The Christmas season will arrive in Toronto this month as The Distillery Winter Village officially opens.
The renamed, rebranded Toronto Christmas Market kicks off at 6 pm on November 18 as its massive, 55-foot-tall Christmas tree is lit.
Visitors can stroll the cobblestone streets beneath starlit canopies, gaze upon the dazzling tree, indulge in delicious food, and check off every gift on their holiday shopping list.
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In addition to The Distillery District’s many year-round restaurants, there will be 12 new food cabins to take your taste buds on a culinary journey.
Indulge in the likes of raclette, patatas bravas, schnitzel, frites, doughnuts, crepes, pretzels, jerk chicken, empanadas, fried chicken, tacos, and pizza.
Stop for a festive cocktail at the Archeo Sommelier & Mixology Experience, Naughty or Nice Bar, Cluny Light Tunnel Bar, El Catrin Bar, or the Tree Lot Bar.
Unlike years past, alcohol will be restricted to licensed patios and restaurants.
Gifts for everyone on your list
Beyond the drinking and dining, there will be eight new vendor cabins offering a curated selection of seasonal gifts and items.
Many brick-and-mortar retailers will offer delivery for purchases made on-site, meaning you won’t have to carry all your parcels around while you enjoy the festive experience.
Forests Ontario will be selling locally-sourced Christmas trees and wreaths through its online shop, with contactless, drive-through pick-up available on November 27.
The Distillery Winter Village is also offering complimentary gift wrapping from December 1 to 23, with donations benefiting SickKids and the Salvation Army.
The wrapping station will be located at the ground level of Artscape—15 Case Goods Lane, across from the Holly wall—during select times.
Billed as an “intimate, picture-perfect holiday experience,” there will be myriad photo opportunities throughout the Winter Village, including 7′ snowpeople and a holly wall.
Santa and his elves will be roaming the streets, spreading holiday cheer and posing for selfies, and the iconic LOVE Locks and redHeart will be illuminated for the holidays.
There is also a superb line-up of buskers and carolers to get you into the spirit of the season.
Available online now, tickets for The Distillery Winter Village cost $8 per person, while the event is free for those under the age of six.
Tickets are only required after 4 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and for the tree-lighting on November 18.
The experience is closed on Mondays, as well as on December 24, 25, and 26. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required.