The Yorkville area is getting set to ring in the season with the advent of its annual Holiday Magic event.
The annual celebration sees Yorkville turned into a winter wonderland in time for the holidays, with stores in the area festooning their front windows with festive displays and the Village of Yorkville Park lit up to celebrate the season.
Bloor-Yorkville BIA chair Briar de Lange said this year’s celebrations will once again help ring in the season and help bring an added touch of holiday spirit to the Bloor-Yorkville area.
“We have many stores that do their windows up to the nines and the gardens around here are done up a lot,” she said. “We’ll have our annual winter tree at Yonge and Bloor and wreaths and hanging baskets throughout the area.”
While Bloor-Yorkville is always a popular shopping destination, de Lange believes the nearness of the holidays and the stunning displays in stores and in the community as a whole brings out even more shoppers than usual to enjoy the area.
“I think once people get out here, they may stay a little longer because it looks so nice,” she said.
Holiday Magic does not officially begin until Saturday, Nov. 17, when popular vocalist Matt Dusk will kick off the season with a concert in the Village of Yorkville Park, but many of the stores are already getting into the holiday swing by setting up window displays.
“Our biggest festival is always the official lighting ceremony in the park and this year’s highlight is obviously having Matt Dusk coming to put on a show,” de Lange said. “Midway through his performance, he’ll hit the switch and turn the lights on.”
That event, which will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, will also include cookies and hot apple cider from Whole Foods.
The Bloor-Yorkville BIA will also be taking donations at the ceremony, with any money donated going to the Sick Kids Foundation to help ensure kids who are at the Hospital for Sick Children over the holiday season receive toys, games and other goodies.
While most of the Holiday Magic celebration stays true to tradition, this year will be without one always-popular event. The annual Santa Speedo Run, which saw a number of brave souls taking a fundraising jog through the area clad in Speedo bathing suits, is taking a hiatus for this year, at least.
“It’s too bad, because that’s always fun, but I think the organizer just had too much on his plate this year,” de Lange said. “Hopefully, we’ll get that back next year.”
Holiday Magic will see the area lit up and decorated in true holiday style through the end of December.