The tiny shop is jam-packed with all sorts of goodies, from traditional ornaments to unusual figurines, and even a Santa dangling precariously from what looks like a festive hot-air balloon.
Located at 35 Jarvis St. in the downtown core, this place is only a few minutes from King St. subway station.
A Grinch wearing a face mask is a poignant reminder of the current otherwise very un-Christmassy situation.
Been looking for that perfect merman showcasing-his-abs ornament? Of course, you have. Does it have anything to do with Christmas? Naw.
This wall just feels like a challenge.
It's never too early to start sending out holiday cards, right? Wrong. It is definitely too early to start sending out holiday cards.
They see Christmas, they feel Christmas, they want Christmas, they need Christmas. Or at least something red and white and sparkly and a happy distraction from everything that's not red and white and sparkly.
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Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner. While a lot of us are still hunting down Halloween costumes and decorations, others have already started their holiday shopping.
It may seem a bit early, but there are benefits to getting your holiday shopping out of the way, like stress-free shipping and a lower chance of wish-list items being out of stock.
Since advent calendars are one of those gift items that rapidly disappear off of store shelves, we've prepared a list of 20 unique advent calendars you can browse for the 2021 holiday season. You're welcome!
Details: Calling all tea lovers! This DAVIDsTEA advent calendar is the perfect Christmas countdown for the tea enthusiasts in your life. It comes with 24 holiday teas in 16-ounce tins that can serve one to two cups.
Details: Fans of the classic '90s Home Alone franchise will love this throwback item. It features 24 paper ornaments that are reminiscent of iconic scenes from the movies that they can use to decorate their tree with.
Details: If you want complete freedom with what goes into your advent calendar, consider this super cute wall-hanging version. You'll be able to fill it with tiny gifts and treats of your choosing, plus you can use it over and over for years to come.
Details: This fancy advent calendar from Anthropologie features 24 premium beauty samples from popular brands like Sunday Riley and Caudalie. It's a great option for anyone who's obsessed with beauty products.
Details: This charming crystal advent calendar is the perfect gift for that witchy friend of yours who's super into crystals. Over 25 days, they'll discover raw and tumbled crystals and some jewelry, too Every crystal comes with a description card so they can learn more about the individual item.
Details: If you're really trying to impress the beauty-lover in your life, check out this stunning advent calendar from YSL. It's valued at $680 and comes with two full-size products, 21 Deluxe Minis and a special gift.
Details: This advent calendar checks two very important boxes: LEGO and Harry Potter. With 274 pieces, this advent calendar will allow anyone to conjure up the magic of Hogwarts every day for 24 days straight.
Details: This advent calendar uses 12 boxes filled with beauty and bath products to count down the days 'til Christmas. It'll surprise your beauty lovers with lip balms, hand creams, bath fizzers and more.
Details: This pop-up advent calendar will give The Nightmare Before Christmas fans stunning paper ornaments to display on their Christmas tree. It also comes with a 28-page booklet that'll give them fun facts about Halloween Town and its residents.
According to a press release on October 8, this year in place of the magical ride, you can once again watch a virtual benefit concert from the comfort of your own home, while the company donates to local food banks.
"Since its inception in 1999, the CP Holiday Train has raised $19.4 million and collected 4.9 million pounds of food for community food banks along CP's network," read the release. "CP will again donate to all food banks that would ordinarily benefit from a Holiday Train stop, including those that typically receive the train in alternating years."
While it may not be the most fun way to celebrate the season of giving, finding a safe way to do good for local communities is the most important thing.
"The spirit of the Holiday Train is about giving generously and inspiring those around us to give as well," said Keith Creel, CP President and Chief Executive Officer. "While we are disappointed we again cannot bring the Holiday Train to communities, we are honored to run a virtual program and continue to support communities and food banks across our network as they work to address food insecurity in North America."
Is there anywhere in the world more perfect during the holidays? There are countless Christmassy places in Canada to enjoy the sparkly season, whether you're travelling or celebrating at home.
From romantic, tiny towns and magical ski villages to holiday light trails, northern lights displays and one-of-a-kind festive boat parades, these spots should be on absolutely everybody's winter bucket list.
Why You Need To Go: Arguably one of the world's most romantic places to spend the festive season, Banff's quaint main street is a winter wonderland like no other. It offers restaurants, hotels and shops, as well as magical views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains.
