It’s beginning to look very much like the holiday season in the Beach and some popular annual events are adding to the festive air.
On Saturday, Dec. 6, meet Hamper for breakfast at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St. Pancakes will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. ($3 per person) and Santa will make a special appearance at 10 a.m. A Christmas Bazaar will be held, too, offering children’s crafts and Christmas goodies. For more information visit centre55.com
The Toronto Beaches Lions and Canadian Tire Lakeshore present the Christmas Tree Lighting in Kew Gardens on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus as the lights of the stately evergreen tree at the north end of the park are switched on. Sing Christmas carols to the accompaniment of the Salvation Army Band. Cobb’s Bakery and Starbucks will provide refreshments. Hamper will be on hand to accept donations of food and gifts to Community Centre 55’s Share A Christmas. Visit beacheslions.com for more info.
Carolling in the Park will be held in Glen Stewart Park, at Queen Street East and Glen Manor Drive, on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Gather just south of the bridge in the park and lend your voices to the Christmas songs played by the Salvation Army Band. Santa will be in attendance and refreshments will be available. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight.
The Beaches Recreation Centre Advisory Council is serving up a pancake breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Santa will be there, and Pegasus will host a Holiday Bazaar on site from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please bring a non-perishable food item for donation. The Beaches Rec Centre is located at 6 Williamson Rd.
Visit Santa at the Cottage on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the historic Gardener’s Cottage in Kew Gardens. Santa, with help from his elves, will listen to the kids’ Christmas gift wishes while the grownups enjoy sipping hot chocolate in the festive Victorian surroundings. Bring a camera for photos. Donations to Community Centre 55’s Share A Christmas will be accepted on arrival. This event is sponsored by Toronto Beach Rotary. For more information visit torontobeachrotary.org.
Santa will visit Café Chez Helene on two Saturdays, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be free pictures with Pere Noel, cookie decorating with Maman Noel, and seasonal songs. Helene Nicole has performed over 1100 shows in schools across Canada, and each child will receive her CD. Café Chez Helene is located at 1437 Kingston Rd., at Warden Avenue. For more information call 416-759-7397.
Chanukah will be celebrated with the lighting of the Hannukiah on Saturday, Dec. 20, in Kew Gardens. The event starts at 6 p.m. and is followed by a Latkefest at the Beach Hebrew Institute, 109 Kenilworth Ave., where singing, dancing, and delicious latkes are on the menu. For more information call 416-694-7942 or visit beachhebrewinstitute.ca.