It’s finally that time of year again – time for the annual Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District. The Christmas Market is a great place to shop for gifts for friends and family, in addition to viewing daily events as well as sampling food from the vendors. Even if you don’t plan on buying anything, it’s a fun activity to do to really help get you in the holiday spirit!
Here, we give you a breakdown of the different fun things to do at the Christmas Market, as well as all the mandatory “how to you get there” and “when is it open” type of information.
What to See
1. National Christmas Tree Day Weekend – December 2nd-4th
Stop by the market this weekend for National Christmas Tree Day on December 3rd. Purchase your own tree from December 2nd – 4th and receive free entry into the Christmas Market. Forest Ontario will be celebrating trees all weekend long!
2. View the Christmas Market by taking a Walking Tour
Explore the market on a guided tour and learn facts about Christmas traditions, past winters in Toronto and the history of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery. As a bonus, you’ll get samples from Soma Chocolates, Mill Street Brewery and hot chocolate from the Christmas Market.
3. World Wednesdays – Every Wednesday
Every Wednesday during the Christmas Market, there will be performances, music and dance from different areas of the world. Stop by to see if there are any performances from your culture!
Click here for the full list of activities during the Christmas Market.
What to Eat
1. Good Grieves Shortbread
An ancient Scottish family recipe was brought to Canada by the Grieves and is now available to you in the form of their delicious buttery shortbread! The Grieves would make shortbread every holiday season to help pay for Christmas gifts for their 3 children. Make this family tradition part of your Christmas traditions too.
2. Woodcutters Grill
Looking to refuel after shopping all morning? Try hitting Woodcutters Grill where you’ll find turkey sausage, Oktoberfest sausage, Farmer’s sausage, spice chorizo sausage, and Nathan’s all beef hotdog. They also offer sandwiches, as well as Kozlik’s mustard which is proud to provide real Canadian mustard to its customers.
3. DAS KARTOFFELHAUS / Tornado Potato
If you’re planning on trying some snacks while at the market, make sure that these Tornado Potato’s are on your list! It’s an outdoor market tradition – so it’s basically mandatory! Enjoy a whole spiralized potato on a stick served with apple sauce and sour cream!
What to Buy
1. Artisan Christmas Ornaments
Artisan Christmas Ornaments are produced with traditional methods. All the ornaments are mouth blown, hand crafted, painted and decorated in Poland. Thanks to that, we can not only guarantee their exquisitely detailed work and exceptional precision of the hand craft, but also the unique character of every single glass ornament. Each Christmas glass ornament is one of a kind, which makes them exceptional and exclusive.
2. La Vela Bella
La Vela Bella is back again this year with their handmade soy wax candles made in upcycled tea cups and mason jars. Exclusive this year to the Christmas market will be soy wax candles made in antique tins.
3. Winterbourne Alpaca
A collaborative effort between Canadian designers and traditional method artisans and craftspeople in Ecudaor. All produced with high quality, organic alpaca fleece.
You can find the full list of vendors here
Where is the Market?
The Toronto Christmas Market Takes Place in the Distillery District which is located just south of Mill Street and East of Parliament Street. The 514 Streetcar goes right to the distillery district, but it is also a short walk from any King Streetcar or the Parliament Street Bus. There are also various parking lots to park at should you choose to drive in. More detailed transportation instructions can be found here.
The Market starts on November 18th and runs through to December 22nd – but the market isn’t active on Mondays. Admission is free during the week, but from 5pm Friday until Sunday, tickets can be purchased for $6 per person.
Have fun at the Toronto Christmas Market this year! Let us know in the comments about your experience at the Christmas Market in past years – we’d love to hear.