Why suffer through crowds at the mall when throughout the month of December, the city brims with holiday markets, festive.
Why suffer through crowds at the mall when throughout the month of December, the city brims with holiday markets, festive fleas and family-friendly street fairs. Here, weve rounded-up the 10 best events in the city to do all your holiday shopping and eat some seasonal treats.
Theres plenty of reasons why the Distillery Districts Christmas market is one of the most popular in the city: the twinkling lights and garland decking the Victorian buildings, beer gardens and daily caroling sing-alongs. Although it gets busy on evenings and weekends, its worth the visit for the sweet mulled wine, raclette and deep-fried pastries from Evas Original Chimneys. See listing for details.
This year marks the 10th annual craft sale and flea hosted by the Native Canadian Centre (16 Spadina). On December 1 and 2, find handmade wares like traditional beadwork, hand drums, tinctures, moccasins and jewelry all made by local Indigenous artists. See listing for details.
This market, held on December 2 at the Great Hall (1087 Queen), features a curated collection of gifts wares made using sustainable methods and materials, natural makeup from Altilis Beauty, reusable beeswax food wraps from Oh Beehive, and kids shoes made of upcycled leather from Brave New Soles. See listing for details.
Artist Alley is a market where you can buy original work from current OCADU students and alumni. At their holiday market on December 4 at the Great Hall (1087 Queen), youll find limited edition prints, pins, jewellery and other handmade items. See listing for details.
Gifting second-hand wares might not seem like the most obvious choice for the holiday presents, but theres a case to be made for giving vintage. Its more sustainable, affordable and way more original than anything youll find on Amazon. Start your vintage holiday shopping at on December 6 at the Parkdale Holiday Bazaar, a neighbourhood wide shopping event featuring around 10 shops around Queen West. 96 Tears Vintage (1714 Queen West), which is spearheading the event, will turn their studio into a bazaar where 20 artists will be selling their own wares. See website for details.
Don your gay apparel at the Pink Markets annual holiday extravaganza, Pink Xmas. On December 8 and 9 at the 519 (519 Church), more than 50 LGBTQ+ artists, creators and makers will be selling their unique wares, like cute enamel Pocky pins by Heidi Cho, gender-free apparel by 416 Champion, and botanical prints and patches by The Foragers Club for all the Plant Moms and Dads on your list. See listing for details.
The Black Owned Holiday Market showcases gifts, products and services owned by Black-owned businesses. This years market on December 8 is taking over the Enercare Centre (100 Princes) and features an expansive selection of hand-made wares like vibrant statement jewelry by Hannatou Accessories, bags made from genuine Ethiopian leather by Liyu, and quirky Woke alarm clock pins by My Filibo. See website for details.
Tucked inside the Northern Contemporary gallery (1266 Queen West), the Parkdale Flea Holiday Market is a cozy bazaar featuring handmade and vintage finds, food vendors and plenty of hot cider. See listing for details.
Kid Icarus Kensington Markets go-to shop for all screen prints and cute graphic tchotchkes is hosting a holiday market this year at St. Stephen-in-the-Fields Church (103 Bellevue) on December 8. Youll find screen printed greeting cards, ceramics, jewellery and calendars. Admission is $2 or $5 with a mystery loot bag. See listing for details.
On December 8 and 9, the biggest market in the east end gets into the holiday spirit. The Leslieville Flea Holiday Market, which will be held at the Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre (870 Queen East), features more than 60 vendors hawking handcrafted and vintage goods, as well as baked treats. Get your photo taken with Santa and listen to some holiday tunes sung by U of Ts Glee Club. See listing for details.