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Guide to Toronto Christmas Markets

Toronto Christmas markets pop up all over town throughout November and December. Discover how to get the most out of your holiday shopping experience.

People come from all over the world to explore the popular Toronto Christmas markets, which include the award-winning Toronto Art Crawl, Nathan Phillips Square Holiday Fair and the Toronto Christmas Market. Each market offers its own charms and provides another excuse to visit the capital of Ontario. We have a guide for you to get the most out of all the Toronto Christmas markets there are in the city!

A large group of people at a Christmas market in Toronto at night.
Toronto Christmas Markets / Skyscanner Canada
Toronto Christmas Markets / Skyscanner Canada

Toronto Christmas Markets:

Toronto Christmas Market: Largest market. It features entertainment, food vendors, and shopping.
One of a Kind Christmas Show: The city’s second-largest market. Eight hundred vendors sell crafts, art, and food.
The Swedish Christmas Market: A uniquely cultural market. It features traditional Swedish food, artisans, and performances.
The Toronto Art Crawl: A one-day celebration and artist bazaar. You’ll find lots of art, photography, and gourmet street food.
The Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square: Features an ice rink, ice bar, street food, live music, and carnival rides.

Toronto Christmas Market

Toronto Christmas Market is an award-winning Christmas market, a local favourite, and a must-see in Toronto during the holidays. It’s located in the historic Distillery District, and it includes dance performances, Santa appearances, and traditional carolling.

The kids will love exploring a life-sized gingerbread house and riding the carousel and Ferris wheel. Traditional Canadian street food mixes with gourmet European-style food, and there’s a beer garden with warm and cold brews.

The Toronto Christmas Market kicks off with a tree-lighting festival that features a gigantic spruce with ornaments and 18,000 lights. This market is open every day except for Mondays from November 15th to December 23rd. Weekday admission is free, and on the weekends the cost is $6, starting Friday at 5 p.m.

Nathan Phillips Square Holiday Fair

The Fair at the Square market is open from December 1st through the 23rd at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto’s city center. The main attraction of this Toronto Christmas market is the ice skating rink, which draws visitors young and old. There are multiple performances by artists, dancers, and musicians from the community.

Kids can have a meet-and-greet with Santa, and for a little extra, guests can enjoy carnival rides. Gourmet food merchants set up alongside some of the best local food trucks, and the Polar Point ice bar features seasonal beer, liquor and wine from Canada. Artisans sell a range of unique and handmade items from dishware to clothing. Admission is always free. 

Outdoor skating rink in downtown Toronto.
Toronto Christmas Markets: Nathan Phillips Square Holiday Fair / Skyscanner Canada
Toronto Christmas Markets: Nathan Phillips Square Holiday Fair / Skyscanner Canada

Toronto Art Crawl

This newer market prides itself on its collection of guest and local artists, designers, photographers, and gourmet food trucks. The venue is the Great Hall on Queens Street, which provides three floors of vending space for this unique Toronto Christmas market.

There are 95 local artists and vendors and a live DJ, but this the Toronto Art Crawl Christmas market is only open for one day per year. In 2018, it is open on December 9th. Admission is $10 online or $12 if you wait until you’re at the door. Kids under 10 are free.

One of a Kind Christmas Show

Right off of the Gardiner Expressway at Exhibition Place is one of the largest Christmas markets in Toronto. At the One of a Kind Christmas Show, there are 800 artists and crafters showcase their unique items. Sweet holiday delights, hand-blown glassware, boutique jewellery, whimsical toys, gourmet chocolates, art, and photography are just a few of the thousands of treasures.

This Toronto Christmas market is open from November 22nd through December 2nd, and tickets are $13 for adults. Near opening, the market hosts a chef-catered breakfast that makes a fabulous start to a day of shopping. The market also has a wreath contest, a fashion show, and multiple hands-on craft workshops where you can make your own gifts.

Swedish Christmas Market

The Swedish Christmas Market is a two-day craft fair held on November 24th and 25th. Get into the Scandinavian holiday spirit with traditional foods like jarred herring, lingonberry preserves, knacke, and steaming mugs of a mulled wine called glogg.

This Toronto Christmas market culminates in a delightful performance by Swedish folk dancers in full period clothing. A young girl in white robes with a crown of greens and candles represents St. Lucia, and she performs traditional holiday carols with the children’s choir.

The list of handmade crafts is long and includes everything from Swedish boutique clothing to Pippi Longstocking-themed aprons and braided headbands made of yarn. There is some beautiful art that you can’t find anywhere else at this market. Admission is free. 

What to do in Toronto:

While you’re in Toronto, there are plenty of other activities to do and attractions to check out beyond the Toronto Christmas markets. 

Whether you’re completing your holiday shopping or you just want to browse, don’t miss out on all the unique opportunities at the many Toronto Christmas markets. Each market has its own character, theme, eateries, and collection of local artisans. Happy exploring!

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