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Toronto, Ontario – Santa will be making two stops at The Waterfront BIA’s annual Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront, presented by the Toronto Port Authority and sponsored by Scotiabank, this holiday season! Families can join Santa and his elves for the 9th Annual Santa Cruise aboard Mariposa Cruises’ Northern Spirit or enjoy their first-ever Santa Brunch Cruise. Pets can also get in on the action for Pet Photos with Santa at PawsWay. Join us for Winterfest on Saturday December 13, Sunday December 14, Saturday December 20 and Sunday December 21. Hop aboard the 509 and the 510 streetcars for direct access to Toronto’s Waterfront via TTC.  For additional information, please visit www.waterfrontbia.com.

“Celebrate the magic of the holiday at Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront,” states Carol Jolly, Executive Director, The Waterfront BIA. “There is so much for families to experience from cruising and photos with Santa, to creating arts and crafts and watching performances as well as dog shows.

9th Annual Santa Cruise presented by Mariposa Cruises

Families are invited to join Santa and his elves for the 9th Annual Santa Cruise presented by Mariposa Cruises aboard the Northern Spirit (docked at the foot of York Street).  Children are encouraged to bring their wish lists to share with Santa while having  their picture taken with him by The Waterfront BIA’s professional photographer!

Families have two options for cruising into the holidays with Santa:

  • Mariposa’s enchanting one-hour Santa Cruise on Saturday December 13, Sunday December 14 and Saturday December 20 boards at 1:30pm and cruises from 2pm to 3pm. Purchase advance tickets for $14 + HST/person online at mariposacruises.com or call 416-203-0178, and $17 + HST/person at the dock (children under 6 are admitted FREE). Capacity for these popular family cruises is limited. Buy early and SAVE $3.00 as they will sell out!
  • NEW this year! Mariposa has added a magical two-hour festive Santa Brunch Cruise for the whole family on Sunday December 21, boarding at 11:30am and cruising from 12pm to 2pm. The Santa Brunch Cruise menu includes a continental bakery basket, seasonal fresh fruit, mixed garden greens, wild rice salad with cranberry & butternut squash, olive greek pasta salad, chef’s famous cinnamon french toast, scrambled eggs, hickory smoked bacon and organic pork breakfast sausage, carving of roast turkey, yukon gold home fries and freshly brewed regular and decaffeinated coffee, orange pekoe and assorted herbal teas, fountain soft drinks and juices. Advance tickets only – adults are $48.95 + HST and children  (ages 6-12) are $24.95 + HST (children under 6 are admitted FREE). Purchase at mariposacruises.com or call 416-203-0178.

Santa’s merry elves will entertain families on the Santa Cruise, hand out holiday treats and help make sure each family has their photo taken with Santa. Get in the holiday spirit and decorate a complimentary ship-shaped felt Christmas ornament to take home.

Mariposa Cruises, in partnership with The Waterfront BIA, are also excited to launch the Santa Brunch Cruise Contest to offer one lucky winner a complimentary Santa Brunch Cruise for a family of four, two adults and two children (6 – 12 years old) valued at $150. Enter to WIN by sharing our Santa Cruise Facebook posts or re-tweeting our Santa Cruise Twitter posts.

Remember to download your FREE photo with Santa following each Santa Cruise by visiting www.waterfrontbia.com

9TH ANNUAL SANTA CRUISE

DATE:              Saturday December 13 | Sunday December 14 | Saturday December 20

TIME:                Afternoon: Boarding 1:30pm | Cruise 2pm-3pm

LOCATION:       Northern Spirit – foot of York Street (by Queen’s Quay Terminal – 207 Queens Quay West)

COST:              Tickets $14 in advance and $17 + HST per person, at the dock.

 Children under 6 are admitted FREE! Capacity for these popular family cruises is limited.  Buy early and SAVE $3 as they will sell out! Complimentary professional photo with Santa and crafts on board. Tickets are available online at www.mariposacruises.com or by calling 416-203-0178.

SANTA BRUNCH CRUISE

DATE:              Sunday December 21

TIME:                Morning: Boarding 11:30am | 12pm-2pm

LOCATION:       Northern Spirit – foot of York Street (by Queen’s Quay Terminal – 207 Queens Quay West)

MENU:              The Santa Cruise Brunch menu includes a continental bakery basket, seasonal fresh fruit, mixed garden greens, wild rice salad with cranberry & butternut squash, olive greek pasta salad, chef’s famous cinnamon french toast, scrambled eggs, hickory smoked bacon & organic pork breakfast sausage, carving of roast turkey, yukon gold home fries and freshly brewed regular and decaffeinated coffee, orange pekoe and assorted herbal teas, fountain soft drinks and juices.

