I literally get Christmas Fever and for someone who has never had a white Christmas before, Toronto just brought all the magic together.
December in Toronto is truly an enchanted experience and there are many places that you can visit but the one that tops the list, and not just mind but of the world is the Toronto Christmas Market. Hosted in the Distillery District, it’s like I stepped out of the concrete world into a Victorian era – fairy tale with all the lights, wooden huts, festive food and most of all the aura of cheerfulness.
Admission is free from Tuesdays to Fridays and costs $8 for advance purchase and requires you to choose your entry on specific time slot. Its $12 on the day of purchase on weekends and Fridays starting at 6pm. You can also purchase the premium pass for $30 that lets you skip the line which is generally excruciatingly long. Children under the age of 5 can enter for free. The Market is closed on Mondays. All on-site tickets sales are cashless and must be purchased by credit or debit card.
Things to do:
Be amazed by the Giant Christmas Tree – This Christmas tree is one of the highlights of the Christmas Market. On the day the market opens for the season, there is a tree lighting ceremony that people gather to witness.
Live Performances – Besides the most obvious attraction, which is the Giant Christmas tree, there are performances on the main stage that include carolers, choirs, brass bands and so much more!
Carnival Rides – There are a few carnival ride and even a small Ferris wheel that you can ride for $6.
Meet Santa – You can stop by Santa’s house and greet the man himself!
Holiday Shopping – The Christmas Market brings together local craftspeople, musicians and artists that offer their goods and share local experiences.
The light Tunnel – Even though the entire market is lighted up, there is a tunnel that is decorated with a gazillion lights that makes for perfect place with heaters to enjoy a drink and a good opportunity to get those Instagram worthy pictures.
Photo Ops – There are many fun photo opportunities throughout including giant wooden nutcrackers, the light tunnel, the Christmas countdown, words lighted up & winter wonderland.
Eat & Drink – What is Christmas feel without food and drinks? There is no shortage of variety of food available here from cakes, to sandwiches, turkey legs, poutine, chorizo, sausages, strudels, hot chocolate, waffles, the list goes on. One of my favorite things to eat was the Tornado potato from Das Kartoffelahaus. Now of course, the celebrations aren’t complete if you haven’t had a drink or two. Christmas cocktails, mulled wine, beer, hot toddy are all obtainable to make you feel warm and fuzzy on a cold winter’s eve.