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It’s finally happened. Toronto’s historic Distillery District has officially transformed into a magical and charming interpretation of a classic European Christmas Market.
Now in its 10th year, the Toronto Christmas Market has grown into a beloved annual tradition that welcomes locals and visitors alike to get into the festive spirit.
Take this holly jolly opportunity to meander down the cobblestone streets and enjoy holiday-inspired foods, cozy beverages, unique shopping experiences, and more in one of the city’s most beautiful neighbourhoods.
While weekday admission continues to be free of charge until Friday at 6 pm, weekend entrance fees this season have increased to $8 for tickets bought online in advance, and $12 dollars when purchased day-of.
“Ticket proceeds allow us to meet the direction of the city, maintain the festival’s growth, enhancements, operations, and continue our annual support for our charitable beneficiaries,” says Toronto Christmas Market Creator and Executive Director, Mathew Rosenblatt.
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As a not-for-profit organization, the Toronto Christmas Market uses weekend ticket proceeds not just to support charitable organizations such as the Daily Bread Food Bank, Plan Canada, the Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund, and the Yonge Street Mission, but also to support community events and programming throughout the year.
But, to continue the tradition of giving back, this year the Toronto Christmas Market is offering free admission on the first two opening weekends to anyone who brings eight cans of food to donate to the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Participants can drop off the canned goods at the large donation bin outside the Ticket Tent in exchange for a ticket.
Weekend one has already passed, so if you’d like to take advantage of this chance to drop off your canned goods and get into the event free of charge, make sure you stop by on Saturday or Sunday.
As always, visitors can look forward to the iconic Ferris wheel, enhancements to the dramatic 100-foot light tunnel, even more holiday-inspired foods, warm beverages and seasonal spirits, and iconic 50-foot Christmas tree.
This season offers even more music and entertainment on the main stage and throughout the market and visitors can expect to see nearly 500 performers including carolers, choirs, dancers, musicians, holiday elves, and Santa himself.
The Toronto Christmas Market
Where: The Distillery District
When: Thursday, November 14 to Sunday, December 22, 2019 (closed on Mondays)
Tickets: Available online