Christmas in Canada is one of the most magical times of the year. Much of the country is covered in snow, there are Christmas lights almost everywhere you look, and Michael Buble is played on every radio station from Fredericton to Victoria. One of my favourite Canadian Christmas events is Toronto’s Christmas Market in the Distillery District, and I love going every single year. If you’re a fan of cute and kitschy festive stalls, giant Christmas trees, and having easy access to lots of amazing present ideas, this is the place for you.
Opening on November 15th, the market is open for over a month, with its last day being on December 23rd. This leaves you with plenty of time to explore the market several times, and you can catch lots of great vendors when you go. Everyone from Beekeeper’s Naturals to Pefferlaw Creek Farms will have a stall this year, and it’s a great place to go no matter what sort of present you’re looking for. Last year, I got my father a bottle of extra virgin olive oil from one of the best producers in Canada, and this year I can’t wait to grab my boyfriend something for our cat and a gourmet sweet because he loves sugar!
Before heading into the market, it’s important that you keep a few things in mind. Due to the immense popularity of the market, there is a $6 entry fee on weekends, and you can only enter during your specified time slot; there is a grace period if you’re a little bit late, and once you’re in the market you can stay in it as long as you like. During the week, entry is free of charge until Friday at 5 in the evening. You can purchase ticket at the sales tent at the market, but they often sell out and the lines can be a bit ridiculous. If you’d like to find out more about the market, and to purchase tickets online, go ahead and visit the Toronto Christmas Market website here.