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        Holiday Baking for Youth

        Tuesday, December 10, 2019

        4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

        Location: Aaniin Community Centre
        5665 14th Avenue  map

        Looking for new and experienced youth bakers. Come make cookies and holiday treats to enjoy and take home. In this 2 hour workshop participants will learn baking tips, tricks, and fundamentals. They will have a chance to make and decorate cookies and delicious sugary treats.

        Free event for youth ages 12-16. 

        Space is limited.

        Click here to register.

        *Allergy Alert – We request that you inform us, at the time of registration, of any dietary restrictions or allergies. Although we make every effort to accommodate guests with allergies, we cannot guarantee that there will be no cross contamination or that we can meet every request.

        Markham Annual Toy Drive

        The Markham Fire and Emergency Services are hosting the 33rd Annual Toy Drive in support of the Salvation Army and Markham Stouffville Hospital Children's Centre. 

        New unwrapped toys, mitts, hats, gift cards, diapers, baby formula, may be dropped off at any of Markham Fire Stations until December 19.

        Click here for a map showing the locations of Fire Stations in Markham.

        For more information contact

        Evergreen Centrepiece Workshop

        Wednesday, December 11, 2019
        or Wednesday, December 18, 2019

        1 or 7 p.m.

        A classic workshop! Make a long-lasting evergreen arrangement embellished with holiday decor. The vessel, greens and trimmings are included.

        $45 plus tax

        Click here for December 11 workshop at 1 p.m.

        Click here for December 11 workshop at 7 p.m.

        Click here for December 18 workshop at 1 p.m.

        Click here for December 18 workshop at 7 p.m. 


        Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 8 p.m.

        Location: FLATO Markham Theatre
        171 Town Centre Blvd.  map

        Countermeasure is the fresh face of Canadian a cappella, known for their upbeat sound, sophisticated harmonies, and infectious energy. Hailing from Toronto, Countermeasure’s 14-member group puts ears to the test with their sophisticated harmonies and evolved arrangements. Led by award-winning composer/arranger Aaron Jensen, and featuring some of Canada’s top young vocal talent, Countermeasure delivers a magical and memorable musical experience that has earned the group critical and public acclaim. From Bjork to the Beatles, from revamped jazz standards to contemporary choral originals, Countermeasure celebrates a songbook that defies genre and challenges expectations.

        "Insanely talented, awesome and dynamic, infectious." — Skylar Astin, star of the Pitch Perfect movies

        Ticket Prices: Prime $60, Regular $50, YouthTix $15

        Tickets available online at or through the Box Office (905-305-7469)

        Downtown Abbey Tea Party

        Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 2 p.m.

        Location: Kate's Garden
         227 Main Street Markham North  map

        Our annual "proper" Holiday Tea has a Highclere theme and is catered by Appetizers & More. It includes a Holiday Plants and Flowers demo. Athena from "In Good Company" will be offering etiquette lessons. You will also make a beautiful cloved Orange Beribboned Pomander. Very posh, indeed.

        $40 plus tax

        Click here to register.

        John McDermott
        John McDermott Family Christmas 
        with Special Guest Dala

        Friday, December 13, 2019 at 8 p.m.

        Location: FLATO Markham Theatre
        171 Town Centre Blvd. map

        Since the beginning of his musical career, John McDermott has recorded more than 25 albums, including three platinum, one double platinum and one triple platinum. This Christmas, John brings along JUNO nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of the Dala Girls. Darlings of the Canadian music scene, the Dala Girls write and sing in lush harmonies best described as angelic. As is John’s tradition, he and his family of friends promise a captivating performance filled with songs from an illustrious career alongside traditional Christmas favourites.

        "It's not really Christmas until McDermott sings." — Toronto Star

        Ticket Prices: Prime $75, Regular $65, YouthTix $15

        Tickets available online at or through the Box Office (905-305-7469)

        Kids Night Out
        Kids Night Out

        Friday, December 13, 2019, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
        or Friday, December 20, 2019, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

        Location: Crafty Pots Markham
        126 Main Street Markham North  map

        Drop the kids off at Crafty Pots for three hours of supervised fun and go shopping! This time the kids can choose anything priced at $32 or below in the studio, and make some wonderful presents! If you let them choose items above that price, you just pay the difference.

        The kids will do painting, eat pizza and have fun. The kids are fully supervised in our separate party room for the duration of the event and the cost is $30 per participant plus tax.

        Even for the December 20 event we guarantee that the items will be ready for pickup on December 24, ready to go under the tree!

        Sign up in advance is necessary as space is limited. 

        To sign up please call 905-477-0002

        Wu Lin Feng (WLF) Kickboxing Team Challenge: 
        Team Canada vs Team China

        Saturday, December 14, 2019

        Venue: Markham Pan Am Cente
                        16 Main Street Unionville  map

        Event Organizer: Xinflix Media

        Canada Sports Culture Industry Group (CSCIG) will host the East vs. West Live Battle on December 14, 2019 at Markham Pan Am Centre. Xinflix Media will be presenting the Wu Lin Feng Kickboxing Team Challenge: Team Canada vs. Team China. Bouts will take place in both the men’s and women’s division in this kickboxing event. Top martial arts and kickboxing masters will be representing Canada to rival China’s prizefighters.

