Toronto Christmas Market spreads even more holiday cheer with SHOP.CA and American Express

Holiday magic returns to Distillery Historic District from November 28 to December 21

TORONTO, Nov. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - The spirit of Christmas is in the air and making its way to the Distillery Historic District for the fifth annual, newly named, SHOP.CA Toronto Christmas Market presented by American Express. This European inspired, spectacular event is open six days a week and offers Toronto a destination dedicated to celebrating the magic of the holiday season. Offering free admission, unique eats, treats and more, this enchanting winter holiday tradition will run from November 28th until December 21st.

Thanks to the market's two new sponsors, SHOP.CA and American Express, and returning sponsor Celebrate Ontario, the city will be excited with Christmas cheer for an extra very merry week.

"We are delighted to work with both SHOP.CA and American Express this year," said Mathew Rosenblatt, Executive Producer for the SHOP.CA Toronto Christmas Market presented by America Express. "Thanks to these fabulous sponsors, we are able to offer Toronto a truly Canadian, exciting, heart-warming holiday experience. Our visitors can rediscover the magic of Christmas through a series of charming and memorable events, activities, culinary delights and more. It really is the best of what Toronto has to offer."

From cobblestone streets lined with incandescent lighting, enchanting holiday vendors to festival favourites, such as the Ferris wheel, the classic carousel and Santa Claus himself, this family friendly event has something for everyone. The SHOP.CA Toronto Christmas Market presented by American Express has over 200 stage acts including carolers, choirs, brass bands and dancers. Finally, Christmas wouldn't be complete without the majestic 52-foot-tall white spruce Christmas tree with over 18,000 light bulbs, donated by Forests Ontario.

"The Toronto Christmas Market has become a holiday tradition and we are excited to be part of it," said James Haggarty, CEO at SHOP.CA. "We are proud to participate in this festive event that celebrates the season and the beautiful work of local Canadian artisans. Being part of a shopping experience that helps people enjoy the crisp outdoors full of Christmas cheer is something we are proud of."

American Express Lounge
In addition to becoming the presenting sponsor, American Express invites guests to cozy up in the heated American Express Lounge complete with complimentary delectable hot chocolate. The American Express Lounge is open Friday to Sunday nights during the SHOP.CA Toronto Christmas Market presented by American Express.

Under the Mistletoe
Celebrate Christmas with a tender kiss under the unique, heart shaped 'Under the mistletoe' sculpture at SHOP.CA Toronto Christmas Market presented by American Express. This beautiful 14 feet tall and 12 feet wide sculpture will be fabricated from hot rolled steel, encouraging lovers to walk inside the sculpture's arch and celebrate this romantic holiday tradition underneath the mistletoe.

About SHOP.CA Toronto Christmas Market presented by American Express
The 2014 SHOP.CA Toronto Christmas Market presented by American Express will take place at the Distillery Historic District in Toronto from November 28 to December 21. The event, now in its fifth year, recreates the romance and magic of a traditional European Christmas markets, which date back to the early 1400s. The SHOP.CA Toronto Christmas Market features family-friendly entertainment, food and merchandise from around the world, outdoor heated beer and mulled wine gardens, and a 52-foot white spruce Christmas tree decorated with more than 18,000 lights. To learn more, visit


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