What to See and Do at the Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery

by | Dec 14, 2017 | Canada, Toronto | 7 comments

The Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery is Bigger and Better This Year

Discover the Magic of Christmas at the Toronto Christmas Market

 

The weather was warm when the Toronto Christmas Market opened this year. I didn’t go then. It didn’t feel Christmasy. I waited until we went into the deep freeze. I froze. My camera froze. It felt Christmasy!

If there is a Christmas market where you live, try to go. You will feel happy. You will feel warm inside even if you are freezing outside. I asked lots of people if I could take their photos for this blog. Everyone laughed and posed for the blog. They all send their warmest wishes to you with their smiles.

If you live in Toronto, plan your visit to the Toronto Christmas Market. Over 600,000 are expected. Parking is a Nightmare before Christmas.

There is an admission on weekends, starting at 5:00 on Fridays. Go on a week night. It’s free. Don’t go on a Monday. It is closed on Mondays.

HOURS OF OPERATION

  • Tuesday       12 noon to 9:00pm
  • Wednesday  12 noon to 9:00pm
  • Thursday      12 noon to 9:00pm
  • Friday           12 noon to 10:00pm
  • Saturday      10:00am to 10:00pm
  • Sunday        10:00am to 9:00pm

The Toronto Christmas Market is not open on Mondays.

The Distillery Historic District is open 7 days a week.

Here is the official site for the Toronto Christmas Market, with info on planning your visit:

http://www.torontochristmasmarket.com/

Last year, I did a blog on the Toronto Christmas Market where I included a bit of information on the Distillery District:

Visit one of the World’s Best Christmas Markets in the Historic Distillery District in Toronto

 

Look up at the Main Entrance for the Toronto Christmas Market sign

There is also an entrance to the Toronto Christmas Market on Parliament Street

As it gets closer to Christmas, you can expect lineups at both entrances to the Toronto Christmas Market. I know this from last year when I had to wait!

This is Main Street at the Toronto Christmas Market

This beautiful Christmas Tree is in the main square at the Toronto Christmas Market

This is a close-up of the Christmas Tree at the Toronto Christmas Market

The Light Tunnel is new this year at the Toronto Christmas Market

The Light Tunnel is beautiful, inside and out.

This is an outside photo of the Light Tunnel at the Toronto Christmas Market

There is a great spot for photos at the end of the Light Tunnel. It is a very romantic spot for photos, with lights and a giant heart. Be patient. There is usually a long lineup.

There is a fondue bar inside the Light Tunnel at the Toronto Christmas Market

This star is just outside the entrance to the Light Tunnel at the Toronto Christmas Market

There are lots of places to eat at the Toronto Christmas Market

Expect lineups at every food station.

The longest lineups are for poutine, a great Canadian concoction of fries, gravy and cheese curds.

You can dine outside at the Toronto Christmas Market

There are fire pits in the tables to keep you warm.

You can watch TV while you dine outside at the Toronto Christmas Market

 

Curling was on TV. The women’s team was playing in the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings

TEAM HOMAN TO CURL FOR CANADA IN PYEONGCHANG

Team Rachel Homan of Ottawa pulled off a curling triple crown in 2017 and will start 2018 playing in the Winter Olympics

I love curling at the Olympics!

If you get cold at the Toronto Christmas Market, there are lots and lots of bars

The bars are outdoors too. Maybe you won’t feel the cold if you have a hot spiked drink.

Russian vodka will warm you up at the Toronto Christmas Market

Vodka makes a lovely Christmas centrepiece at the Toronto Christmas Market

Even beer kegs get dressed for the holidays at the Toronto Christmas Market

There’s lots to do for kids of all ages at the Toronto Christmas Market

I went back to the Toronto Christmas Market after our first snowfall.

The snowmen look very happy with the fresh snow!

Kids of all ages love the merry go round at the Toronto Christmas Market

You need to bundle up for a ride on the Ferris Wheel at the Toronto Christmas Market

There are many places for photos at the Toronto Christmas Market

This selfie site reminds me of Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans

Over ten years ago, one of Andy Warhol’s soup can pictures sold for $11.7 million.

You can take a selfie for free!

There is a full schedule of live music at the at the Toronto Christmas Market

The outdoor stage is next to the Christmas tree in the main square at the Toronto Christmas Market

You can do all your Christmas shopping at the Toronto Christmas Market

These geodes are beautiful any time of the year

Geodes come in every colour of the rainbow.

These Russian dolls are very popular at the Toronto Christmas Market

You will never lose your socks if you hang them on the Christmas tree

Santa brought socks a few years ago. I still wear mine.

It was dog day at the Toronto Christmas Market

Lots of dogs were patiently lined up with their owners for a photo with Santa.

Do you like the little Ugg boots on these dogs?

If you get cold at the Toronto Christmas Market, there are lots of heat lamps

This couple was happy to pose for the blog

This couple posed under the kisstletoe at the Toronto Christmas Market

Mary Maxim sweaters have been a Canadian tradition since 1954

Lots of people dress up in holiday spirit at the Toronto Christmas Market

Canadian reindeer hats are popular at the Toronto Christmas Market

Santa’s elves are busy with long lineups to see Santa but they took time to pose for the blog

Look up and see the Countdown to Christmas at the Toronto Christmas Market

The Spirit of Christmas is captured in a snow globe

In last year’s Toronto Christmas Market blog, I said how much I loved snow globes. Guess what I found under the Christmas tree from Norman on Christmas day!

The grandkids love the snow globe as much as me. It was the first decoration of Christmas this year.

The magic of a snow globe is seeing it snow

 

Merry Christmas

Rose Ann MacGillivray

Rose Ann MacGillivray

World Heritage Traveller at BoomerVoice.ca
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