December 2023

Issues Local Interest

December 2023

Caroling at 2023 tree lighting

Happy December Cabbagetown!

Holiday season in the neighbourhood kicked off on Saturday with the BIA’s Holiday in the Patch event, and with the tree lighting ceremony at Riverdale Farm in the evening. It won’t be long until the snow arrives and we start to see toboggans on the hill again.


Holiday Lights Contest

Every December Cabbagetowners get to see our neighbourhood’s houses in all of their illuminated glory. This year, we are joining with our friends in the Cabbagetown South Residents’ Association to run Holiday Lights Contest for the entirety of the Cabbagetown neighbourhood! 

You can enter your own home or nominate one of your neighbours. 

There are three ways you can enter:

– Post a photo to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #cabbagetownlights;

– Post a photo to the CRA Facebook page with the hashtag #cabbagetownlights;

– or email us your photo at or

Please include the address of the home in the photo so we can include the street name on the voting website and know how to contact the residents if their house wins.

Photos can be submitted anytime between Monday, December 4 and Tuesday, December 26. By submitting your photo, you consent to your photo being reproduced on a voting website that will contain all of the submissions. Photos will be identified by the house’s street but no names or other personal identifying details will be published. 

The voting website will go live on Monday, December 18 to not give too much of an advantage to those who submit early. However, don’t wait too long to enter! The link to the voting website will be shared on,, and social media when it is live.

Whichever three photo submissions have the most votes by the end of the day on December 26 wins a one-year membership to their respective Residents Association, and bragging rights! The top three vote-getting houses will get to display a lawn sign marking their achievement.

We will also be tallying up the most voted-for street, which will be given a special award for being such a hotbed of decorative holiday spirit!

Only one vote will be allowed per IP address; however, you can switch your vote anytime up until the deadline.

Toy Drive with 51 Division

Toronto Police 51 Division is holding a toy drive. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at 51 Parliament Street.


Cavalcade of Lights

The Cavalcade of Lights is back at City hall this year, on until January 7th.

Experience the magic of the holiday season with the much-loved Cavalcade of Lights presented by Desjardins Financial Group at Nathan Phillips Square(opens in new window). Inspired by international lantern, fire and light festivals and winter solstice celebrations, Cavalcade of Lights is a free event that transforms City Hall and its surrounds into a dazzling wonderland.

Enjoy the glittering tree, participate in public skating and bask in the glow of thousands of energy-efficient bulbs as they adorn the heart of downtown Toronto. 


Tents in Wellesley Park

After numerous emails to our local councillor’s office, the police non-emergency line and 311 from concerned local residents, the tents that were in Wellesley Park have been mostly removed, and the residents relocated to safer, and warmer locations. 

Outdoor rinks are open

Our local outdoor skating rinks are open for the winter season.  Closest to Cabbagetown are the rinks in Regent Park and Riverdale Park East.  Check out the city website for more details.

City Surveys

Last week the City of Toronto held a series of online public meetings to gather feedback that will inform recommendations for revised standards of accessible parking and bicycle parking in the city-wide Zoning By-law (569-2013).

The City is also collecting feedback through online surveys, which will be open until December 15, 2023:

Accessible Parking Survey:

Bicycle Parking Survey:


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