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Fun for Kids at the Toronto Christmas Market

Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery DistrictWho said a Winter Wonderland needs snow? If the crowds at the Distillery District’s Toronto Christmas Market opening ceremonies are any indication, the spirit of Christmas prevails with or without the fluffy white stuff.

This relatively new city tradition (inspired by the Christmas Markets in Germany and now in its second year) is a welcome addition to the holiday activities available to Torontonians in December. Every Christmas delight is covered, from a stand where you can purchase a Christmas tree for your home, to miniature cottages spread throughout the Distillery selling gifts and snacks, to a neighbourhood-wide liquor license (take your pick between beer or mulled wine), to the spectacular 45-foot Christmas tree (donated by Trees Ontario) and decorated with mint green sashes, shiny red ornaments and more than 12,000 reed switch component Christmas light bulbs.

Sound like fun? Ferris Wheel at the Toronto Christmas MarketYour kids will think so too–this is one Christmas event in Toronto for the whole family, and it is in continuous improvement in this regard. This event is so kid-friendly, it may come as a shock to your children! My advice would be to tell them you’re all going out to pick a Christmas tree, and let them discover the ferris wheel and the carousel for themselves. That’s Christmas magic.

On top of the tremendous novelty of outdoor carnival rides in winter, your kids will love the free candy canes, hot chocolate, fudge, and other ‘sugar plums’ on offer; though they won’t enjoy the subsequent trip to a Toronto dentist as much, ’tis the seaon!

Make this Christmas season a magical one for your kids by attending the FREE Toronto Christmas Market. For the occasion, one of the cobblestone streets in the Distillery has been renamed Santa’s Lane. Father Christmases of all cultures and customs will be present to tell their traditional stories and fill hearts with cheer, but to get to Santa’s house children must first find their way through a maze made out of small pine trees.

– Santa will be in the Distillery on weekdays from 2 p.m.7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., with a reindeer petting zoo on location during weekend hours.

-There will be daily reading of Grimm Brothers classics, and real-life characters Father Christmas and the Christmas Angel walking around.

– Write the North Pole via Santa Mail! Canada Post is providing two letter boxes from which letters will be shipped express to Santa. Kids can write Carollers at the Toronto Christmas Marketletters in Santa’s Workshop (indoors) as well as make crafts, stocking stuffers and play Christmas games with other children. With so much to see and do, you might want to make a whole day out of it, bringing lunch containers or opting to try some of the German street fare (like hot pretzels or schnitzel) available.

– Finally, take photographs! Lenzr.com is sponsoring a Toronto Christmas Market photo contest, rewarding the best photograph taken of the market with $250. 2nd place will receive a $250 restaurant gift certificate, and third place will receive a $100 gift certificate courtesy of the Distillery District.

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Hot Fun in the Summertime – New Photo Contests on Lenzr.com!

Lenzr.com is Canada’s only serial photo contest website, offering up new photography challenges for budding photographers every month and rewarding the best photos with real prizes. Lenzr photo contests are something you can share with your children, encouraging creativity in them and bonding over camera and photo editing technology–it is the digital age, after all!

Lenzr has just introduced four new contests in the July-August session, and, of course, four great prizes are on the line. Kids have to be at least 13 years of age to enter the contests on their own, but that shouldn’t stop you if you have younger children–just work on the photography together and enter the contest under your own account!

Fireplaces and Furnaces Photo Contest on Lenzr.comLenzr’s Fireplaces and Furnaces photo contest is a bit weird in the middle of summer, we know, but professional photographers and filmmakers do this all the time–you didn’t really think that they wait for rain to fall, did you? Suspend our disbelief! Show our judges your coziest shots of comforting winter scenes–perhaps the kids warming their hands at the fireplace or the dog curled up on the hearth. Teaching your children that what they see in photographs (particularly in mainstream media) is not necessarily a representation of the truth is a good lesson. For example, most of the delicious food photography we salivate over feature motor oil as syrup, hairspray to moisten up a drying piece of cake and white glue instead of milk in cereal ads, etc. Kids should learn early on that photographs can play tricks on our perception, and the best way to learn is to do!Sony Laptop

The prize in this competition is  a Sony laptop, courtesy of the contest’s sponsor, a furnace installer located in Ontario. Summer is, financially speaking, the best time to think about installing a new high-efficiency furnace, which will save more money in the long run.

Toronto Tourist Attractions Photo Contest on Lenzr.com


Lenzr’s Toronto Tourist Attractions is, unlike its predecessor, a perfect summertime challenge. Canada’s largest city has a lot to offer tourists of all types–international visitors will enjoy The ROM and The Hockey Hall of Fame, nature lovers will be pleasantly shocked by the beauty of the Toronto Islands and High Park, music lovers may enjoy a different festival nearly every weekend, architecture buffs will love the designs of the newly restored Art Gallery of Ontario and the colorful activity of the CN Tower, and Toronto’s many and diverse cultural festivals such as Caribana attract millions of visitors every summer.

Head into Toronto with your camera and show us the unique things you discover! The prizeSeaEagle Sport Kayak for this contest is an inflatable sport kayak, courtesy of this contest’s sponsor, a Toronto bed and breakfast that’s literally as downtown as you can get, for it’s a ‘Boatel’ moored at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre!

