Ac­tion-packed fes­ti­vals, fairs and more.

ten ac­tion-packed fes­ti­vals, fairs and ac­tiv­i­ties

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1 Royal Agri­cul­tural Win­ter Fair Nov. 3-12

The largest in­door agri­cul­tural fair in the world vis­its Toronto ev­ery Novem­ber, bring­ing with it gi­ant vegeta­bles, pet-able farm an­i­mals, per­form­ing dogs and one of the most renowned in­ter­na­tional eques­trian com­pe­ti­tions any­where. While you’re there, don’t for­get to take in the but­ter sculp­tures, re­lax with a ses­sion of goat yoga or en­joy an evening of wine tast­ing. Ex­hi­bi­tion Place, roy­al­fair.org

2 Hockey Hall of Fame In­duc­tion Week­end Nov. 10–13

Dave An­dr­ey­chuk, Clare Drake, Jeremy Ja­cobs, Danielle Goyette, Paul Kariya, Mark Rec­chi and Teemu Se­lanne will all be wel­comed into the Hockey Hall of Fame at this year’s an­nual week­end of fes­tiv­i­ties. Along with spe­cial guest ap­pear­ances, Q&A fan fo­rums and au­to­graph sign­ings, Sun­day af­ter­noon’s Leg­ends Clas­sic will fea­ture a star-stud­ded lineup. Cheer on your favourite hockey hero at the Air Canada Cen­tre, as teams lead by Mark Messier and Jari Kurri face off against each other. Var­i­ous venues, hhof.com

3 Gourmet Food and Wine Expo Nov. 16–19

Each year, more than 45,000 vis­i­tors at­tend the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo for epi­curean eats and a se­lec­tion of more than 1,500 wines, beers, and spir­its. Among the pur­vey­ors at the 23rd edi­tion are ex­hibitors such as Can­noli Queens, Stone­town Ar­ti­san Cheese and Bar­illa Pasta. Thirsty guests can visit the Spir­i­tol­ogy Pav­il­ion for a tip­ple, or join a Tu­tored Tast­ing sem­i­nar to learn about fine wines and spir­its from the ex­perts. Live pro­gram­ming con­tin­ues at the Chef Stage, which hosts demon­stra­tions from an all-star line-up, in­clud­ing celebrity chef Emily Richards. Metro Toronto Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, 255 Front St. W., foodand­wi­ne­expo.ca

4 Santa Claus Pa­rade Nov. 19

The Santa Claus Pa­rade has been an an­nual Toronto tra­di­tion since 1905. Kids of all ages line the streets along Santa’s route to catch a glimpse of up­side­down clowns, march­ing bands, and, of course, the man in red him­self. The pa­rade starts at 12:30 p.m. at Christie Pits Park and works its way along Bloor Street, down Av­enue Road, and across Welling­ton Street to the St. Lawrence Mar­ket. Some years are colder than oth­ers, so dress warmly, and bring a Ther­mos of some­thing hot to drink. the­san­ta­claus­pa­rade.com

5 One of a Kind Show & Sale Nov. 23–Dec. 3

Find gifts and in­spi­ra­tion at the One of a Kind Show & Sale, a ju­ried event that cel­e­brates all things crafted and hand­made. Held twice an­nu­ally, the win­ter edi­tion fea­tures more than

500 de­sign­ers and ar­ti­sans, with a va­ri­ety of mer­chan­dise

rang­ing from jewellery to pre­serves to ce­ram­ics. Vis­i­tors can browse ven­dor ta­bles, hear talks at the main stage and learn about the crafts and tech­niques from the mak­ers them­selves. En­er­care Cen­tre, Ex­hi­bi­tion Place, one­o­fakind­show.com

6 Caval­cade of Lights Nov. 25

Cel­e­brate the start of the hol­i­day sea­son with thou­sands of other rev­ellers at the 49th an­nual Caval­cade of Lights. Watch as the city’s of­fi­cial Christ­mas tree is il­lu­mi­nated with more than 525,000 lights, and en­joy the en­er­getic live per­for­mances, skat­ing par­ties and im­pres­sive fire­works. Even if you miss the big event, you can still view the lit-up tree each night through­out the hol­i­day sea­son. Nathan Phillips Square,

100 Queen St. W., toronto.ca

7 Evergreen Brick Works Win­ter Vil­lage Week­ends and hol­i­days in De­cem­ber

This fam­ily-friendly event re­turns to Evergreen Brick Works to cel­e­brate hol­i­day sea­son. Sam­ple in­ter­na­tional flavours from GTA chefs at the street­food mar­ket and pe­ruse the made-in-On­tario arts and crafts from more than 20 Etsy ar­ti­sans. Plus, there’s free pub­lic skat­ing and guided hikes for en­er­getic lit­tle (and not-so-lit­tle) ones. 550 Bayview Ave., evergreen.ca

8 Mon­ster Jam Jan. 13–14

In terms of pure spec­ta­cle, a mon­ster truck rally is al­ready the au­to­mo­tive equiv­a­lent of pro­fes­sional wrestling. Mon­ster Jam likes to take that com­bi­na­tion of raw en­ergy and tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise and turn it up a notch. The cus­tom-de­signed trucks that com­pete for the Toronto Mon­ster Jam cham­pi­onship at the Rogers Cen­tre are an im­pres­sive 12 feet tall and 12 feet wide. They sit on 66-inch tires, weigh 10,000 pounds, at min­i­mum, and can drive off a ramp and land up to 130 feet away or bounce 35 feet into the air. Rogers Cen­tre,1 Blue Jays Way, mon­ster­jam.com

9 Win­ter­li­cious Starts Jan. 26

This city­wide cel­e­bra­tion of culi­nary ex­cel­lence en­com­passes more than 200 restau­rants, each with their own prix-fixe menus for lunch and din­ner. past par­tic­i­pants in­clude Ca­noe, Fred’s Not Here, Rose­wa­ter and Wind­sor Arms Ho­tel. Spots fill up fast at so make sure to make reser­va­tions ahead of time. Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, toronto.ca

10 Toronto Light Fest Starts Jan. 19

The Toronto Light Fest aims to com­bat win­ter’s dark days by il­lu­mi­nat­ing at least one small pocket of the city. Span­ning three months, the fes­ti­val trans­forms the his­toric Dis­tillery Dis­trict into one of the largest open-air art gal­leries in the world, thanks to an es­ti­mated 750,000 ar­tis­ti­cally placed lights. The Dis­tillery’s dozens of Vic­to­rian-era build­ings are sur­rounded by—and in­cor­po­rated into—a wide range of sculp­tures, light canopies and in­stal­la­tions cre­ated by both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional light artists. Dis­tillery Dis­trict, toron­to­light­fest.com

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