After being in lockdown last Christmas season, it will be fun to get out and enjoy some holiday shopping. If you’re like me and you want to avoid crowded shopping malls, you can always do your Christmas shopping at these Toronto holiday markets. These are the places you’ll find that unique Christmas gift, plus the festive ambiance of the markets will put you in a merry mood! Below are some of my favourite holiday markets in Toronto 2021.
This year, the Distillery District is hosting The Distillery Winter Village, which is a low-key version of the popular Toronto Christmas Market. I am sure it will still remain one of the most popular holiday markets in Toronto 2021 due to the historic setting. There is still the massive, decorated Christmas tree and the vendor cabins featuring holiday gifts and festive treats and of course Santa will be roaming the streets for you to stop him and take a selfie. Enjoy live music and entertainment by strolling carolers and buskers. The Distillery District will be decked out in holiday greenery to put you in the mood while doing your holiday shopping and dining.
Forests Ontario will be selling real, locally-sourced trees in a range of sizes and wreaths. Trees and wreaths will be available for pre-purchase only through Forests Ontario’s online shop from November 10, 2021 until supplies last, with a contactless drive-through pickup taking place on November 27, 2021 behind Balzac’s Coffee Roasters.
Tickets are required for the tree lighting event on November 18, 2021 after 4 p.m., and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays after 4 p.m., and between December 20 – December 23, 2021 after 4 pm. Tickets are $8 each (age 6 years and up). Kids 5 and under, including babies, require a ticket — but admission is FREE of charge. This is to help manage capacity during peak hours.
All other times, access is free of charge and tickets are not required.
The Distillery Winter Village hours from November 18 – December 31, 2021 are:
- Mondays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Distillery restaurants, cafes and retailers open only. Outdoor shopping cabins and food vendors closed)
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Fridays and Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Sundays: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- December 24: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Distillery restaurants, cafes and retailers open only. Outdoor shopping cabins and food vendors closed)
- December 25: Closed
- December 26: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Distillery restaurants, cafes and retailers open only. Outdoor shopping cabins and food vendors closed.)
Holiday Market & Open House at Toronto Botanical Garden 2021
The artwork of Nicole Tamie will be on display and available for purchase at the Weston Family Library.
For those of you who missed one of the most popular Toronto Christmas craft shows last year, the One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale is returning this year from Nov. 25, 2021 to Dec. 5, 2021 at Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place. The show offers handmade gifts including adult and children’s clothing, jewelry, accessories, home decor, art, handbags, ceramics, beauty products, eco-friendly goods and gourmet foods.
There will be timed tickets in order to adhere to capacity limits. There may be additional wait times. Tickets will be sold digitally only. There will be no ticket sales at the door. All tickets are final sale. To reduce contact, they will not be selling reusable shopping bags or gift certificates. Gift certificates from previous shows will be honoured.
Show hours are Weekdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adults $15, Seniors (65+) $8.50, Kids and youth (5-17) $8.50, University/College students $10 (with valid ID), children 5 and under Free.
Enjoy shopping for that unique holiday gift at Toronto Art Crawl’s 7th Annual Christmas POP UP!, a free Christmas market on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021 and Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021. The Christmas Market will take place indoors at 80 Lynn Williams in Liberty Village from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find jewelry, original art, fashion, home decor, vintage, photography, sculpture and skincare products from more than 60 local artists. Enjoy music from DJ Kid Artik, and pick up something yummy from food vendors. The event is free admission. Please wear a mask to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols. Proof of full vaccination is required for anyone 12 and older. Vendors will be following these safety protocols as well.
stakt Holiday Hills Market 2021
Enjoy the free Holiday Hills outdoor holiday market at stakt from November 23 to December 31, 2021. Find the perfect gift at the weekend vendor markets and 26 resident stores, listen to live music performed by Adria Kain and Naja Wilson, see local art and taste delicious food. Participate in a holiday-themed workshop (additional cost) on pie-making, upcycling men’s shirts, creating padded headbands, wreath-making, DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater and pasta making. Sign up for a game of Crockicurl, a hybrid of crokinole and curling played on an outdoor rink.
stakt is located at 28 Bathurst Street. Holiday Hills runs from Tuesday to Sunday at 11 a.m.
I hope you find the perfect Christmas gift at these holiday markets in Toronto 2021. Let me know in the comment section if you get a chance to visit any of them.
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