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Markham Public Libraries
Winter Holiday Activities

Looking for fun activities to do this Winter Break.  Come to the Library and join in the fun! 

At Angus Glen Library 
  - Holiday Scavenger Hunt
  - Storytime
  - Crafts
  - Games
 At Cornell Library
  - Storytime
  - Wii Games
  - Pokemon Video Game & Trading Card Fun
  - Board Games
  - PS3 Games
  - Holiday Scavenger Hunt
  - Storytime
  - Family Holiday Movie
  - Crafts
  - Teen Movie
 At Markham Village Library
  - Family Storytime
  - Crafts
  - Scavenger Hunt
  - Letter to Santa
  - Holiday Storytime
  - New Year's Wish List
 At Milliken Mills Public Library
  - Crafts
  - Movies
 At Thornhill Community Centre Library
  - Holiday Scavenger Hunt
  - Family Storytime
  - Movies
 At Thornhill Village Library
  - Holiday Scavenger Hunt
  - Winter-themed Storytime
  - Winter-themed Craft
 At Unionville Library
  - Family Storytime

Click here for the Markham Public Libraries Winter Holiday Activity Schedule.

Gift Wrapping at Your Service

Location: Markville Shopping Centre
5000 Highway 7 East

Visit the Gift Wrapping Booth at Markville Shopping Centre
 this December to take care of all your wrapping needs!

The booth is open every day until December 24
 during shopping centre hours,
located by Entrance 10, between Roots and Le Chateau.

All proceeds benefit Markham Stouffville Hospital.

905.472.7373 ext. 6647


St. Andrew's United Church
Christmas Eve Service

December 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

 Offered by Rev. Dr. John Niles
32 Main Street North Markham
(905) 294-0351

Espressions | Live Music, Socializing. Painting.
Coffee (or Tea).

Join us at Espressions as you paint to live music featuring awesome local musicians!

During the event, we encourage you to mix and mingle with other art lovers as you paint and get inspired by the creative and casual atmosphere.

Don’t know how to paint? That’s what we’re here for!

Our friendly artist staff are always ready to help so relax, express yourself and have fun. 

Date: Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Location: Paintlounge, 118 Main Street Markham North  map

Price: $25

Sign up:


Markham and the Great War

Oct. 11, 2014 – May 24, 2015

More than 250 Markham Township residents were recognized for their services overseas during World War I.
Still more community members contributed to the war effort without leaving home. Drawing upon the objects
and stories of individuals from our community, this exhibition explores what life was like for those who lived
through the conflict, and documents how they continue to be commemorated 100 years after the conflict began.

The Markham Museum is located at 9350 Highway 48 (2 km north of Highway 7).  map

For more information about the Markham Museum, please call 905-294-4576 or go to   

Kim Adams: One for the Road Exhibition

September 13, 2014 - January 11, 2015

Organized and circulated by Museum London
Cassandra Getty & Melanie Townsend Exhibition Curators

Location: Varley Art Gallery
216 Main Street Unionville (at Carlton Road) map 

This exhibition surveys Adams’ 30-year career as an inventor of strange new worlds. An enthusiastic assembler of sculptures made from model parts, bikes, trucks, old appliances and equipment, Adams has exhibited throughout Canada and around the world. He has produced drawings and prints, small models, and huge sculptures that re-envision ideas of home, vehicles, and other machines gone humorously awry.

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday - 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
          Thursday - 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
          Saturday - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 Location: Angus Glen Library
3990 Major Mackenzie Dr. E.  map


The Markham Civic Centre Outdoor Ice Rink is Open for the Season

Free Public Skating

Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

Skate Rental: Adults $10, Children $5 (helmet included)

Extended Skate Rental Hours
Fridays: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sundays: 10 a.m. - 8 pm.

Recreational skating only.
No hockey sticks, pucks or balls allowed.

Address: 101 Town Centre Blvd.  map

Markham Guild of Village Crafts

Location: 11 Church St. map

Pottery Classes

This is an on-going class for beginner, Intermediate and Advanced students. The student acquires technical skills in Hand-building and Wheelthrowing. Practice both techniques with stoneware clay and porcelain. The experiment in glaze, kiln loading and firing will be discussed as the student advances in knowledge and experience. There is a maximum of 6 students per class to allow for individual attention.

