Mariah Carey Performs at Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Unveiling in Toronto

Mariah Carey performs in 2016
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Mariah Carey performs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 2, 2016 in New Orleans.

Mariah Carey on Thursday (Nov. 3) brought her Christmas singing chops to Toronto to unwrap Saks Fifth Avenue's holiday window display.

With twinkling lights and a winter wonderland of animal characters as a backdrop, the legendary pop star performed a two-song set, including "All I Want for Christmas," a favorite holiday tune for radio stations and shopping malls.

"You know Santa Claus is coming real soon," Carey, dressed in a red dress with a purple sash, at one point told hundreds of screaming fans.

The Queen of Christmas capped off her seven-minute performance with fireworks and confetti raining down on Queen Street.
TMZ earlier on Thursday reported Carey received just shy of $1 million for her brief Toronto gig.

Representatives for Hudson's Bay, a Canadian retailer that recently opened the Saks Fifth Avenue location here, were not available to comment on Carey's reported payday. 

Toronto Police closed off Queen Street between Yonge and Bay streets to host Carey and her window reveal, leaving local traffic and streetcars to fill neighboring streets. 

Toronto mayor John Tory welcomed Carey onto a stage at 7:30 p.m., a half hour after the scheduled start, to begin her Toronto performance.  

Earlier in the day, Carey on her Twitter account invited fans to come out for her Saks Fifth Avenue windows lighting, an event made possible after the songstress canceled dates in Brazil, Argentina and Chile on her Latin America tour. 

The dates were part of Carey's The Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour that she kicked off in Europe earlier this year.

Canadians also got to see Carey in a recent episode of Fox's hit musical drama Empire, where the pop star played Kitty, a successful singer trying to record a duet with Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) in front of the Empire Records family.


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