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 (Nov. 2), in front of curious onlookers and passersby, 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 Toronto’s Distillery Historic District and remain there throughout the annual Christmas Market, opening Nov. 15 and continuing until Dec. 23. A team of hand-selected decorators will begin adorning the tree just after the branches have settled.
Organizers also announced the line-up of performances featured at this year’s event, which includes award-winning opera and folk singers, brass bands and Juno-nominated Canadian talents. The complete program is available at TorontoChristmasMarket.com 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., Nov. 15, with opening day festivities starting at 6 p.m.