For four week glorious weeks each year, the Distillery District is converted into the Toronto Christmas Market. Between the festive decorations and great food, this is quality becoming one of my favourite Christmas traditions! Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Toronto Christmas Market.
How to Get There
Parking is both expensive and busy, so it’s best to get here via public transportation. The Toronto Christmas Market is located in the Distillery District, and multiple streetcar routes will get you here.
During the week entrance is free. Starting 5pm Fridays, entrance on the weekend is $6 per person. For $20 per person you can purchase an express ticket that gives you line bypass throughout the market.
What to See & Do
First and foremost, head to the Beer Garden to get yourself a warm cup of mulled wine! There’s nothing more festive than drinking mulled wine, and it will help keep you warm too.
If you’re hungry there’s plenty of food vendors, plus the permanent restaurants that are location int the Distillery District. For a quick meal I recommend buying a sausage from the vendor inside the Beer Garden. The poutine near the market entrance was very good too! If you want a more substantial meal you can’t go wrong with a sit down dinner at El Catrin or Mill Street Brewery – but be warned that the restaurants are very busy and you will likely need to wait for a table.
The Toronto Christmas Market takes up the entire Distillery District, and every street is lined with booths, Christmas lights and beautiful decorations. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to visit the entire market, as each street has another beautiful display or tasty food vendor!
What to Bring
- The market is outdoors, and although we’re having a mild winter in Toronto the nights can get cold so be sure to pack extra warm layers.
- A hat, gloves and a scarf are a must!
- Don’t forget your camera – there’s plenty of picturesque photo opportunities here.
- If you plan on doing some Christmas shopping at the little stalls then I’d bring a reusable shopping bag to hold your purchases.