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19 Things to Eat, See and Do in December Across Canada

What's new and noteworthy in the country this month, from a glacial palace in Edmonton to a next-gen audio tour in Montreal.

Montréal - YUL

Shopping

The North Face

The North Face

Scale up to the North Face’s Plateau pop-up for exclusive, limited-edition gear designed to brave the urban elements, plus collaborations with Timberland, Vans, Publish and Pendleton. His-and-hers Cryos jackets feature waterproof wool-blend exteriors and ultra-warm down insulation for facing winter in style.

Until December 24
4140, rue Saint-Denis

Entertainment

Crystal

Photo: Matt Beard, Cirque du Soleil 2017

Crystal

High-speed skating and gravity-defying acrobatics bring the chills to this heartwarming journey of female empowerment and self-discovery as Cirque du Soleil hits the ice at the Centre Bell for the first time ever.

December 20–31
cirquedusoleil.com

 

The Topsy-turvy Storyland: A Toys Exhibition

Photo: Jacques et Le haricot magique

The Topsy-turvy Storyland: A Toys Exhibition

Help Cinderella and other characters from classic stories fix the spell cast by an evil fairy godmother in this exhibition featuring nearly 150 toys from the McCord Museum collection.

Until March 11
musee-mccord.qc.ca

 

Mary Poppins

Photo: Laurence Labat

Mary Poppins

The tale of the flying nanny dreamed up by P.L. Travers, popularized by Disney and translated and adapted into a critically acclaimed musical by Québécois actor Serge Postigo, returns for a holiday encore.

December 9–30
theatrestdenis.com

Outing

Cortège

Photo: Gridspace

Cortège

With a fully charged smartphone and the project’s free app, the 3.8-kilometre pedestrian Promenade Fleuve-Montagne becomes an electronic soundscape of audio recordings and synthesizer sounds triggered by geolocation. Wander solo between the river and the base of Mount Royal in Exploration mode, or select Mission to be guided into a procession of fellow walkers.

cortege.ca

Toronto - YYZ + YTZ

Entertainment

Bangarang Bar

Photo: Ally & Nicholas Photography

Bangarang Bar

With cocktails on tap, cornhole lanes (book ahead or make new friends on the walk-in court) and minimalist wooden decor, the team that created Track & Field Bar brings friendly competition to College Street.

bangarangbar.com

 

Tilt

Photo: Nathan Hunter

Tilt

Head to the Annex for some old-school pinball, 8-bit and analog action, craft beers and on-theme snacks, like snickerdoodle cookie-and-vanilla ice cream “sub zero” sandwiches and crispy tofu vegan Yoshi bowls.

tilttoronto.com

 

The Rec Room

The Rec Room

Sip keg wine while roaming 40,000 square feet of arcade machines both old (including Mario Kart and the world’s biggest Pac-Man game) and new (like The Walking Dead), VR experiences, shuffleboard and other analog games at the Roundhouse.

therecroom.com

Shopping

Pink Tartan

Photo: Ben Rahn

Pink Tartan

For the brand’s 15th anniversary, Kimberley Newport Mimran made a commitment to convert to majority Canadian manufacturing by year-end. She also turned her Yorkville flagship into a showcase of gift-worthy, made-in-Canada favourites from independent labels like Whitney Linen, Therma Kōta and F as in Frank Paper Goods Co.

pinktartan.ca

Vancouver - YVR

Culture

Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival

Photo: Sichuan Tianyu

Vancouver Chinese Lantern Festival

This inaugural edition of the country’s largest Lunar New Year celebration lights the way through Hastings Park with 35 giant lanterns. Look out for the nearly 60-metre-long dragon, white pagoda and Kylin beast, plus illuminating cultural performances (plate spinning, contortion and folk dance among them) inside the Pacific National Exhibition Fairgrounds.

December 15–January 21
vancouverlanternfestival.ca

Shopping

Dilly Dally Toys & Delights

Dilly Dally Toys & Delights

When the storybooks and crafts beget serious browsing, the art station is guaranteed to keep little hands busy. New moms are sure to love locally made Glitter & Spice silicone teething accessories.

dillydallykids.ca

 

Granville Island Toy Company

Photo: Red Alchemy Photographic Arts

Granville Island Toy Company

This supersized Main Street location is a go-to for quality puzzles, educational toys and games. Check out the adjacent Playmobil Store to shop the brand’s entire line (including retired sets).

toycompany.com

 

Knotty Toys

Photo: Courtesy of Knotty Toys

Knotty Toys

Ray Pummell and his dad Jim began handcrafting heirloom-worthy wood toys in the 1970s. Shop their Buzz Woodcrafts line alongside a wide assortment of dollhouses, instruments and more inside this Granville Island Kids Market boutique.

knottytoys.com

Hotels

Parq Vancouver

Photo: Jeff Vinnick

Parq Vancouver

The LEED Gold-certified hospitality mega-complex brings five restaurants, three bars, two hotels (JW Marriott and the Douglas) and Vancouver’s only downtown casino to the edge of Yaletown and Gastown. Take a twirl in the city’s largest hotel ballroom, go for a stroll amid the 200 local pines on the 30,000-square-foot rooftop park, have a spa day or try your luck at the tables, all without leaving Parq.

parqvancouver.com

Edmonton - YEG

Outing

Ice Castles

Photo: A.J. Mellor

Ice Castles

Construction begins on the stalactite-like three-metre-thick icicle walls of Hawrelak Park’s fantastical glacial palace in late November. It weighs over 11,000 tons and requires an additional 10,000 icicles daily for maintenance, so it’s no wonder you’ll have to wait until late December to enjoy the run of the castle.

Anticipated opening late December (weather permitting)
icecastles.com/edmonton

Food & Drink

Sugared and Spiced

Sugared and Spiced

Pop into Amy Nachtigall’s back-alley bakery for decadent tarts, scones, meringues, macarons and cookies – the bacon and peanut-butter-on-steroids Man’s Man or the raspberry-dessert-wine-laced Girls’ Night In are popular choices.

sugaredandspiced.ca

 

FanFan Pastry

Photo: Simply Light Photography

FanFan Pastry

Franck Bouilhol trained at the Centre de formation d’Alain Ducasse in France before opening his Old Strathcona patisserie where good things, like raspberry-tonka gâteaux, do indeed come in small, individual-size packages.

fanfanpatisserie.com

 

Chocorrant

Photo: Cindy Nguyen

Chocorrant

Pastry chef Kai Wong and her brother David dreamed up everything, from this chic little bakeshop’s herringbone-wood and marble-tile decor to the uncommon croissant flavours, like apple-brie and matcha green tea.

chocorrant.com

Shopping

Parkshop

Photo: Brendan Klem

Parkshop

The savvy curation at the recently opened Londonderry Mall boutique from Albertan fashion booster Park makes a seriously chic argument for shopping local, with statement-makers, like oversize knotted jewellery from Talee, and everyday classics, including handmade leather accessories by Duval.

ourpark.shop

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