Toronto offers 'The Nutcracker,' a Christmas market, holiday discounts

Now’s a terrific time to visit Toronto, which is all decked out for the holidays with sparkling shop windows, artsy 7-foot snowmen standing sentinel around the city and a slew of holiday activities and events. Even better, in a promotion that runs until Dec. 20, visitors who book a one-night hotel package for $99 to $179 (plus taxes) will receive a Torontoland wristband that offers a 15 percent discount at more than 50 participating attractions, restaurants and shops, plus a $50 gift certificate for The Bay, Canada’s version of Macy’s. Anyone who stays two nights or more will receive a $100 gift card. While you’re there, take in “The Nutcracker,” the lovely Chagall exhibit at the expanded Art Gallery of Ontario and Christmas Market, a European-style outdoor Christmas market on cobblestone streets in the historic Distillery District. Check to learn more.

Susan R. Pollack
Globetrotting journalist and former Detroit News staff writer Susan R. Pollack has covered travel since 1985, visiting scores of countries on five continents, 49 states, six Canadian provinces and hundreds of cities, islands and outposts along the way. From Alaska, the Galapagos and New Zealand to South Africa, Thailand and Wales, she has suffered the occasional lost luggage, jetlag and Montezuma’s revenge but still delights in sharing travel adventures with readers. In addition to The Detroit News, her award-winning stories and photos have appeared in major newspapers including the Dallas News, Toronto Star, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Chicago Sun Times; and magazines including Delta Sky, Midwest Living, Long Weekends, Experience Michigan, Jetsetter, Home & Away, Hour Detroit, Prevue Meetings and Group Tour. She has contributed to several books including "Rand McNally 2008 Ultimate NASCAR Road Trip Guide," and is the copy editor for She also has written for websites including and