Haircuts and Hairstyles Photo Contest on Lenzr.com


Lenzr.com’s Haircuts and Hairstyles photo contest wants to see photographic submissions with a hairstyle (or someone having their hair cut) as the focal point of the photograph. Hair is one of the first things we humans notice about one another, and kids have a lot of fun experimenting with hairstyles on their own. Where you don’t want to give your kids total creative freedom is with a pair of shears, for obvious reasons.

Show us funny, unique or beautiful hairstyles. You can definitely get the kids involved, even by allowing them to style your hair and then concluding with a fashion shoot–that photo will probably be filed under the ‘funny’ hairstyles, no?

The prize for this contest is a high-end blow dryer + flat iron, perfect for a gift for mom or an older sister or relative! The contest was generously sponsored by a Yorkville salon in downtown Toronto.

Objects in Motion Photo Contest on Lenzr.comLenzr.com’s Objects in Motion photo contest wants to see the trajectory route of an object, person, animal or force of nature. Yes, the photo may contain a motion blur, but our judges only want to see the object, person, animal or force of nature in motion blur, not the rest of the photograph. Show us planes, trains or automobiles, high jumpers, long jumpers, kids on trampolines, squirrels jumping across telephone wires, dogs chasing them, yanking their leash away from their owner’s firm grip. Last summer Canada’s East Coast got hit with some nasty hurricanes; Canadians of intrepid heart may wish to chase a storm in motion, if they dare.Sony Laptop

The prize for this contest is a Sony Laptop, courtesy of the contest’s sponsor, an air freight service that’s constantly keeping objects in motion over land, sea and sky.

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NEW Summer Photo Safari on Lenzr.com!

Lenzr.com is Canada’s premier serial photo contest website, and a great way to engage yourself and your family in artistic and technological activity. Lenzr has just launched a brand-new website and four new photo contests to challenge you and your kids. Lenzr is a positive and supportive community that rewards great photography with real prizes like computers and cameras. During voting time, participants in photo contests are encouraged to share their work online with their friends and family to get votes and increase their chances of winning.

Participating in contests is a great way to introduce your kids to the world of competition, to show them it’s not always about the outcome, that the process is just as important, and sometimes, even more fun than winning itself! Three of Lenzr.com’s latest contests could be great Father’s Day fun next weekend; the fourth contest is certainly fun, but for parents only:

Latest Photo Contests on Lenzr.com

Construction Sights Photo Contest on Lenzr.com

The Construction Sights photo contest is looking for submissions catching a moment in time through the building of a new structure, roadway or monument. This time of year, especially in the city, construction sites are in abundance. Let your kids pick the site they find the most interesting, and help them with angles and composition–this will give you surprising insight into the unique take on the world your children have. Show us a crane towering above the ground or a bulldozer spreading  a cloud of dust as it delves deeper into the ground. Perhaps your kids will want to show the human aspect of contruction–the people who toil in the heat or the rain to make improvements to the world we see every day.

Sony Laptop

The prize is a Sony laptop, courtesy of the contest’s sponsor, an award-winning Ottawa roofing company.

Best Office Staff Party Photo Contest on Lenzr.com

This is Lenzr.com’s ‘adult only’ contest; the Best Office Staff Party photo contest is looking for submissions illustrating how your office space looks when it’s used for purposes outside of work–partying, to be specific. Have fun with this one! Show us what the gang at work does to let loose and de-stress. Do you bring your significant others along to be subjected to inside jokes about what really happens in the boardroom? Do you use your boardroom to party, transforming it from a sterile meeting place to a dance party complete with disco ball? Lenzr.com hopes so, because that would make a great photograph.

The prize is a Sony laptop, courtesy of the contest’s sponsor, an IT Staff agency located in downtown Toronto.

A Counting Exercise Photo Contest on Lenzr.com

This is the contest where you’ll probably need the creative and open mind of a child in order to come up with the best concept. Lenzr.com’s A Counting Exercise photo contest is looking for submissions featuring repeating patterns that may be counted in a photograph. Kids, still new to the world, often immerse themselves in patterns, noticing things adults have forgotten to look for. Show us how many ants are on parade back to the anthill, strips in the hardwood floor or cookies in the cookie jar. You could tell them to pretend they’re the Count from Sesame St., who doesn’t love a vampire with arithmomania?

The prize is a Sony laptop, courtesy of the contest’s sponsor, a team of web-savvy Toronto accountants.

Shafts of Sunlight Photo Contest on Lenzr.com

The final photo contest this session, Shafts of Sunlight, want to see submissions featuring natural light appearing as tangible matter you can hold in your hand. Look at the example above–the shafts of sunlight you see could almost be monkey bars ascending up to the heavens. This is the most specific photo contest this session, but sunlight is readily available this time of year; there’s no reason why you and your kids couldn’t come up with the winning entry, especially because the prize is a perfect one to give a budding young photographer.

Sony Cyber-Shot

The prize is a Sony Cyber-Shot digital camera, courtesy of the contest’s sponsor, a sunrooms installer.

All the contests started on June 1, 2011. Voting starts on July 15, after which the top ten user-ranked photos advance to judging. Lenzr.com doesn’t mind, in fact, Lenzr.com encourages you to have your friends and family vote on your photos for higher chances of winning. The winning photographs will be announced on August 1, 2011. Good luck!