10 Things You Should Know Ahead Of The Toronto Christmas Market

Star in your own Christmas Hallmark  movie with a trip to the Distillery Historic District’s Christmas market.  Just dress warm (and wear non-heeled boots – because of the cobblestone), as the event’s completely outdoors. The world-renowned Christmas market runs from November 14 to December 22 and is open every day except Mondays

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The market began as a tribute to European-style Christmas festivals.


Warm mulled wine is on tap – the perfect concoction to get visitors in the Christmas spirit.


Santa and his elves visit regularly.


The market is free on weekdays till Friday at 5pm, after which time it’s $8. But the nearby parking ain’t cheap. Children five and under get in free.


A canopy of white lights infuses the whole market with magic.


A huge ferris wheel and vintage-looking merry-go-round make it a great spot to bring your kids.


Forget Etsy: most vendors sell unique and handmade arts and crafts items.


There’s a stage featuring regular music and entertainment. Check out their schedule here.


The School of Cadence Ballet will be performing the classic Christmas ballet the Nutcracker this year.


Don’t miss out on the European culinary highlight of the market – Das Kartoffelhaus: German potato pancakes served with apple sauce and sour cream.

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