In today's special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Urban Planner: flowers of the season, Christmas services, and non-Christmas activities on the day.
FLOWERS: Most of Toronto’s main attractions—The CN Tower, Casa Loma, the Royal Ontario Museum—are open December 24 and Boxing Day, but are closed on Christmas Day. Meanwhile, Allan Gardens Conservatory and its Etobicoke counterpart, Centennial Park Conservatory, are both open 365 days a year, and their Christmas Flower shows run daily to January 7. So on Christmas Eve and on Christmas, you can bring the whole family to enjoy an indoor display of nature’s colours, no matter the temperature outside. Allan Gardens (19 Horticultural Avenue), or Centennial Park Conservatory (151 Elmcrest Road), 10 a.m.–5 p.m., FREE.
SERVICE: Every church in Toronto (and this is a fairly complete list) will be holding a Christmas Eve service today or tonight. (Some will also hold Christmas Day services.) But the big ticket is the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto’s annual service and celebration, held not at their east-end location, but at Roy Thomson Hall. In addition to a sermon by Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes and music from the MCC Choir, the church will be joined by special guests Alana Bridgewater (We Will Rock You) and Sterling Jarvis (Caroline, or Change). Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe Street), 8 p.m., $25.
CHINESE AND A MOVIE: It’s become an urban tradition for non-Christians on December 25: go for Chinese food and see a movie. Check out our film reviews for ideas. And this guide to Christmas Day in Chinatown holds up well.
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