized by Food and Wine Magazine as one of the Top
25 Markets worldwide. The district also includes the Hummingbird Centre, St.
Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts, the Flatiron Building and St. Lawrence
Hall. The area boasts a large variety of quality restaurants and clubs as well
as many fine retail stores. St Lawrence Market Neighbourhood is located
downtown, east of Yonge Street and north of King Street within easy walking
distance to many hotels and tourist destinations.
The Cavalcade of Lights tour is the newest addition to the Cavalcade of Lights
celebration, presented by Scotiabank. The winner of two 2003 International
Special Events Society Esprit Awards and two International Festivals and Events
Association Pinnacle Awards, Cavalcade of Lights sets Toronto aglow with a
month-long calendar of spellbinding events, sparkling lighting displays and
one-of-a-kind shopping and dining experiences in Toronto's picturesque
For those making Toronto their seasonal holiday destination, the Cavalcade of
Lights tour is included in a special Cavalcade of Lights package offered by the
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. The Cavalcade of Lights Fireworks Package
includes an outstanding view of Nathan Phillips Square for the First Lighting
Celebration and a full buffet breakfast for two at Bistro on Two, parking and a
late check-out time. The Cavalcade of Lights Fireworks package starts at $195
CDN. For inquiries and bookings of this offer, the public can call
1-800-238-5251 (ask for the 'fireworks rate'). Some conditions and restriction
apply. Taxes and gratuities are extra.
For more information on all Cavalcade of Lights events and other Toronto
Special Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit
Event Supervisor, Marketing
Toronto Special Events