Running from November 30th to December 16th, The Toronto Christmas Market held in the Historic Distillery District draws crowds from all over.
2012 marks the third year the Christmas Market has been running in Toronto. Lowe’s home improvement is the main sponsor of the market, with separate areas like Santa’s Lane and The South Pole sponsored by Natrel and Master Card, respectively.
I ended up at the Christmas Market with my camera while waiting for an interview source to finish her shift at a Distillery District cafe. I had originally gone hoping to grab some shots for a photo essay for Underground Toronto but upon seeing the lights proclaiming it “Lowe’s Christmas Market” I realized nothing I got there would fit under Underground Toronto’s mandate of well, underground, entertainment in Toronto.
So as I waited for the crowd to clear at the cafe I took my camera up and down the district, trying to capture something reminiscent of Christmas cheer.
The main pathway
The view down a very crowded Mill street
Mill street again
One of the many craft booths
In the centre of everything, a humongous Christmas tree.
A few families around the tree asked me to take their photos while they posed underneath it
One of the large red baubles adorning the tree.
Bonus: Reflection of the photographer
Another craft booth
Down another crowded side street
The Mastercard sponsored South Pole, featuring rides like this ferris wheel.
Directing those interested to the pony rides.
More of the ferris wheel
And some more ferris wheel
To the right of the ferris wheel, a carousel.
It was predominantly enjoyed young children being held up by their parents or grandparents.
More carousel riders
One of the ponies at the pony rides
A young girl greets the pony
The young girl is helped onto the pony she has selected
Getting settled onto the pony
Underneath the iconic Gooderham & Worts sign
A view up the main path
The entrance to Santa’s Lane