Christmas is a feast for the senses. There is the smell of fresh-cut Christmas trees, the visions of sugar plums and other lit-up Christmas Decor items, the sound of carollers merrily singing Christmas carols to all and sundry, the warm touch of hugs from family and long-lost friends home for the holidays and of course the taste of all the goodies on offer everyone one goes this time of year.  It’s no wonder that it is such a wonderful time of year. Here are a few ways that you can fill your senses around London, Ontario this weekend.


“Miracle on 34th Street” at the Grand

Set your toes to tapping and your eyes to the stage at the Grand Theatre, as “Miracle on 34th Street” warms your heart and soul. This beloved holiday classic, come musical, is on now through to December 30th, 2012 with tickets starting at $31.64 for children, up to $75.71 for premium seats for adults. For those unfamiliar with the story, it is a heart-warming tale of a department store Santa whom is claiming to be the real deal. Will his Christmas miracle convince the hardened cynics among us? You have to watch it to see! Perfect for the whole family.


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Enjoy Handel’s Messiah at St Peter’s Basilica or Centennial Hall this Weekend

It just isn’t Christmas without the sounds of Christmas carols though. How about a little Messiah from Handel to bring joy to your world this Christmas? If that sounds just right to you, then you are in luck, because you can listen to these traditional tunes both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. On Saturday, December 8th at 7:30 pm listen up to Fanshawe Chorus London and the Concert Players Orchestra at Centennial Hall. For a slightly different interpretation, on Sunday at 3 pm the Gerald Fagan Singers will be accompanied by the Concert Players Orchestra to play Messiah at St Peter’s Basilica. Both concerts are $30 for adults and $15 for students.


A Christmas to Remember

If it’s the taste and smell of Christmas that you are looking for, then perhaps you should stop in to A Christmas to Remember; a spectacular Christmas-themed cooking class by Chef David Rosen. Loosen your belt and come hungry, as chef Rosen creates a 4-course meal, including wine, made with fresh, local ingredients. The class will be held tonight, December 6th from 6:30-9:30 pm, at 3537 White Oak Rd at GCW Kitchens. You even get a Christmas bag to take home with you! Yum, let’s eat!


What about that touch of Christmas that makes our hearts swell? How about rolling up your sleeves and helping out the London Food Bank this Christmas. You may have seen the food hampers at the front of area grocery stores, and hopefully have donated an item or two. Have you ever thought about physically helping out during this very busy season though? It costs you nothing but time, but it helps out area families that are in need. You can sort donated items, assemble hampers of food for clients, harvest fresh fruits and vegetables from area farms for the food bank, or volunteer at one of the booths at area farmers markets. Plus, there are special events year round that help to raise donations for the food bank. In fact, you can start by going to the London Music Club on Friday, December 7th at 8pm for the 5th Annual Foodbank Fundraiser with Mark Henning and friends.


There, now don’t you feel more festive already?