I moved back to Toronto this past summer, and I don’t feel like I’ve spent enough time in my city and well if I’m honest I used to live just north of the city and still never actually discovered much of Toronto. So with no travel plans in the forecast for a while, it’s the perfect time to experience some fun in my hometown and what better place to start than in the Distillery District Toronto Christmas Market.
Distillery District Toronto Christmas Market
I learned about the Distillery District Toronto Christmas Market last year for the first time, even though it was the event’s 3rd year. This year, I found myself in the area for a media event just as they were setting up the market and I knew I was not going to miss it this time. So on a chilly Saturday afternoon, I made my way over to the Distillery District with one of my besties to explore Toronto’s Christmas Market. This year the event runs from November 20th to December 20th, 2015, a $5 entrance fee is in place on the weekend, but during the week the event is free.
The entire neighbourhood completely transformed with lights, colourful snowmen and a series of wooden booths all filled with crafts, food, sweets or drinks.
The first booth we walked by at the Distillery District Toronto Christmas Market had some insane version of a Beavertail pastry but designed in a cylinder shape and then coated with sprinkles, chocolate and nuts.
Lots of craft booths to shop at.
We decided we must do more walking before we participate in all these crazy food booths. Fresh fudge, potato chip stacks, chocolate, and more sweets filled many of the booths. Some booths also featured handcrafted goods like ornaments, wool mittens and fun gifts.
Happy. Festive. Fun for everyone!
Interesting note this Toronto Christmas Market was less about shopping and more about the festivities in my opinion. The mood here was so festive and fun and we spent more time sampling holiday drinks and treats than shopping.
There were some holiday lounge areas where you could sample some holiday cocktails. Small shots of Glenfiddich Scotch certainly warmed things up on a frigid day especially as we drank them by the small fires.
My favourite new adult beverage, however, was the Jagermeister with hot apple cider. A crisp cinnamon flavoured warm apple drink that we kept going back for again and again.
You can find them along with other spirit samplers in the Naughty and Nice outdoor lounge, which also had some heaters and small fires to cuddle at.
Of course with a sampling of adult beverages one needs food! We splurged on some awesome Poutine, which was a pretty popular booth at the event.
Must see during day and night!
By day the massive Christmas tree in the centre of the Distillery District was sparkling under the sun. By night it was lit with lots of little twinkle lights which spread throughout the neighbourhood.
I do not celebrate Christmas, but whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year I promise you a visit to the Toronto Xmas Market will certainly get you into the spirit of the holiday season.
Carollers are singing on the street, lights and music playing all around. It is hard not to admire all the decor around you and not smile. Enjoy a ride on the Carousel or Ferris Wheel, admire the fun snowman decorations, it doesn’t matter what age you are or what holiday you celebrate; the Toronto Christmas market is just a happy place for everyone.