Toronto’s Union station celebrated the grand opening of Union Holiday presented by TD at 11 am Friday, November 29, 2019 and continues until January 4, 2020.
Celebrate the Holidays at the gateway to Toronto. Some of the events happening at Union throughout the season include a Steinway & Sons Spirio piano which performs by itself intermittently throughout each day, Union Beats DJ on ice, a mix of live performances, a Biscotteria in the West wing along with festive holiday decor throughout the grand historic station.
There are also well as a few rotating pop-up stores and a Johnnie Walker Gifting Lounge.
“Union Station, the country’s busiest transit hub, is already a destination for thousands of commuters and visitors to Toronto every day. And now for the holiday season, it becomes a destination for those looking for a bit of winter fun. Union Holiday will activate Front Street with the first ice rink ever created at the front door to our city,” says Mayor John Tory.
The good -sized outdoor skating rink takes centre stage right in front of Union Station with views of the CN Tower and the beautiful Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
There is a cosy pine Best Buy Warming Lounge loaded with the latest technology in case some non-skating family members are looking for something to do or just to keep warm while friends and family are skating. And there is no need to cart your skates there as free skate rentals allow downtown shoppers to be spontaneous. Free lessons are also available for anyone interested in learning.
The skating rink will be open daily (weather permitting) Sunday to Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
And if you need coffee, drinks or sustenance, Union Station now has it all. There are several coffee shops including Starbucks, Tim Hortons and Pilot Coffee Roasters, a diverse number of dining considerations and a couple of bars.
And while you wait for your train you can pick up a gift on your way home from the office, you can shop for gifts at one of Union Station’s many retailers in the Front Street Promenade on the lower level below the Great Hall. Christmas shopping venues include the Peace Collective, and the Cabin, where you can also get and old-school up-scale barber experience.
From December 9 to 24 you can get your gifts wrapped for free at the TD gift-wrapping station in the West Wing. Also, recently open at Union Station is the sought-after and irresistible Danish Pastry House.
“Union continues to evolve and offer unique and creative ways to bring the best of Toronto to the gateway of the city. Whether it’s last minute gift purchases, a meal with your colleagues or a new family skating tradition, we are thrilled this holiday season to bring this one-of-a-kind event to Union Station,” says Lawrence Zucker, President & CEO of Osmington, the retail developer of Union Station.
For a complete schedule and more details about the new look Union Station visit torontounion.ca
by Terry Lankstead
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