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Mariah Carey Performs At Hudson’s Bay Window Unveiling

All we  wanted for Christmas was Mariah Carey, and our wish finally came true!

Editors note: We sent our intrepid reporter Lia Nardone to report on the biggest event of the Christmas season in Toronto… Mariah Carey’s (somewhat) live performance of All I Want for Christmas is You. Read on for more about Lia’s woman-on-the-street experience covering this “story”.

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On Thursday, November 3, 2016, the streets around Toronto’s Eaton Centre were jam-packed for the unveiling of the annual Hudson’s Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue Christmas window displays. But what really had the crowd in a frenzy was an appearance by the queen of Christmas herself, Mariah Carey, who gave a million dollar performance!  (Literally! She was paid One. Million. Dollars.  to sing two songs.)

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I was one of the lucky ones in the crowd, arriving three hours early to claim a spot in attempt to be closest to Carey. Alas, I couldn’t beat the die hard fans lambs,  some of whom traveled all the way from England just to attend the free show.

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As access to the stage area opened right at 6pm, a stampede of festive Carey fans made their way towards the performance area, without regard for the vehicles still idling on the road. Meanwhile the drivers of said idling vehicles became trapped Jurassic Park style by the frenzied crowd jostling for position. It was quite the scene.

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Cops were soon able to defuse the situation, but that didn’t come without some begging.  A security officer came on the megaphone and urged the crowd, “the show will not start unless you all cooperate and move.”

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Little did we know, the show wouldn’t start for another 45 minutes, despite the Mariah mob obeying their commands. The “Always Be My Baby” singer showed up fashionably late with gorgeous shimmery arms and all, but not before Mayor John Tory was booed while introducing an exec from the Hudson’s Bay Company.

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Before she came out, rockin’ a red and hot pink Anna Maier gown, we bonded as a crowd by chanting her name, belting out her music, and religiously refreshing her twitter feed as we waited for showtime.

Finally, Mariah graced the stage and performed two Holiday favourites, including “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.”

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In what seemed like a blink of an eye, the show finished, filling the sky with fireworks and snow-like confetti to really get us into the Christmas Spirit.
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Watch Mariah’s full performance, courtesy of CBC, below.

As the large crowd started to make their way toward the end of the street, I was pushed into the Eaton Centre where I gladly warmed up with a Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks to prepare me for the window displays.

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As I opened the doors  at Saks Fifth Avenue, I was greeted by a beautifully decked Christmas tree, and a less rowdy crowd taking photos together.

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I was getting total Elf vibes as I explored the the incredibly decorated department store, filled with holly, garland, and of course– candy!

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The store halls filled up with the beautiful sound of the Jazz band downstairs, who seemed to put a smile on every shoppers face as they passed by.

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The displays kept up with quite the Canadian theme, with features like Canadian geese (which were also showcased in the windows), red moose, and what looked like a projected picture show of a large Canadian moose trekking through the snow.

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img_4969The outdoor displays shared the common Canuck theme with their “Enchanted Forest” windows, showcasing animated forest creatures playing in the snow.
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It was a very festive and entertaining evening with Mariah Carey and Hudson’s Bay Fifth Avenue + Saks Fifth Avenue! We’re you able to see the event?

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2016 Santa Claus Parades in Canada

Each year there is a debate about how soon is too soon to celebrate Christmas, but it is hard to argue once  the Santa Claus parade begins!

Wikipedia says “The Christmas parade is a direct descendant of late Medieval and Renaissance revivals of Roman Triumphs“, but over the past few centuries the Santa Claus parade has become a wonderful annual tradition for young and old. We line the streets in small towns and big cities to collect candy, wave at festive characters on themed floats, and catch a glimpse of the big man!

Santa Claus is coming to (your) town! We have compiled a list of 2016 Santa Claus parades across Canada so you can mark your calendars! Don’t see your local parade listed? Give us a shout at @retrofestive and we’ll add it!

Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 5pm

Oakville Santa Claus Parade – Oakville, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 9am

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Oakville Santa Claus Parade 2014

 

Santa Claus Parade Day – Banff, Alberta
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 10am

The 47th Annual Help Santa Toy Parade – Ottawa, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 11am

The Défilé du Père Noël – Montreal, Quebec
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 11am

Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade – Niagara Falls, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 11am

9th Annual Ingersoll Rotary Christmas Parade – Ingersoll, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 11am

Kiwanis Santa Claus Parade – Tillsonburg, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 2pm

Welland Santa Claus Parade – Welland, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 4pm

Hamilton Santa Claus Parade – Hamilton, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 4:30pm

The Brampton Board of Trade Santa Claus Parade – Brampton, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 5pm

Santa’s Parade of Lights – Edmonton, Alberta
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 5pm

Brandon Santa Parade – Brandon, Manitoba
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 6pm

The 64th Annual Santa John Santa Claus Parade – Saint John, New Brunswick
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 6pm

The Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights – Halifax, Nova Scotia
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 6pm

Woodstock Santa Claus Parade – Woodstock, Ontario
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 6pm

The 112th Annual Toronto Santa Claus Parade – Toronto, Ontario
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 12:30pm

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Toronto Santa Claus Parade in the early 1900s

The 26th Annual Saskatoon Santa Claus Parade – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 1pm

The 31st Annual Santa’s Parade – Regina, Saskatchewan
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 1pm

The 35th Annual Consecon Santa Claus Parade – Consecon, Ontario
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 1pm

Milton Santa Claus Parade – Milton, Ontario
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 1:30pm

Belleville Nighttime Santa Claus Parade – Belleville, Ontario
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 4:30pm

Barrhaven Santa Claus Parade – Nepean, Ontario
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 5:30pm

Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade – Fredericton, New Brunswick
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 5pm

The Original Night-Time Santa Claus Parade – Bloomfield, Ontario
Friday, November 25, 2016 at 6:30pm

The Charlottetown Christmas Parade – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 5pm

Island Farms Santa’s Light Parade – Victoria, British Columbia
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 5:45pm

Santa Claus Parade – Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 6pm

Santa’s Parade of Lights – Ottawa, Ontario
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 6pm

The 18th Annual Kennebecasis Valley Santa Claus Parade -Quispamsis, New Brunswick
Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 6pm

The Downtown Christmas Parade – St John’s, Newfoundland
Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 12pm

Picton’s Santa Claus Parade – Picton, Ontario
Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 1pm

The 30th Annual Santa Claus Parade – High River, Alberta
Friday, December 2, 2016 at 6:30pm

Winterval Santa Claus Parade – Whitehorse, Yukon
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 12:30pm

Whitehorse Santa Claus Parade
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Santa Claus Parade – Airdrie, Alberta
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 5pm

Kinsmen 5th Annual Santa Claus Parade – Corner Brook, Newfoundland
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 5pm

Santa Claus Parade and Lights of Christmas – Fort McMurray, Alberta
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 5:30pm

Port Colborne’s Annual Lighted Santa Claus Parade – Port Colborne, Ontario
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 6:30pm

The 13th Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade – Vancouver, British Columbia
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 12pm

The 51st annual Santa Claus Parade – Burlington, Ontario
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 2pm

He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice / Santa Claus is coming to town! 

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