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The Toronto Christmas Market

Photo via instagram: @evicks
Photo via instagram: @evicks

For just shy of one month, the Toronto Christmas Market has been buzzing with festive on goers,  cuddling up with mulled wine, keeping warm under the mistletoe. Located in the Distillery District, the Toronto tradition embraces the Old World’s early 1400’s outdoor markets, capturing heritage and romance, while showcasing a tremendous amount of local, handcrafted products. Retro Festive has been a proud vendor at the market for five years, and will continue on until this Sunday, December 20th when the annual celebration comes to an end for the holiday season.

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Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the jovial affair, taking in the enchanting vibes dwelling amongst the traditional brick-paved streets of the distillery district.  A welcoming presence haunts the walk ways, and as the night grows,  Canadian crowds expand rapidly.

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My heart was warmed by the thriving crowds, with each individual eager to snap the perfect photo to showcase the festivities before us. Couples patiently wait for their chance under the giant mistletoe, as others graciously offer to take photos for strangers, as if they’ve been reunited with old friends. The chummy environment strikes up small engagements amongst guests, creating colourful evidence to the patterned notion of the friendly Canadian heart.

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Photo via instagram: @viola_bae
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Photo via instagram: @_ginger.spice
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Photo via instagram: @pierce_lang
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Photo via instagram: @kellyelizabeth17

The most engaging of attractions proved to be the giant Christmas Tree, located in the heart of the market. Crowds gathered around, like tiny Christmas lights strung up on a tree, awaiting the ideal moment to steal a quick photo by the strikingly decorated timber.

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Photo via instagram: @choy_riz
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Photo via instagram: @bendrakbarry
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Photo via instagram: @lianardone
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Photo via instagram: @theundeadsasa
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Photo via instagram: @blue_the_frenchiedog

The magical affair seemed to bring out the holiday spirit in everyone, as there was an overwhelming outpour of love and affection between families, friends and lovebirds.

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Photo via instagram @ronnelpanizaresphotos
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Photo via instagram: @caribrunton
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Photo via instagram: @crooksarah
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Photo via instagram: @missmimaaay
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Photo via instagram: @jakejjamieson
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Photo via instagram: @jpontenza5

Another lively feature of the market was most definitely the giant mistletoe, hung from a colossal red heart. The attraction had everyone lining up for their turn under the infamous Christmas custom, from couples..

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Photo via instagram: @meganbeechy
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Photo via instagram: @paytontarbutt

to best friends..

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Photo via instagram: @samanthajean34

and even this cute little guy..

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Photo via instagram: @rainaacc

Even Santa took time out of his busy schedule to take some much anticipated photos with family and friends.

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Photo via instagram: @boram_bella
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Photo via instagram: @the_great_louis

All of the decor and holiday activities were awe-inspiring, but most would say, the two things that bring people together are food and drink; a pairing in which the market was not lacking. There were great eats, starting with the two Canadian delicacies:

Poutine..

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..and Maple Bacon Donuts..

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Photo via instagram: @trevor_barker

Which, apparently, are great to wash down with delicious mulled wine, or some lager from Toronto’s very own Mill St. Brewery (whichever tickles your fancy).

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Photo via instagram: @alliblair7
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Photo via instagram: @connieandcharlotte

The best sight to see are those braving the crowds, turkey leg in hand. The openly determined attendees are happy to share the fun with others, opting for quirky photos with chuckle worthy poses.
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Photo via instagram: @lukevucetic
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Photo via instagram: @el_cai

Other favourites included the giant potato stick..

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Photo via instagram: @krischacha

and street pastries to satisfy your Christmas sweet tooth!

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Photo via instagram: @agxo

Vendors are located in booths around the market, showcasing items like handmade ornaments, holiday memorabilia and much more.

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Retro Festive’s booth is on the main strip, about 4 or 5 booths from the Ferris Wheel, and includes a number of our great products, including ornaments, mugs, and kitschy stocking stuffers.

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Photo via instagram: @awk_grover

As the official website states, the Toronto Christmas Market is a great place to gather with family and friends to celebrate the tradition and romance of Christmas.

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Photo via instagram: @baumanelise

Though, it is quite clear that the reoccurring theme is most definitely love.  The holiday season is a great time to remind those you love of just how much you care for them.

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Photo via instagram: @hahamitch
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Photo via instagram: @angie.perezzz

It is also a great time to ask a certain  important question… (congratulations to this couple)!

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Photo via instagram: @kirstenschollig

Whether you attend with friends, family, lovers, or pets, the Christmas Market is not something to skip out on!
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Open:
Friday: 12 noon to 10:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am to 9:00pm

A special thanks to those who have kindly shared their photos with us, seeing everyone’s happy and festive memories was much appreciated and warmed our hearts.

Until next time! Merry Christmas!

 

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