If you are a guest in one of our Downtown Toronto locations, you are minutes away from winter fun venues. There are so many Christmas events in Toronto that make the city one of the best places to celebrate the holiday season. Ringing in Christmas in Toronto is so much fun with numerous annual festivities and activities. There are so many beautiful places to see Christmas lights in Toronto, which includes many events from this list, too.
There are many Christmas markets in Canada and Christmas markets in Ontario, including the famously popular one at the Distillery District in Toronto. Beyond the Christmas Market, there are many places to celebrate the holidays in Toronto. Whether you’re starting new Canadian holiday traditions with your family or you’re visiting Toronto this winter, there are so many Toronto Christmas celebrations to keep you entertained.
The Toronto Christmas Market (Distillery Winter Village)
While Christmas markets originated in Germany, the Toronto Christmas Market is the first one I ever attended. It takes place every year at the historic Distillery District. The cobblestone streets of this pedestrian area is the perfect backdrop for a Christmas market. If you’re looking to celebrate Christmas in Toronto, the Toronto Christmas Market will surely top your list of festivities.
Last year, the Toronto Christmas Market rebranded as the Distillery Winter Village. It was a scaled-down version of the Toronto Christmas Market last year, but it felt exactly the same as the original Toronto Christmas Market to me. There are winter displays, music, outdoor shopping cabins, food vendors, and all of your favorite Distillery shops and restaurants to visit.
Like many traditional Christmas Markets, there are dozens of open-air stalls selling handmade crafts and sumptuous treats. I’ve found tons of vegan eats at the Distillery Winter Market, like Beyond Meat bratwurst, vegan and gluten-free butter tarts, and Eva’s Original Chimney cakes. Don’t miss stopping by Balzac’s for a flavored latte or hot chocolate.
You also won’t want to miss the massive Christmas tree at the Distillery District. It’s the perfect centerpiece for the dazzling twinkling lights displays all around. New for this year, there’s an interactive Gingerbread Person Hunt and a lineup of amazing entertainment. Of course, Santa and his elves will be in attendance, as well as a chorus of Christmas carolers.
As the Toronto Christmas Market is one of the busiest holiday events in Toronto, it can be quite crowded on Friday nights and weekends. I recommend going on a weekday if you can manage it. It’s free on weekdays and it won’t be nearly as busy.
It is free from Monday to Thursday and during the day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. After 4pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you must purchase a timed ticket online ahead of time. You must arrive during your designated time slot, but you can stay as long as you like. This Toronto Christmas Market runs until December 31st.