So I found out from D., the very buff construction worker that has been keeping me informed for the past week, that the real reason why so much work has gone into putting up a Christmas tree this year is to mark the beginning of the city’s first European-style Christmas Market.
What’s a Christmas Market? It’s a Christmas-themed street festival that showcases all the tastes, sounds, and scents that this holiday has to offer. The Germans are nifty ones who came up with this idea. Now, four hundred years later, that tradition has finally been brought to Toronto as well as all over the world.
Aside from the colossal holiday tree, the market will also showcase other features including:
This year’s Christmas Market will mark the first of an annual event in Toronto. It is expected to attract a crowd of at least 40,000 people. I’m glad that the government has decided to issue a $75,000 grant to this cause. Not only will it promote tourism in Canada, but it will also mark the beginning of a world-famous tradition, right here in our very own Distillery District.
Have you ever been to any of the Christmas Markets around the world? Will you be coming down to the Distillery for the Christmas Market?