The Gardiner Museum offers fun for the whole family this holiday season
TORONTO (October 4, 2012) – The Twelve Trees of Christmas gala on November 15, 2012 is the unofficial kick off to the holiday season in Toronto. Presented by Bruce Etherington & Associates and London Life, the spectacular trees unveiled at the gala will be exhibited at the Museum from November 17 – December 9, 2012. Each tree has been decorated by one of Toronto’s top designers including: Hilary Farr, of W Network’s Love it or List it; Michelle Mawby, resident design expert for the Marilyn Denis Show; and Samantha Pynn, host and principal designer of Summer Home on HGTV Canada, as well as contributing design editor for Chatelaine Magazine and a columnist for the National Post.
This year’s Christmas tree theme is “A Child’s Christmas…” celebrating Christmas traditions and festivals of light from all around the world. To kick of this yearly Toronto tradition, the Museum will hold its annual Twelve Trees of Christmas Gala on November 15. Experience a night of glitz and glamour and enjoy a signature winter themed menu created by Chef Jamie Kennedy.
The Gardiner is proud to partner with CTV’s Toy Mountain campaign. Gala guests and visitors during the Twelve Trees exhibition are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy and place it under the special Toy Mountain tree “It’s a Toy World After All.”
This annual exhibition entertains and engages thousands of children and families. After being exhibited at the Gardiner, the trees go to charities, chosen by the generous individuals and corporations who purchased them, to help spread the spirit of the season throughout Toronto.
In addition, guests visiting the Gardiner Café between November 17 and December 9 will enjoy a festive and delicious holiday fare prepared by renowned Chef Jamie Kennedy, in his fully transformed, full service POP Up Restaurant. As reservations are recommended, please call (416) 408-0188 to save your space.
For more information, or to purchase tickets for the gala, visit: www.gardinermuseum.com/12trees
ADDITIONAL SPECIAL HOLIDAY PROGRAMS:
TWELVE TREES OF CHRISTMAS FAMILY DAY
On Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 1 – 4 p.m., bring the kids for paper crafts, cookie decorating, hands-on clay activities and more! Free with Admission.
SANTA CLAUS PARADE DAY BRUNCH
On Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., come see Chef Jamie Kennedy as he presents his annual Santa Claus Parade Day Brunch in the spectacular Terrace Room, the best spot in town to see the Santa Claus Parade! Bring the whole family for this annual event, but hurry – reserve your spot now before it’s too late! Call (416) 362-1957 x102 for reservations.
ABOUT THE GARDINER MUSEUM
The Gardiner Museum connects people, art and ideas by offering an intimate look at one of the world’s oldest and most universal art forms - ceramics. The Museum’s collections span continents and time, giving a glimpse into the development of ceramic processes, decoration and form. Year-round, the Museum mounts special exhibitions, events, lectures and clay classes to complement its permanent collection.
The Museum also features a casual café that serves delicious fare prepared by Jamie Kennedy Kitchens, and the Gardiner Shop, which specializes in artist-designed, artist-made merchandise. More information about the museum and its exhibitions can be found online at www.gardinermuseum.com. Members of the media can register to access the Gardiner Museum’s online media room (www.gardinermuseum.com/news-and-media) where they may download images and additional media materials.
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