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Winter in the City at Fairmont Royal York

Every year for the past 20 years, Fairmont Royal York hosts an annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on the last Friday of November; a free event for anyone to attend located in our historic lobby. It takes a full month to prepare our hotel for this event - with a total of 47 Christmas trees, and 40,000 Christmas bulbs on over 100 wreaths and boughs decorated by two very dedicated full-time "Christmas Elves." In fact, our magnificent 22ft tall Festive Tree is decorated with more than 15,000 lights and countless vintage ornaments.

This once a year holiday celebration attracts a vast crowd of hotel guests and Torontonians who eagerly await the lighting of the tree. The event is put on in part to bring awareness to the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, an organization that grants wishes to children diagnosed with life threatening illnesses, and has granted over 20,000 wishes since 1984. Guests enjoy complimentary egg nog and hot chocolate, as well as a visit from Santa Claus and a musical performance put on by a local choir.

On the same day following our Tree Lighting Ceremony, Fairmont Royal York participates in a new annual initiative called Christmas Trees of Hope: a sponsored tree-decorating event held in our beautiful lobby. Trees of Hope raises money for a local charity and invites sponsors to join us for a fun afternoon filled with tree decorating, caroling, cookies, egg nog and of course, Santa Claus.

Additionally, Fairmont Royal York offers families and couples a comforting home away from home to spend quality time together over the holiday season. Our exclusive Christmas themed packages are sure to turn moments into memories. The Toronto Christmas Market Package gives our guests the opportunity to explore the excitement of traditional holiday magic, surrounded by the festive lights that illuminate the heritage and charm of the historic Distillery District. This exclusive holiday package includes an overnight stay in a traditional Fairmont Room, tickets to see A Christmas Carol play at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, and hot spiced mulled wine to enjoy at the Christmas Market.

With our All I Want for the Holidays Promotion, guests enjoy a special rate and take advantage of the opportunity to explore downtown Toronto as the city transforms into a winter wonderland. Whether you are shopping for the perfect gift at the Toronto Eaton Centre, going ice skating at the famous Nathan Phillip's Square or simply spending time with your family, this offer is perfect for you.

Toronto is a magical city during the winter months, with endless sites and attractions to visit. What better way to experience the holiday season than staying in the heart of it all at the Fairmont Royal York.

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