IN THE 6 ... Christmas Market set to open doors
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.
The Toronto Christmas Market recreates the romance and magic of traditional European Christmas markets that date back to the early 1400s.