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Christmas, Hanukkah, and video games: This weekend has something for everyone

Amber LeBlanc, Diana Pereira | posted Friday, Dec 4th, 2015

There are a host of events to get you in the spirit of the season this weekend, no matter what you’re celebrating. Santa is in town, there’s a menorah-lighting party, and the Canadian Videogame Awards will take over part of Ryerson.

As always, however, there are a host of road closures and TTC projects to contend with.

Events

Alto's Adventures is up for best iOs game at the Canadian VideoGame Awards Photo via cvawards.ca
Alto’s Adventures is up for best iOs game at the Canadian VideoGame Awards Photo via cvawards.ca

The Canadian Videogame Awards
Organizers are getting set to power up the 6th annual Canadian Video Game Awards. The CVAS will be handed out Sunday at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in the former Maple Leaf Gardens. Among the categories are Best Console Game, Game of the Year, Best Game Design and Best iOS Game. There is also a weekend fan fest taking place Saturday and Sunday where gamers can check out current and upcoming games. Tickets are available here.

Have you been good? Photo via georgina.ca
Have you been good? Photo via georgina.ca

Santa Claus parades
Santa Claus visits two more GTA communities on Saturday. The first parade starts in Whitchurch-Stouffville at 2 p.m. on the Tenth Line. Then at 5 p.m., Santa makes his way to Sutton for the paradewhich starts at 5 p.m. in Jackson’s Point, rolling down Dalton Road to High Street and ending at the Sutton Fairgrounds.

Chabad Markham Menorah lighting event for Hannukah
There will be a surprise guest from the NBA at the lighting ceremony. Photo via chabadmarkham.org

Menorah lighting ceremony in Markham
Hannukkah starts Sunday evening and Chabad Markham will be lighting up a huge Menorah as part of the celebration. The ceremony starts at 3:30 p.m. with food, drinks and danching at the Thornhill Community Centre and organizers say there will be a surprise guest from the NBA. Hanukkah lasts until December 14.

Under the Stairs Paper Co. will have handmade cards for sale at Fort York's annual Christmas market, Frost Fair. Photo via facebook.com/fortyork
Under the Stairs Paper Co. will have handmade cards for sale at Fort York’s annual Christmas market, Frost Fair. Photo via facebook.com/fortyork

Christmas fair at Fort York
To get your hands on history, Fort York is hosting a weekend-long holiday festival named Frost Fair, offering heritage-inspired products and activities. Old-world cuisine will be on the menu, with volunteers preparing recipes from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. After lunch, families can wander around the historic 1812 buildings and even try on costumes and check out military demonstrations and drills. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

City Dance Corps presents The Nutcracker on Sat. Nov. 5, 2015. Photo via citydancecorps.com
City Dance Corps presents The Nutcracker on Sat. Nov. 5, 2015. Photo via citydancecorps.com

City Dance Corps does The Nutcracker
If you lose interest in practising your pirouette, this dance company and studio offers a variety of classes where you could learn hip hop, tango or even breakdancing. Or you could leave it to the pros and watch them pull off holiday classic The NutcrackerThe show, in its eighth year running, will feature several dance genres. Sounds like the dancers are tired of practising their pirouettes too. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The items photographed here are just a snapshot of some of the things that will be available Richmond 401's Frolic and Artisans Marketplace. Photo via facebook.com/401artisansmarketplace
The items photographed here are just a snapshot of some of the things that will be available Richmond 401’s Frolic and Artisans Marketplace. Photo via facebook.com/401artisansmarketplace

Artisans marketplace at 401 Richmond
If you want to avoid the mall crowds and parking mêlées, this event may be a more peaceful option.401 Richmond offers a four-day holiday open house, named Frolic and Artisans Marketplace, where you’ll have the chance to find a unique, locally-made gift and meet artists right in their studios. If you don’t know already, 401 Richmond is a restored factory building that houses a “community of artists, designers, festivals, musicians, galleries, shops and publishers.” Also, you can spend a few hours strolling through the building without getting famished because the building features a café on site. Hours: Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TTC closure

big portion of the Bloor-Danforth line will be shut down this weekend. Shuttle buses will be running on Line 2 between St. George and Keele stations because of TTC maintenance work to replace track switches near Ossington and Christie stations. The good news? This is the final planned closure on the line until March of next year.

Road closures

The following closures on major highways will be in effect at the dates and times listed:

Don Valley Parkway
The northbound offramp of the Don Valley Parkway to northbound Don Mills Road, Friday 11 p.m. – Saturday 3 a.m.

Gardiner Expressway
The eastbound on-ramp of the Gardiner Expressway from southbound Islington, Thursday 9 p.m. – Friday 9 p.m.

Allen Road

  • Alternating northbound and southbound lanes of Allen Road from Yorkdale Road to Sheppard Avenue East will be blocked, Thursday, 1 a.m. – Saturday 5 a.m.
  • The southbound curb lane of Allen from Yorkdale to Lawrence Avenue West will be occupied, Friday 11 p.m. – Saturday 5 a.m.

Lake Shore Boulevard

  • The westbound left lane of Lake Shore Boulevard West at York Street will be occupied until Dec. 28 at 7 p.m.
  • The east and westbound south lanes of Lake Shore at York Street will be closed due to work happening between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, until Dec. 28, ending at 3:30 p.m.
  • The eastbound curb lane of Lake Shore at Humber Bay Park Road West will be occupied until Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.
  • The westbound curb lane of Lake Shore at Palace Pier Court will be blocked until Dec. 10 at 3:30 p.m.
  • The eastbound on-ramp of Lake Shore at Rees Street to the eastbound Gardiner will be closed until Saturday at 10 a.m.

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