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Second Annual Toronto Christmas Market Scheduled For December 2-18, 2011

This holiday season Toronto will once again 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 captures 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 is 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!

What is a Christmas Market?
A Christmas market is a street market which celebrates the traditional sights, sounds and scents of Christmas and is staged during the weeks leading up to Christmas. These markets originated in Germany, beginning in the early 1400s, and are now being held in countries all over the world.

  • Massive Christmas Tree — The forty-foot-high tree, located on Trinity Street, is the focal point of the Christmas market. The Tree is decorated with 18,000 lights and ornaments. There is a special lighting of the tree ceremony on the opening night. Magical lighting and Seasonal Décor — Magical lighting and décor displays which create an incredible traditional and romantic Christmas setting for visitors to enjoy. The street and squares of the Historic Distillery are transformed into a paradise of lights and colors, festive sounds and seductive smells.
  • Musical Entertainment — The stage hosts many activities and musical performances including: Carolers, Bavarian brass band concerts, classical organ concerts, trumpeters, children's choirs and more. An outdoor seating area is created around the stage
  • Ferris Wheel — The site houses a Ferris Wheel for people of all ages to enjoy. People take rides on the Ferris Wheel to see the Distillery and the Christmas market from an entirely new perspective or to add a little fun and romance to their day.
  • Variety of Beer and Mulled Wine (Glühwein) Gardens — There are many areas for visitors to lounge and enjoy an authentic holiday beverage including many varieties of beer, mulled wine, hot rum beverages, European Christmas cocktails, schnapps and much more. Mulled wine is one of the most popular beverages at European Christmas Markets.
  • Santa's Lane — Features a fairy tale forest maze, Santa's house, Rudolph's reindeer zoo, children's story telling, Santa's elves workshop presented by Lowe's, meet and greet opportunities with Grimm's Brother characters, a gingerbread house and Santa Mail.

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