COST:                          Advance tickets only – adults are $48.95 + HST per person and children age 6-12 are $24.95 + HST per child. Children under 6 are admitted FREE! Complimentary professional photo with Santa and crafts on board. Tickets are available online at www.mariposacruises.com or by calling 416-203-0178.

Find out if your cat or dog has been naughty or nice as Santa pays a memorable visit to Purina PawsWay (245 Queens Quay West). Capture that special moment between Santa and your pet and help support a guide dog. Photos cost $12 + HST and include one print and a $2 donation to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides. 

Have Your Pet’s Photo Taken with Santa at Purina PawsWay

Purina PawsWay is open daily from 11am-6pm, general admission is FREE. Visit www.pawsway.ca for more details.

PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA

DATE:              Saturday December 13 | Sunday December 14 | Saturday December 20 | Sunday December 21

TIME:                11am – 2pm | 3pm – 5pm

LOCATION:       Purina PawsWay (245 Queens Quay West)                   

COST:              $12 + HST ($2 from each photo is donated to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides). 

Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show at Purina PawsWay

The Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show is coming to Purina PawsWay (245 Queens Quay West) during Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront! Featured on Family Channel, Animal Planet and The Pet Network, The Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show is a one-of-a-kind comedy stunt dog show showcasing more than 50 incredible and hilarious stunts and tricks. The highly trained dogs demonstrate some amazing circus style tricks including: tightrope walking, bike riding, piano playing, skipping and more! Visit www.pawsway.ca for more details.

Ultimutts Stunt Dog Sophia was found as a stray in Ohio, taken to a shelter, where she was saved by an Animal Rescue before her ‘time was up’. She was taken to a special farm for animals where she waited for a forever home for a year. In that time she was completely overlooked as no one wanted her. Sophia was then sent on the rescue relay for animals to the London Humane Society to try her luck in a different area. In London, she was adopted by Melissa Millett, founder of the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show. She was given lots of love and with training has become an integral member of the Ultimutts Dog Show.

From Underdog to Wonderdog, Sophia will be making the rounds after each show accepting donations to help other dogs in need for the Ultimutts Retrieve for Rescue.

ULTIMUTTS STUNT DOG SHOW AT PURINA PAWSWAY

DATE:              Saturday December 13 | Sunday December 14 | Saturday December 20 | Sunday December 21

TIME:                1pm | 2:30pm | 4pm

LOCATION:       Purina PawsWay, Inside Purina PawsWay Pet Centre (245 Queens Quay West)              

COST:              FREE

Meet a Real Dog Sledding Team at Purina PawsWay

This is your chance to meet and have your picture taken with a real dog sledding team during Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront! Visitors will be able to have a quick ‘pat and chat’ with Tanya Hawley and her authentic sled dogs and see various equipment used in dog sledding! Visit www.pawsway.ca for more details.

MEET A REAL DOG SLEDDING TEAM AT PURINA PAWSWAY

DATE:              Saturday December 13 | Sunday December 14 | Saturday December 20 | Sunday December 21

TIME:                11am – 5pm

LOCATION:       Purina PawsWay, Outdoor Front Patio (245 Queens Quay West)            

COST:              FREE

Make Eco-Friendly Crafts and Donate to the Snowball Express Toy Drive in Queen’s Quay Terminal

Drop by Queen’s Quay Terminal (207 Queens Quay West) to enjoy making crafts with recycled and natural materials for FREE. There will be three crafts to choose from – a yarn wrapped twig star, recycled card dot garlands and charming little pinecone trees that children can decorate. All it takes is a little imagination to create the ultimate one-of-a-kind holiday gift.

Local charity, Artbarn School, is partnering with Queen’s Quay Terminal to provide supervised crafts suitable for all ages. Artbarn School has been delivering quality art experiences to adults and children in Toronto since 2005. They are a registered charity and provide scholarships to talented children who otherwise are unable to attend their classes. For more information about the school visit www.artbarnschool.com.

Bring a smile to a child’s face this holiday season! Queen’s Quay Terminal is holding its annual Snowball Express Toy Drive with all donations going to the Salvation Army.  Drop off a NEW unwrapped gift in the collection bin in the office lobby. Call 416-203-3269 for more information.

