It's felt like winter for a while now. But the season finally arrives this weekend. And a parade to beckon the sun is just one of the things to check out this weekend:

Winter Solstice Parade

Dec 21 (7 PM) Meet at: Corner of Augusta and Oxford

Celebrate the annual return of light and warmth in the heart of the historic Kensington Market over the Solstice Festival weekend. There will be a lantern-lit parade through the neighbourhood.
For more information, check out the Red Pepper Spectacle Arts website.

Guided Walks

Ongoing Rouge Park

The holiday season is upon us, winter is nearly here, and you're inclined to cozy up under a blanket. Wait! Join a walk to discover nature and wildlife with our friendly and fun volunteer leaders and spread some holiday cheer! 
For more information, check out the Rouge Park website.

Allan Gardens Christmas Flower Show

Dec 21 Allan Gardens Conservatory

View the Conservatory by Candlelight with extended hours until 7:00 pm. For more information, check out the City of Toronto website.

Spirited Away

Until Jan 3 TIFF Bell Lightbox

Returning just in time for the holiday season, this dazzling 18-film showcase devoted to the Academy Award winning animation studio features such classics as My Neighbour Totoro and the rarely screened masterpiece Grave of the Fireflies. For more information, check out the TIFF Bell Lightbox website.

Ballet 101 with Ballet Jorgen

Dec 21 Albion Library

Ballet 101 gives kids the opportunity to learn about ballet as a storytelling medium. Children will learn basic positions, discover their own ability to convey emotions through movement, see brief selections performed by professional dancers and try out some new steps. Ages 6-12. Limited Space. For more information, check out the Toronto Public Library website.

Art Installation: Holding Pattern

Until Feb 2014 Pearson International Airport

A collaboration between the Art Gallery of Mississauga and Pearson International Airport, the piece takes its title from the flight term for the course flown by aircraft awaiting clearance to land. The title of this work therefore suggests a place in between flight and arrival, a temporary space where the passenger places their trust in others to complete the necessary final step. Alongside this trust is anticipation, the state of being on the cusp of something new. For more information, check out the Art Gallery of Mississauga website.

In Concert: Alex Pangman and her Alleycats

Dec 20 Palais Royale

Alex performs as part of the Holiday Swing Time Show. For more information on her, check out Alex Pangman's website