Xmas decorations on downtown Toronto streets-2012

12 Feb

There may be no snow in Toronto, but “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” Shoppers are crowding the Eaton Centre, the underground Pathway, and the shops of Yonge Street and other avenues. The decorations add a festive mood that  ameliorates the feeling that the yuletide season is too commercialized. 

I have been photographing the streets of the downtown, choosing sunny days for my expeditions. I have noticed that many of the streets, due to the predominance of the city’s tall buildings, receive no direct sunlight any time of the day. They remain completely in shadow, detracting greatly from the quality of the photos. In some pictures, the grey background is not a grey sky, but the concrete or glass walls of the buildings.


Front Street East looking west toward the Gooderham Building, the CN Tower, and buildings of the financial district.

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The Gooderham Building at Front and Wellington Streets on a cloudy morning


Berczy Park between Front and Wellington, east of Yonge Street.


                        Yonge Street looking north from Front Street


    BCE Place between Yonge and Bay Streets, north of Front Street


                                        Christmas tree in BCE Place


            A section of the Pathway under the downtown buildings of Toronto


                         19th-century warehouses on Front Street East


                  Historic Campbell House at Queen and University


                  Trendy Yorkville in the Bloor-Yonge area of Toronto

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       Xmas tree on Bloor Street               Xmas tree in Dundas Square


        Unloading Xmas trees at Dundas Square on 13 December, 2012

To view posts about Christmas in Toronto throughout the years

The Christmas windows at the Bay Store on Queen Street, 2012

The amazing gingerbread houses on the underground Pathway in Toronto

The gigantic metallic reindeer in the Eaton Centre

Christmas cards mailed in Toronto during the years 1924-1926

The Christmas buffet lunch at the Arcadian Court at the Simpson’s Queen Street Store in Toronto (the Bay)

Christmas at Mackenzie House on Bond Street.

Christmas at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market

The Christmas Market at the Distillery District

Memories of the Christmas windows of the Simpson’s store on Queen Street

Christmas at the Kensington Market

Memories of Toyland on the fifth floor of the old Eaton’s Store at Queen and Yonge Street

The Christmas lights on Yonge Street in the 1950s

The history of Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade

The 1940s Christmas radio broadcasts featuring Santa Claus

Christmas at Toronto’s historic St. Andrew’s Market

Christmas trees and seasonal decorations in Toronto

Celebrating the 12 days of Christmas in old Newfoundland

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