Where and when can you enjoy outdoors Christmas carol events in Toronto during Advent 2014? Here’s my short list; if you know of others, please write me.
Christmas Carols at the Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District
The Distillery District observes Christmas with music as well as visual decorations. The Christmas Market begins on Friday Nov. 28 and runs through Sunday Dec. 21st. A pair of Santa Claus’ elves conduct sing-alongs in the Christmas Market on Tuesday-Friday at 5pm; and on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am and 2pm. Plus, enjoy your 15 minutes of fame by joining the outdoor Christmas caroling on Tuesday-Sunday at 6pm. Finally, join the Mill Street World Caroling Challenge at 5pm on Sunday Dec. 21; just bring a donation for the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Look for the main stage: as they told me in an e-mail, “The main stage (which is our only stage) is located on Trinity Street and Casegoods Lane, right in front of our massive Christmas tree”. See the above map for that location.
Want to find the Distillery District by TTC? They recommend the 504 King streetcar or the 65 Parliament bus. Parliament St. is on the western boundary of my map.
The official Toronto Distillery District Christmas Market page for 2014 offers a lot more details, including time and date for: the opening ceremonies; non-sing-along musical performances; and more.
The Kew Gardens 2014 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Head to the eastern Beach park, Kew Gardens, for the 2014 Christmas Tree lighting event from 5-7pm on Saturday Dec. 6. This event includes more than mere outdoor Christmas caroling by candlelight; but that’s all I will highlight here. It’s a family-friendly event, and a minor charity fundraiser, so bring a “loonie for the Lions Club”.
Take the 501 Queen streetcar east past Woodbine and watch for Kew Gardens on the south side, just past Waverley Rd. The bandshell is (very) roughly in the centre of the park.
Both the Kew Gardens and the Glen Steward caroling events are noted in the current Beaches Living Guide.
Caroling in Glen Stewart Park during Yule 2014
Another eastern Beach venue, Glen Stewart Park, hosts “Caroling in the Park” on Tuesday Dec. 9 for an hour from 7:30pm. Musical leadership will be shared between a Salvation Army band and the Beach United Church choir. Warm your tonsils with hot chocolate or hot cider; and also donate to the Salvation Army at this annual outdoor event.
Glen Stewart Park is bounded by Kingston Road (between Glen Manor Dr. and Beech Ave.,) to the north, and by Queen St. (between Glen Manor and MacLean) on the south. Gather “south of the wooden bridge”, as the Beaches Living Guide says.
Back References to Christmas Caroling in Toronto and the GTA
I’d covered this topic in somewhat more detail the last two years, in “2013 Outdoor Christmas Caroling in Toronto and Mississauga” and “Three Outdoor Carol Events in Dec. 2012 in Eastern Toronto“. If you were looking for a performance of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, it will be performed at several of the venues noted in “Twenty-one 2014 Christmas events in Toronto Museums“.
Your Own Copy of Christmas Carol Lyrics
Amazon.ca offers several collections of Christmas carol lyric books in Kindle format. Brush up on the lyrics before you head outdoors to sing carols; or simply enjoy them at home.
- Christmas Carols [Kindle Edition]: Hazza Mackenzie includes background tidbits for some twenty traditional Christmas carols.
- A First Book of Christmas Songs aims at children and novice pianists, with lyrics and simple piano arrangements for 20 Christmas carols.
- The most complete collection, Christmas Carols (simple English Book 1), presents the lyrics to one hundred classic Christmas carols as sung in churches over the centuries (but in modern English).
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