As winds blow in from the north, Toronto pulls its enormous parkas and oversized scarves out of the deepest corners of its closets, dreading the bone-chilling cold. Perhaps I am being dramatic. Winter isn’t actually that bad, especially when Toronto offers so many fun winter markets with plentiful opportunities to eat, shop, skate, and drink hot cocoa!
This winter EXTRAVAGANZA is composed of the Evergreen Garden Market, the Makers Market in partnership with Etsy, and a brand new Street Food Market. If you go on Saturday, you’ll also be able to check out the Saturday Farmers Market. Don’t let all those markets overwhelm you though, you can always cozy up by their fireplaces or partake in their many holiday activities! If you don’t want to shop for unique handmade treasures or eat delicious local foods, you can always hike in their beautiful backyard.
Trinity-Bellwoods Flea Market is a monthly local market in the Bellwoods neighbourhood, but every December you can expect their super-cozy holiday-edition weekend. If you want one-of-a-kind gifts made with love from over 75 local vendors, this is the place to be for any holiday shopping. There is also delicious food and jazzy music to make you feel all sorts of holiday fun.
Scents of cinnamon and spice roll through the Distillery District starting November 18 when the Toronto Christmas Market opens. This is my personal favourite holiday event in the city as it is feel-good fun for all ages! Christmas carols, every imaginable hot cocoa flavour, and amazing Instagram photo-ops await you at the market. I highly recommend going on a weekday, otherwise you will have to brave huge crowds and an entrance fee.
This holiday fair will put you in the mood for all sorts of wintery cheer. This brand-new fair is hosted in support of Epilepsy Toronto, so you can help out the community while you celebrate this European-style market! Expect food, shopping, warm drinks, and probably skating too- all the things that make winter in Canada bearable from December 8-23!
Vegans don’t have to feel left out this holiday season. You can rejoice at the Vegan Winter Market hosted at The Great Hall where you can expect to find local handmade retailers offering vegan gifts and food treats. Entrance here is $5, but part of proceeds will be going to the Wishing Well Sanctuary. Insider TIP: don’t be close-minded and let the word “vegan” scare you. But maybe keep those Canada Goose jackets at home.