Toronto set to welcome visitors for another magical holiday season

    Holiday-season shopping packages from $89(*) per night

    TORONTO, Nov. 9 /CNW/ - This season the magic of the holidays begins in
Toronto with Canada's widest range of shopping experiences to go along with
top theatre, winter festivals and classic Toronto holiday moments.
    "The holiday experience in Toronto is without parallel in Canada," said
David Whitaker, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto. "With the glowing
illuminations of holiday lights outside to go with fine shopping, dining and
theatre inside, the Toronto holiday experience appeals to all types of
travellers looking for seasonal magic."
    More information about visiting Toronto for the holidays is available at This newly-launched interactive and fun website puts
visitors in the middle of four of Toronto's famous downtown neighbourhoods.

    Some 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 are set aglow with lights. Come explore the stylish
        boutiques of Yorkville, the bohemian energy of Queen West, the charm
        of Old Town Toronto and St. Lawrence Market, and the deep pulse of
        Downtown Yonge Street where signature Toronto shopping experiences
        come to life for the holidays each year.

    -   Shopping beyond downtown

        Great shopping and 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 Old Town
        Markham and Unionville.

    -   One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale
        (November 22 - December 2)

        More than 800 artisans and designers fill the Direct Energy Centre at
        Exhibition Place, offering a vast range of creative, handcrafted
        gifts. It's Canada's largest craft show and sale.

    On stage

    -   We Will Rock You

        Audiences experience pure bohemian rhapsody at the Canon Theatre in
        this Canadian premiere of award-winning playwright Ben Elton's
        worldwide smash hit based on the music of Queen (Hotel-and-ticket
        packages available through Tourism Toronto starting at $106(*) per
        person per night).

    -   Dirty Dancing

        Feel the excitement and passion of the classic story live and in
        person at the Royal Alexandra Theatre with more than 20 brand new
        scenes written especially for the stage.

    -   White Christmas
        (Starts November 20)

        Irving Berlin's holiday classic at the Sony Centre is full of
        dancing, laughter and some of the most iconic holiday songs ever
        written (Hotel-and-ticket packages available through Tourism Toronto
        starting at $107(*) per person per night).

    -   The Nutcracker
        (December 8 - 30)

        Synonymous with Christmas celebration, the Nutcracker is one of
        Toronto's treasured holiday traditions now in its new home at the
        Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

    In the crisp air

    -   Santa Claus Parade
        (November 18)

        A Toronto tradition since 1905, this year's Santa Claus Parade will
        feature elves and costumed kids in tow with more than 20 floats,
        including Coca-Cola's Penguins and Polar Bears and Sears' Hockey
        Night on a Frosty Pond. The parade begins at 12:30 p.m. on Bloor
        Street at Avenue Road and ends at the corner of Church and Front
        Streets. Arrive early to sit in the temporary grandstands built just
        for the parade, or find a good spot anywhere along the parade route.

    -   Skating at City Hall and Harbourfront

        Toronto's holiday postcard experience - Skating at these two iconic
        outdoor rinks is completed with music and rink-side hot chocolate.
        Both rinks have skate rental on site.

    -   Cavalcade of Lights
        (November 24 - December 30, 2007)

        The 41st annual Cavalcade of Lights sets Toronto aglow with a month-
        long holiday light show that spans the city. The highlight spans four
        Saturdays beginning November 24, when thousands pack the square at
        City Hall for free concerts and the famous fireworks from the top of
        City Hall.

    -   Grey Cup Week
        (November 22 - 25)

        The final act of the 2007 Canadian Football League season returns to
        Toronto with a week of festivities and street parties. Some events
        and concerts are ticketed, while many others are free including the
        Pepsi Front Street festival and the CFL KidZone on Bremner Boulevard,
        behind the Rogers Centre. Tickets for the Grey Cup game are now only
        available through Tourism Toronto as part of a hotel package,
        starting at $260(*) per person.

    About Tourism Toronto

    Tourism Toronto, Toronto's Convention and Visitors Association, is an
industry association of more than 1,100 members established to sell and market
the Greater Toronto Region as a remarkable destination for tourists around the
globe. For more information please visit

    (*) Holiday packages and prices do not include taxes and are based on the
        lowest downtown hotel fare.

For further information:

For further information: Sousie Tsotskos, Tourism Toronto, (416)

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