If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll remember that last December I wrote about the wonderful Christmas markets in Europe and how I’d love to visit them someday. But we’re lucky to have our own Christmas market in Toronto. It doesn’t have the history of the European markets but, only two years in, it’s one of my favourite things to do in December. This market features everything you’d want in an old-fashioned Christmas – an enormous tree, choirs singing Christmas carols, and several small streets lined with stalls featuring gifts and food from around the world.
I visited on one of the few cold days we’ve had this winter, but the hot apple cider kept me warm. (Another time, a visit to the Beer Gardens might do the same.) Artisan cheese, poutine and Oktoberfest sausage were just a few of the many delicious food items for sale.
The stalls were adorable with a great choice of gifts and personal items. I loved the carved wooden ornaments and fabric decorations. Another stall sold beautiful Christmas greenery, any of which I’d have gladly brought home. I couldn’t resist the soft wool mittens made from old sweaters, and they’ve kept me warm ever since.
I visited last week when my friend’s daughter was singing with her choir. These super-talented teenagers gave a short but brilliant performance of Christmas music. Their lovely voices brought shoppers from all directions to hear their Christmas message: "Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy".