Distillery Christmas

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.

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The main pathway

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The view down a very crowded Mill street

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Mill street again

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One of the many craft booths

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In the centre of everything, a humongous Christmas tree.

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A few families around the tree asked me to take their photos while they posed underneath it

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One of the large red baubles adorning the tree.
Bonus: Reflection of the photographer

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Matte ornament

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More ornaments!

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Another craft booth

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Down another crowded side street

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The Mastercard sponsored South Pole, featuring rides like this ferris wheel.

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Directing those interested to the pony rides.

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More of the ferris wheel

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And some more ferris wheel

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To the right of the ferris wheel, a carousel.

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It was predominantly enjoyed young children being held up by their parents or grandparents.

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Carousel riders

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More carousel riders

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One of the ponies at the pony rides

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Pony

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A young girl greets the pony

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Pony

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The young girl is helped onto the pony she has selected

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Getting settled onto the pony

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Underneath the iconic Gooderham & Worts sign

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A view up the main path

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The entrance to Santa’s Lane

 

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