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The Frost Fair plus Food-filled Fun at Fort York

Fun | Written on December 1, 2016

It’s officially here! Yes folks, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! The decorations, the holiday shopping and seasonal treats, the snowy weather and, of course, the fun, themed and very festive holiday events all signal that Christmas is just around the bend. Trees have gone up, annual office parties have been planned and Fort York is abuzz with a frost-filled event and some very delicious activities! It really is the most wonderful time of the year and, with Liberty Village’s prime location we can conveniently take it all in and have a blast in the process!

Photo from Fort York Foundation

Photo from Fort York Foundation

The holiday season at Fort York wouldn’t be complete without the annual Frost Fair. Sorry Santa, our focus won’t be on you on this Saturday; we’ll be thinking about the all the awesomeness happening in our area at Fort York. The Frost Fair returns for another year on Saturday, December 3 and with it comes a day of fun activities and shopping. From 10:00am to 4:00pm, Fort York invites visitors to spend the day walking through their incredible historic buildings where vendors will be onsite with a variety of unique items for sale. With this large selection of items that are inspired by our city’s history, the Frost Fair will offer an opportunity for you to take home a piece of Toronto’s history. We can’t think of a better gift than that.

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In addition to shopping for cool items, the Fort York Frost Fair will also be a family-friendly event with a range of activities that kids can enjoy, including a children’s drill workshop. Kids can leave their electronic devices at home and spend the day exploring Fort York and learning about our city’s history through demonstrations, tours and more. For the adults who will be heading to the Frost Fair, there’ll be plenty throughout the day to interest and entertain you. From the Culinary Historians of Canada presentation to the onsite military exercises, there will be lots of fascinating things taking place at the Frost Fair that you won’t experience elsewhere in our city. And to top off a day of great experiences, you’ll also be able to print a souvenir on the Mackenzie House 1845 proof press. A present-day memento that’s from the past. How cool is that!

The price of admission to the one-day Frost Fair at Fort York is: $9.00 for adults, $5.50 for seniors (65 and older), $5.50 for youths (13-18 years old), $4.25 for children (6–12 years old) and free for children who are 5 and younger. For more information about Fort York or the Frost Fair, visit their website.

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From one great holiday event to another! A few weeks after the fun-filled Frost Fair, Fort York will be hosting a series of cooking classes just for kids! From Tuesday, December 27 to Saturday, December 31, kids are invited to enjoy a Gingerbread Make and Bake. Yup, you had us at “gingerbread”! Tour the Fort York grounds while your kids get a joint history and cooking lesson in the Fort York’s Officers’ Mess Kitchen. Kids will use 19th century kitchen tools to make delicious gingerbread cookies (that we suspect they won’t want to share). Not only will they be working in a historical kitchen and using tools from the 1800’s but they’ll also be using a recipe that is a few centuries old! But age really is just a number, in particular when you’re talking about delicious food! The main ingredients in these yummy gingerbread cookies are: flour, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, sugar, nutmeg, and of course, ginger!

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There will be two workshops each day from December 27 to December 31, beginning at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Workshops are open to kids who are 4 and older and there is a limit of 15 kids for each workshop. Plus, there are no extra entrance fees for this event! The Gingerbread Make and Bake series is included with the price of regular admission (which is free for kids who are 4 and 5 years old, $4.25 for kids up to 12 years old, $5.50 for youths and seniors and $9.00 for adults). There is every reason to treat your kids to this yummy activity, not the least of which is that they’ll be able to bring home samples for you to enjoy, or at least we hope they’ll have a few extras that they’re willing to share with you! For more information about the Gingerbread Make and Bake, you can visit the Fort York event page.

There are lots of great holiday events happening in our area this season but few that combine entertainment, excitement and education quite like the events at Fort York. The Fort York Frost Fair and the Gingerbread Make and Bake are definitely worth the trip!



Written by L. D. Moore