Snowfall has come early in November and the spirit of the festive season has already begun in Toronto, Canada. Malls, streets, homes, stores are alit bringing in the Christmas fervor. But the real precursor to the festivities is the 50 feet high Christmas tree at one of the largest markets in the world – the Christmas Market in the historical precinct of the Distillery District downtown.
The Christmas Market: Historical Distillery DistrictClad in our woolies on a cold Toronto evening we head downtown taking the public transport, the TTC to see what was so spectacular about the Christmas Market in the Distillery Districts. In its ninth year, the Christmas Market is amongst the most highly rated in the world. Giving one a European experience, with canopied stalls, food, drinks, sights and sounds that tell you that Christmas is in the air, the environs of the district which is the culture hub in downtown Toronto is the ideal location for the picturesque Christmas market. Colour, lights, Santas, Christmassy stalls, it all hits you. The spectacular tree in all its glorious lights – all 40,000 of them – and baubles has you speechless. It engulfs you in its warmth, minus 2 degrees be darned! With the GO train chugging behind and children on the carousel, it is a stage set for a rollicking Christmas. A photo-op against this backdrop is a must for the family album, with selfies for Instagram. It’s magical as you walk down the lanes and stop at the stalls selling everything Christmassy – ornaments for the tree, wood carvings and crafts, chocolates in Christmas motive shapes, gingerbread biscuits, Christmas stollen (cake like food bread), maple syrup and honey, handcrafted products. What’s more, you can also walk into the regular stores in the district – Bergo a lifestyle store where you can find something unique from kitchenware to distinctive décor items, gifts, and contemporary jewelry, or Soma, the chocolate store with its irresistible cacao edibles. The regular restaurants and bars are all festively decorated this time of the year, and there is also the artisan beer place. The smell of food and drinks drew us to the Naughty or Nice area that had perpendicular heat warmers under which you stand and bite into a huge leg of barbequed turkey! The mulled wine was a draw as family sipped the lovely hot spice enhanced wine bringing a warm glow on that chilly night. We walk away with a Christmas glow, bags not all full, but hearts definitely filled with the joy of the Christmas season taking away priceless memories. http://www.tochristmasmarket.com/