There’s nothing like the holiday season in Toronto, with twinkling lights adorning the city, festive pop-ups and events, and even the first few magical snowfalls.
If you’re searching for a new cheery market to check out this year, we’ve compiled a list of 6 Christmas markets in Toronto which are sure to put you in a merry mood.
Toronto’s beloved Winter Village is back at the Distillery District until January 7, 2024, and has ranked as one of the best Christmas markets in the world. Warm up with mulled wine or a hot chocolate before snapping a photo with the 15m tall White Spruce Christmas tree at the market’s centre, catch live performances, and shop at one of the many vendors for gifts or souvenirs.
Head down to Nathan Phillips Square to see the annual Cavalcade of Lights, a dazzling celebration of cultures with hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights. You can even go for an ice skate around Toronto’s official Christmas tree, which will be up until until Sunday January 7, 2024.
Evergreen Brick Works will soon be taken over by a charming artisan and vintage market on December 10 and 17, featuring a variety of vendors selling everything from vintage goods to art and jewelry. There will also be free public skating and a handful of food trucks to grab a drink and bite to eat at. Entrance fees this year are “pay what you can”.
North York’s Mel Lastman Square will become a winter wonderland for the month of December, once the annual Holiday Fair in the Square commences. Shop vendors at the artisan marketplace, sip mulled wine, see live holiday-themed performances, and visit with Santa himself. The festival runs until December 23.
If you’re on the hunt for some eco-friendly gifts, head to the annual Toronto Botanical Garden Holiday Market which comes back on December 15 – 17. Shop planet-friendly and botanically-themed products from over 100 local vendors, visit the onsite food truck or cafe, and wander through the indoor oasis at the terrarium. Admission to the event is free.
Visit the Black Creek Pioneer Village for holiday-themed fun during their Festive Nights events, happening on select dates through December. You’ll be able to enjoy live entertainment, listen to a wintry tale told by a professional storyteller, and sample delicious seasonal treats like roasted chestnuts and gingerbread cookies. Tickets cost $32.10 for general admission.