Saturday, December 28, 2019

Holiday Week at Evergreen Brick Works 2019

Christmas season winds down with a free Holiday Festival at the brick works between December 26 to 31 with stories, tours, skating, food trucks and more from 10am to 5pm. You can bring your own skates and skate for free in the old brick factory, or rent a pair for only $5.

The heritage buildings nestled into the side of the Don Valley have been restored and made into an award-winning public space which sees half a million visitors every year with public markets and other events. I was last there in late October for the Day of the Dead festivities.

Holiday Week takes place in the Garden Market, Koerner Gardens (skating rink) and the TD Future Cities Centre. The Pavilions have been given over to parking. One of the reasons that I wanted to come relatively early was to see the kilns and other industrical bric-a-brac that is contained within the Future Cities Centre. They are usually only open on weekends from 10am to 3pm however, with the Holiday Week festivities they are open later. The kilns are special to me as I explored them before the site was restored. I love how they left a lot of the old equipment and kilns as is and you can see them even now covered with the last graffiti that was sprayed before it became civilized again.

Pictures by Ann and James.

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