It's a busy time of year, but if you happen to have some free time and are looking for fun, here are my top three event picks for this week. A little drinking, a little dancing, and very little clothing.
Twelve Beers of Christmas (Dec 13)
The Gladstone Hotel is hosting a holiday party featuring some of the best local craft beers. Staring at 7pm, for just $10 cover, you're invited to taste as many brews as you like before hitting the dance floor. Jazz band Combo Royal will get the party started and a DJ will keep it going until last call. Wear your best ugly holiday sweater and you may even win the festive sweater competition. For all the details and to RSVP click here.
The Nutcracker (Dec 13-Jan 3)
An annual Toronto holiday tradition, The Nutcracker at the National Ballet opens this Saturday. The storybook and soundtrack are a regular part of my holiday season, but I haven't been to see the show since I was a little kid. Every year I plan on going, but December has a habit of keeping me busy and before I know it, the ballet has come and gone. It's a classic story, and this production gets five-star reviews year after year. The show is also surprisingly affordable with tickets starting at just $26. To book yours before they sell out click here.
Toronto Santa Speedo Run (Dec 13)
Yorkdale may look a little different this Saturday afternoon when the Santa Speedo Run blazes through the neighbourhood. For this fundraising event, participants run through the freezing streets of one of Toronto's most fashionable neighbourhoods wearing nothing but red Speedos. This non-denominational holiday events is to raise money for the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children Toys and Games Fund. Since 2005, the Santa Speedo Run has raised over $240 000 and given both participants and spectators something to smile about. The event kicks of at 1:30pm at Hemingway's restaurant where post-run festivities will be also be held. To make a donation or register as a participant click here.
December has swept in with a flurry of activity. Family is visiting from across the country, friends are hosting holiday parties, and in between it all I'm working twice as much as I was last month. Despite all the activities, last week I challenged myself to do all of my holiday shopping in just 10 days. A week later, I'm proud and somewhat shocked to report that I'm nearly there! Everything has been bought and most of it is all wrapped up in pretty pretty paper. Now I'm just waiting for the elves to deliver a few special items that couldn't be found in stores… Who knows, I might actually make it to the ballet this year!