Naughty & Nice at the Toronto Christmas Market

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Going to the Toronto Christmas Market is an annual tradition for Amanda and I. Now in its seventh year, what I love most about the market is its uncanny ability to get me into the Christmas spirit, even though it’s still November. The light canopies, the music lightly drifting through the air, the vendor stalls selling decorations, the Christmas tree! It fills my heart with joy and cheer, and after the week I’d had, spending Saturday afternoon at the market was a sweet experience.

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I love browsing through the vendor offerings. The round-up slightly changes every year, but there are always a few familiar ones, like the candles from La Vela Bella (the pear candle smells so good). 

There are also a few good food options if you’re feeling hungry, from grilled cheese sandwiches to chimney cones. My biggest disappointment was not seeing the Wafel Bar stall. I have had a craving for waffles for months and I do not own a waffle iron. Christmas gift, anyone?

The market is also a good chance to visit some of the shops and restaurants in the Distillery District if you don’t often get to stroll through. Peruse a gallery, do some shopping at the specialty stores, and grab dinner at the Mill Street Brewery.

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Amanda loves the red noses they give you when you enter the market. I thought about not taking one, but just knew she’d want a photo like this one.

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We had the good fortune of visiting the market on a relatively warm afternoon, but as the weather gets chillier, be sure to layer up! On this afternoon, I opted for a cozy sweater and leggings (Black Friday steals from Express), a peacoat, and heeled boots.

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A visit to the Christmas Market (or just the Distillery District) mandates a warm drink from Balzac’s. My go-to order is a Parisian Mist with nonfat milk, especially comforting on these chillier days. In the mood for something with a kick? Visit the various beer gardens for mulled wine, cider, beer, or a variety of other holiday beverages. The options are endless.

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Seriously, she loves the noses.

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My favourite part of the market this year was the addition of the pink trees. So pink! So twinkly! It’s a small maze (there’s only one turn) you can line up to walk through and take a few photos. I wish there had been a full forest of them. My love of pink has never blazed so hard as it did amongst these trees.

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The market runs until December 22nd, so don’t miss your chance to peruse the shops, sip on a warm beverage (alcoholic or not), gaze at the lights and installations, and feel that lovely holiday cheer. Entry is free on weekdays (closed Mondays) and only $6 on the weekend. The countdown to Christmas is on!

Featured Outfit //
Peacoat: Primark; Sweater & Leggings: Express; Necklace: Forever21, Rings: H&M; Shoes: Spring; Lip: NARS

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