This week marked the start of the holidays! After finishing up the fall semester at university, Sam and I hopped on the first train out of Kingston to go and spend some time with my family. The nice thing about arriving in the city just before the holidays was that the Toronto Christmas Market was still open, so we managed to visit on the closing day.
Christmas markets are a tradition that originated in Germany during the early 1400s, and thankfully it’s a tradition that has grown and spread worldwide. Toronto’s market is now in its fifth year running, and it has been named one of the top 10 Christmas markets in the world (though I still think the Germans give it a good run for its money).
I think part of the allure of the Toronto Christmas Market is the setting. Every year the market sets up shop in the Distillery District which also happens to be the largest collection of Victorian-era industrial buildings in North America. The combination of red brick buildings and cobbled streets is perfect for such a festive occasion.
So what exactly do you do at a Christmas market?
Well, for me it’s all about the food! I got myself an Oktoberfest sausage and a glass of mulled wine, but there were so many things to try – turkey legs, poutine, gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, fudge, steaming cups of apple cider with cinnamon sticks, and all those recipes that come with the holiday season.
The atmosphere was very festive with Christmas carolers, dancing elves, and there were also photo booths were you could pose with Santa Claus or Mrs. Claus.
The market is now closed for the season, but if you find yourself in Toronto next December, it’s definitely worth the visit.
Here’s a little video from the outing:
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!