This holiday season Toronto will once again celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas at the Toronto Christmas Market. 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 locally handcrafted products. Family friendly entertainment includes musicians, carolers and children's choirs.
Hours of Operation
Tuesday to Friday...........................12noon to 9pm
Saturday and Sunday........................10am to 9pm
The Distillery Historic District is Open 7 Days a Week.
Tuesday and Wednesday....................5pm to 9pm
Thursday and Friday..........................5pm to 11pm
Saturday and Sunday...................12noon to Close
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.
Popular Events, Features and Activities
American Express Warming Lounge
American Express invites you to warm up in the American Express heated lounge with complimentary hot chocolate. The American Express lounge is open Friday evenings to Sunday night during the Toronto Christmas Market. American Express wishes everyone a happy holiday season.
Toronto Christmas Market Photo Contest
This year, the Toronto Christmas Market is again in search of a photograph that captures the true essence of the magic and romance experienced at the event with its annual Photo Contest. Winner will receive a $250 cash prize. 2nd place will receive a $150 Distillery Restaurant gift certificate. 3rd place will receive $100 Distillery Restaurant gift certificate.
Magical lighting and seasonal décor
Magical lighting and décor displays which create an incredible traditional and romantic Christmas setting for visitors to enjoy. The street and squares of the Historic Distillery are transformed into a paradise of lights and colours, festive sounds and seductive smells.
Massive Christmas Tree donated by
The 45 foot White Spruce tree featured at this year's Market is donated by Trees Ontario. Working with its partners, Trees Ontario’s goal is to support the planting of 10 million trees a year to ensure the health of future generations. Be sure to drop by the Trees Ontario booth to buy your Christmas trees, wreaths and green gifts in support of our tree planting programs. For more information, please visit treesontario.ca.
Mill St. Brewery World Caroling Challenge
Date to be announced.
Join us as we attempt to set a World record!
Mill Street will hand out reusable LED candles and candleholders and will donate $1 to the Daily Bread Food Bank for every person that participates. In addition, we encourage and welcome visitors to bring non-perishable food donations to give the Daily Bread Food Bank.
How to Get Here
Distillery District South Parking Lot - $1.75/half hour
44 Parliament Street - $1.50/half hour
333 Lakeshore- $10 flat rate (Most Available Parking)
To be confirmed shortly.
The best way to get to the to the Toronto Christmas Market is with the TTC
From King or St Andrew stations, take an eastbound 504 King streetcar to Parliament Street and proceed two blocks south to the Parliament entrance into the Distillery.
From King Station, take the 72 Pape bus to Mill Street and
Parliament Street and enter at the Parliament entrance.
From Castle Frank Station, take the 65 Parliament bus south to one block south of Front Street and enter at the Parliament entrance. For more information on schedules and maps, please visit www.ttc.ca.
GO makes it easy to visit the Toronto Christmas Market. Take GO to Union Station, walk North to King Street and take the 504 King streetcar using the directions above, or take a short 5 minute taxi ride from Union Station to the Distillery. For schedule information visit gotransit.com
From the East:
Don Valley Parkway to Richmond St. exit, west on Richmond to Parliament, south on Parliament to Mill St.
(one block south of Front St.), Look for parking nearby.
Kingston Road to Eastern Ave. Then proceed to Front St. West on Front to Parliament, then south on Parliament to Mill St.
Look for parking nearby.
Queen St. west to Parliament then south on Parliament to Mill St., the Distillery will be on your left hand side.
From the West:
QEW east to Gardiner Expressway. Take Jarvis St. exit, then north on Jarvis St. to Front St., East on Front to Parliament St.
then south on Parliament, , the Distillery will be on your left hand side.
From the North:
427 south to QEW. QEW east to Gardiner Expressway. Take Jarvis St. exit, then north on Jarvis St. to Front St. , East on Front
to Parliament St. then south on Parliament to Mill St., Look for parking nearby.
Don Valley Parkway south to Richmond St. exit, west on Richmond to Parliament, south on Parliament to Mill St.
(one block south of Front St.), Look for parking nearby.
The Distillery Historic District is an accessible site and provides for mobility-accessible parking, ramp access to buildings, shops and restaurants, washrooms with child changing facilities, and wheelchair accessible stalls. We remind all visitors of the Distillery Historic District that the streets inside the District are made of cobble stone and are in some locations uneven, and that the popularity of the Toronto Christmas Market gives way to large crowds during peak times (evenings and weekends).
car2go provides a new way of car sharing which gives members 24/7 access to a free-‐floating network of smart fortwo cars.
Members have access to 375 car2go vehicles for a low rate of 38 cents per minute which includes free parking, gas, insurance, GPS navigation and maintenance. Our one-‐way car sharing model means there is no specific return time or return location, when you’re done simply park the car in a designated car2go parking location within the Home Area
car2go Members can use the first available car2go they find, via a smartphone app, the car2go vehicle finder at www.car2go.com, by calling the customer call center or by simply walking up to an available car2go.
Parking locations available for car2go members:
-‐271 Front St East
-‐44 Parliament Street -‐55 Mill Street
Partners, Charities and Volunteers
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The Toronto Christmas Market Inc. is a not-for-profit organization which relies on public donations and corporate support. The Toronto Christmas Market will be handing out bright red Rudolph noses with each donation. Please help continue to spread the magic and romance of a traditional Christmas for years to come.
Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund
The Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund was established in 1906 by Toronto Star Founder, Joseph E. Atkinson. In 2008 Toronto Star Santa Claus distributed Christmas gift boxes to 45,000 needy children.
To make a Creditcard donation by phone, please call our hotline at 416-869-4847. Cheques or money orders can be made payable year-round and mailed to The Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund, One Yonge Street, 9th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1E6. Online donations can be made by visiting www.thestar.com/santaclausfund
A model of graceful Canadian elegance, The Omni King Edward Hotel has hosted visitors to Toronto for over 100 years. Nestled in the financial district, the hotel upholds its regal legacy through a commitment to traditional hospitality with sleek modern sensibility.
Official Outerwear Provider of the Toronto Christmas Market
Moose Knuckles is born of Canadian heritage, Personality, Sports and Leisure from our nation's obsession with ice hockey, to our reputation as the class clown of the global schoolhouse. Moose Knuckles clothing can be purchased in the Distillery Historic District at GOTSTYLE.
Please check back soon for information on volunteering.