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5 things to do at Toronto Christmas Market


Toronto Christmas Market – Until December 23rd from Tuesday to Sunday, get in the Holidays spirit during the 8th edition of the Toronto Christmas Market taking place at the Distillery Historic District. The not-for-profit organization is back again this year by popular demand, to celebrate the magic and romance of a traditional Christmas.

This year’s festival features a diverse line-up of entertainment, multiple interactive installations with a focus on coming together and, well, of course, Santa and his elves. Other highlights of the festival include one of the city’s largest authentic Christmas trees, a Ferris wheel, a Carousel, Santa’s House and hundreds of unique and locally handcrafted products and delicacies.

Here are 5 things to do at the Christmas Market:

  • Admire one of the tallest Christmas tree in the country

This year, Forests Ontario and Ontario Wood, a local tree-planting farm, donated the massive Toronto Christmas Market Christmas Tree. The tree is 50-foot tall and decorated with more than 40,000 lights, 800 Christmas balls and 1.5 km of gold ribbons. Also, from December 1st to 3rd, for ” National Christmas Tree Day” (December 2nd) visitors will be able to buy their own Ontario-grown tree directly from the Christmas Market. The entrance to the site will be free for those tree-buyers.

Toronto Christmas Market Tree
  • Visit Santa 

Santa’s House is open for visits and photos from Sunday to Tuesday. Professional photographers are on site to capture the moment on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays only, but guests are welcome to take their own camera/photos if they want.

Pet photos with Santa
  • Pet photos with Santa Clause

For those who’d like a photo of their beloved pet with Santa Clause, there is also a scheduled time for that. On Tuesdays, from 2-7 pm, bring your pet to meet Santa and the on-site photographer and share the Holidays spirit with your animal.

Christmas Heart
  • Get the heart of Christmas

The Toronto Christmas Market has created a special sculpture named “The heart of Christmas”. The structure stands 14 feet tall, 12 feet wide, and is made with hot red steel. Couples and friends are invited to take a photo underneath as it sets for the perfect Holiday photo op.

Christmas Carousel
  • Ride the Carousel & visit the Life-Sized Gingerbread House

There are few family-friendly activities at the Christmas Market, such as: a Christmas Carousel, a lightened Ferris wheel and a Life-sized Ginger-bread house. These activities are to be paid for at a cost of 5$ each, but you can also buy 4 tickets for 18$ to take advantage of the entire “family-fun” entertaining zone.

The Toronto Christmas Market, located at the Distillery Historic District, is open from Tuesday to Sunday. Access to the event remains free during the week and $6.00 on weekends, starting at 5:00pm on Fridays.

To learn more about the Toronto Christmas Market or to purchase tickets, visit www.TorontoChristmasMarket.com.


Toronto Christmas Market

By Catherine Maisonneuve – info@torontotimes.ca 
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