HOLIDAYS: Santa will be visiting the Toronto Humane Society on December 24. In exchange for a donation, Santa’s elves will give out free wicker pet beds made, their press release assures us, at the North Pole. Toronto Humane Society (11 River Street), 12 p.m., December 24, FREE.
HOLIDAYS: If you were ever curious about the acoustics in the City Hall rotunda, you might get some answers on Wednesday. Triple choir madness is happening there at the City of Toronto’s Christmas Choral Celebration. The three choirs—All King’s Voices, Toronto Beaches Children’s Chorus, and Toronto Mass Choir—will be accompanied by the Tower Brass band. Toronto City Hall (100 Queen Street West), 11:30 a.m., December 24, FREE.
FOOD: We realize that not everyone in Toronto celebrates Christmas, and luckily there are a few establishments that don’t either. Toronto.com has a decent list of restaurants that are open on Christmas Day, as does Dine.TO. It’s a good thing restaurants are licensed, because bars will be closed. City-wide, December 25.
MUSIC: There may be no more appropriate way to spend Boxing Day than dancing to the music of a Bronx native. Little Louie Vega spins the decks in the hall. Rude Jude is slated to open for him. Toronto DJs on the bill are Marco Bongo and djs Felix and Gani. Maro (135 Liberty Street), 10 p.m., December 26, $20 plus.
HOLIDAYS: The Toronto Zoo has special holiday treats for some of its animal inhabitants and is inviting the public to share the joy with half-price admission. All proceeds from the day go to the Endangered Species Fund, and the zoo will be taking non-perishable food items for the food bank, too. The seasonal treat walk will be accompanied by roving carollers, and free hot chocolate will be served afterwards. Toronto Zoo (361A Old Finch Avenue), 10 a.m., December 26, $10.
Photo by jared703.