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Shopping in Toronto? Check out these things to do…

• The Royal Ontario Museum ( Artists, scientists and economists joined forces to create Carbon 14: Climate Is Culture (on exhibit now through February 2, 2014). The exhibition features 13 art installations all confronting the facts of climate change and responding in powerful and creative ways.

• The Art Gallery of Ontario ( is now exhibiting The Great Upheaval: Modern Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection. The collection showcases the dynamism and innovation of art produced in Europe in the years leading up to the First World War.

TIFF Bell Lightbox ( is holding hands-on holiday workshops for children and youth, December 28 to January 5. Workshops vary from “Stop-Motion Animation” to “How to Make a Film in a Day.” as well as “Prosthetics and Special Effects Make-Up” and “Make ’em Laugh: Physical Comedy.”

• And later, Winterlicious Toronto ( presents creative culinary cuisine from around the world at great prix fixe value, January 31 to February 13. One hundred of Toronto’s top restaurants will participate. A trip to this event makes a terrific present.

Shopping In Niagara-on-the-Lake? Check out these stocking stuffer ideas…

Shaw Festival Film Series Passes: Premiering now through February 2014, movies and documentaries will be shown every Friday and Saturday in the beautiful Shaw Theatre. Visit or call 905-468-2172 for details about tickets and showtimes.

$40 Discovery Pass to the Niagara Ice Wine Festival in January 2014: Enjoy eight wintery experiences, including wine and food pairings, throughout the three weekend of the festival. Visit for dates, details, and ticket info.

• The Heritage District features an array of shops and boutiques, from Beau Chapeau Hat Shop and The Scottish Shop to Greaves Jams & Marmalades, Cheese Secrets, Ten Thousand Villages, Maple Leaf Fudge, and Bernard’s: The Shaw Festival Shop. If you’re in the market for antique home decor, visit Europa Antiques in the Old Church or Lakeshore Antiques & Treasures.

Gift Certificates to Niagara-on-the-Lake’s award-winning restaurants, spas, wine bars, and pubs make excellent stocking stuffers. The Secret Garden Spa at Prince of Whales Hotel offers a variety of holiday spa packages for men and women. If you love music, Corks on Queen Street, which has a heated patio, features live music every weekend along with the historical Pub at Angel Inn. For a good pint and authentic fish and chips, stop into Irish Harp.

Visit for a list of shopping, dining, spa, winery, and entertainment destinations.

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