I think we can all agree that the holiday season is truly the most magical time of the year. In just a few short weeks there will be fluffy snow blanketing all the streets, twinkling lights strung up on houses and light posts, and you can warm up with a sweet cup of hot cocoa on chilly days. Doesn't that just sound so dreamy?
One thing that makes the holiday season so much better is when Christmas markets start taking over the city. Christmas markets make this time of the year so much more magical because you have a reason to ditch your cozy blanket and fireplace and head outdoors to experience the best of winter.
Toronto has a bunch of really great Christmas and holiday markets in store for us this year. Some of them you might already know about, but others might be completely new to you!
Holiday Fair in the Square
When: December 1st-23rd
Toronto's only holiday fair is coming back again this season and it's going to be bigger and better than ever! Admission is completely free and will be hosted in the great Nathan Phillips Square, right in front of City Hall. There will be skating parties all day and night, rows and rows of local vendors selling holiday gifts, a Ferris wheel, seasonal treats, and so much more! This is definitely one of the biggest holiday events of the season.
Etsy Holiday Market
When: November 25th
If you missed the Etsy Fall Market you definitely have to hit up the Etsy Holiday Market that's coming at the end of November! Head down to The Great Hall and you'll find rows and rows of Etsy vendors selling their adorable handmade goods that will make a perfect gift for your family and friends. It's the best spot to find unique gifts you can't find at the mall and will show them how much you really care!
Aurora Winter Festival
When: November 29th-December 30th
The Aurora Winter Festival is a brand new holiday event that will be taking over Ontario Place this season and will transform the area into a magical winter wonderland! They're creating a hidden North Pole village with captivating light displays, market huts, food gardens, amusement rides, live entertainment, and skating on a frozen pond!
Casa Loma Winter Nights
When: December 18th-January 7th
Every year Casa Loma transforms into a real-life winter wonderland! They transform their grounds into a majestic castle setting complete with stunning lights displays in the gardens, a Santa's workshop, a holiday-themed magic show, live carolers, hot cocoa, and so much more! It's a holiday event you definitely don't want to miss this season.
Markham Home for the Holidays
When: November 16th-18th
Markham Home for the Holidays is another amazing Christmas market that's perfect for finding great gifts for your family and friends. This holiday season, head down to the Markham Fairgrounds and explore three buildings full of Christmas cheer! You can even bring the kids for a visit with Santa Claus.
Toronto Christmas Market
When: November 15th-December 23rd
It wouldn't be a Christmas market list without including this city's favourite one, the Toronto Christmas Market! It will be taking over the Distillery District with a giant Christmas tree, tons of twinkly lights, outdoor beer gardens, a giant light tunnel, and 34 amazing vendors. It's a holiday event that you just can't miss this season, no matter how overdone you think it might be.
Evergreen Brickworks Winter Village
When: Every weekend in December
The stunning Evergreen Brickwork's will be transforming into a magical winter village this December and we cannot wait! There will be tons of food trucks serving up seasonal treats, local vendors selling cute Christmas gifts, a picturesque skating rink, and you can even pick up your Christmas tree from their Evergreen Garden Market!
Swedish Christmas Fair
When: November 24th-25th
Back again at the Harbourfront Centre is the Swedish Christmas Market! It's a popular event that will definitely get you into the holiday spirit at this Christmas extravaganza. There will be Christmas carols being sung, the story behind IKEA told by the founder of the company, folk dancing, craft making, and so much more. Of course, there will also be Swedish holiday treats and gifts for purchase!
Seasons Christmas Show
When: November 16th-18th
This is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season if you're absolutely obsessed with all things Christmas! Head down to the International Centre in Mississauga and you'll find rows of and rows of vendors selling the most popular Christmas gifts of the year! Admission for the event is $15 for adults but on Fridays, you can get two for one admission after 4 p.m.
Veg Holiday Market
When: November 25th
Calling all vegans and vegetarians, this one's for you! The Toronto Vegetarian Association will be hosting a unique holiday market at the Artscape Wychwood Barns this season. There will be handmade gifts for purchase, vegan and vegetarian holiday treats, veggie holiday cookbooks, and cruelty-free products! Tickets are going for just $3.50 which is a serious steal.