Looking Forward to the Toronto Christmas Market

xmas-headerLiving in this part of Toronto has many perks. There are endless options when it comes to delicious and new dining experiences, the shopping available is top notch, and the calendar of exciting events is always full. One such event, which has become a classic holiday staple, is the Toronto Christmas Market. Returning this season on¬†Friday November 18th through until Thursday December 22nd, this year’s Market promises to be better than ever. Here’s what to look forward to.¬†

Entertainment

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During the weeks the Toronto Christmas Market will be open, the schedule of events remains as full as ever. You can explore the grounds and meet Santa Claus, take in the beautiful (and enormous) Christmas tree donated by Forests Ontario and Ontario Wood, or steal a kiss under the mistletoe. There will also be scheduled performances by over 350 entertainers on the main stage, including award-winning singers, brass bands, cultural dancers, and classic holiday carolers. Each day will bring themed entertainment with ‘Traditional Tuesdays’, ‘World Wednesdays’, ‘Classical Thursdays’, ‘Friday Night Jazz’, ‘Pop Saturdays’, and ‘Ensemble Sundays’. No matter when you visit the market, you run zero risk of being bored.

Beer Gardens

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One of the best features of the Toronto Christmas Market are the many heated ‘hospitality lounges’ where you can cozy up with a hot tottie or other such delicious beverage. There are lots of these outdoor ‘beer gardens‘ to choose from. Check out Mill Street’s beer garden, El Catrin’s winter lounge, the Holiday Spirits Square, or the oh-so-popular Pure Spirits Gluehwein (mulled wine) terrace, just to name a few.

Vendors

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If you’ve visited the Toronto Christmas Market in previous years, then you know that besides the mulled wine and overall festive atmosphere, the reason you come to the Christmas Market is to shop and explore all the different vendors! In the rows of vendor stalls you’ll find unique local and international craftspeople, artists, and artisans with lots to offer. This year you can expect to find beautiful Christmas ornaments, unique homewares, and endless edible options – did someone say Bratwurst?!

Admission is free on Opening Night, as well as during the week. On weekends, admission costs $6 starting at 5pm on Fridays. Guests are encouraged to buy tickets online in advance, so as to avoid line ups. A portion of net proceeds from admissions will go to charities including Daily Bread Food Bank, Plan Canada, and Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund.

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