Toronto’s Eaton Centre Xmas decorations at night in 2012


The Christmas decorations at the Eaton Centre become truly magical at night, when the skylights in the Galleria cease to reflect the light from outdoors, closing the mall against the outside world. I saw parents taking wide-eyed children by the hand, walking under the magnificent sculptures, and pointing up at the reindeers’ bellies. Others were standing still to stare at the colourful displays, too overcome to speak. I believe that the adults were enjoying the experience as much as the children. In future years, the children will treasure the memories of their visits to downtown Toronto in 2012, at Christmas, as much as those of us who are older cherish our memories of similar events – Santa at Eaton’s and Simpson’s, Toyland, The Eaton’s Santa Claus Parade, the Simpson’s windows, lights at City Hall, and the strings of lights on Yonge Street. Christmas is a time to create memories and recall pleasant times of the yuletide season from our past.

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To view other posts about Christmas in Toronto throughout the years.

A popcorn man on the street in downtown Toronto during Christmas

Photos with the Eaton’s Santa in 1941 and 1943

A church Christmas pageant in Toronto in 2012

Downtown Toronto’s lights and Christmas displays – 2012

The Christmas windows at the Bay Store are magical at night

Christmas at the historic St. Lawrence Market in 1921 and in 2012

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

A humorous account of a Christmas concert in old Newfoundland

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