With Halloween out of the way, the Christmas season has officially begun in Toronto.
A huge 50-foot tall Christmas tree arrived in the Distillery District Monday, announcing the holiday’s imminent arrival in a hard-to-miss-it way.
The Distillery District usually hosts the city’s annual Christmas Market, but it was cancelled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The locally-sourced balsam fir is still bringing some festive cheer to the neighbourhood, though.
“With the majestic evergreen amidst the beautiful backdrop of The Distillery District, the Christmas tree this year, more than ever, will help to bring joy and holiday spirit to all,” Elena Price, general manager of the Distillery Historic District said in a news release.
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Gathering restrictions mean there won’t be an in-person tree lighting ceremony like usual, but Price asked residents to stay tuned for alternative ways they’re celebrating the season.
The huge tree was grown in Schomburg, Ontario and delivered by Forests Ontario, the 10th consecutive year the organization has provided the Distillery District’s tree.
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Today, with our friends at @Forests_Ontario, #DistilleryTO welcomed our holiday tree to Trinity Square! 🌲👏🏽 The majestic Balsam Fir will shine bright with 60,800 lights and thousands of decorations ✨ Stay tuned for more updates about the holiday magic to come at The Distillery! ❤️