CITIES & SIGHTS
TORONTO CHRISTMAS MARKET It’s about shopping, sure, but Toronto’s yuletide market wouldn’t be one of the world’s best if it came only with ribbons, tags, packages, boxes and bags. So drop the Grinch act and head to the Distillery District ( RIGHT) for the seasonal beer gardens, hundreds of musical performances and stocking-fuls of festive fun. Nov. 15-Dec. 23; torontochristmasmarket.com
ICE MUSIC FESTIVAL NORWAY Does a B-flat sound any different when it’s played on a guitar made of ice? Is an ice didgeridoo a real instrument? And how, exactly, can one keep a grip on a double bass made of ice? Find out the answers to these questions and get an earful of ethereal music at the Ice Music Festival in Finse, Norway, ( LEFT) where every instrument is — you guessed it — made of ice. Feb. 14-16; icemusicfestivalnorway.no
WINTER AT THE GREAT WALL The ancient sections of the iconic for- tification near Beijing are crawling with tourists in the summer, but during the winter you’ll feel like you have them almost all to yourself. Be sure to bundle up — winter temperatures in and around the Chinese capital regularly fall to below freezing — but the reward is worth a few extra layers: phenomenal scenes of the wall’s snowbound signal towers and parapets stretching into the distance.