December 13th is the big day (12 noon to 4pm) to meet up with Santa at the third annual “An Estonian Christmas Open House” at the Estonian House in Toronto.
Not only will there be great traditional Estonian Christmas food catered by the Estonian House Café, but there are plenty of activities for the kids and a number of delightful performances by community members. The Toronto Men’s Choir will lead the sing-a-long of Estonian Christmas songs; the Estonian School choir will sing a number of Christmas favourites; there will be folk dance performances by young tikes and the spirited adult dancers, and everything kicks off with the kindergarten children singing in Santa.
Free digital prints of photos with Santa are available from the Estonian Foundation of Canada office or website the following week. Santa is happy to have his photo taken with families and give children 10 years and younger a free gift between 1pm and 3pm.
Fun activities for children are in the in the Grand Hall and the upstairs Scouts and Guides youth room.
For those last minute Christmas gifts, visit the Christmas Market vendors in the central Crystal Hall. There are a few vendor tables left, so those interested please contact the Estonian Foundation of Canada office.
The Estonian Foundation of Canada, Estonian Credit Union and Estonian House in Toronto together with sponsors the Estonian Relief Committee in Canada, the Estonian Life newspaper and Tartu College are proud to be working together with many of our community organizations for this third annual event.
“We encourage everyone of Estonian heritage and their families to come and have some fun – make new friends and see people you haven’t seen in years,” says Lia Hess, President of the Estonian Foundation of Canada. “Make sure to invite your friends and relatives who might not be active in the community. That’s what our event is about – getting more people participating in our wonderful organizations.” The Open House event has many community groups represented providing visitors an opportunity to ask questions about what is offered, including the schools and summer camps.
The popular Estonian House Café on the lower level is open and the always popular rifle range welcomes visitors on the upper floor.
Here comes Santa to “An Estonian Christmas Open House” Eesti Elu