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Toronto Christmas Market kicks off holiday season with one really big tree, and lots (and lots) of little lights

Forests Ontario provides iconic tree to the Toronto Christmas Market for the 8th year

Decorating a Christmas tree is rarely an easy task, and it’s even more complex when it involves over 40,000 lights, 800 ornaments and 1.5 km of gold ribbon. On Friday, November 2nd, in front of curious onlookers and passerby, the Toronto Christmas Market successfully installed its famed 50-foot Christmas tree. Donated annually by Forests Ontario and Ontario Wood, the tree will stand at the centre of the Distillery Historic District and remain there throughout the annual Christmas Market, opening Thursday, November 15 and continuing until Sunday, December 23.

When asked how he will define success this year, Executive Director Mathew Rosenblatt drew attention to the renowned romanticism of the Market.

“We want to see more hand holding, more hugging, more tender moments, and more love,” said Rosenblatt. “This tree is the heart of the Christmas Market, and I can already feel the warmth it will bring to all those who encounter its beauty.”

A team of hand-selected decorators will begin adorning the tree just after the branches have settled.

“We’re delighted to help ‘Spruce’-up the Distillery District and the Toronto Christmas Market with this beautiful Christmas tree,” said Kerry McLaven, Director of Operations at Forests Ontario. “Choosing to celebrate the holiday season with a real tree is a great way to support local jobs and Ontario’s economy.”

Organizers also announced the line-up of performances featured at this year’s event, which includes more world-renowned performers, award winning opera and folk singers, brass bands and Juno-nominated Canadian talents. The complete program is available at and includes:

  • Traditional Tuesdays (with performances by Lily Frost, Alberta Rose, and Glenn Marais)
  • World Wednesdays (with performances by the Canadian Children’s Opera Company)
  • Classical Thursdays
  • Friday Night Jazz (with performances by Steven Taetz)
  • Saturday Variety (with performances by Angelique Frances, Alex Pangman and Heavyweights Brass Band)
  • Ensemble Sundays (with performances by Swedish Folk Dancers, and Toronto Beach Chorale)

The Toronto Christmas Market will also see the likes of classic carols and more modern renditions sung during the 34-day festival.

The Market opens officially at 4 p.m., November 15, with opening day festivities starting at 6 p.m.

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