ECO-FRIENDLY CRAFT MAKING

DATE:              Saturday December 13 | Sunday December 14 | Saturday December 20 | Sunday December 21

TIME:                12pm-4pm

LOCATION:       Queen’s Quay Terminal, South Atrium (207 Queens Quay West)              

COST:              FREE

Frozen Ice Queen & Ice Princess Show and Meet & Greet in Queen’s Quay Terminal

Have you been enchanted by the smash hit musical Frozen? Now is your chance to meet and sing-along with your favourite princesses and their best friend, Kristof, in this exciting and interactive show inside the Queen’s Quay Terminal. You can also have your pictures taken with both the Ice Queen and Ice Princess in Queen’s Quay Terminal. Call 416-203-3269 for more information.

FROZEN ICE QUEEN & ICE PRINCESS SHOW AND MEET & GREET

DATE / TIME:    Saturday December 13: 3:30pm to 5pm – Show and Meet & Greet
Sunday December 14:   12pm to 3pm – Meet & Greet Only
Saturday December 20: 11am to 12pm – Show and Meet & Greet
Sunday December 21:   2:30pm to 4pm – Show and Meet & Greet

LOCATION:       Queen’s Quay Terminal (207 Queens Quay West)                       

COST:              FREE

Strolling Performers bring Holiday Magic to Queen’s Quay Terminal

 Queen’s Quay Terminal will be full of holiday magic during Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront. Keep an eye out for the Lollipop Princess (Dec 13, 14, 20) or the Candy Cane Princess (Dec 21 only), whose dresses are made of tasty treats that will be distributed to the kids. Watch the balloon artist create masterpieces or have your face painted by the sensational face painter. Explore a new world of magic as Orion the Magician takes you out of reality and into the Art of Magic, a world of mystery, intrigue, laughter and fantasy. It all happens in an instant, but the wonderment lasts a lifetime! Call 416-203-3269 for more information.

STROLLING PERFORMERS BRING HOLIDAY MAGIC TO QUEEN’S QUAY TERMINAL

DATE:              Saturday December 13 | Sunday December 14 | Saturday December 20 | Sunday December 21

TIME:                12pm – 3pm

LOCATION:       Queen’s Quay Terminal (207 Queens Quay West)                       

COST:              FREE

 Special Offers during Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront

For families feeling hungry while enjoying Winterfest, stop by The Watermark Irish Pub & Restaurant for lunch or dinner where you will be offered one FREE kids meal with the purchase of one adult meal – offer valid during Winterfest weekends. You can also visit the Amsterdam BrewHouse for FREE hot chocolate on their festive front patio (at the entrance of the restaurant) during Winterfest weekends from 12pm -5pm.

The Radisson Admiral Hotel is offering a special room rate of $139 per night as well as a late checkout at 2pm throughout Winterfest including Friday December 12 and Friday December 19, while the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel will be allowing Winterfest visitors to book their best rate of the day.

About The Waterfront BIA

The Waterfront Business Improvement Area (WBIA) is the voice of the business community. Toronto’s WBIA is a community-driven organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing the economic and cultural vitality of the waterfront area. The WBIA welcomes 17 million visitors annually with a service area population of 57,121 and growing rapidly. 68% are under the age of 45 and average household income is $118,924. Unlike most Toronto BIAs, the waterfront is both a destination and a tourist attraction. It is committed to improving and promoting the waterfront area through investment and advocacy to maintain its position as one of Toronto’s premier shopping, business, entertainment and tourist destinations. Annual programs include Family Day, Doors/Gangways Open, My Waterfront Photo Contest/Exhibit, Redpath Waterfront Festival, Singing Ambassadors and Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront. For more information, visit www.waterfrontbia.com.

About the Toronto Port Authority (www.torontoport.com)

For more than 100 years the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) has worked with its partners at the federal, provincial and municipal levels to enhance the economic growth of the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. The Toronto Port Authority owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which welcomes more than two million passengers each year, the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada’s largest freshwater marinas, and Terminals 51 and 52, which provide transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto. The Toronto Port Authority is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities and has invested more than $5.6 million since 2009 in charitable initiatives and environmental programs that benefit communities along Toronto’s waterfront and beyond. The TPA operates in accordance with the Canada Marine Act and is guided by a nine-member board with representation from all three levels of government.

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