Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Outdoor Santa at the Toronto Christmas Market 2013

After visiting three shopping malls and the Toronto Christmas Market in the same day yesterday, I can confirm to you that I found the real Santa is at The Distillery. 

In one mall, Santa was so listless that I thought he was a mannequin. In the next, he seemed to suffer from withdrawal syndrome when one more baby started to cry on his knees (don't be sad Santa, it's not personal!). In the third, he was unavailable for the moment and unfortunately fully booked for the rest of the season.

At the Toronto Christmas Market, I found a very jovial Santa teasing everyone (especially his elves) and engaging with all the members of the families visiting him. That's the spirit! Maybe it's because he comes from the North Pole and is more comfortable outdoors?
Santa awaits down Santa's Lane
off the main plaza (where the giant Christmas
tree is located)
Santa's hours
The experience is quite different if you visit in daylight or at night. You can visit Santa Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on weekdays from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Donate what you can for the privilege to take a photo of your child on Santa's knees (bring your own camera or pay for a photographer's services).

The Toronto Christmas Market 2013 is open until December 15. The market's activities are offered from 12 noon to 9 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the weekends.
There's great ambience along Santa's Lane
Looks like a giant alien, doesn't it? Santa's home is right underneath.
Fun for the kids
Return to the giant Christmas tree
• The ambience is very festive with all the lights and all the music. Kids will love it, especially if you pitch in for a hot chocolate in one of the many cafés on the premises.
• There's a merry-go-round and a ferris wheel which they can ride for $3 each near the main stage.
• You'll love the a capella performances on the main stage, but your kids will prefer Santa Elves Sing-Along (on weekdays at 5 p.m. and on weekends at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.). 
• I thought I saw a king free-roaming the place and learned that Prince Charming and the Christmas Angel are indeed guests during the event.

Related post about The Distillery:

Catch a show on the main stage
Ferris wheel ride for $3
Merry-go-round ride for $3 as well

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