By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: I will be visiting Toronto and am in the festive mood to attend any holiday celebrations. Can you tell me of any big parties happening in your city?

A: Toronto's holiday season will kick into first gear with the Santa Claus Parade scheduled on Sunday, November 18th. This long-celebrated local tradition sees thousands of spectators lining the downtown streets in preparation to catch a glimpse of Old Saint Nick himself.

From November 30 to December 16, Nathan Phillips Square will host the Toronto Christmas Market. Find holiday decorations, toys, books, traditional foods and more. And if you'd like to see the lighting of the city's official Christmas Tree, head over to Nathan Phillips Square on November 30th. Known as the Calvacade of Lights, the holiday event runs until January 2002.

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