Toronto welcomes visitors to get wrapped-up in the season with new holiday packages



    TORONTO, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - This season visitors traveling to Toronto can
catch the festive spirit of the holidays with exclusive special offers and
trip packages starting from $289 per couple. Packages feature the best of
accommodations with breakfast for two, tickets to a holiday show such as The
Nutcracker or The Sound of Music and admission to one of the favourite
attractions, the Frank Gehry redesigned Art Gallery of Ontario, the One of a
Kind Christmas Show and Sale, or the Royal Ontario Museum's award-winning The
Nature of Diamonds.

    
    Other special offers booked through Tourism Toronto include:

    VIA Rail - 50% off Comfort Class and 25% off VIA 1 regular adult fares
    for one- way or round- trip travel when Toronto is the destination. Offer
    valid between November 3 - December 19 and December 26 - 30.

    The Bay - 15% off purchases at The Bay flagship stores at Queen Street
    and Yonge & Bloor Streets, where the fabled Christmas windows adorn, when
    booking a Toronto getaway through Tourism Toronto.

    City Pass - Six of Toronto's top attractions for one low price of
    $61/adult and $41/child, a value of $119.

    To plan and book a Toronto holiday visit www.VisitTorontoNow.com or call
    1-866-843-8286.

    This year's holiday highlights include:

    Holiday Shopping

    -   Inspiring downtown neighbourhoods - Shopping is a true holiday
        tradition in Toronto as the streets fill with shoppers and the
        sidewalks and squares are adorned with decorations and set aglow with
        lights. Come explore the stylish boutiques of Yorkville, the bohemian
        energy of Queen West, the charm of Old Town Toronto and the deep
        pulse of Downtown Yonge Street where signature Toronto shopping
        experiences come to life for the holidays.

    -   Shopping beyond downtown - The holiday spirit extends across Greater
        Toronto from two of Canada's largest malls, Vaughan Mills and Square
        One, to the truly unique Pacific Mall and the quaint boutiques of
        Mississauga's Port Credit and Streetsville to Vaughan's Old Town
        Markham and Unionville.

    -   One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale - More than 800 artisans and
        designers fill the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place offering
        a vast range of creative, handcrafted gifts at Canada's largest craft
        show and sale on from November 27 - December 7.

    -   Art Gallery of Ontario Shop - Designed by world-renowned architect
        Frank Gehry, the new shop is home to some of the most unique
        merchandise in Canada. Spanning some 7,000 square feet, the store
        offers one-of-a-kind jewellery designed by up-and-coming Canadian and
        International artists, a comprehensive collection of art books,
        exclusive Frank Gehry furnishings and original art.

    -   Window Wonderland - 'Bringing Back the Holiday Magic' is the theme
        for the bustling Downtown Yonge Street lined with decorated window
        displays at 21 of Toronto's most popular shops. Don't miss the reveal
        on November 5.

    On Stage & On Display

    -   The Nutcracker - Synonymous with Christmas celebration, The
        Nutcracker is one of Toronto's treasured holiday traditions on from
        December 6 - 28 at the acoustically designed Four Seasons Centre for
        the Performing Arts.

    -   The Sound of Music - Toronto is alive with the North American
        premiere of the West End's biggest hit, the new David Ian & Andrew
        Lloyd Webber production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of
        Music. Wine and dine in Toronto's Entertainment District, and enjoy
        this much anticipated performance.

    -   Nature of Diamonds - Royal Ontario Museum's dazzling exhibit, The
        Nature of Diamonds exhibit captures imaginations with 500 objects
        including the world's third largest cut diamond at a staggering
        407.48 carats. This once-in-a-lifetime glimpse into the rich and
        storied history of the most precious of gems, Diamonds wows audiences
        everywhere.

    -   A Christmas Carol - Produced by Toronto's stars of independent
        theatre, Soulpepper presents the Victorian-era story at the Young
        Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto's very own Victorian style
        cobblestone neighbourhood, The Distillery District from November 27 -
        December 24.

    -   Twelve Trees of Christmas - From November 22 - December 10 the
        Gardiner Museum will fill their gallery with professionally-decorated
        Christmas trees interspersed among magnificent collections. A perfect
        way to kick-off your holiday season!

    In The Crisp Air

    -   Skating at City Hall and Harbourfront - Toronto's holiday postcard
        experience, skating at two iconic outdoor rinks is complete with
        music and rink-side hot chocolate. Both rinks provide on-site skate
        rentals.

    -   Cavalcade of Lights - Starting with the Lights First Lighting
        Celebration on November 29, Toronto will glisten with the annual
        Cavalcade of Lights. The month-long festival's highlights include
        Saturday Night Fireworks and a fair trade artisan market at Nathan
        Phillips Square, hosted bus tours to view the energy-efficient
        lighting displays in 19 cultural neighbourhoods and attractions and
        more.

    -   Bills in Toronto - The NFL is coming to Toronto for the first regular
        season game ever played in Canada. Fans travelling to Toronto to
        watch the Buffalo Bills take on the Miami Dolphins at Rogers Centre
        on December 7 can purchase tickets as part of specially priced
        packages through Tourism Toronto. For a weekend of entertainment
        visit www.BillsTorontoTickets.com.

    -   Royal Agricultural Winter Fair - The 87th annual largest indoor-
        combined agricultural, horticultural, canine and equestrian event in
        the world is coming to the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place
        November 7 - 16.

    -   Santa Claus Parade - More than a half million people attend every
        year, the world's longest running children's parade has been going
        strong since 1905 displaying over 25 floats, 24 bands and 1,700
        participants. The parade begins at Bloor and Christie Streets on
        November 16 at 12:30 p.m. and winds to an end at Front and Church
        Streets.

    -   Trail of Lights - For 34 consecutive nights starting November 28,
        Canada's largest walk-through holiday light show takes place at
        Downsview Park. The interactive indoor and outdoor winter festival
        includes free photos with Santa, a mesmerizing 2km walking trail with
        407 light displays and more open throughout Christmas Eve, Christmas
        Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Eve.

    -   Celebrate the Season - The City of Mississauga celebrates the season
        with free events at the Civic Centre for the whole family to enjoy,
        starting with the magical Tree Lighting Celebration on November 23 as
        the Mayor counts down to Mississauga's largest light spectacular,
        entertainment and cirque show.
    

    A full calendar of holiday events and festivities in Toronto is available
at www.VisitTorontoNow.com.

    About Tourism Toronto

    Tourism Toronto, Toronto's Convention and Visitors Association, is an
industry association of more than 1,200 members established to sell and market
the Greater Toronto Region as a remarkable destination for tourists around the
globe.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Justine Palinska, Tourism
Toronto, jpalinska@torcvb.com, (416) 987-1739


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