Lowe's Christmas Market 2015-2016

I don't know about everyone, but I think that most of us are really glad 2016 is over with.  I don't regret one minute of worry or disappointment because I've learned sometimes challenges and obstacles that are for the greater good can make a person stronger.  It isn't so much what you experience that defines you, it's how you deal with that experience.

Thankfully with the help of good people, justice prevailed and never ever believe everything the media reports.  So there, I've said my piece.  On to Christmas and the spirit from which it was intended.  What better way to get into the mood that to enjoy the Christmas Market in it's 7th year in the Distillery district.  Officially christened the Lowe's Christmas Market, it's a great time for all ages, especially for the kids (which is what I think Christmas is really for anyways).  

The market is bigger and better than ever before for the most part.  More vendors, more treats, less authentic and more commercialism :)  There is one more thing, for the first time they are charging entrance fee.  It's not a lot ($6/head) and that is for their busiest time of the week, Friday - Sunday.  Which for most of us career folks that is pretty much the only time we can get away from the office and relax.  The crowds are over the top leaving little for wiggle room.

As in every year before the Market opens with the traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the 22nd of November, there is Christmas carolers and dance performances, ferris wheel and a horse carousel and lots of lots of foodies.  Because the Christmas Market had originated in Switzerland. 

Take in sparkling Christmas light canopies, traditional music and carols, dance performances and family-friendly activities like Santa’s House, a ferris wheel, carousel and life-sized gingerbread house. Foodies can taste traditional European street-style food as well as Canadian holiday treats and sip on cold and warm brews in the beer gardens.  

A Christmas market, as known as Christkindlmarkt originated in Germany and although they are held all over the world now, the basic feel to the market still remains in the Germanic theme with the street market associated with the celebration of Christmas during ht first four weeks of Advent. This also will explain why Santa Claus has the appearance of wearing long robes rather than a red suit as they are keeping his attire akin to the Germanic Christmas traditions.

Overall, as I recall it was a good experience, but unless I have grand kids in the future, most likely won't be attending next year :P