Toledo Talk

Downtown Dreaming - Christmas Edition

I'd love to see a European-style Christmas Market downtown in the future. Chicago's is a huge tourist draw. For those who haven't experienced one, they are pop-up outdoor markets with decorated stalls, food trucks, and entertainment. Because of the lighting and festive atmosphere, they are mostly enjoyed after sunset. I believe adult beverages like German beer and spiced wine are also served :)

Specifically, I would love to see a short-term market pop up in the plaza near the Maritime Museum. There is potential for a nautical-themed Christmas mart. It could also pop up in conjuntion with the arrival of the Christmas Tree Ship (11:30 on Saturday Dec. 2nd, by the way, and well worth visiting because it's so darn awesome).

Part of the charm and what differentiates Christkindlmarkts from other street-level sales ventures is the Alpine/gingerbread-themed market stalls. In our case we could encourage the nautical look. A unique fair like this would lead to nationwide publicity. And it would be a fun way to get some retail/entertainment vibe, even if short-lived, on that bank of the river.

I wonder if the good folks who run Oak Shade Grove have ever thought about sponsoring this kind of thing off their own property.

created by viola on Nov 26, 2017 at 10:20:05 am     Comments: 4

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Love it. There are several in Manhattan, we visited one last year. Beautiful, lots to see and do. Id love to see a renewal of the ice skating rink in the fountain at 5/3 building. Feels like that could be a good spot. Contiguous around to promenade park.

posted by ahmahler on Nov 26, 2017 at 12:34:12 pm     #   1 person liked this

Detroit has them in Campus Martius. It's a great addition to downtown. It would be easy for Toledo to replicate. Agree, we also need the downtown skating rink.

https://detroit.curbed.com/2017/11/17/16670110/downtown-detroit-markets-holiday-photos

posted by toledoramblingman on Nov 26, 2017 at 06:53:27 pm     #  

I would love to see First Night brought back to Toledo. There are so many new businesses open downtown, I'm sure that venues wouldn't be an issue. It would be nice to have a place to bring teenagers as well as adults.

posted by Anniecski on Nov 27, 2017 at 01:32:23 pm     #  

Thanks for the reminder about First Night! I went when I was new in town and it was great. It would be even better now, with all the new places to visit.

posted by viola on Nov 27, 2017 at 05:46:27 pm     #