ARTS AND CULTURE
Bulletin Nov. 16 to 23: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Also: Books… lots of books.
The Billy Bulletin features news about travel and the cities we cover, to help our readers and passengers navigate the week ahead. Here’s what’s going on around Billy Bishop Airport’s destinations this week …
Feeling like you’ve got a twinkle in your eye and a hop in your step? You’re not alone. All across Billy land cities are getting into the Christmas spirit. And New York is the mecca of all things holiday.
If you happen to be in the Big Apple, you’re in luck because Christmas markets abound. Grab a hot chocolate and strap on some skates at the Winter Village at Bryant Park in midtown. Head down to Union Square and search for unique handmade gifts at the Union Square Holiday Market. Or, if you’re uptown, the Columbus Circle Holiday Market will let you hunt for that perfect gift and take a wintry walk through Central Park.
If you’re looking for that picture-perfect New York Christmas experience, the tree at Rockefeller Center, you’re still a bit early. While the tree has arrived and has been erected, it won’t be lit until November 29.
Toronto’s already getting into the festive spirit as Nov. 16 marks the opening of the Toronto Christmas Market. Nestled in a revived Distillery District, the quaint market looks like something right out of Dickens novel. Vendors line the narrow streets while the permanent shops fling their doors open to the flocks of tourists and locals milling the old cobblestone streets. The piece de resistance, of course, is the magnificent tree, which fills the cozy space.
If more mainstream holiday shopping is up your alley, then the Eaton Centre boasts it’s own gigantic tree – a new addition to the urban centre of consumerism – which is lit as of Nov. 16.
In Chicago, a trip to the Christkindlmarket is akin to transporting yourself to old Europe. Inspired by a market in Nuremberg, Germany, which was founded in 1545, the Christkindlmarket is chock full of Christmas classics like nutcrackers, along with other Bavarian mainstays such as beer steins, wooden crafts and hand-blown glass ornaments. Grab some sausage and sauerkraut and behold the grand Tannenbaum.
But if getting into the swing of Christmas in November isn’t your thing, the Chicago Athletic Association hotel is hosting the Chicago Art Book Fair from Nov 16-19 and will feature 150 independent book publishers.
Book-lovers in Montreal also have cause to celebrate this weekend as the Westmount Public Library is holding a massive book sale on Nov. 18-19. Rows upon rows of books line tables, ready for your thoughtful perusal.