Toronto Christmas Market has officially opened as the first snowfall hit the city. The director of the christmas market, Mathew Rosenblatt, talked to the media about the Christmas Magic people feel while enjoying the entertainment, shopping and spectacles.
He said: “I think the most important thing for people to know if they have never been before is although there is really about a million things to do there, the reason why it’s great and the reason why it’s world-class is because of a feeling,” he said. “It’s a place where the city gets together, everyone is welcome and you just feel like you are immersed in Christmas and you rediscover the magic of Christmas.”
Over the time of nine years of operation, the market has grown more popular among the people. Acooring to the report last year approx 675,000 people attended the market.
“We actually don’t want more people this year,” Rosenblatt said. “We want to have the experience inside the market something where people can still stroll and still be romantic and still have that sort of magical feeling and if we put too many people in we might lose that so it might take a little bit longer to get in this year but once you get in it’s going to be Christmas magic.”
Now this market is not just for profit. There is an admission fee on weekends, but it is free during the week.
“We have a lot of sponsors and the ticketing we charge on the weekends, which is only $6, still, just because of the volumes, pays for a lot of expenses when we run for 34 days,” Rosenblatt said.
To mark opening day, a tree lighting ceremony and a musical performance by Sharon Riley and Faith Chorale will be held at 6 p.m. The market is scheduled to remain open until Dec. 23.