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Shop the One of a Kind Show & Sale, im­bibe at the Gourmet Food & wine Expo, and dine dur­ing win­ter­li­cious.

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Royal Agri­cul­tural Win­ter Fair

Novem­ber 2 to 11

The largest in­door agri­cul­tural fair in the world re­turns for its 96th edi­tion, bring­ing with it gi­ant veg­eta­bles, farm an­i­mals, per­form­ing dogs, and an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned eques­trian com­pe­ti­tion. New this year, the Coun­try Mu­sic Culi­nary Fes­ti­val com­bines tasty food and boot-stompin’ tunes. This fam­ily-friendly fair fea­tures more than 5,000 an­i­mals and 2,000 agri­cul­tural com­pe­ti­tions, in­clud­ing gi­ant pump­kins, but­ter sculp­tures, and a rodeo with bull rid­ing and bar­rel rac­ing. Ex­hi­bi­tion Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd., roy­al­fair.org

Hockey Hall of Fame In­duc­tion Week­end

Novem­ber 9 to 12

Martin Brodeur, Jayna Hef­ford, Martin St. Louis, Alexan­der Yaku­shev, Gary Bettman, and Wil­lie O’Ree will be wel­comed into the Hockey Hall of Fame at this year’s an­nual event, join­ing the ranks of Mark Messier,

Brett Hull, Joe Nieuwendyk, and Doug Gil­mour. Along with spe­cial guest ap­pear­ances, Q&A fan fo­rums, and au­to­graph sign­ings, Sun­day af­ter­noon’s Leg­ends Clas­sics game fea­tures a star-stud­ded lineup. Cheer on your favourite hockey hero at the Sco­tia­bank Arena as teams lead by Ed Belfour and Grant Fuhr face off against each other. Var­i­ous venues, hhof.com

Santa Claus Pa­rade

Novem­ber 18

An an­nual tra­di­tion since

1913, the pa­rade is broad­cast across North Amer­ica as well as in­ter­na­tion­ally to such coun­tries as Nor­way and Ire­land. Kids of all ages line the streets to watch more than 25 floats and 2,000 cos­tumed par­tic­i­pants march­ing along the pa­rade route, be­fore the guest of hon­our, Santa him­self, ar­rives. The pa­rade starts at 12:30 p.m. at Christie Pits Park and works its way along Bloor Street, down Av­enue Road to Welling­ton Street, and ends at the St. Lawrence Market. the­san­ta­claus­pa­rade.com

Gourmet Food and Wine Expo

Novem­ber 22 to 25

More than 45,000 vis­i­tors will sip and sam­ple a se­lec­tion of more than 1,500 wines, beers, and spir­its. Among the pur­vey­ors are Dark Horse Win­ery, Goose Is­land Beer, Pelee Is­land Win­ery, and Cow­bell Brew­ing Co. Other fea­tures in­clude a Spir­i­tol­ogy Pav­il­ion show­cas­ing the lat­est trends in Toronto’s cock­tail scene, Tu­tored Tast­ing sem­i­nars where guests can learn about fine wines and spir­its from the ex­perts, and the Chef Stage with live demon­stra­tions from all-star cooks. Metro Toronto Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, 255 Front St. W., foodand­wi­ne­expo.ca

One of a Kind Christ­mas Show & Sale

Novem­ber 22 to De­cem­ber 2 One of the largest craft shows in North Amer­ica, the OOAK fea­tures 800 mak­ers show­cas­ing hand­crafted items such as jew­ellery, leather goods, ce­ram­ics, cloth­ing, art prints, and more. The main stage hosts sem­i­nars and fash­ion shows. There are also free work­shops, and of course, you can chat with the ven­dors di­rectly while pe­rus­ing their goods. En­er­care Cen­tre, 100 Princes’ Blvd., one­o­fakind­show.com

Caval­cade of Lights

Novem­ber 24

Kick off the hol­i­day sea­son at this an­nual event that con­cludes with the light­ing of the city’s of­fi­cial Christ­mas tree in front of City Hall, which is il­lu­mi­nated with more than 525,000 lights. The fes­tiv­i­ties also in­clude live mu­si­cal per­for­mances, a skat­ing party at the out­door rink, and an im­pres­sive fire­works show.

Even if you miss the big event, you can still view the lit-up tree nightly through­out the hol­i­day sea­son. Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W., toronto.ca

In­te­rior De­sign Show

Jan­uary 17 to 20

Canada’s de­sign fair is a hub for dé­cor pro­fes­sion­als, architects, and de­sign–savvy con­sumers, show­cas­ing the new­est and most in­no­va­tive prod­ucts and fur­ni­ture. Note that while the show is open for four days, Thurs­day is a pri­vate open­ing re­cep­tion and Fri­day is re­served for trade only. But Satur­day and Sun­day are both open to the pub­lic so you can browse the mar­ket­place and meet dozens of ex­hibitors, as well as hear from guest speak­ers. Metro Toronto Con­ven­tion Cen­tre,

222 Brem­ner Blvd., toronto. in­te­ri­orde­sign­show.com

Win­ter­li­cious

Jan­uary 25 to Fe­bru­ary 7

Feast at some of Toronto’s top restau­rants dur­ing this city­wide prix-fixe din­ing event dur­ing which more than 200 par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants of­fer spe­cial three-course lunch and din­ner menus for $23 to $33 and $33 to $53 re­spec­tively. Among the restau­rants tak­ing part are Beau­mont Kitchen, Lee, One, Oretta, and Cibo Wine Bar. Var­i­ous venues, toronto.ca

Toronto Light Fest

Starts Jan­uary 18

Now in its sec­ond year, this event aims to com­bat the long, dark days of win­ter by il­lu­mi­nat­ing one small pocket of the city. Span­ning nearly two months, the fes­ti­val trans­forms the his­toric Dis­tillery District into one of the largest ope­nair art gal­leries in the world with an as­sort­ment of light sculp­tures and in­ter­ac­tive in­stal­la­tions cre­ated by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists. It’s es­ti­mated that 750,000 lights are used to cre­ate this mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence that sees the 19th-cen­tury build­ings of the Dis­tillery sur­rounded by light sculp­tures and canopies.

55 Mill St., toron­to­light­fest.com

Toronto In­ter­na­tional Boat Show

Jan­uary 18 to 27

In the market for a new wa­ter­craft or sim­ply dream­ing of lazy days on the lake?

North Amer­ica’s largest in­door boat show and the pre­miere boat­ing event in Canada boasts hun­dreds of boats, ca­noes, kayaks, and more in all man­ner of sizes. The 61st edi­tion also fea­tures the world’s largest in­door lake for live demon­stra­tions and en­ter­tain­ment. En­er­care Cen­tre, 100 Princes Blvd., toron­to­boat­show.com

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