The 2016 holiday market at the SLC showcases a diversity of Ryerson community vendors. (Daniela Olariu)

With winter break right around the corner, the holiday season has arrived at Ryerson’s Student Learning Centre.“Shop the SLC: A Holiday Market” is taking place for the second time after its success last year.

This year’s three-day market featured a Santa photo booth on Tuesday. On Friday, there will be a performance by Ryerson’s a cappella group, followed by a World AIDS Day flash mob.

The collaborative initiative gives Ryerson students, alumni and community members the opportunity to showcase their homegrown talent and entrepreneurial spirit. With over 25 Ryerson community vendors, students and faculty can buy food, clothing, accessories, handmade items and other gifts.

“The objective for this event is to tap into first-time marketplace experience,” said Jessica Russell, an SLC assistant and the event organizer. “I love the idea of bringing first-timers with more experienced vendors so they can network and collaborate with each other. And for the Ryerson community, it’s a way for everyone to see the diversity of creative talent that comes from so many different faculties,” she said.

The Santa photo booth was hosted by WiSe Talk – a one-day conference to educate, empower and encourage high school girls to explore a career in the sport media industry. The event will take place at the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Feb. 11, 2017. All proceeds from Tuesday’s photo booth went towards helping fund the conference.

The SLC will be bustling with festivities to get students in the Christmas spirit until Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The SLC asks attendees bring a non-perishable food item for Ryerson’s Good Food Room.

Daniela Olariu is a multimedia journalist that is pursuing her BJourn at Ryerson University. She enjoys covering breaking news as well as the arts & life and following news stories that are happening locally and internationally.

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