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We are introducing a brand new series of Photo Essays! Have a look at amazing Photo Sets all shot by talented photographers. Explore the vibe of the city, its hidden treasures, meet the Torontonians! This time, let’s have a look at Toronto through the lens of John S. Fernandez!
Get Into Christmas Mood at Toronto’s Christmas Market
Many cities around the world fill their most charming streets with the many wooden stalls and decorative lights of Christmas Markets each year. After all, what could possibly be more festive than taking your family and friends out to the streets and buying some of the last presents for your loved ones while sipping a glass of deliciously fragrant mulled wine and listening to Christmas carols? Toronto is certainly not behind the rest of the world, staging its famous market in the popular Distillery District.
The tradition of street markets comes all the way from Europe, where the first Christmas markets have been held since the 15th century! The tradition of celebrating the holiday season with festive food, drinks, and small home-made presents makes the weeks of December so much nicer.
Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market
This traditional European-style Christmas Market takes place in the historic neighbourhood of the Distillery District from November 30th to December 16th. Its main attractions are the many stalls full of unique arts and crafts and delicious foods and drinks such as hot chestnuts and grilled sausages. Pay a visit to the inviting beer gardens or take your kids to the many attractions, such as the beautiful carousel, meeting Santa for a Christmas wish, or storytelling. You can buy find the most beautiful Christmas trees for your living room here or taste the famous gingerbread biscuits called “Lebkuchen.” A secret tip: the best time to visit is definitely after dark — the whole market comes alive with Christmas lights all around you, like little, twinkling stars!
Meet the Photographer
John Steven Fernandez (born 1990)
This Toronto based photography student, currently studying at Seneca College of Applied Arts, was born and raised in Toronto from Chilean-born parents. Growing up, John would often visit Chile, and would document every moment of his trips, which had a major impact on the style of photography he enjoys most today. John’s main disciplines of interest are street photography, photojournalism, news, and event photography. John’s greatest passion in life is to travel, experiencing other cultures and meeting new people. John’s dream is to one day travel the world documenting his experiences and communicating his emotions to the world through his lens.