Looking for something special to do with the family, other than going to see The Nutcracker? Head over to the Distillery District for the Soulpepper Family Festival and complete the day with a stroll through their now famous Christmas Market.
Going to see Michael Shamata’s A Christmas Carol is becoming something of a ritual for Torontonians. Wonderfully adapted, watch as Ebenezer Scrooge is transformed before your eyes, after being visited by three ghosts who help him realize the error of his ways. Why not make this play part of your family tradition?
The Festival also welcomes Kim’s Convenience home to the city after their national tour. Ins Choi did a great job with his debut play, set in Regent Park in a Korean convenience store. This family goes on a different kind of journey and is equal parts funny and touching. Whether you’ve seen it before or not, it’s definitely worth another look.
The third production, David Ben’s critically acclaimed magic show The Conjuror, is also sure to be a hit. Be transported back to the year 1909 to the legendary St. George’s Hall in London, where audiences went to be enchanted by paradox – the Golden Age of Magic. What better place to be than a historic district, to be taken on a journey like that?
Back in the present day, spend the rest of it taking in the magic of the Christmas Market. Enjoy the atmosphere of the district, all lit up with the sights and smells of the season, keeping warm with a hot chocolate or a Drambuie Hot Apple Toddy. Stop and take pictures with Santa and pick up a complimentary gingerbread man in the Glad Gingerbread House. There will be choirs, carolers, brass bands and dance groups.Also at the market is a Ferris Wheel and carousel for the young ones to enjoy. Don’t forget to walk under the mistletoe sculpture with your special someone before you leave.
For tickets and more information on the Soulpepper Family Festival please visit: www.Soulpepper.ca and for the full schedule of events and a list of vendors for the Market visit: www.TorontoChristmasMarket.com
Top: The Toronto Christmas Market lit up at night with Christmas tree and Ferris Wheel in the background.
Second: Sarah Wilson, Deborah Drakeford, Joseph Ziegler, Maggie Huculak & Sabrina Nardi in Soulpepper’s A Christmsa Carol.
Third: Toronto Christmas Market with vendor stalls and curtain of lights.
Bottom: Suleyman Fattah, Court Howlett-Ben & David Ben perform in The Conjuror.