Santa comes to Kingston Road

Beach Metro Arts and Entertainment writer Bill MacLean gets into the spirit of Christmas at last year’s Christmas Parade along Kingston Road.

The 6th annual Village of East Toronto Christmas Parade gets underway at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27 and parade marshals are needed to help guide participants on their merry way.

The parade travels Kingston Road from Victoria Park Avenue to Walter Street, then winds along residential streets over to Community Centre 55. Students can use marshalling time as community service hours.

This year’s Grand Marshal is Beach Metro News Editor Carole Stimmell, who will be retiring in January. For more information call Nancy at 416-691-1113 ext 224 or email nancy@centre55.com.

Centre 55 also has other holiday activities planned.

The annual 12 Cheers of Christmas Pub Night, a fundraiser for Community Centre 55, will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, getting underway at CC55 at 7 p.m. A free shuttle bus will pick you up, deliver you to The Green Dragon, The Fill Station and Manchester Arms, and drop you back at CC55 by 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and include light appetizers at each pub. CC55 is located at 97 Main St. For more information call 416-691-1113.

Another fundraiser for the Share-A-Christmas program is at one of Santa’s favourite locations for a pre-Christmas visit in the Beach. On Saturday, Dec. 10 he will be stopping by the Gardener’s Cottage in Kew Gardens from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Rotary Club, sponsors of the event, invite you to come in and sip hot chocolate in the Cottage’s warm and cheerful Victorian Christmas setting. Bring your camera and snap a photo of your kids chatting with Santa. Donations of non-perishable food items for Community Centre 55’s Share-A-Christmas will be gratefully accepted.


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