December 19, 2013

Christmas Market

With European charm, the Victorian-era exterior of The Distillery Historic District sets the tone for a celebration of a romantic traditional Christmas at The Toronto Christmas Market. Inspired by the sparkling holiday markets of the Old Continent, this annual event in the city captures the essence and wonder of this magical time of year. The distinctive red-brick buildings with their wonderful green window frames and doors are accompanied by charming little wooden booths beautifully decorated with lights and evergreens. Local craftspeople, artists and artisans with their unique art products evoke memories of times when Christmas treats were made with care and love at home, and the toys under the tree were skillfully crafted by hand. A picture with Santa or in front of the majestic 45 foot White Spruce, a cup of holiday eggnog, a bite of chocolate-covered bacon or traditional German schnitzel, or a ride on the Merry-go-round (even in a cold winter day) reawakens the childlike heart inside of you. Singing the words of treasured Christmas carols together with carollers in a Victorian style Charles Dickens costumes helps you spread goodwill and Yuletide cheer. A sip of fragrant mulled wine in a garden heated by roaring wood fire in an outside pit makes it easier to brave the winter cold...
And if you are lucky enough to visit the market while the enchanting Christmas atmosphere is enhanced by the perfect winter snow gently falling ( as we did), you definitely will witness how the warm, nostalgic illustrations of your beloved Christmas story come alive...   

All photos are taken with my iPhone. You can visit my Instagram gallery here.

I am sharing with Oh, the Places I've been


  1. My dear Sylvia,

    How utterly charming is this visit in your neck of the day, I will have my husband take me up to Canada for Christmas, but this year we are flying home to California! I leave tomorrow but I will be taking my computer. I did however, want to come by to thank you SO MUCH for that gorgeous card you sent. Your photography is such an inspiration and the image is so elegant! I wish YOU many wishes for a tranquil celebration my friend.

    JOYEUX NOËL! Anita

  2. The Christmas Market in Toronto looks wonderful. I have never been to the Distillery District but I hear, and see, it is beautiful. It's been a few years since we visited in Toronto and I don't know when we'll get back but I'd certainly put this on my to do list. Have a wonderful Christmas, Sylvia. Blessings, Pamela

  3. Oh I would LOVE to visit Toronto! These photos are fabulous! Thank you for sharing. Have A Merry Christmas!

  4. I did not know about the Christmas market until now!
    Thank you for sharing this experience with us all.
    Merry Christmas,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  5. How perfectly beautiful! The snow definitely adds it's own special charm to the setting. What a wonderful blessing to visit such a place. Merry Christmas!

  6. Lovely photo's from the Christmas market Sylvia!

    Madelief x

  7. Oh Sylvia, thank you so much for sharing the lovely photos. I'll have to add this to my bucket list. Love all the Old Vintage Style Brick Bldgs. Winter is Pretty, just a lot of work. Happy Holidays to You and Yours.

  8. Such fun!!! Love everything about it... and your photos share it all with a twinkle of Christmas magic!

  9. Hi, Sylvia! What a pleasure to discover your blog! Found it through Instagram, actually (@FairiesCo)
    I love your photography and your take on life!
    I am working now on a Christmas digest for our blog ( / fairy-blog) and was wondering if I could feature your wonderful holiday entries. Of course, with copyright and a link to your own blog!
    Thank you and have a magic holiday!
    Vira (Fairies & Co)

  10. So magical...
    Love to you, my friend...
    - Irina :)

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