Urban Planner: December 23, 2008
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Urban Planner: December 23, 2008

HOLIDAYS: Christmas season wouldn’t be complete without a look at the seasonal window display of the Bay. The Bay calls this year’s theme “Enchanted Forest.” They’ve brought back last year’s animated Santa window, referring to it as an “encore presentation.” We’ll call it “used,” but even Santa can be forgiven for being on a budget this year. The Bay Queen Street (176 Yonge Street), any time, FREE.
MUSIC: Paul Linklater and Dave Bidini have alternated regular Tuesday night gigs at the Cameron this month. Tonight (and next Tuesday) they play together. The veteran singer-songwriters have both been huge contributors to the Toronto indie music scene. Expect a good show, and probably some conversation about hockey. Cameron House (408 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
HOLIDAYS: Two of Toronto’s historic homes have dressed for the holiday season. Colborne Lodge and Mackenzie House offer historic festive trimmings and a taste of mulled cider or hot chocolate. The museums are open throughout the holidays with the exception of Christmas Day. Colborne Lodge (Colborne Lodge Drive) and Mackenzie House (82 Bond Street), 12–4 p.m., $6.
HOLIDAYS: Downsview Park’s Trail of Lights boasts the largest holiday light display in Canada, at two kilometres in length. That’s two kilometres full of lit-up cheesy Christmas elves, reindeer, candy canes, and more. There’s even a four-storey lit Christmas tree to walk through. The lights are on display nightly until December 31. Friday and Saturday there are free wagon rides but admission costs $2 more. We guess some people have their own idea of “free.” Downsview Park, 5–10 p.m., $10.
Photo by Adam Birrell from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

This article mistakenly called the Bay “the only Canadian department store left standing in downtown Toronto.” Not only are there other Canadian department stores in downtown Toronto (such as Holt Renfrew), the Bay is no longer one of them: it was aquired by an American investor in 2006 and an American company in 2008.