21 delicious December food events to check out in Toronto

Nov 28 2019, 1:27 pm

It’s the most foodie-ful time of the year! Because Toronto’s overflowing with December food events, and the holidays are a major mood… all month long.

Here’s where to go to get your fill of food, drink, and festivities before Santa Claus comes to town and 2020 takes the reigns:

Toronto Christmas Market


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Always festive, always fun, always filling, you can count on the Toronto Christmas Market for your food and drink fix. Whether you’re craving savoury sausage, sweet sugar cookies or warming mulled wine, there’s something here to satisfy you.

Where: The Distillery Historic District
Thursday, November 15 to Sunday, December 23  (closed Mondays)

Canada’s Wonderland WinterFest

Canada’s Wonderland Winterfest

Canada’s Wonderland has welcomed WinterFest which, in addition to plenty of festive fun, features some fierce food specials. Expect plenty of carb-heavy, delectable delights. From Eggnog Funnel Cakes to Turkey Dinner Tacos, this spot will be offering whatever your Christmas-loving tastebuds are asking for.

Where: Canada’s Wonderland
When: November 22 to December 31


Holiday Hills


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Toronto’s shipping container market has been leaning into the seasons all year long, and it’s keeping up with Christmas with its new event, Holiday Hills. Taking over the downtown plaza from November 22 to December 22, the stackt event is described as the city’s newest holiday fair, and will feature 27 days of festive programming.

Where:¬†stackt market ‚ÄĒ 28 Bathurst Street
When: November 22 to December 22


Aurora Winter Festival Presented by the CNE

Aurora Winter Festival

From the¬†Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District¬†to the¬†Holiday Fair at Nathan Phillips Square, the city comes to life over the winter months. And now, the family-friendly¬†Aurora Winter Festival¬†presented by the CNE is returning to Ontario Place, bringing six weeks of festive fun ‚ÄĒ and food ‚ÄĒ to the city. Over the course of the festival, you‚Äôll get to indulge in classic, warming holiday drinks like mulled wine and fresh apple cider. And if you‚Äôre into the sweet stuff, you can opt for a gingerbread or rum and eggnog flavoured hot chocolate.

Where: Ontario Place, West Island
When: November 22 to January 5
Tickets: Available online


Miracle Bar


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This holiday pop-up is the spot to visit… especially for those who may not feel so festive. The intent behind Miracle is to bring up the spirits of even the Scroogiest folks. Stop by and see if these festive cocktails and holiday decor can turn your seasonal-stress frown upside-down.

Where: 146 Ossington Avenue
When: November 25 to December 26, 2019


Sippin’ Santa at Project Gigglewater


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Sister to the original Miracle Bar pop-up, the event boasts a tiki theme that‚Äôll have you singin‚Äô Mele Kalikimaka late into the night. The spot is open seven days a week, from 5 pm on weeknights and as early as 2 pm on weekends. Making it the perfect place to park it after ‚ÄĒ or before ‚ÄĒ your visit to the¬†Toronto Christmas Market.

Where:¬†Project Gigglewater ‚Äď 1369 Dundas Street West
Where: November 25 to December 26, 5 pm to 2 am Monday to Friday, and 2 pm to 2 am on weekends


The Thirsty Elf Pop-up Bar

The Thirsty Elf pop-up bar will be taking over the former York Station space inside the hotel, running for an exclusive four weekends only in the lead-up to Christmas. Anticipate tacky festive decorations with a kitschy feel and a festive cocktail menu, offering the perfect place for your cohort of pals to don your ugliest Christmas sweaters.

Where:¬†Fairmont Royal York, Main Mezzanine level (formerly York Station) — 100 Front Street West
When: Thursday through Saturday from November 28, after the 6 pm tree lighting ceremony, until December 21, (four weekends only), 4 pm to 9 pm


Evergreen’s Winter Village

Whether you’re opting to skate ’til you ache, walk ’til you flop, or shop ’til you drop, you’ll be sure to work up quite the appetite. So clear a weekend (or two, or three) to visit this festive event. You won’t want to miss all the local, seasonal goodies that’ll be in attendance.

Where:¬†Evergreen Brick Works ‚Äď 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
When:¬†Weekends throughout December from November 30, 10 am ‚Äď 5 pm; December 26 to 31, TBA


The Famous Jerusalem Market

The Famous Jerusalem Market

Described by organizers as ‚Äúthe Shuk that saves lives,‚ÄĚ the event aims to recreate the authentic ‚ÄúShuk‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ the Hebrew word for market ‚ÄĒ experience. With close to 70 stalls featuring aromatic spices, specialty foods and dishes, lavish pastries, unique art, and beautifully handmade Jewish-inspired artifacts, it‚Äôs the perfect event to grab ingredients for holiday cooking or presents for gifting loved ones.

Where: The Promenade Mall, 1 Promenade Mall Circle, Thornhill
When: December 1 from 10 am to 6 pm and 7:30 pm to 11 pm, December 2 from 10 am to 3 pm
Tickets: Available online


Toronto’s Chanukah Market

Presented by NoshFest, Toronto’s Jewish Food Festival, the Chanukah Market has moved from The Warehouse at Downsview Park to Artscape Wychwood Barns this year. Anticipate favourites like Marty’s Pickles, Primrose Bagels, Parallel, and many more. There will also be cooking demonstrations from Amy Rosen, Carolyn Cohen, and Rooks to Cooks.

When: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
When: Sunday, December 1 from 10:30 am to 4 pm


Hoppy Holidays


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On December 3, Hoppy Holidays will take over Berkeley Church, offering the chance to get holly and jolly while you taste all the festive, boozy bevvies you can bare. Located at 315 Queen Street East, the event will be complete with seasonal brews, one-off creations, and festive beer cocktails. And while beers are the main focus of the evening, there will be plenty of other drink options featuring vodkas, ciders, gins, Caesars, and much more.

