Part of the historic Distillery District, the Toronto Christmas Market sells unique gifts and food items for Christmas. The market also hosts concerts and other entertainment for the entire family. Christmas trees, lighting decorations and other traditional installations capture the magic of Christmas in this urban part of Toronto.
The 2019 market runs from Thursday, November 14th to Sunday, December 22nd from 12 noon to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and from 12 noon to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. While the Distillery District and its stores are open 7 days a week, the market itself is closed on Mondays.
Admission to the market during the week is FREE! Starting at 6 p.m. on Fridays and during the weekend there is an admission fee. Click for more information on ticket types and prices.
Retail, Entertainment and Other Highlights
The Toronto Christmas Market hosts several vendors who sell unique gifts that shoppers won’t find in chain stores. Nesting dolls and mouth-blown glass figures are sold by the Wooden Wonders. This boutique has a wide range of items that are typically associated with the holiday in Russian and Eastern European cultures.
Winterbourne Alpaca and El Tambache offer an extensive selection of warm winter attire with South American inspirations. Stocking Stuffers has lots of holiday-themed stockings for decorative purposes in homes and offices. More than 20 brands of winter socks are also on display at Floorplay Socks. Other merchants who are based at the signature market include Beekeepers Naturals and Christmas on the Beach.
If you crave traditional treats for the holiday, try the German-style potato pancakes by Das Kartoffelhaus. In the mood for something sweet? Buy cookies and other treats from the Gingerbread House. Crunchy waffles are at available at the Waffel Bar, and Eva’s Original Chimneys sells ice cream. You can also buy pastries at the Tartistry and Good Grieves.
The stages at the Toronto Christmas Market host music concerts and other performances for several months. Of course, jingles and carols are usually performed in the months leading to Christmas. Visitors are encouraged to sing along to their favorite holiday songs in this spectacular urban setting. Local church and school choirs usually perform on the center stages at this outdoor market. Emerging musicians and bands from the Greater Toronto Area and other Canadian also show off their talents.
Location and How to Get There
The Toronto Transit Commission 504 streetcar stops near the Christmas Market. Known as the King Line, this service runs daily during the day and night. The outdoor stop is conveniently situated at the corner of Cherry Street and Front Street East. The 121A bus route of the TTC also stops within walking distance of this outdoor marketplace.
Drivers may park their vehicles in an adjacent lot that has the Green P designation. Additional parking is available at the intersection of Parliament Street and Lake Shore Boulevard.
Click to visit the Toronto Christmas Market official website.
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