Classes are ongoing. Contact teacher for start dates.

Dates & Times: Saturday afternoon - 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
                       Sunday - 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fee: $245.00 plus material fee $20.00 and clay $15.00

Instructor: Wai-Yu
Contact Number: (416) 219-970

For more information about the Markham Guild of Village Crafts and to view more craft classes visit

The above craft classes are available at 11 Church Street.  map

The Varley Story

On view now until January 11, 2015

Curated by Anik Glaude

Organized by the Varley Art Gallery of Markham

Frederick Horsman Varley (1881-1969) is commonly known as a founding member of the famed Group of Seven and as one of Canada’s foremost portrait painter. His is a complex and colourful story marked by the ups and downs of a life lived passionately and with fervor. From his beginnings in late-Victorian England, to his final days in Unionville, this exhibition serves as a chronological survey of Varley’s life and an exploration of his artistic practice.

The selected works, drawn primarily from our permanent collection, help illustrate the breadth of Varley’s oeuvre. They include, among others, pencil sketches of the human figure, early watercolours of the British countryside and oil paintings chronicling his travels within the Canadian landscape. These works reveal his evolving style: an individual mixture of solid classical training and of vivid modernist experimentation. Ultimately, they are the product of Varley’s life-long commitment to art making.

The Varley Story could not be told without the mention of Kathleen Gormley McKay. Varley lived with Kathleen and her husband, Donald, first in Toronto and then here in Unionville. Kathleen nurtured Varley’s later artistic career by setting up a studio for him in the basement of her ancestral home, now the McKay Art Centre situated on Main Street Unionville. After Varley’s death, Kathleen promised to donate her considerable collection of works by Varley and his contemporaries to Markham, to be housed in a gallery suitable for their display and preservation. That promise resulted in the building of the Varley Art Gallery of Markham.

Today, our goal is to share the multiple narratives that make up the Varley story through publications, exhibitions and educational programs.

The Varley Art Gallery acknowledges the ongoing support of the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham in the development, exhibition and conservation of our permanent collection.

Guided Tours
Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Location: Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 216 Main Street Unionville, Markham, ON L3R 2H1  map 

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday - 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
          Thursday - 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
          Saturday - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact us at 905-477-7000 ext. 3261 or

What is Markham?

Discover our evolving community in this new orientation gallery exhibition.

Visitors can explore the changes in our landscape, the way we worked, went to school and how we came together as a community over the past 100 years.

 This long term exhibition includes aerial photography, a virtual tour of Markham Village in 1910 and a place for visitors to record their memories of Markham Fair.

The Markham Museum is located at 9350 Highway 48 (2 km north of Highway 7).  map

For more information about the Markham Museum, please kindly call 905-294-4576 or go to

Auditions for Cultural Talent Show

Monday, December 29, 2014

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Location: Arya Samaj - Vedic Cultural Centre
4345 - 14th Avenue map

Auditions: The Youth of Arya Samaj 4th annual Cultural Talent Show.

 Looking for a variety of musical and dance performances from contemporary,
classical, and folk genres by individuals, groups & organizations.

Types of Items for Auditions:
Bhajan/ Mantra, Indian Song, Instrumental music
Bollywood/Indian Classical /Folk Dance
Indian Fashion Show
Bollywood Film Dialogue
Indian Skit/ Patriotic Quotes/ Commercial
Comedy Act

Contact: Neera 647-290-8802 /


Canada's Ballet Jörgen "The Nutcracker"

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Location: FLATO Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Blvd. map

Holiday magic is made year after year by Ballet Jörgen Canada’s traditional treasure The Nutcracker, a Canadian Tradition. Created by acclaimed choreographer and Artistic Director Bengt Jörgen to Tchaikovsky’s well-loved score, this delightful classic is a favourite that brings magic to the holidays. With beautiful choreography, spectacular costumes and sets, this holiday season classic continues to mesmerize generations of children and adults of all ages.

Tickets: Prime: $39, Regular: $34
            Family 4-Pak: $100

Event Organizer: Flato Markham Theatre
Telephone: 905-305-7469 (SHOW)
Email Contact:
Website Address:


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