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Holiday Events

The Ultimate Hostess Gift Guide

Christmas party season can be stressful – especially when you are hosting the party! If someone has been so kind to invite you into their home during the holiday season, be sure to thank them with a thoughtful gift. That is why we have put together the Ultimate Hostess Gift Guide to help show your appreciation.

Christmas Cocktail Balls

Hostess Gift Guide

Shake, rattle, and roll with colourful Cocktail Balls! These cool spherical sippers give master mixologists an excuse to go balls to the wall with their signature cocktails. How could we not include these in our hostess gift guide? Cocktail Balls resemble Christmas tree baubles that come in various colours will add a pop to Christmas cocktail parties!

Elf’s Four Main Food Groups

Elf's Four Main Food Groups

This candy container is so fun and colourful, you’ll want to grab one for every Elf on your list! An Elf’s Four Main Food Groups – exclusive to RetroFestive – is a deluxe 2 lb. candy kit containing everything a Christmas Elf needs to survive life outside the North Pole! It is a perfect sweet snack set for any party!

Christmas Tea Towel

Christmas tea towel

A festive tea towel will help a hostess clean up any mess that come with the holidays. This green, white and red tea towel says “CALORIES DON’T COUNT ON CHRISTMAS” and we agree! This makes a festive and practical gift.

Quebec Maple Syrup Candle

Hostess Gift Guide

Speaking of calories, your hostess can enjoy this maple scented treat all year round – because it has no calories! This Quebec maple syrup candle with a wooden wick will give the same cozy feeling that you get from the smell of pancakes on a Canadian Christmas morning! These natural candles come in a nostalgic maple syrup tin, and the wooden wick creates a lovely crackling sound.

Fun Flavoured Peanut Brittle

Hostess Gift Guide

This decadent Peanut Brittle is hand-made in small batches by the SweetSmith Candy Company in Alberta, Canada. These fun flavours, including Smoky Bacon, Canadian Maple, and Jalapeno, will be a great conversation starter at holiday parties.

Now go out and be merry! Enjoy visiting with friends and family at all of the holiday parties you are invited too this season, and be thankful for all of the festive fun!


Five Favourites at the Toronto Christmas Market

Now in it’s eighth year, the Toronto Christmas Market has become a treasured annual tradition for Torontonians and visitors from across Ontario and the United States. We have had a booth at the Toronto Christmas Market each year since it began, and have watched this wonderful event grow each year.

The Toronto Christmas Market returns to the Distillery District November 16 – December 23, 2017! Since we have spent so much time there, we thought we should share our favourite things about the Toronto Christmas Market!

The Massive Christmas Tree

Each year Forests Ontario and Ontario Wood find the perfect Christmas tree for the Distillery District. It stands tall and proud over the Market, and becomes the backdrop for millions of selfies on Instagram.

Toronto Christmas Market tree
Toronto Christmas Market Massive Christmas Tree









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Santa Claus is coming to (your) town! We have made a list of the Santa Claus parades in Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon  so you can mark your 2017 calendars!

Don’t see your local parade listed? Give us a shout on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll add it!

Northwest Territories 

Santa Claus Parade – Yellowknife
Favourite Christmas Movie Theme
Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 6pm

Annual Christmas Parade – Fort Simpson
Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 6pm


Annual Santa Claus Parade – Iqaluit
Sunday, December 10, 2017


10th Annual Winterval Santa Parade – Whitehorse
Saturday, December 2, 2017 at