Try to take it easy this weekend because those sleigh bells will soon be heard and then it’s the hustle and bustle.

Time o flip that “on” switch for these weekend long festivals.

Eat, drink and be merry. That’s really what the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo is about; and with the holiday season upon us, what better way to start, than to be, well, merry?

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre brings you over 1500 fine wines, spirits and craft beers to sample. Enjoy cheese tastings, cooking demonstrations (among celebrity chefs) and live entertainment as you take this journey around the food and wine world all weekend starting Friday.

Need a reminder that you’re not dead yet? Lucky for you, the Not Dead Yet Fest starts on Friday. Celebrating local talent, Stuck in the City offers you a chance to follow the best indie punk bands around the city. Among those participating this year are Hoax, Power Trip, Turnstile and Warcry. There’s more; just check out the Full Schedule.

School Boy Q holds it down at the Sound Academy Friday night and that’s no “Oxymoron.”

See films like “Good Vibrations” “West” and “The World Belongs to Us” at the biggest European film festival in the city, brought to you in collaboration with various European Union consulates in Toronto. The European Union Film Festival brings you films from across the European Union.

Ice sculptures, live music, food samples (we can’t get enough) and drinks! It’s no nightmare on this Elm Street as Winter Magic continues with Ice Wine & Dine.

Tritonal stop by the Guvernment for Spin Saturdays. They’ll give you something to leave you “Paralyzed.”

Dundas Street West has your Saving Grace for brunch on Sunday. Enjoy corncakes with apricot chutney in an atmosphere that is pleasant and relaxed. Or French toast with caramelized bananas; sausage on the side, of course.

Then get your clogs out (and socks!) and head down to the Harbourfront for the 32nd Annual Swedish Christmas Festival. Brought to you by the Swedish Women’s Educations Association (WEA), the event offers traditional crafts, festive entertainment and cultural cuisine. End your weekend off with a magic show and some folk dancing!

Stay tuned, next weekend we go shopping!