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Christmas Creep ... or not

The short break from below average temperatures is welcome. But there's no two ways about, we are approaching winter ... and Christmas. Here are some seasonal events worth checking out this weekend:

Window Wonderland
Various Locations

Window Wonderland rekindles the tradition of holiday window displays. Experience the nostalgia as Ryerson Retail Management students partner with businesses to create eye-catching holiday windows throughout Downtown Yonge BIA. This is a competition amongst the students. There will be two winners - the Judges' Choice and the People's Choice.

To cast your vote, check out the Winter Magic website.

Holiday Magic
Nov 16 through Dec 2013

See Bloor-Yorkville transformed into a magical holiday wonderland! The official tree lighting ceremony features a musical performance by Sarah Slean with Strings and The Rosedale Day School Choir.

For more information, check out the Bloor-Yorkville website.

Nov 16
Yonge-Dundas Square

No ordinary holiday ceremony, the futurist-themed routines will surprise you at every turn. Using the unique shape of Yonge-Dundas Square performers will appear from every corner. Live choirs will fill the square with music, and beautifully outfitted dancers will perform a variety of styles - at times on multiple stages and platforms. Get into the rhythm of the season with drummers in illuminated costumes, jugglers with illuminated props and stilt walkers dressed in reflective mirrors.

For more information, check out the Winter Magic website.

Ekran Polish Film Festival
Nov 13 to Nov 17
Various Locations

The line-up of films includes Eksmisja (Resettlement), a charming film about an elderly couple Maria and Tadeusz. After living in their flat for 66 years, they are forced to move out. But they don't leave without a fight.

For the complete line-up of films showing, check out the Ekran Polish Festival website.

European Union Film Festival
Nov 14 to Nov 27
Various Locations

This free festival showcases 28 contemporary films drawn from each of the EU's member countries. EUFF is a unique festival and the only one in the world to bring together disparate EU Consulates and local cultural institutes for collaboration.

For the line-up of films, check out the European Union Film Festival website.

Regent Park Film Festival
Nov 12 to Nov 16
Daniel Spectrum

The Regent Park Film Festival is Toronto's only free-of-charge community film festival, dedicated to showcasing local and international independent works relevant to residents of Regent Park, the largest and oldest public housing project in Canada.

For more information, check out the Regent Park Film Festival website.

Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival
Nov 11 to Nov 16
Various Locations

Concluding this weekend, this festival investigates facts and mythologies surrounding mental illness and addiction as presented by both Canadian and international filmmakers, as well as by visual and media-based artists.

For the line-up of films, check out the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival website.

Nov 16 (1-4 PM)
Dundas Square

StoryMobs are where great kids' books meet flash mobs with a dash of Mardi Gras thrown in. A story mob is inspired by an exceptional children's book and allows for participation in a variety of ways. These may include costumes & props, copies of the book, simple choreography, musical instruments and vocal parts.

For more information about the book featured in this edition "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs," check out the StoryMobs website.

In Concert: The Big Sound
Nov 15
Adelaide Hall

Toronto's finest celebration of the golden era of soul and Motown returns to throw down their next epic soul party!

For more information, check out The Big Sound Facebook page.

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