The Distillery Historic District will once again be transformed into a magical and romantic place this holiday season as it plays host to the third annual Toronto Christmas Market, which will see the charming downtown east neighbourhood take on the sights, sounds and scents of a traditional European Christmas market.
Sponsored by Lowe’s and put on by the Distillery Historic District, the a 17-day event will feature a 45-foot tall white spruce tree (courtesy of Trees Ontario, a non-profit organization committed to the re-greening of the province through tree planting efforts) decorated with 18,000 lights and ornaments, magical lighting and seasonal décor, diverse musical entertainment on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, and a variety of beer, mulled wine, hot beverages and other European Christmas cocktails.
It will also include a fairy tale forest maze, Santa’s House display, a children’s size gingerbread house and elves’ workshop as well as a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, and train and pony rides.
The free market, which will run from Friday, will also have a range of holiday shopping specials and vendors as well as free gift wrapping.
An official grand opening event/tree lighting celebration is set for Friday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. Canadian opera star Measha Brueggergosman will headline the opening night festivities.
Families are also invited to take part in St. Nicholas Day Wednesday, Dec. 5 and St. Lucia Day on Wednesday, Dec. 16 starting at 6 p.m. both days.
The market will be open weekdays from noon to 9 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Monetary and food donations will be collected for the Toronto Star’s Santa Claus Fund and the Daily Bread Food Bank, respectively, during the two-week long event.
The Distillery Historic District is located at 55 Mill St., which is near Parliament and Front streets.
Visit www.torontochristmasmarket.com for more details and a full listing of events.