Santa Claus is coming to town…

Yup, last week he rode in with the Annual Santa Claus parade. You know what that means, don’t you? Christmas is just 6 weeks away. There are only 39 shopping days left to get stuff to fill your stockings with. No wait, that’s Santa’s job. Well, your sweetheart will still be expecting a little something underneath the tree, so start making your list! Don’t worry though. Your good friend Jim has some suggestions for where to get the best gifts for this holiday season, so that your mistletoe doesn’t go to waste.


If you have kids on your list, you aren’t going to want to miss the Annual Samko & Miko Toy Sale. The sale is being held at the Progress Building in the Western Fair District (900 King St), starts tomorrow and runs through til Wednesday November 21, 2012. Hours are;

Fri Nov. 16 – 8 am – 8 pm
Sat Nov. 17 – 10 am – 8 pm
Sun Nov. 18 – 10 am – 5 pm
Mon Nov. 19 – 10 am – 5 pm
Tue Nov. 20 – 10 am – 5 pm
Wed Nov. 21 – 10 am – 5 pm

That should give you plenty of time to pick a few books, toys, art supplies and more! You want a rubik’s cube? They have them. How about a trampoline? A doorcrasher item. You’ll find Barbie, Thomas the Tank, Crayola, Mattel, Fisher Price, Little Tikes, Disney, Baby Einstein, First Book and thousands more items. Wear comfortable shoes, as you will be walking out with plenty of deals. Just try not to fight with the other parents out scooping up the savings.

Sculpture Culture: Indie Toy Show & Sale

Whew! If you made it out with your credit card intact, how about checking out a show and sale that is a little more original? You haven’t been to a show like this before, as this is the first year ever for the Sculpture Culture: Indie Toy Show and Sale.  This unique event will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 11 am to 4 pm at Über Cool Stuff, at 123 Carling St. This one-of-a-kind show will feature “talented artists and creators from across Ontario, Sculpture Culture will give you an inside look at the work that goes into these hand-cast, hand finished art toys. They’ll be debuting some new creations and demonstrating some of the steps involved in bringing a new toy to life.” Doesn’t that sound too good to miss? Bet you might bump into a D&D fan or two there.

If you were thinking of something a little more traditional for your Mom, girlfriend, wife, Dad, husband, secretary, or neighbour, then there are plenty of good, old-fashioned craft shows around town this weekend too. Here are just a few of them;


  • A Traditional Enchanted Christmas Market – Western Fair Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market (900 King St); Saturdays from November 10th – December 22nd, 8 am – 3 pm, check website for many special events
  • Deck the Halls: A Unique Christmas Shopping EventLondon Christian Academy (85 Charles St); Friday, November 16th 3-8 pm & Saturday, November 17th, 10 am – 4 pm
  • Christmas Shopping Market for Autism Ontario – Knollwood Park Public School (70 Gammage St); Saturday November 17th, 10 am – 4 pm, Proceeds to Autism Ontario Summer Camp Subsidy fund
  • Craft Market – Church of the Ascension (2060 Dundas St E); Saturday November 17th, 10 am -2 pm
  • The Enchanted Art Show and Sale – Elsie Perrin Williams Estate (101 Windermere Rd W); Sunday, November 18th, 10:30 am – 5 pm
  • 5th Annual Craft and Gift Show – North Middlesex Community Centre (224 McLeod St, Parkhill); Sunday, November 18th, 10 am -3 pm
  • Winter Wonderland SaleWellspring in the YMCA Atrium (382 Waterloo St); Monday, November 19th, 8 am – 8 pm, Proceeds to Support Wellspring London Cancer Support Centre

Psst, Don’t forget to pick up something special for your favourite Real Estate Agent while you’re shopping!