Sunday, December 04, 2011

#Toronto Christmas Market

The rain did not slow down the visitors and families that walked on the brick alleyways that lead through the Historic Distillery District during the Sunday, December 4, 2011 edition of the Lowes Toronto Christmas Market. An Elf stands near Santa's House, helping guide the children to Merry Santa Claus, above, at the end of the fairy tale forest maze.

Christmas Carollers 
A young girl sits on Santa's lap
A vendor sells Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer bobble heads

See more of the Market after the jump.

From the District's website "Santa will be at the Lowe's Toronto Christmas Market every day to take pictures with children and find out what they want for Christmas. Santa's House will feature Father Christmases from all over the world describing Christmas customs and traditions from their own various different countries.
Every child will receive Canada’s Favorite Canada Cane from
The Allan Candy Company Limited (while quantities last) Santa’s Hours: Weekdays 2pm to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 7pm

Rudolph's Reindeer Zoo weekends 10am to 7pm children can visit and say hello to Santa's reindeers.

Children's Story Telling, there will be daily Grimm's Brothers fairy tale story readings from the stage for children to enjoy.
Santa's Elves Workshop Presented by Lowe's
There will be many things for children to do at the Elves Workshop. Children can make ornaments, stocking stuffers, write a letter to Santa or just play with the many traditional Christmas games available. The workshop will be open during the regular Christmas Market hours.

Meet and Greet Opportunities with Grimm's Brother characters, Christmas Angel and Father Christmases

Santa Mail: Canada Post is providing two post boxes (Christmas Letter Boxes) for visitors to send letters to Santa. The letters will get picked daily and will be delivered directly to Santa. Children can drop off their letters anytime and look forward to hearing from Santa.

St. Nicholas Day, Monday December 5
The tradition of St. Nicholas is not synonymous with the role of Santa Claus in North America. As practiced in many European countries, the celebration of St. Nicholas is separate from the Christmas holidays, and occurs during the 2 weeks prior to December 6th, which is St. Nicholas's day. Sometimes St. Nicholas Day is the main holiday for gift giving, and not Christmas.
On the eve of St. Nicholas Day (Dec. 5th this year) many children place a shoe or boot by the fireplace in hopes that it will be filled with delicious holiday edibles in the morning. If they have not been good, their shoe is filled with twigs.

We invite all children to come to the Toronto Christmas Market on the eve of St. Nicholas Day and share in the tradition.

Please join us at 6pm for an official appearance by St. Nicholas himself, arriving on his white horse, and hear the tales of this special tradition."

Rudolf's Reindeer
A reindeer bartender from the Boiler House gets in the spirit
Mill St Brewpub German beer garden bartenders

Kungla Estonian Folk Dance Group
The large Christmas Tree near the main stage
Amusement rides - Ferris Wheel and the Merry-Go-Round
A friendly doorman in period costume
Vendors in cute little wooden cottages lined the brick boulevards
Some signatures on the ginormous Merci thank you card
Free wine sampling from Wine Country Ontario, I enjoyed the Jackson Triggs red

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