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Carousel at Christmas

Christmas at the Carousel

Address: 8080 Birchmount Road, Markham  map 

Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 12 to 4 p.m.
 Sing and Skate with Santa and friends!
 Music by Caardia
 Enjoy free carousel rides, hot chocolate, treats and more!

Friday, December 22, 2017 from 7 to 10 p.m.
 Friday Night DJ Skate featuring
 DJ Deltoro
 Enjoy free carousel rides, hot chocolate, treats and more!

Holiday Ice Show at Thornhill Figure Skating Club

Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Holiday Ice Show at Thornhill Figure Skating Club
 7755 Bayview Avenue  map

Thornhill Figure Skating Club presents Our Annual Holiday Ice Show featuring our recreational and competitive skaters.  

Join us on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and be dazzled by their talents.  

And after the show skate with Santa from 2 to 3 p.m.  

All welcome and admission is free.  

We hope to see you there!  


Kindred Spirits Orchestra - Russian Romance

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Location: Flato Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Boulevard  map

Stay warm this December as the KSO presents a concert of passionate Russian music filled with pomp, romantic virtuosity and soaring melodies. The program starts off with the fervent Festive Overture by Dmitri Shostakovich: a thrilling work written in a mere three days. The unsanctioned voice of Shostakovich is further explored with his dramatic Violin Concerto No.1, performed by Canadian violinist Marc Djokic. Closing the night is the lyrically emotive Symphony No. 2 by the ever-sentimental musical poet, Rachmaninoff.

Shostakovich, Festive Overture in A major, Op. 96
Shostakovich, Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 1, Op. 77
Rachmaninoff, Symphony No. 2, Op. 27

Kristian Alexander | conductor
Marc Djokic | violin
Michael Berec | host

Concert enhancements:
7:15 p.m.             Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:30 p.m.             Pre-concert talk

Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Marc Djokic.

Post-concert live jazz and a complimentary glass of Champagne.

Tickets: $15 - 40 

Event Organizer: Flato Markham Theatre 
Telephone: 905.305.7469.
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Karpov Ballet Academy presents Ballet Night

December 17 & 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 Location: Flato Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Boulevard map

Karpov Ballet Academy students of different levels
perform ballet miniatures in a mixed program of Ballet Night.

Cost: All tickets: $39

Event Organizer: Karpov Ballet Academy

Holiday Food Drive

Markham Public Library has partnered with Markham Ward 6 Youth Council for a holiday food drive. Our food drive will be taking place from December 4th to December 23rd and is open to all customers and community members. Our hope is to collect as many nonperishable food items as possible including corn, Kraft Dinner, baby formula, and other canned goods. All items collected will be donated directly to families in your community. Donation bins will be located at each branch.

Let’s do all we can to help make this holiday season better for families in need.

Toronto Winter Ball 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Markham Pan Am Centre, 16 Main Street Unionville map

Toronto Winter Ball is coming to the Markham Pan Am Centre for the weekend of December 16-17, 2017. This event features the top Ballroom/Latin Professionals, and Amateurs who will be judged by an experienced team of adjudicators from across Canada and the U.S. TV known personality, Karina Smirnoff, from the popular show Dancing With The Stars will be performing in the evening show along with Top USA Latin couple Anna Kovalova and Justinas Dukhnauskas. Also, our very own Canadian Top Latin couple, Ilya Maletin and Polina Mayer will be performing and would appreciate your support! 
Come and see some of the best Ballroom dancers from around the world! 

HST-Free Closing Sale! 

Location: Winged Canvas
185 Bullock Drive, Unit #1 Markham

Thank you again for all who came out to support the show. We would like to invite you back on Sunday, December 17 for a no HST sale on select artworks to close off a successful run! The sale includes amazing works by 25 local artists.

This is a great chance to snag that painting you've been eyeing, or to choose something truly special and unique for your loved ones this Holiday Season. See you Sunday!
It's the perfect opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind, affordable and authentic artwork. Art makes a truly personal gift, and in return, you will be supporting a local artist in your community. Join us in this movement through the joy of art! 
— Fei Lu, Curator, Winged Canvas Gallery

You are cordially invited:
No HST Sale: Sunday December 17, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Admission is free. Bring your friends, and see you there!

The Stiver Mill Farmers' Market now inside the Mill

Construction has now begun on the Stiver Mill Farmers’ Market property. This will become a parking lot by next spring. The good news is that the Farmers’ Market will be moving back there next June. In the meantime, the Market will continue inside the Stiver Mill. 

Many of your favourite vendors are still at the Market including Cobs Bakery, Forsythe Farms, The Strudel Guy, Willow Springs Winery, Crave Catering, crafters and more. Drop by and enjoy a cup of coffee.

The Market is open every Sunday until December 17, 2017. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Stiver Mill is located at 9 Station Lane, Unionville (map). 

The Stiver Mill Farmers’ Market was originally started to bring awareness to the plight of the Stiver Mill. The City of Markham and the Federal Government came together after five years to support the restoration of the Stiver Mill. The newly renovated Stiver Mill, now called the Stiver Mill Cultural Centre, officially opened in June 2014. As Mayor Frank Scarpitti says “it is a showpiece”. 

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

A few flurries

         Daytime High: -6°C   Overnight Low: -16°C
         Chance of Precipitation: 40%
         Wind: 10 - 17 km/h NW
         Sunrise: 7:46 a.m.   Sunset: 4:39 p.m.

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Canada's Ballet Jörgen
presents The Nutcracker,
A Canadian Tradition

Saturday, December 30, 2017

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: FLATO Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Boulevard

Celebrate the holiday season with friends and family at Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s The Nutcracker, A Canadian Tradition.  A returning favourite, experience this holiday classic set against the rugged beauty of the Canadian landscape as seen through the eyes of the Group of Seven. Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s interpretation brings together Canadian heritage with this classic tale.  Create lasting memories as you make The Nutcraker, A Canadian Tradition, part of your yearly holiday tradition.

Prime: $55
Regular: $45
Youth: $15

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 events and festivals of 2017.

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Cineplex Odeon Markham & VIP

Star Wars: The Last Jedi


The Thousand Faces Of Dunjia



Justice League


Thor: Ragnarok

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

The Greatest Showman

Pitch Perfect 3

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