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Warm up with Harbourfront Centre’s Cool Festive Season Events!

TORONTO, November 1, 2006- Harbourfront Centre celebrates the Festive Season with an array of wonderful family-friendly weekend festivities. Activities range from traditional cultural forays at the Swedish Christmas Fair and the Ten Thousand Villages Mennonite Christmas Festival, to free daily skating at the Natrel Rink. Every Sunday afternoon families can also enjoy ZOOM! family programs including Gallery Kids and the ZOOM! Room.

All of these Festive Season events are at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West, Toronto). All events are free and suitable for all ages. For more information the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

Swedish Christmas Fair
The 25th Annual Swedish Christmas Fair takes place Saturday, November 25 (11a.m. to 5p.m.) and Sunday, November 26 (11a.m. to 5p.m.). Experience a traditional Swedish Christmas with a Lucia Pageant, a procession that celebrates the slow return of light to winter. Visitors can also enjoy Swedish singing and folk-dancing. The Swedish Christmas Fair also features handmade crafts and decorations, home-baked goods and imported Swedish food for sale. This event is presented by the Toronto Chapter of the Swedish Women's Educational Association International Inc. (SWEA)

Ten Thousand Villages Mennonite Christmas Festival
Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Ten Thousand Villages Mennonite Christmas Festival and support skilled artisans from more than 30 developing countries through the sale of fair-trade handcrafted gifts and home décor wares. Items for sale include unique art objects, jewelry, musical instruments, toys, pottery, ornaments and nativities. Visitors can also enjoy festive activities such as caroling by members of the Pax Christi Chorale while sampling Mennonite baked goods at the Tea Room. This year, through the Living Gift program, shoppers can buy memorable gifts which will help families in countries such as Haiti, Cambodia, Burundi and South Africa, among others. Also available for sale at Ten Thousand Villages Mennonite Christmas Festival are exquisitely designed and hand-knotted Persian, Bokhara, Chobi and Tribal carpets from Pakistan.

Ten Thousand Villages Mennonite Christmas Festival takes place on December 1 (5p.m. to 10p.m.), December 2 (10a.m. to 6p.m.) and December 3 (12p.m. to 5p.m.). Admittance is free. The festival is presented by Ten Thousand Villages, a non-profit fair trade program of the Mennonite Central Committee, the relief and development agency of the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches of North America.

Natrel Rink
Beginning November 18 through March 11 (weather permitting), skate away those winter blues at Canada’s largest outdoor man-made and artificially-refrigerated ice surface, Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday through Thursday) and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday). Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink offers visitors skate rentals and sharpening services. Visitors to the Natrel Rink can warm up at the adjoining Lakeside Eats, offering casual dining and hot or cold beverages while basking in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Ontario and Toronto Island.

The Natrel Rink DJ Skating Nights
Cool nights take on a whole new meaning when the first of several DJ Skating Nights return to Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink on December 15 (8 to 11p.m.). Enjoy skating to the best beats in town from some of Toronto’s premier underground DJs at the Natrel Rink, then warm up with a cup of hot chocolate!

Visitors can also shop at Bounty: Contemporary Canadian Craft Shop, open daily (closed Mondays). This store features blown glass, wheel-thrown ceramics, lathe-turned wooden bowls and a diverse selection of contemporary handmade jewelry. Support Canadian artists with your holiday shopping by purchasing unique works created by Harbourfront Centre's Craft Studio residents and alumni. A wide selection of works by some of Canada's most prominent independent craft artists are also for sale.

Media Contacts:

Cary Mignault
Media Relations, Harbourfront Centre

Karolina Kowal

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