The holiday season is just around the corner — and what better place to celebrate this time of year than in Toronto, home of frosty mornings and snowy evenings” This year, Christmas markets can be found throughout the city, inviting visitors to take part in various activities, including live entertainment, local gift shopping, kissing under the mistletoe, food and wine tastings, and… what else could you need, really? To get into the spirit of the season, here are the top holiday markets to check out this season in Toronto.
Toronto Christmas Market (Distillery District)
The Toronto Christmas Market has quickly become Toronto’s favorite annual holiday tradition. Celebrate the magic and romance of Christmas by strolling down the streets of the historic Distillery District under a canopy of 1940s-style lighting. Check out local venders selling hundreds of unique and locally handcrafted products while also taking in the view of the iconic 54-foot Christmas tree, decorated with over 18,000 lights and ornaments. Indulge in traditional European and Canadian street foods while enjoying over 320 live performances, including carolers, choirs, dancers and brass bands.
November 20-December 20, 2015 | Tuesdays–Thursdays: 12pm–9pm, Friday: 12pm–10pm, Saturday: 10am–10pm, Sunday: 10am–9pm (The Market is closed Mondays) | Admission: Free from Tuesday–Friday, $5 on weekends
Toronto Art Crawl Christmas Market
Taking place in Toronto’s iconic Great Hall on Queen Street West, the Toronto Art Crawl Christmas Market is a one-day event and your one-stop shop for unique and handcrafted gifts for everyone on your gift list. In addition to browsing the artists’ wares, make sure to take part in the other various activities the entire family can enjoy, including live and interactive artist demonstrations, a special Toronto exhibit, face painting for children and, of course, pictures with Santa Claus for kids of all ages. The Toronto Art Crawl Christmas Market is also excited to announce Cirque Du Soleil’s Toruk as the main event presenter.
Sunday, November 22, 2015 | 11am–7pm
The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 792 1268
One of a Kind Christmas Show
The One of a Kind Christmas Show welcomes guests to experience the creativity and craftsmanship of local vendors selling proudly handmade ‘only in Canada’ gifts. Experience ‘one of a kind’ displays and exhibits, including a wreath competition and walk of fame. Learn something new by taking part in any of the DIY workshops on-site, including learning how to make your own ornaments and decorating holiday cookies. Take part in contests throughout the show each day for the chance to win some amazing prizes.
November 26-December 6, 2015 | Weekdays & Saturdays: 10am–9pm, Sundays: 10am–6pm | Tickets can be purchased online
Enercare Centre, 100 Princes’ Blvd #1, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 263 3000
Union Station Holiday Market
Celebrate the holiday season with the Union Station Holiday Market. Located in Toronto’s Union Station, the market will feature around 30 local artisans, designers, food merchants and cultural institutions who will be showcasing unique merchandise for visitors to browse, shop and embrace the holiday spirit. The Union Station Holiday Market will take place out on the front plaza inside gorgeous glass tents, which will look and feel like a winter wonderland.
November 30-December 20, 2015 | Weekdays: 7am–7pm, Weekends: 10am–6pm
Frost Fair at Fort York
Stroll through the two-hundred-year-old buildings of Fort York during Frost Fair, where merchants will be selling their heritage-inspired reproductions, regency fashions and holiday greenery. Take part in various activities including military demonstrations and children’s drill workshops, or try on a historic costume and print a Frost Fair souvenir on the Mackenzie House proof press. Enjoy heritage cuisine cooked using late 18th and early 19th-century recipes in the Officer’s Mess Kitchen, or sample ginger ice cream at the Sugar Plum demonstration. In the new Visitor Centre, shop for unique Christmas gifts for friends and family from local artisans and Etsy sellers.
Saturday December 5 and Sunday December 6, 2015 | 10am–5pm | Regular admission applies
Christmas Gladstone Flea
Hosted by Gladstone’s Melody Bar, the Christmas Gladstone Flea isn’t your typical flea market but is still a perfect choice for those who are a fan of thrift items. The Gladstone Hotel teams up with notable fashion and lifestyle aficionados to jury an organized, handpicked marketplace packed with artists’ goods, reclaimed vintage, crafts, jewelry, clothing, and more. Pick up some unique gifts for those hard-to-buy-for people on your list.
Saturday, December 12, 2015 | 10am–4pm | Free of charge
Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 531 4635
Toronto Etsy Street Team Presents: A Christmas Marketplace
A Christmas Marketplace is coming your way this holiday season, presented by the Toronto Etsy Street Team (TEST). Vendors will be on-site selling a variety of handmade and vintage items, including jewelry, art, fashion, toys, hand-bound books, body care items, Christmas ornaments, cards, and gift wrap. There will be live entertainment, and guests can take part in one of a series of free craft workshops (Old Saint Nick himself is rumored to attend). Spend a winter afternoon checking out these talented handmakers’ wares, support local artists in your community, and enjoy the hunt for the perfect gift. A Christmas Marketplace will be open to the public on December 12th.
Saturday, December 12, 2015 | 11am–5pm
By Rebecca Bartley
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