Things to do this weekend (Nov. 18-20)

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Christmas is around the corner and everyone knows all those festive lights look best at night. (Chayonika Chandra)

It’s been a long week at school, so you should go out and enjoy yourself. It’s just over a month away from Christmas and that means this is the weekend the city kicks off some holiday events.

1. The Distillery Christmas Market

The annual Distillery Christmas Market is back and begins this Friday. On weekends you have to pay but this Friday it’s free for everyone. This year’s market will be the same as previous ones, meaning there will be food, wine, beer and vendors.

Location: The Distillery District
Date: Nov. 18-Dec. 22
Time: Tuesday-Thursday: 12 – 9 p.m. Friday: 12 – 10 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: On weekdays it’s free. There is a $6 charge on weekends starting on Fridays at 5 p.m.

2. Rams Men’s and Women’s Basketball Games

If Christmas events aren’t your thing, stay on campus this weekend and cheer on the Rams. The Rams men’s and women’s basketball teams have two games this weekend. The first will be against the Nipissing Lakers and the second against the Laurentian Voyageurs.

Location: Mattamy Athletic Centre
Date: Nov. 18 and 19
Time: 6 – 10 p.m.
Cost: Free with OneCard

3. Illuminate at Yonge-Dundas Square

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If you want to get into the Christmas spirit but stay close to campus this weekend, go to Yonge and Dundas Square’s Illuminate. It’s the annual tree lighting ceremony of the 13-metre, 52,000-LED light tree. The event will also have live music, dance performances, light shows, acrobats and more.

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Date: Nov. 19
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

4. Gourmet Food and Wine Expo


If you want to eat and drink this weekend, this might be the event for you. At the 21st annual Gourmet Food and Wine Expo you can sample fine wines, spirits, and craft beers from around the world as well as gourmet foods. There will also be educational talks, live music and more.

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Date: Nov. 18 – 20
Time: Friday: 2 – 10 p.m. Saturday: 12 – 10 p.m. Sunday: 12 – 6 p.m.
Cost: $25 – $50

5. The Toronto Santa Claus Parade

Santa is visiting Toronto a month early. He will be coming for the annual Toronto Santa Claus Parade this Sunday. The parade will begin at Bloor and Christie Pits and end at the St. Lawrence Market.

Location: Downtown Toronto
Date: Nov. 20
Time: Begins at 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

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