Toronto’s getting into the Christmas spirit, with markets, activities and more starting to welcome visitors again for the holiday season. But this year, one of the staples of the downtown core is celebrating a little differently, adjusting the winter-themed decorations in order to accommodate a massive renovation. So, as a result, the Eaton Centre is going to look a little different this year, with a new live installation.
About the new Eaton Centre decorations
As a huge, $76 million renovation is well underway at the Eaton Centre (which will result in a brand new face for the mall), things are kind of in flux at the three-storey mall. To accommodate all the changes, the holiday decorations look a bit different this year. Instead of the iconic holiday tree, the largest indoor tree in Toronto, the Eaton Centre will be transformed into a giant snow globe.
The proprietors of the mall, Cadillac Fairview, managed to take the new-look decorations to the next level, courtesy of an installation that sees it actually snow inside the mall for the holiday season. The programming kicked off yesterday and will run through the holiday season, ending on New Year’s Eve.
The snow, according to reports, is made from an evaporating foam that is non-stick, nontoxic and non-stain. This means that, as the snow falls onto the Eaton Centre floors, no cleanup is required. Mini weather systems allow guests to see the snow pass through the space at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and 3:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on weekends.
The snowfall accompanies the other seasonal activities, like the Merry Merry Music event, which showcases musical performances from a selection of Canadian artists held four times a week until Christmas Eve. There will also be visits from Santa and other giant decorations.