Whether you spend the season stargazing under winter skies at the Banff gondola or soaking in the region's iconic hot springs, enjoying the holidays here is one for the bucket list.
Why You Need To Go: If you want to get lost in a Hallmark movie this season, Quebec City has got you covered. You'll feel like you're exploring Europe during the holidays as you venture down the cobblestone streets, spot the historic architecture and soak up the French-Canadian culture.
The nativity scenes, merry markets, skating opportunities and twinkling lights are the cherry on top of this Christmas cake.
Why You Need To Go: If spending the festive season in Halifax isn't already on your to-do list, add it ASAP! The Nova Scotia capital knows exactly how to celebrate the winter season and you can expect snow, Christmas markets and a holiday light trail, as well as a whole festival dedicated to evergreen trees. What's not to love, eh?
Why You Need To Go: A home to winter wildlife of all kinds, Churchill is the place to be for animal lovers at Christmas. Known as the polar bear capital of the world, this snowy paradise is where foxes, moose, snowy owls, lynx and caribou, among others, spend the season.
If that wasn't enough, you might also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the extraordinary northern lights. While the clear, dark skies of February and March are the best times to spot them, witnessing the aurora borealis at Christmas would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Why You Need To Go: While winter is cold and dark in Yukon, there is no shortage of light, laughter and fun at Christmas in Canada's subarctic. Locals celebrate the season by holding a festive boat parade known as "flotilla," where the community parade their river boats through the town, dressed up with sparkling lights and holiday decorations.
If you're feeling lucky, you may also get a glimpse of the northern lights, too. Could it be more magical?
Why You Need To Go: Canada's capital knows how to celebrate the winter season. Most years, the festivities kick off with the illumination ceremony for Christmas Lights Across Canada, which is a light display that brings a wave of holiday cheer to the iconic Parliament Buildings.
Between early December and early January, you'll be able to hear carolling and fireworks and spot light shows and giant Christmas trees. If it's cold enough, you'll be able to skate along the gorgeous Rideau Canal – the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world.
Why You Need To Go: Does anything feel more festive than sipping a cup of hot chocolate beside a giant fireplace in a cozy ski village? If that sounds good to you, Tremblant has your name all over it.
Widely regarded as the best place in Eastern Canada to snowboard and ski, this spot is perfect for anybody looking for a bit of an adventure during the holidays. Better yet, the nearby Nordic spa will make sure you don't miss out on any relaxation time, either.
Why You Need To Go: Three words - Candy Cane Lane. Christmas spirit comes alive in Edmonton's West End every December as locals come together to raise money for good causes by decorating their homes with all things twinkly and cozy, including glowing candy canes.
There's a rainbow-lit ice skating path too, which is absolutely as magical as it sounds. Hundreds of thousands flock here each year to marvel at the scenes and it's not hard to see why.
What if you could go somewhere where Christmas lasted a whole month and every house was decked out in lights? And what if it was all totally free?
That somewhere is McAdenville, N.C., or "Christmas Town USA," as they call it around this time of year.
The quaint little town outside Charlotte will transport you to a holiday scene out of a storybook, with bright lights and holiday cheer everywhere you look.
The Christmas Town tradition goes back over 60 years and it's expected to be extra special this year, according to Steve Rankin, who runs the organizing committee.
That's because they're bringing back a few of the big events they had to cancel due to COVID-19 last year, including the Yule Log Parade and a Christmas tree lighting ceremony to kick off the month.
"We expect a huge crowd," Rankin told Narcity. He added that "every night is a Saturday night" in Christmas Town, and the cars are often "bumper to bumper" as they drive through during the month of December.
The best way to visit Christmas Town is early in December, before schools let out for the holidays, according to Rankin. You can also see more of the town on foot because there are two dead-end streets where cars are not allowed to drive through.
But whether you drive or walk through, the town is absolutely stunning after dark. There are giant wreaths, houses decked out in ornaments and trees that look like they're dripping with twinkly lights.
And best of all, Christmas Town won't cost you a thing because the town doesn't charge admission, and the locals pay for all the lights themselves.
"Some of the residents really go all out," Rankin said. "And they get nothing in return, except to see the joy of the people coming through."
Christmas Town, USA
When: December 1 to December 26; 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Address: McAdenville, NC
Why You Need To Go: Step into a Hallmark Christmas movie come to life!
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.