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    Posted December 4, 2014 by
    Toronto, Ontario
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    A Magical Time of Year at the Toronto Christmas Market

    Christmas is a magical time of year; it’s a time that can bring together people from all kinds of faiths and backgrounds to celebrate together, share food and drink, get to know one another better and show kindness to those around us.

    In Europe, Christmas markets have had a long tradition and they have been places where people gather and come together to sing or listen to carols, to have something to eat or drink, to chat or to buy some Christmas ornaments or other kinds of handicrafts.

    Finally, this tradition has been making an appearance in North America as well. In Toronto, where I live, a Christmas Market has been in existence since 2010. It is located in the Distillery District, one of the city’s most popular entertainment areas that was built in the former Gooderham & Warts Distillery, a complex whose origins date back to 1832. Today, the former distillery property is home to various restaurants and cafes, a brewery, two theatres, several galleries and a whole host of boutiques and retail stores.

    The 2014 Toronto Christmas Market opened on November 29 and will continue until December 21. It features several lounges and beer gardens and more than 30 vendors that sell anything from Christmas angels to Bavarian beer nuts, gifts from the Black Forest, fudge, baked goods and all sorts of food. Sing-alongs and carols provide a chance to enjoy and even participate in Christmas music.

    The Toronto Christmas Market is open from Tuesday to Friday from noon to 9 pm and on the weekends from 10 am to 9 pm and admission is free. It’s a place to where you will find lots of items that you can add to your Christmas collections.

    Susanne Pacher is the creator of http://www.travelandtransitions.com, an online portal about unique travel and interesting life journeys.
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