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Toronto Christmas Market kicks off the holiday season with a flare of fir – a Balsam Fir tree to be exact!

Posted: November 12, 2019

Last Monday, in front of onlookers and Distillery District residents, the Toronto Christmas Market successfully installed its famed 50-foot Christmas tree, elevating the tree in the heart of the District.

Donated by Forests Ontario and the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association and traveling from Bancroft, Ontario, the towering Balsam Fir delighted crowds, and now stands tall at the centre of the Distillery Historic District. Soon to be adorned with 40,000 lights, 800 ornaments, and 1 km of ribbon. The raising of the Christmas Tree marks the beginning of the beloved yearly tradition.

“This tree is the heartbeat of the Toronto Christmas Market,” said Toronto Christmas Market Creator and Executive Director, Mathew Rosenblatt. “Welcoming the tree is a special tradition that reminds us of all the precious hugs, kisses and wedding proposals shared in front of, beside, and sometimes behind the tree. Our team is excited and ready to start decorating.”

“As our holiday gift to the Toronto Christmas Market, Forests Ontario has donated this 50-foot Balsam Fir tree. Choosing to celebrate the holiday season with a real tree is a great way to support local jobs and the Ontario economy,” said Kerry McLaven, Director of Operations at Forests Ontario.

Visit Forests Ontario outside the Market on December 6-8 and 13-15 to purchase your own locally grown holiday tree with proceeds going to tree planting efforts.

This year, the tree is set for a makeover with new decorations which will be placed on branches by a team of hand-selected decorators once the branches have settled.

The Market officially opens at 4 p.m., November 14, with opening day festivities starting at 6 p.m.

To purchase weekend tickets or for more information on the city’s most magical holiday tradition, visit www.torontochristmasmarket.com, or follow the Festival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.