Where: 315 Queen Street East
When: December 3 from 5 pm to 10 pm
Tickets: Available online or at the door


A Holiday Wine Tasting

Taking over the Annex location of the Centre for Social Innovation from 5 pm to 11 pm, the event will offer the chance to try vegan-friendly wines, many of which are also organic, sustainable, or biodynamic. In addition to plenty of wine, anticipate vegan food catered by Wandering Deli, cupcakes by Have A Heart Bakeshop, and a pop-up shop by The Queen V that’ll feature natural, eco-friendly, cruelty-free gifts made by Canadian small businesses.

Where:¬†Centre for Social Innovation ‚Äď Annex ‚Äď 720 Bathurst Street
When: December 5 from 7 pm to 11 pm
Tickets: Available online


Gingerbread House Making Contest


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The holidays are the most wonderful time for a beer! To get you feeling even more jolly, why not make a gingerbread house while you drink? On Friday, December 6, Big Rock Brewery will be hosting a Gingerbread House Making Contest inside their bottle shop at Liberty Commons. Tickets include one welcome beer, all your gingerbread-house-making supplies, and holiday-themed live music.

When:¬†Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery ‚ÄĒ 42 Liberty Street
When: December 6 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Tickets: Available online for $20


Midnight Brunch

Before you hit the club or after you leave the party, stop by 401 Logan Avenue to tuck into classic brunch menu items in the middle of the night. Running from midnight until 4 am, Midnight Brunch will be serving up a buffet-style meal including chicken and red velvet waffles, french toast, scrambled eggs, sausages, mushrooms and peppers, plantain, saltfish fritters, and more.

When: 401 Logan Avenue
Where: December 7 from midnight to 4 am
Tickets: Available online


Swedish Christmas Fair

Presented by SWEA, the Swedish Women’s Educational Association, this Swedish Christmas Fair is one of the largest in the world… outside of Sweden, of course. Anticipate the chance to tuck into hard-to-find Scandinavian food imports, artisan crafts, unique Christmas décor, and Swedish design products. Foodies can look forward to a café featuring traditional Scandinavian open-faced sandwiches and pastries, too.

When:¬†Daniels Spectrum ‚Äď 585 Dundas Street East
Where: December 7 and 8


Holiday Fair in the Square

December 23

Holiday Fair in the Square

Now in its fourth year, the fair includes an open-air artisan village with over 100 talented vendors offering unique gifts and special treats that you can snag for your loved ones‚Ķ and for yourself. Visitors can grab a delicious bite from one of Toronto‚Äôs best food trucks, enjoy their snack in the Fireside Lounge, or stop by Jackson-Triggs Polar Point ‚ÄĒ the outdoor bar serving mulled wine and other seasonal favourites.

Where: Nathan Phillips Square
When: December 7 to 23
Hours:¬†4 pm ‚Äď 9 pm from¬†Tuesday to Thursday, noon to 10 pm from Friday to Sunday, closed Mondays


The Wizards and Witches Christmas Feast

To properly infuse the Wizarding World into your holiday plans, two different feast options inspired the Harry Potter movies are coming to town. An afternoon of Christmas feasting, hosted by A Halfling Feast, will take over a Toronto venue on December 14, for the Wizards and Witches Christmas Feast brunch, serving up the perfect combination of food, potions, and spells.

Where: Toronto (exact address listed on invitation)
When: December 14, from 1 pm to 4:30 pm, and 6 pm to 9:30 pm
Tickets: Available online


12 Beers of Christmas


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Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, 12 Beers of the Holidays is a gift you should give yourself. Your ticket includes sampling for the duration of the event, plus enjoying tunes by local DJs, and a chance to win a prize if you don the ugliest holiday sweater. Tickets, available online, ranging from $30 to $35.

When:¬†The Gladstone Hotel ‚Äď 1214 Queen Street West
Where: December 20 from 6:30 pm


Christmas Eve Bar Crawl

On this one night of the year, when many bars across the city are closed, it is one of the most intriguing evenings of them all to tuck into the spots that are open. Anticipate a down-to-earth experience, where you’ll be able to connect with other bar-lovers and regulars on a night revolving around making new friends and lasting connections.

When: Queen and Roncesvalles
Where:¬†Christmas Eve ‚Äď December 24 from 7 pm to 11 pm
Tickets: Available online


Nog Your Socks Off


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This holiday season, you can raise your glass, and some funds, for an important initiative. Five west-end bars are serving up variations of eggnog, with a boozy twist, to guests from the 13 to 20 of December. For each glass of nog sold, a portion of the proceeds will go to Socks 4 Souls, where the funds will be used to buy pairs of socks for someone in need in Southwestern Ontario.

Where:¬†Civil Liberties — 878 Bloor Street West; Grey Tiger — 1190 Bloor Street West; The Gaslight — 1426 Bloor Street West; PrettyUgly — 1237 Queen Street West; Famous Last Words — 492 Pacific Avenue
When: December 13 to 20


New Year’s Eve at the CN Tower

Opt for this party to ring in your 2020, and you’ll get to dance the night away on the tower’s glass floor while a DJ spins all your favourite tunes. You’ll be able to feast on local cuisine including roast beef tenderloin, Ontario artisanal charcuterie and cheeses, bao buns, and tacos, plus passed hors d’oeuvres and sweets. There will be party favours and poutine at midnight, followed by a dessert buffet extravaganza.

When: December 31 from 9 pm to January 1 at 2 am
Tickets: $200, available online


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