Each year the iconic Toronto Christmas Market attracts over 600,000 people to the historic Distillery District in downtown Toronto. Every year the Toronto Christmas Market runs from mid-November almost right up to Christmas Eve.
This nostalgic holiday event is positioned amongst the beautiful cobblestone streets and brick facades from Toronto’s past. Admission is free of charge on weekdays, while there is a $6 dollar fee on weekends beginning Fridays at 5PM. The Toronto Christmas Market offers something for everyone, from great eats, shopping, and holiday activities for all ages. Below are a few of the top things to do and see while visiting the Christmas Market.
— Eat and Drink —
Looking for a bite to eat while at the market? There are some great choices including multiple food stands, lounges, beer gardens, and wine stands. Some of the crowd favourites include the Poutine stand, which features classic Quebec poutine, and the Artisan Grilled Cheese hut. If you are looking for something to satisfy your thirst, there are plenty of options such as the Holiday Spirits Square, Mill Street Beer Garden, Moosehead Lounge, and Wines of the World Holiday Lounge.
— Experience the Christmas Theme and Activities —
While at the Christmas Market you can’t help but admire all of the beautiful Christmas decorations setup throughout the streets. One of the staples of the Toronto Christmas Market is a beautiful 52-foot Norway Spruce Christmas Tree. Positioned in the centre of the market, the tree is often the backdrop to special performances by children’s choirs, carollers, jazz, and gospel groups. Other must see exhibits include, The Heart of Christmas, the forest of pink Christmas trees, and the life-sized gingerbread house where you will find a wide variety of German sweets for purchase.
There are many huts located all throughout the market where local vendors sell a huge variety of Christmas goods, ranging from Christmas ornaments to Canadian-made fleece clothing.
Did you know the Toronto Christmas Market is rated as one of the top 10 holiday markets in the world? Inspired by European Christmas markets that have been found around the world for hundreds of years, this fun filled event is complete with twinkly lights, the sweet smell of hot chocolate, mulled wine, and vendor huts that resemble cozy cabins. If you have not had a chance to check out this exciting annual tradition, make sure to head to down the Distillery District before it ends to join in on the holiday fun!