Christmas holiday market at the distillery district in toronto

Glowing Christmas lights, entertainment, holiday themed shows and events-Santa’s Elves Singing, shopping, food delights and a ferris wheel are all part of The Toronto Christmas Market’s Old World traditional charm.

Festive spirit and cheer is canvasing neighborhoods, towns, and cities in the lead up to Christmas Day. In holiday season Toronto will once again celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas at Toronto Christmas Market. This week, with family in town, we thought of no better way to heighten the excitement than to visit the famous Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District. Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products. Family friendly entertainment includes musicians, carolers and children’s choirs. Open since November 28th to Sunday December 21st, you will find many holiday attractions, vendors, activities, and entertainment for all ages.

What is a Christmas Market?

A Christmas market is a street market which celebrates the traditional sights, sounds and scents of Christmas and is staged during the weeks leading up to Christmas. These markets originated in Germany, beginning in the early 1400’s, and are now being held in countries all over the world.

Distillery District Market attractions

Distillery District Market attractions

Held in the historic Victorian-era Distillery district, this beguiling European style outdoor street fair includes a main stage with ongoing entertainment of children’s choirs, dance workshops, and more. Be sure to check out the open-air beer gardens serving warm mulled wine, perfect on a chilly winter’s night. Vendors sell unique holiday gifts, so get some shopping done while the kids visit with Santa Claus. Take a ride on the Ferris wheel or find Santa’s house in the Fairy Tale Forest Maze. For parking you’ll find surrounding fee-based lots as well as valet parking for $20 off Parliament Street.

The Christmas Market has a unique old time feel. Vendors from around the area bring there treasures for all to see and purchase. Pick up some unique tree ornaments, or have a hot drink to warm up your hands. The majority of the vendor stalls are all designed to look like old maple sugar shacks. The lights and decor are kept very traditional. It almost makes you feel like you have stepped into a time warp and are wandering the streets of an old European city. Classic red, green and gold adorn the streets, and the Christmas trees throughout the roads.

Things to do – What you must try at the Distillery Christmas Market

A hot seasonal coffee blend from Balzac’s, A Christmas Carol at the renowned Soulpepper theatre, a wander through the perfect home furnishing stores, the new Gotstyle or Blackbird Vintage, a nibble on a sugary apple fritter, a travel cup of syrupy mulled wine next to a heat lamp at the Sleeman hut or savoury chocolate creations from Soma Chocolatemaker. And more.

Event Schedule Nov. 28 – 21 Dec.

The Toronto Christmas Market is pleased to present over 246 free performances on the main stage including choirs, carolers, brass bands and dance groups.

Nov 28, 6:05pm Official Opening Ceremony of the Toronto Christmas Market
Join us as we kick off another year of holiday magic and romance. Hosted by a Citytv personality.
• Tree lighting ceremony
• Group caroling
• Special guests including Santa and the Christmas Angel
Musical Guest Doug Leahy and the Next Generation Leahy, building on over three generations of Leahy musicianship

L’Ensemble vocal les voix du coeur– Glorious French carols by the vocal ensemble that was founded in 1994 by Bernard Dionne .

Candy Cane Carolers – enjoy Christmas favourites performed in close four – part harmony by the Toronto Christmas Market’s resident Caroling Choir.

WIBI Caroling Choir – enjoy Christmas favourites performed in close four – part harmony.

21 Dec. Santa’s Elves Sing-Along – New to this year’s Toronto Christmas Market, children and adults alike will delight in the presentation of a daily interactive stage show Santa’s Elves Sing- Along.

Lemon Bucket Orchestra Ukranian Carolers performing traditional carols from eastern Ukraine from their new play, COUNTING SHEEP

Children’s Storytelling – join one of our special onsite Characters as they lead children through a classic Grimm’s Brothers Fairytale.

Candy Cane Carolers Choir – enjoy Christmas favourites performed in close four – part harmony by the Toronto Christmas Market’s resident Caroling Choir.

JAMSession Christmas Favourites performed in close four – part Barbershop style harmon

The Toronto Beach Chorale – is an enthusiastic choir known in the Beach community and beyond for its passion and talent for a broad selection of musical genres, and is led by the highly respected artistic director, Mervin William Fick. Join us for a glorious selection of seasonal favourites.

Mill Street World Caroling Challenge – Join us as we attempt to set the World record! Mill Street will hand out reusable LED candles and candleholders and will donate $1 to Daily Bread Food Bank for every person that uses the hashtag #millstreetmoment. In addition, we encourage and welcome visitors to bring non-perishable food donations to give the daily Bread Food Bank.

Measha Brueggergosman Juno-winning, Grammy-nominated international singer Measha Brueggergosman has had a wonderfully varied career, stretching well beyond the world of classical music. Whether it’s singing the Olympic Hymn in Vancouver or acting as a judge on the much-loved Canada’s Got Talent, Measha is prone to surprise.


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