Celebrations ๐ŸŽ‰โ˜ƒ๏ธ๐Ÿ›

The mood is right, the spirit’s up. We’re here tonight, and that’s enough. Simply having a wonderful Christmas time.” โ€“ Paul McCartney, “Wonderful Christmas Time”

Lens-Artists Challenge #177 โ€“ Celebrating

Unionville, Markham, Canada

Christmas lights Unionville: Once a historic village (early 1840s through the middle – late 20th century) and now a bustling touristy hotspot of Toronto suburbs. Whenever in Toronto we made it a point to visit this sylvanesue town highlighted by a pond appropriately named Toogood Pond. Good or bad it is actually a mill pond that powered the grist mill in the 1840s and happened to be named after one Toogood family..

So this time too it was no different and Unionville was one of the first places to visit for Christmas lights.

We stroll the Main Street with its original circa 1800 buildings, now converted into shops, restaurants and galleries, lighted up to welcome the festive month. Flurries greet us turning the street into a magical highway and we make a beeline for the Old Firehall Confectionary ,170 Main Street, for Hot Chocolate. Amongst all the irresistible cup cakes, chocolate bombs, macaroons, ice creams, cakes I see this poster about Gilmore Girls Re-union 2019. A surprise especially when i learn that Unionville was the inspirational make believe town of the television series

Chocolate bombs

GILMORE GIRLS was a television series ( 2000 to 2007 ) and I remember watching a few episodes with daughter and nieces. Google informs that the producers loved the scenic homie-ness of Unionville and used arial and street footage of Main Street throughout the episodes. The familiar locales are the Red Brick Church located at 150 Main Street, the sign โ€œWelcome to Stars Hollowโ€ was placed over the local business sign of Unionville Planning Mill at 139 Main Street, Lukes Diner (bit different now), The Gazebo on 139 Main Street) and the Old Firehall Confectionary on 170 Main Street or the shows Taylorโ€™s Olde Fashioned Soda Shoppe. Maybe I will watch a few episodes to say “Oh! It looks familiar.”

It is fascinating to know that one is walking on a filmy street but Unionville is not all Gilmore Girls. A local pointed out that there is not one but two gazebos, more old-time adorable little shops occupying Main Street, irresistible charming cottages and surrounding nature wonderland. Toronto Summerโ€“Unionville vibes

The lighted Millennium Band Stand

Ending on a jolly note โ€ฆ.Grand daughter celebrating her effort…Merry Christmas

19 responses to “Celebrations ๐ŸŽ‰โ˜ƒ๏ธ๐Ÿ›”

  1. Thank you for taking us there, TT. What an enjoyable tour. Ooh, Chocolate bombs!
    The lighted Millennium Band Stand is so beautiful. I love the image of your granddaughter, happy smile!

  2. Thank you. Merry Christmas to you

  3. Oh my goodness your granddaughter gave me the BIGGEST smile!!! How adorable is she?!?! Also loved the story – who knew?!

  4. Great photos. I love the grand daughter. Superb.

  5. She did a great job! Merry Christmas to you all!

  6. Merry Christmas to you too

  7. Very festive. Hope you enjoyed that Hot Chocolate. I loved watching Gilmore Girls when it came out. Interesting to know parts of Unionville were used as scenes in the series. Happy holidays.

  8. Happy Holidays to you too

  9. Awww your granddaughter is so pretty!

  10. ‘I drink coffee like a Gilmore Girl!’ that’s my motto ๐Ÿ™‚ I remember when the show came out on TV in Romania, my daughter was about 5 years old, she would nap in the afternoon and I would watch on mute ๐Ÿ™‚ Now she just finished her first ear of university and we watch Gilmore Girls together. Must have watched it a dozen times ๐Ÿ™‚ Never get bored of it. So witty, clever and funny.

    Unionville! I’ll remember that ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!
    I love the town dressed up for Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

    Enjoy your grand daughter. She is adorable!!

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and I wish you all the best in 2022.

    Pat ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Thank you..happy festivities to you too. I too loved the show whatever episodes I saw.
    Indra

  12. Your granddaughter did a great job. Unionville is beautiful at Christmas. I haven’t been there for a long time. Thank you for sharing your photos. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  13. Yes she did and helped by her mother. Merry Christmas to you to

  14. Now I will have that song in my head for the rest of the day. Awesome! It looks like you are living up to its mantra. Those toffee apples look so good!

  15. Merry Christmas โ„๏ธ