GLOBAL: The Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos is offering a slew of festive events and activities this holiday season, including a Christmas Eve bonfire where guests can watch the sun set over Grace Bay Beach while enjoying s’mores. And on Christmas Day, hotel guests are invited to gather for a traditional Christmas Day buffet feast complete with Caribbean charms and live entertainment. There are two seatings on Dec. 25—at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.—and bookings are required in advance. The Ritz will also offer New Year’s Eve specials, including a five-course menu at the on-site BLT Steak, helmed by chef de cuisine Luis Duarte; a four-course Italian menu at the hotel’s Italian restaurant, Casa Nonna; and a themed gala dinner courtesy of the property’s culinary team, complemented by musical entertainment and champagne to toast at midnight. Want to host your own holiday event? The Ritz-Carlton Turks & Caicos boasts 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.
CALGARY: Calgary is gearing up to welcome eatery OLEA on Nov. 21. The concept is inspired by the Mediterranean and Western Europe, and the menu—helmed by award-winning chef Ryan Blackwell—will focus on house-made pastas and pizzas. There will also be an in-house sommelier, Amane Kanai, who has put together a robust wine list. Decor will be bright and airy, with rattan lighting, light wood-topped tables, an open kitchen, and a west-facing patio with retractable doors to make an indoor-outdoor space in the warmer months. OLEA will be open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
TORONTO: The Toronto Zoo is hosting a Remembrance Day ceremony for the 37th year on Nov. 11. Beginning at 10:55 a.m., veterans and the general public are invited to join in remembering Canadians’ wartime sacrifices with a ceremony and a 50% discount on zoo admissions that day. The ceremony will take place at the Waterside Theatre, and the Toronto Zoo is offering free admission to serving members in uniform of the armed forces, police, fire, and paramedic services.
VANCOUVER: The 10th annual Bear Creek Lights is taking place now through Nov. 18 (it’s closed on Nov. 11) at Bear Creek Park in Surrey. Here, guests will stroll through a one-kilometer trail where trees will be illuminated with thousands of lights. The event is designed to showcase nature and all its beauty, and admission is free. Food trucks will be available along the walking path on select nights; visit the City of Surrey’s website for more information.
A Vancouver tradition for nearly 50 years, the Circle Craft Christmas Market is returning to the Vancouver Convention Centre Nov. 9-13. Attendees can expect more than 250 local artisans on-site, including clothing designers, potters, jewelers, soap-makers, as well as metalworkers and woodworkers. The vendors are jury-selected based on talent and diversity, and there were 65 new creators selected to participate this year. Visitors will also be able to visit a “Budding Artists” area to meet emerging talent. Tickets are available on the Circle Craft Christmas Market’s website and are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and children aged 13-17.
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