Chaos and Construction in the Distillery

construction for Christmas treeConcrete drilling and exasperated sighs interrupted the normally calm and serene nature of the Distillery yesterday. Oh, but it is for a good reason – the District is getting its first Christmas tree! And a colossal one it’s going to be, at over 30 feet high with enough festive lights to even make the Grinch go caroling.

Muddy Ontario Hydro worker‘Tis no easy feat, either. Ontario Hydro workers conscientiously worked into the evening to dig an 8 x 8 foot hole to fit the massive tree in. On top of that, a 12 foot canal had to be dug to supply the electricity for the tree’s lights. Because of the Distillery’s signature cobblestone ground, workers had to carefully spray the underlying soil with water to prevent the stones from crumbling, getting sprayed with mud from head to toe in the process. That hardworking gentleman does indeed deserve a visit from Santa this year.

If all goes according to plan, the tree should be up and running in two weeks time to the delight of Christmas carolers, eggnog sippers, and mistletoe hunters everywhere. O’ Christmas tree, you have rejoiced us with the festive spirit once again.

Will you be coming to the Distillery District this year to see this massive Christmas tree? What are your favourite holiday festivities that you think the Distillery should partake in this year?


So here are some more pictures of the Evolution of the Distillery Christmas Tree. Oh, the suspense!

Huge hole dug for preparation of Christmas tree

November 4, 2010, 8:15am: I pass by in the morning and am surprised by how immense the hole is. I’m told by a very nice local lady that the Christmas tree will be more than 40 feet tall.

The hole turns into a cage

November 5, 2010, 12:20pm: From my condo, the sounds of chaos and construction once again pierce through the windows. I discover that the huge hole has begun to look more like a cage. I quickly run outside to take this shot, and I’m promptly told by the hydro worker to “stay behind, because it’s very dangerous up close.”

The hole makes sense now

November 5, 2010, 2:30pm: The cage in the hole finally begins to make a little sense.

The hole's danger is prevented with a fence

November 5, 2010, 5:03pm: I hope I wasn’t the inspiration for the fence.

Stay tuned for more updates on the construction of the Distillery’s first Christmas tree!

Do you think the Christmas tree is worth the amount of effort invested so far? After finding out the tedious process, are you more likely to come down and check out this massive Christmas tree?

About Ruth Wilgress

Ruth is an expressive arts therapist in Toronto Ontario Canada.
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2 Responses to Chaos and Construction in the Distillery

  1. Thanks for an idea, you sparked at thought from a angle I hadn’t given thoguht to yet. Now lets see if I can do something with it.

  2. Smojoe says:

    What a terrific play by play of the Xmas tree erection in the distillery

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