As the festive season comes closer, streets shimmer with lights, and the joyous spirit of celebration is in the air. And what better way to immerse oneself in the holiday cheer than by exploring the myriad of winter markets and events that are springing to life right here in Toronto? Each offers a unique experience, promising warmth, wonder, and festive delights. So, pull on those cozy mittens and set out on a winter adventure!
Here are some of the best winter markets and events to explore in Toronto this December:
The seasonal attraction transforms the historic Distillery District into a winter wonderland. With its cobblestone streets adorned with twinkling lights and festive decorations, visitors can stroll through an array of artisan booths, savouring holiday treats and unique handcrafted gifts. From Nov. 16 to Dec. 31, you can visit this vibrant market from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. any day!
The “One of a Kind Show” in Toronto is a premier artisan event, showcasing a curated selection of unique handmade items from talented crafts makers and artists. Held biannually in the city, this event has become a hallmark for those seeking distinctive crafts, innovative designs, and one-of-a-kind pieces that can’t be found elsewhere. From Nov. 23 to Dec. 3, you can visit this market from Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, on November 30th the market will be open until 10 p.m. Entry tickets are priced at $18 per person with special discounts for university students and senior citizens. The best part about this event is that with each ticket, you can re-enter as many times as you want on any of the days, so visit their website and grab your tickets!
Great Hall Holiday Artisan Market
On November 26th, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Holiday Artisan Market at The Great Hall is making its return! With free entry, and over 40 artisan vendors with handmade jewelry, art prints, clothing, accessories, and more to explore, it’s no surprise that this event is one of the most popular holiday markets in Toronto. Check out Queen St. Marketplace’s Instagram page for more details before you visit!
Set amidst the serene backdrop of the city’s botanical gardens, this holiday market is one of the most popular festive events in Toronto. The TBG market will be running from Nov. 24th to 26th and Dec. 15th to 17th, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, with free admission. This market offers a wide range of eco-friendly and botanically-themed handcrafted gifts from over 100 local vendors. For this year, their garden shop will feature a wide variety of home decor, nature-based gift options for kids, fine chocolates, and fresh seasonal greens. With the Toronto Botanical Garden Café serving up hot beverages and snacks for all visitors, this market offers you a dreamy experience even if you’re done with your Christmas shopping.
On December 9th and 10th, Toronto’s Lithuanian House will host the Vegan Christmas Market from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Offering free entry to all, this market promises a delightful array of animal-friendly products. Visitors can indulge in an assortment of vegan delights, from baked goods and gourmet fine foods to decadent chocolates. The market doesn’t stop at food; attendees can also discover exquisite cosmetics, handcrafted soaps, and trendy fashion accessories, making it a one-stop destination for holiday shopping in the city. Check out their Instagram page for more details before you visit!
On December 4th, from 10 am to 4 pm, Toronto’s Riverside Common Park transforms into a festive hub with the Riverside C’mon Sundays event. This gathering offers a chance to snap photos with Santa, making it a delightful occasion for the young and the young-at-heart. Live music sets the backdrop for the day, complemented by the nostalgic sounds of holiday carolers. With a special crafts corner, children can engage in holiday crafts while savouring special treats. With over 20 local vendors showcasing their products, it’s an exciting opportunity to explore unique gifts and embrace the holiday spirit in the heart of Riverside.
The FAT Holiday Market in Toronto promises an enchanting shopping experience, spotlighting unique handcrafted pieces by talented local designers from December 10 to 12 at 7 p.m. at The Henry. As you explore a diverse array of clothing, accessories, and home decor, the ambiance is elevated by live music, creating the perfect backdrop for your shopping adventure. With a wine bar and food vendors at the market, you can enjoy an evening of shopping while sipping on wine and enjoying delectable treats!
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