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Santa and Święty Mikołaj Arrive In Style

On Saturday December 4, Santa Claus and Święty Mikołaj were greeted by a large and enthusiastic crowd of children as they arrived on a fire truck from Lansdowne Fire Station.

After arriving at the Polish Credit Union, the Santas were greeted by a children’s choir from the nearby Polish School at St. Casimir’s Church.

The Roncesvalles Village BIA put on a very enjoyable family-friendly show for the neighbourhood, with free popcorn, hot chocolate (courtesy of the Chocolateria), music and chocolate Santas (from European Fine Foods).

Following this, Santa and Święty Mikołaj retired to the High Park Library for the ever-popular free kids’ photo shoot.

The Roncesvalles Village BIA would like to thank everyone who made this a great day on Roncesvalles, including our volunteers and staff, our friends at Toronto Fire Station #426, the Polish Credit Union, Image Professional Photography, Elektra Photography, Sweetpea’s, High Park Library, Let The Good Times Roll DJ, The Chocolateria and Starbucks.


Roncesvalles Will Be Running Over With Chocolate

The Revue Cinema returns with its latest edition of the Epicure Revue with a screening of the wonderful foodie film Chocolat, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp.

rv_chocolateventposter_web.jpgFull details can be found on the Revue Cinema website here.

The Revue has partnered with many Roncesvalles businesses, each of whom will be doing something really special on the day, including:

The Chocolateria (361), offering a post-screening chocolate tasting ($20) and 10% discount on sales.

Fat Cat Wine Bar (331), offering a special chocolate fondue and chocolate drinks for 2 ($30)

Blue Plate (392), offering a chocolate-infused four course pre-film dinner ($30, reservations recommended)

The Dizzy Gastro Sports Pub (305), offering an all day game dish with chocolate mole sauce.

Lardon (390), offering a Chocolat-inspired wine tasting. The post-screening session is sold out, but a second tasting is set for Tuesday December 14 ($25).

The Mercantile (297), offering a pre-show free chocolate sampling from 5:00 on.

Alternative Grounds (333), offering Queen “E” Espresso Chocolate Clusters. Bring your Chocolat theatre program for a 10% discount.

Lit Espresso Bar (221), offering a week-long discount on a Caffé Mocha, from Dec. 15 to 22.

Mabel’s Bakery (323), offering their famous Triple Chocolate Brownie for under $3!

The Old Country Gift Shop (355) offering a wide range of traditional German chocolates and marzipan treats.

Sweet Thrills (399), offering a wide selection of British chocolate treats.

Another Story Bookshop (315), offering a 10% discount on select chocolate-themed books. Show your ticket stub or program for a discount on Chocolate Wars, Chocolat, the book that inspired the movie, other other select titles.

Shine A Light On Roncy!

Join us for a free screening of the Hollywood holiday classic Babes In Toyland, starring Laurel and Hardy with a cameo by Shirley Temple at the Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles) at 2:00.

shinealight.jpgAfter the movie, join us at 4:00 at the High Park Baptist Church (just up the street at Hewitt Ave.) for a lantern-making workshop, followed by a candlelight walk all over Roncesvalles Avenue. Merchants will be providing treats and warm-up spots all over the street, and we’re also having a contest for the best-decorated shop window on Roncesvalles.

Participating businesses include: the Revue, Phila Optical, Mabel’s Bakery, Another Story Bookshop, The Chocolateria, Seventh Sister Bakery, Sweetpea’s and more!

Santa and the Grinch at the Revue!

Our annual festivities continue at the Revue with a free kids’ photo shoot with Santa Claus at the Revue Cinema on Saturday morning. See yourself on the big screen with Santa!

Afterwards, at 2:00 p.m., you’re all invited to a free screening of “The Grinch” (starring Jim Carrey), sponsored by the Roncesvalles Village BIA.grinch.jpg

Enjoy, and continue to shop Roncesvalles this holiday season.