        The event will be available on livestream for fans worldwide. The audiences in Canada and China and over billions of WLF fans worldwide will experience a heart-shaking storm of combat.

        For more information, visit

        Holiday Art Show
        Holiday Art Show

        November 22, 2019 - January 5, 2020

        Location: Winged Canvas
         185 Bullock Drive #1 Markham map
        This gift-giving season, support artists and shop local! Our annual Holiday Art Show features an array of work by York Region and GTA-based artists and makers. This salon-style exhibit brings together a variety of styles, including landscapes, illustration, abstracts and more. There’s something for everyone at this show.

        Give the art lover in your life a unique and personal gift, or treat yourself (we know you’ve earned it!)  

        Free to attend.

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        Table Tennis – Drop in

        Age: Any

        every Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
         until December 20, 2019

        10:00 a.m. to 1:00 .p.m.

        Location: Cornerstone Christian Community Centre
        9680 Ninth Line map

        Fee: Free

        Bring a friend and enjoy this recreational sport. 

        Meet others in your neighbourhood that share the same passion for the game!

        A Very Varley Open House and Winter Concert

        Thursday, December 12, 2019 

         6 – 8 p.m. 

        Location: Varley Art Gallery of Markham
        216 Main Street Unionville map

        Free with registration

        A free open house to share holiday cheer at the Varley Art Gallery. Join us for music, food and fun!

        Make your own giftwrap and enjoy mingling with friends over apple cider, and holiday treats. 

        Register for a special concert with community pianist Standford Cheung.

        ANDATA: An Outward Journey

        ANDATA, meaning “an outward journey” is a musical programme that shapes its landscape through a bounty of textures, moods and ambient themes. Deriving its title from an opening piece inside the Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto’s album “Async,” ANDATA teeters between a world of introspection and fragility, showcasing works from Franck’s monumental Prelude Chorale & Fugue to that of Janá?ek’s wistful sonata No. 1.

        In-gallery performance will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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        The Grunch

        Thursday, December 12, 2019

        6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

        Location: Markham Peoples Community Church
        22 Esna Park Drive  map

        Our Fall Session wraps up with a performance of "The Grunch"! Loaded with catchy music, this is a super fun show for all ages that you don't want to miss!

        Inspired by “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas”, The Grunch tells the story of Rudy Grunch, a grumpy student who always feels like an outsider. When the entire school gets excited about the annual school musical, he comes up with a perfect plan to ruin it for everyone; he’ll steal the sets, costumes and lights the night before it opens. But will the spirit of theatre prevail?

        Tickets are only $10.00! Get in touch to reserve yours!

        THE GRUNCH
        A New Children’s Musical
        Book, Music and Lyrics by Denver Casado and Betina Hershey
        Additional Material by Brian Dawson

        THE GRUNCH is presented through special arrangement with Beat by Beat Press (

        Free Drop In Badminton

        Fridays, September 13 to December 20, 2019

        Age: Any

        10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

        Location: Cornerstone Christian Community Centre
        9680 Ninth Line  map

        Fee: Free

        Bring a friend and enjoy some active recreation. 

         Must bring your own racket and birdies.

        KSO - Redemption

        Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 8 p.m.

        Location: FLATO Markham Theatre
        171 Town Centre Blvd. map

        Inspired by poetry, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending is a velvety portrait of English countryside and melodies of bygone days. Piano prodigy Leonid Nediak takes centre stage with the colourful and jazz-flavoured Piano Concerto No. 4 by Rachmaninoff. Written in tandem to Diaghilev’s Biblical ballet The Prodigal Son, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 4 evokes the scriptural tones of sin and redemption. 

        Kristian Alexander | conductor
        Leonid Nediak | pianist
        Ellie Sievers | violinist

        Michael Berec | host

        7:10 p.m. Prélude (pre-concert recital)
        7:20 p.m. Pre-concert talk 
        Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Leonid Nediak
        Post-concert live jazz with complimentary glass of Champagne 

        R.V. Williams, The Lark ascending 
        Rachmaninoff, Concerto for piano and orchestre No. 4, Op. 40 
        Prokofiev, Symphony No. 4, Op. 47/112

        Breakfast with Santa

        Join us at Unionville Arms Pub & Grill and Jakes On Main Bar and Grille for Breakfast with Santa 

        All tickets are $20 and include your choice of 3 meals as well as juice or coffee.

        All children under 12 receive a small gift/loot bag.

        All tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable to other dates.

        We are also giving participants the option to donate $5 to Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation with their tickets in the spirit of community and giving during the holiday season.

        The following restaurants are participating in the Breakfast with Santa: 

        Jakes Restaurant on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 9 a.m. or 11 a.m.

        Unionville Arms on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 8 a.m. or 10 a.m.

        Click here to purchase tickets.

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        Markham Weather Forecast
        Wind: 21 - 36 km/h west
        Sunrise: 7:40 p.m.  |  Sunset: 4:39 p.m.
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        One standout guest for this year is Kyle Lowry, who will guest for the December 19th show.
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