Toronto’s Tenth Annual Christmas Market opened to a crowd of cheerful, caroling, and apple-cider drinking multitude. Hundreds of Torontonians gathered at the Distillery District to get into the Holiday spirit.
41 days until Christmas and the recent snowfall set the scene as elves greeted guests waiting to meet the man in red. Christmas Lights lit up children’s faces as a special surprise guest, Chantal Kreviazuk, stopped by to help celebrate the occasion with new music from her first Christmas album, “Christmas Is A Way of Life, My Dear”. And despite his busy schedule, Santa still found time to help light up the tree.
Along with hot drinks, such as heated mulled wine and beer, guests can warm up by an open fire to stave off the cold. And as always, visitors can look forward to the iconic Ferris wheel, 100-foot light tunnel and a 50-foot Christmas tree. Among from kilometers of ribbons and hundreds of bulbs, it features 800 Christmas ornaments and 30.000 lights and is the centerpiece and icon of the Toronto Christmas Market.
Mathew Rosenblatt, Creator & Executive Director of the Toronto Christmas Market, says they were inspired by the German tradition of coming together and celebrating holidays on the city streets.
“They’ve been doing it for about 800 years. And why not bring that to Canada, and why not bring that to Toronto?” Rosenblatt says.
The attractions here are available till December 22nd, as well as the vendors. For anyone who’s looking for a holiday treat — Toronto Christmas Market has it. This time, Distillery District offers even more entertainment on the main stage, featuring nearly 500 performers including musicians, carolers, choirs, dancers, and Santa himself.
The Toronto Christmas Market is open every day except Mondays from November 14 to December 22 and admission is free of charge on weekdays until Friday at 6 PM.