The Best Holiday Markets To Visit In Toronto
Each holiday season, markets pop-up across the city.
Scattered in pockets throughout Toronto, you’ll find talented makers and one of a kind gifts, perfect for giving to your loved ones. If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve rounded up some of the markets that we plan on checking out this year.
From the small to the massive, these are the holiday markets that you don’t want to miss out on this season!
Each year, the Distillery District goes all out for the holidays, and this year is no different. The Toronto Christmas Market is open Tuesday to Sunday each week. Head over to get your snack on and munch on loaded dessert waffles, juicy turkey legs, and spiral potatoes, and wash it down with some hot chocolate or mulled wine. There are live performances daily, and plenty of activities for the whole fam to enjoy.
When: Now to December 23rd, Tuesday to Thursday 12pm to 9pm, Friday 12pm to 10pm, Saturday 10am to 10pm, Sunday 12pm to 9pm
Where: Historic Distillery District, Toronto
The One of a Kind Show is back and open for business! This year, the show will feature 800 artisans from across Canada, all tucked in under one roof. It’s a one-stop shop and so fun to browse with friends. Cruise aisles and aisles of stalls, and don’t forget to peek into the food aisle for some yummy samples. If you’re coming from out of town, make sure to check out Presto’s deal on entry tickets.
When: Now to December 2, Monday to Saturday 10am to 9pm, Sunday 10am to 6pm
Where: Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto
For one weekend only, the Toronto Harbourfront Centre will be transformed into a magical Swedish Christmas fair. Visitors can expect a slew of Scandinavian food, carols, and of course, a selection of homemade crafts and delicacies to buy and browse. Admission is free for the whole family.
When: November 24-25, Saturday 11am to 5pm, Sunday 11am to 4pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
If you love all things Etsy, then you’ll want to check this event out. For one day only, the city’s finest Etsy vendors will gather under one roof to bring together all things handmade and crafted with love. There will be 50 makers and sellers gathered under one roof. Admission is free and the first 50 visitors receive a free swag bag, so make sure to head there early.
When: November 25, 10am to 5pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. West, Toronto
Calling all veg heads! We found a market just for you. The Toronto Vegetarian Society is bringing 40 of the city’s favourite local, plant-based, ethical businesses together for a day of fun. Here you can pick up handmade gifts, indulge in some festive treats, and explore cruelty-free products. They will also be hosting presentations on tips and tricks for living a plant-based life during the holiday season. Tickets are $3.50 online and kids are free.
When: November 25, 11am to 5pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Toronto
With a live DJ bumping beats in the background, you can spread a little local love by shopping for everyone on your holiday list here. From jewellery to home goods, beauty, and more, you’re sure to find something good to go home with. Admission is free and the venue is kid and pet-friendly.
When: December 2, 11am to 5pm
Where: The Glass Factory at 99 Sudbury, Toronto
Support black-owned businesses while you get your holiday shop on. This market will feature goods from a variety of makers and creators, plus music, performances, and amazing food. Best part yet, donations will go towards funding business development programs that support young black entrepreneurs, and admission is free!
When: December 8, 12pm to 9pm
Where: Enercare Centre (Hall C), Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto
Keep checking back to this list — we’ll add more markets as they pop up.
Featured Image: Harbourfront Centre