Toronto Distillery District German Christmas Market

I got so excited when I read this little excerpt in late November:

“This holiday season celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas at Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market. Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free annual event will capture all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products. Family friendly entertainment includes musicians, carolers and children’s choirs, holiday themed stage presentations, Rudolph’s Reindeer Zoo and of course … Santa and his roaming elves! There’s great shopping, specialty beer and mulled wine gardens, sweets and treats, and all the great restaurants of The Distillery Historic District. Come and experience the fun and magic of Toronto’s first and only Christmas Market!”

I headed over to the market on Saturday afternoon with Meaghan and Luke. We walked past caged in Reindeer, a Christmas Tree may (which ended with Saint Nick) and watched a man dressed as a King making the Yuletide Gay. There were lots of great artisans selling Christmas gifts, shops and galleries were bustling and people were standing in line with great anticipation for Oktoberfest Sausages, pretzels and Raclette melted over frites. We most enjoyed the adults only section which featured tastings of whisky, Appelton Rum Eggnog, Amarula and mulled wine and beer.

The vibe was fantastic: a Giant Christmas Tree, carolers singing the seasons favorites, the smell of a wood fire and many a smile. I am certain the Christmas Market will now become a true Toronto Institution in the cities much loved Distillery District.

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