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'Twas the week before Christmas: Subway comes to York Region this weekend

Last Updated Dec 15, 2017 at 8:42 am EDT

The Vaughan Metropolitan Centre subway station on Nov. 28, 2017. CITYNEWS

Christmas comes a week early for TTC riders. Starting on Sunday, subway riders will be able to journey past Sheppard West station and into York Region.

Aside from the subway celebration, there are lots of things to be happy about this weekend. Christmas Day is just around the corner and the festivities are all around us.

Big TTC news

Subway line extends to York
Construction on the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) started in 2008, and at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, the dream will become a reality. Line 1 has been expanded 8.6 kilometres and six stations past Sheppard West Station, to York University and north to the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. The six new subway stations are: Downsview Park, Finch West, York University, Pioneer Village, Highway 407, and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. The extension also includes commuter parking lots as well as TTC, York Region and GO bus terminals.

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Ahead of the subway line opening, an open house will be held at Finch West Station (3950 Keele St.) on Saturday, giving TTC riders a chance to preview the subway station. The open house is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can tour the station and learn how it was built.

Festive events

Foodie Holiday Market
If you’re looking for inspiration to wow your guests this holiday season, then look no further than the Foodie Holiday Market. The third annual celebration of tasty treats at the Toronto Botanical Gardens will feature more than 40 local vendors showing off their best in artisan food. You’ll have a chance to try samples, and shop for delicious stocking stuffers. The event runs both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door, and children under 12 are free. Bring your appetite!

Holiday movies
“So if you really love Christmas, c’mon and let it snow” … if you watched the movie, Love Actually, you know this reference. Everyone has their favourite Christmas movie, and chances are one of them is playing at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema this weekend and until Dec. 22. Some of the other classic movies include: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, Elf, and The Holiday. And the best part of all is that the movies are free — a limit of two tickets per person — but you are encouraged to make a donation to the The Stop Community Food Centre.

Holiday Gift Swap
Are you looking to save a few dollars on gifts this year? Or maybe get rid of that present you got last year that you never use? Luckily for you, Toronto’s Holiday Gift Swap is back this weekend for its fifth year. Greenpeace and the Toronto Tool Library are teaming up to bring Torontonians together to swap to find the perfect gift for that special someone. The swap is on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Beer Pong
Finally, all those beer pong tournaments you played in college have finally paid off! A beer pong championship tournament will be hosted downtown Saturday night. The “beer pong championship of the world” round robin tournament will see teams face off for a cash prize and bragging rights. It will be held at 117 Tecumseth St. and starts at 9 p.m.