One of the best feelings this time of year is seeing everyone getting into the Christmas spirit. The twinkling lights go up, the trees are trimmed, and everyone is bustling to prepare for the season’s numerous parties and shop for gifts. I love seeing the city come alive with the holidays.
Toronto’s Christmas Market in the Distillery District is one of the city traditions that I love to take part in. This year, Amanda and I visited the market on a surprisingly warm Saturday afternoon. After picking up our weekend entry tickets (it’s free on weekdays!), we queued in a relatively short line, grabbed our free Rudolph noses, and headed into the fray.
The Distillery District is the perfect home for the market. The neighbourhood is fuelled by art and history, so it’s naturally a great venue for the market’s crafts and unique gifts at Christmas time.
It’s super fun to walk around and check out all of the booths. Many of the items are handmade or brought in from different places throughout Europe, so they’re difficult to find anywhere else.
One of the booths that really caught Amanda’s and my attention was La Vela Bella. We were in love with her cute teacup candles and matching saucers.
There are also a ton of food and drink booths. Amanda and I were scoping out the Chimney Stax booth hardcore. Regretting not getting one!
The staple coffee shop in the Distillery is Balzac’s, which Amanda and I naturally have to make a stop for every time we’re in the neighbourhood. The interior of this location is beautifully curated and one of my favourite things to drink in the cold months is their Parisian Mist.
In addition to the big Christmas tree, there are decorations set up in all of the streets and alleys, making the whole district come alive with holiday cheer.
If you’re looking for something a little stronger than coffee, the market has that too. There are several beer gardens and terraces set up, and you can try the market’s popular mulled wine at almost all of them.
We had a little fun with the Mill St. Beer Garden’s decorations.
The nice one? Maybe…
During our visit, we also stopped into the Thompson Landry Gallery, which neither of us had been to before. I highly recommend it for all contemporary art lovers. I especially loved the pieces by Virginie Bocaert and Yoakim Bélanger!
All in all, the market is a great experience for families, couples, and groups of friends alike. There’s a lot to do, see and experience, and it’s a great place to pick up a few gifts for the holiday season. The decorations are beautiful, the booths are fun, you can take a picture with Santa, listen to the carollers throughout the day, and try a new snack!
The Toronto Christmas Market is on until December 20th, so go and check it out while you still can!