IN THE 6 ... Christ­mas Mar­ket set to open doors

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It’s go­ing to look a lot like a clas­sic Dick­ens Christ­mas this Thurs­day when the Toronto Christ­mas Mar­ket re­turns to the Dis­tillery District.

The event, now in its eighth year, recre­ates the ro­mance and magic of tra­di­tional Euro­pean Christ­mas mar­kets that date back to the early 1400s.

High­lights in­clude one of the city’s largest real Christ­mas trees, hun­dreds of unique and lo­cally hand­crafted prod­ucts, an eclec­tic mix of Euro­pean and Cana­dian foods and clas­sic fes­tive drinks.

Or­ga­niz­ers are also bring­ing in more than 450 di­verse per­for­mances by award-win­ning singers, bands, dancers and car­ollers over the mar­ket’s 33 days.

“The magic and joy that the hol­i­days bring is needed right now,” says Mathew Rosen­blatt, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of the Toronto Christ­mas Mar- ket. “We cre­ated this fes­ti­val as a way to show­case our city’s love of the hol­i­day sea­son and our deep long­ing to live to­gether in peace, friend­ship and sol­i­dar­ity … if we can put a smile on peo­ple’s faces and make them feel the way they once felt about the hol­i­days as a child, then it’s all worth it.”

When asked if or­ga­niz­ers have any se­cu­rity con­cerns given how some public meet­ing places have been tar­geted glob­ally dur­ing fes­tive times, Rosen­blatt replied, “Our se­cu­rity pro­to­cols are estab­lished and re­viewed an­nu­ally in con­sul­ta­tion with Po­lice, Fire and EMS ser­vices well be­fore the Toronto Christ­mas Mar­ket of­fi­cially opens and are re­viewed through­out the month-long fes­ti­val.”

The Toronto Christ­mas Mar­ket is open Tues­days to Sun­days. Ac­cess to the event is free dur­ing the week and $6 on week­ends, start­ing at 5 p.m. on Fri­days.

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

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The Toronto Christ­mas Mar­ket recre­ates the ro­mance and magic of tra­di­tional Euro­pean Christ­mas mar­kets that date back to the early 1400s.

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