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Christmas spirit and festivities continue as the big day draws near

Last Updated Dec 13, 2018 at 12:34 pm EDT

Christmas ornaments on a tree. GETTY IMAGES/Arijit Mondal

Christmas Day is two weeks away, and the merriment continues this weekend in Toronto. There are so many events to choose from, you will need to make a list — which is what we’ve done for you.


Holiday windows charity auction
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is getting into the festive spirit with its first-ever holiday windows. Each of the eight windows was created by a local artist, whose designs reflect not only the holidays but also the multicultural background of the city. At the end of the season, each artwork will be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the Daily Bread Food Bank. The windows will be on display until January 14.

A weekend of Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis fans will be taking over the Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles this Saturday night for a 30th anniversary screening of Die Hard. The event will celebrate the cult classic film with holiday themed pre-show games, a themed cocktail, popcorn and prizes. Although this event is sold out, you can still catch Bruce Willis all weekend long in The Fifth Element at the Cinesphere at Ontario Place. The actor will make another appearance at the Cinesphere December 21-23 with screenings of Die Hard.

Fan-favourite holiday movies
There are regular Christmas movies and then there are the classic ones — the ones you can watch over and over again. Starting on Friday and until New Year’s Eve, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema is showing several fan favourites that will put you in the holiday spirit. Three movies will be shown this weekend including Love Actually. Some of the other movies over the two weeks include It’s a Wonderful Life, Home Alone (quote-along edition), National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and The Big Lebowski.

Skateboarders with ugly sweaters
It will be a sea of ugly Christmas sweaters at Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre this weekend. Impact Skateboard Club is hosting its first annual holiday party, the Ugly Sweater Skate Session from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m on Sunday. The event will feature free intro lessons for beginners, an arts and crafts table, a raffle and prizes for ugliest sweater. Guests are asked to bring a donation of new, clean socks, to help support Skate for Change, an international network of skateboarders who help give back to their communities.

Sugar snacking while reading
What goes well with reading a book? A cookie, or two. If reading and baked goods is your idea of heaven, then the Holiday Book and Bake Sale is for you. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Better Living Centre. Browse for books to read or give as gifts, while there, you won’t be able to resist the holiday treats. If you are looking to offload some of your book collection (before you buy more books), you can donate them at the sale on Friday.

Christmas at the aquarium
Some lucky kids will get the chance to have breakfast with Santa this weekend at Ripley’s Aquarium. The meal gets underway at 8 a.m. and includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, French toast sticks, waffles, home fries and more. Admission includes a family photo with Santa, access to the aquarium and complementary coat check. Even though Santa is all booked up for this weekend, he will return to the aquarium on December 23-24.

Charity run with Santas
Hundreds of people will be taking to the streets in nothing more than a bathing suit and a Santa hat for the annual Toronto Santa Speedo Run. The event began back in 2005 and raises money for the toys and games fund at SickKids Hospital. The run kicks off at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday from Hemingway’s Restaurant on Cumberland Street and has a less than three kilometre route. Post-run celebrations and awards will be held after the event.

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