Let’s be real. It’s more than likely that most of us still have some (if not all) of our Holiday shopping to do. That being said, why not skip the crowded malls this year and make it an experience that’s both productive AND fun. From old favourites to niche gatherings, there’s bound to be one that will suit your fancy. Take a look at 10 Holiday Markets to visit this year in Toronto below.
When: Every weekend in December and daily from December 26 – 31
Where: Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave.)
What: Evergreen Brick Works has to be our favourite recurring outdoor winter market! Celebrate the holidays with wintery fun activities, shopping and eating. Feeling thirsty? You can also grab a toasty beverage from the “Sipping Container” to enjoy around a cozy campfire.
When: Now until December 3
Where: Enercare Centre (100 Princes’ Blvd)
When: Now until December 23
Where: Distillery Historic District (55 Mill Street)
What: The Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District brings Ontario’s best artists, craftspeople, and artisans together in one place! Daily events include sing-a-longs, carolling, storytelling and photos with Santa. Admission is free Tuesday through Thursday and $6 on Fridays after 5 p.m., as well as Saturdays and Sundays. Purchase tickets here.
When: December 1 – 23
Where: Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St W)
What: The famous square in the heart of the city will be transformed into an exciting Holiday experience with lights, decorations, vendors, artisans, skating and more. The celebration promises to have the charm of a traditional European Christmas Market and the fun of a winter carnival! The event will also take place to support Epilepsy Toronto.
When: December 9 – 10
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie St.)
What: Wychwood Barns will be hosting a special Holiday edition flea where market-goers can tick some gifts of their shopping lists with 60+ vendors, as well as get in the Holiday spirit with music curated from West End Pheonix. Admission is free.
When: December 10
Where: S. H. Armstrong Community Recreation Centre (56 Woodfield Rd)
What: Shop a variety of unique and affordable vintage, handcrafted and upcycled items that make perfect gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. The flea market also includes coffee, food, and music. Admission and parking are free.
The H O L I D A Y Post Market
When: December 10
Where: The Great Hall (1087 Queen St. West)
What: Shop over 60 local artisans and vendors and indulge in a variety of food and beverages. Admission is free.
When: December 12
Where: Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. W)
What: On the hunt for some unique gifts? Skip the cluttered thrift store and finish your Christmas shopping early at the Gladstone Flea: Christmas edition and buy from a number of homegrown local vendors and vintage goods. Admission is free.
When: December 16
Where: Church of St. Stephen in-the-fields (365 College St.)
What: An intimate show full of handmade and vintage vendors, festival music, treats and a visit from Santa. Etsy is the king of handcrafted and this year’s holiday market will be no different. Admission is free, plus the first 50 shoppers get some FREE swag.
When: December 17
Where: Lithuanian House (1573 Bloor St. W)
What: The Toronto Vegan Christmas Market is perfect those of you who are looking to celebrate the Holidays free of any meat and animal byproduct. Shop from some of the best vegan-friendly local businesses while raising funds for Wishing Well Sanctuary. Advance tickets are $5 or $8 at the door. Kids under 12 are free.
Did we miss any holiday markets? Let us know in the comments below!
Featured image: Toronto Christmas Market
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