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To kick off the holiday season, Riverside establishments will be opening their doors and inviting everyone for meet and greets and special happenings on November 30th!

Fun and festive happenings will take place throughout the day along Riverside’s Queen Street east from the DVP to Empire Ave, culminating in the Light Up Riverside tree lighting and cheer event (5-7pm, 791 Queen E).

Here are some of the special happenings in store – keep checking back – we’re adding more daily to this live blog as we count down the days!

This year you can take part in our Riverside Shop the Neighbourhood Scavenger Hunt – pick up a flyer at any participating location and visit them – then come get your free Riverside shopping tote at 791 Queen St East!

Saturday is also the first day of the Riverside Window Wonderland Contest! Start snapping & sharing your pics on Instagram with #riversideto #windowwonderland for a chance to win some holiday shopping $$.

SWITCHBACK CYCLERY, 651 Queen St E, 12-6pm: Pop by Switchback Cyclery for some holiday treats and shopping, including
* 40% off all helmets
* 25% off pannier bags
* 20% + off all 2019 bikes (plus free winter storage valued at $75)
* 25% off Holiday Greeting Cards

QUINCE FLOWERS, 660 Queen St E, 12-6pm: Purchase a $100 Floral gift card for just $80 (offer on until December 6).

CRY IF I WANT TO,  696 Queen St E (2nd Fl Suite C), 12-6966pm: Shop Cry If I Want To’s greeting card and gift packaging clearance sale while enjoying complimentary warm drinks and treats – find them on the 2nd floor at 696 Queen St E!

EASTBOUND BREWING CO, 700 Queen St E, 12pm-6pm: Check out the seasonal things on offer at Eastbound:

  • Ever had an espresso in your IPA? Eastbound will be partnering with local roasters, Stereo Coffee, to make fresh brewed ‘Espresso Cloud IPAs’.
  • Eastbound x Sawdust City Christmas beer collaboration will also be released this weekend – limited pre-packaged gift baskets for Shop The Neighbourhood!

BRICKWORKS CIDERHOUSE, 709 Queen St E, 10:30am-1am: Purchase a $100 gift card and receive a $50 gift card for yourself! Offer ends Dec 15.

TERTULIA, 711 Queen Streat E, 12-6pm: T777ry samples from Tertulia’s Limited Release Liquor infused coffee beans carefully selected and aged in Oak Barrels.

RUBY WATCHCO, 730 Queen St E, 12-5pm: Ruby Watchco is having a special open house including jewelry showcase with local artisan Leslie Paul Designs. They will also have cookbooks signed by Chef Lynne Crawford and gift certificates available for sale along with some mulled wine for the sippin’. Join them 12-5pm!

DIMENSIONS CUSTOM FRAMING & GALLERY, 732 Queen St E, 12-6pm: Enjoy holiday treats and a draw to win one of three $100 gift cards toward custom framing. No purchase necessary, just pop by and fill out a ballot!

JOHN HOOD STUDIO, 756 Queen Street East, 2-8PM: Meet local artist John Hood at his Annual Holiday Open House and get a tour of his studio which offers oil painting classes. Enjoy complimentary holiday cheer/ refreshments!

COMMON SORT, 760 Queen E, 11am-7pm: Sip on hot mulled apple cider while you shop the best in second-hand vintage fashion (p.s. Check out their free styling service here.)

TOKEN, 777 Queen Street E, 11am-7pm: Enjoy complimentary treats while you shop unique local gifts!

ARTS MARKET, 790 Queen Street East, 12-6pm: Get some holiday shopping checked off of your list! Come by our Riverside location to enjoy shopping from local artisans with free gift wrapping available for Arts Market purchases! Join our mailing list for a chance to win a gift basket that’s chock-full of goodies from local vendors!

TABULE MIDDLE EASTERN CUISINE, 810 Queen St E: Purchase a $50 Tabule gift card for only $40! Offer available until December 6th.

SAULTER STREET BREWERY, 1-31 Saulter Street, GIFT BASKETS are available $25 and $50. Each basket also includes a taproom gift certificate for two 12 oz beers of your choice on us! A little token of appreciation.

Join us to Light Up Riverside from 5pm-7pm in the Mustard Seed Courtyard, Fontbonne Ministries!

Come for a FUN evening – everyone is welcome! From 5 – 7pm, there will be warm refreshments from local businesses including apple pies from Brickworks Ciderhouse, chicken noodle soup from Opera House Grill served with bread from Blackbird Baking Co, Irish tea from Saulter Street Brewery, special liquor-infused coffee samples from Tertulia for the adults and more!

For the KIDS: holiday crafts and the opportunity to meet and get treats from SANTA and our co-sponsors Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP and Dianna Kennedy of RE/MAX Hallmark. Not to mention our magical light display

The evening will also feature performances by the Toronto Beaches Children’s & Youth Chorus (TBCYC)! The TBCYC “aims to promote the love of singing and the joy of drama in children and youth, committed to pursuing the highest standards both chorally and dramatically in an inclusive, supportive, and welcoming community.” Learn more about them and then come see them live at Light Up Riverside!

The event is free to the public, however, donations are being welcomed in support of Mustard Seed, Fontbonne Ministries – and our co-sponsor Dianna Kennedy will be holding a prize draw to help spread the good cheer!

It’s all happening in Fontbonne Ministries’ Mustard Seed Courtyard conveniently located at 791 Queen St E.

A BIG thank you to our 2019 Light Up Riverside co-sponsors, Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP and Dianna Kennedy RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd, and to Fontbonne Ministries for hosting again in the Mustard Seed Courtyard.

After your Light Up Riverside experience, also check out:

SAULTER STREET BREWERY, 1-31 Saulter Street, 7pm – 9pm: Check out the Light Up Riverside After Party at Saulter Street Brewery for complimentary samples and cheer!

EAST END HOLIDAY MARKET at Ralph Thornton Community Centre, 765 Queen St E, 5-9pm: Shopping for your dear ones? Join us for some local shopping, vegan food, music and good vibes. Pick up a handmade gift, enjoy some holiday treats and hot chocolate and meet your local artist.

Don’t forget, our Window Wonderland Contest starts Nov 30th! Snap & Share your fave decorated windows using #RiversideTO

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