If you prefer a more intimate and curated shopping experience than the hustle and bustle at the mall, there are more than a couple of jolly alternatives.
Toronto has many markets that boast thoughtful, Canadian products — not to mention plenty of tasty treats to sustain you and your friends as you cross items off the holiday to-do list.
It’s hard to find a more festive experience than the annual Toronto Christmas Market. Hosted in the Distillery Historic District, feels as though you’ve stepped back in time amidst the strings of light, wooden huts and cheerful performances. A family-friendly tradition thanks to Santa’s House, carnival rides and a life-sized gingerbread house, you’ll be able to spend quality time with loved ones while picking up pretty trinkets for the home and food for parties.
When: November 14 to December 22, 2019
With more than 800 artisans, this is a one-stop shop for gifts for the whole family. From baked goods to children’s clothes and stunning jewellery, you’ll be able to pick up something for everyone on your list, from the little ones to the hosts – all in one go. With so many stalls to visit, make sure to put your feet up and eat some treats in between.
When: November 21 to December 1, 2019
You can’t get more central than this European-style holiday market and fair at Nathan Phillips Square. Now in its third year, the Holiday Fair in the Square builds on its central skating rink with artisan crafts, gourmet snacks, a Holly Jolly Midway as well as festive drinks at the ice bar. Perfect for an outing with friends or that special someone. And if the sound of it doesn’t get you into the holiday spirit, the fair was created to raise awareness for Epilepsy Toronto with proceeds going to the non-profit.
When: December 7 to 23, 2019
Every year, Etsy chooses a charming space to hold its annual event and this year that space is The Great Hall on Queen West. The market highlights some of the best local artisans in Ontario, so you’ll be able to support local in a fun and festive way at this one-day event.
When: November 25, 2019
The Toronto Vegetarian Association understands how dedicated its community can be when it comes to the veg lifestyle, so it has put together a unique holiday market to cater to its animal-loving members. For one day, 40 local, plant-based and ethical vendors will be at Artscapes Wychwood Barns. In addition to thoughtful cruelty-free gifts and vegan holiday treats, guests can enjoy an afternoon of presentations to learn tips and tricks when it comes to plant-based living during the season.
When: November 24, 2019
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