A lot work went into making the 2011 Toronto Christmas Market happen inside the historic Distillery District complex at 55 Mill St near Cherry St and Lakeshore, which is perhaps the oldest part of the old ‘Muddy York’.
First the construction crew had to install and decorate a 45 ft White Spruce Christmas Tree that was donated by Trees Ontario. The tree is an absolute spectacle with over twelve thousand reed switch component light bulbs and ornaments and is topped with a shiny silver star.
Next they had to fix and reinstall the old fashioned clock tower. It disappeared from the site after it was knocked over by a box truck earlier in the year. This majestic chronometer really steals the scene and is the subject of countless photos taken here at the distillery. The fifteen foot tall clock is always on time and doubles as a light source at night.
Is that a suction truck at the base of the clock? Yes. The Distillery is built on marshy land and not much higher than Lake Ontario. Today the water table is so darn high in the Distillery District that this truck is required to come and suck the water from the spongy ground before cement can be poured and foundations can be secured, even for such small things as old fashion clocks.
Next the construction crew had to assemble over fifty wooden box vendor huts from materials that were donated by Loews.
Also present on the list of achievements is the world class audio sound system that pipes holiday cheer through speakers hung throughout the complex, and the food vendors that serve delicious meals made fresh with organic ingredients and cultural delicacies imported from all over the world.
Oh yes the building of Santa’s maze in which you can see here was accomplished by an army of yellow safety jacketed elves.
The 2011 Toronto Christmas Market exists in the shadow of the half completed forty four story Gooderham condominium building in the background, and the extension of the development upwards into the sky. Toronto mortgage broker says the measured strength of the cultural scene on the streets and below developments helps leverage the true value of the real estate market above.
The shopping mall below the two towers, some of which will be completed by spring 2012 is reputed to include a Toronto dentist beside a business center hair salons and a Japanese Sushi bar, oh and a Mexican restaurant with state-of-the-art web karaoke machines.
Now in its second year, the 2011 Toronto Christmas Market at the historic Distillery has more street vendors, buskers and costumed performers, more live stage shows and the entire compound is licensed for alcohol. The Toronto Christmas Market is a European market style attraction that’s slowly evolving by continuous improvement into its own uniquely Canadian festival. There’s nothing else quite like it anywhere else in Canada.