11 of Toronto's most festive holiday markets of 2018

Nov 7 2018, 4:58 am

From sticky candy canes in kids’ hands to mulled wine under twinkling lights, Toronto knows how to holiday.

Whether you’re east, west or north of the city, or right in the downtown core, there’s a snug spot for you to get your hygge on.

Aurora Winter Festival

Winter Festival

Winter Festival

New to the city this year, the Aurora Winter Festival will transform Ontario Place into a hidden village with enchanting elements inspired by the North Pole, including magical characters, captivating light displays, and endless fun, games, and activities.

When: November 29 to December 30

Where: Ontario Place, East Island

The Toronto Christmas Market

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A classic favourite, the Toronto Christmas market returns to the Distillery District this year. Sip mulled wine around the outdoor fire pits, and munch on seasonal sweets while you peruse perfect gifts for family and friends.

When: November 15 to December 23

Where: The Distillery District, Toronto

Home for the Holidays

Markham HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS - Markham Fairgrounds

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This three-day market returns for its 31st year, offering loads of treats and gift options from various vendors.

When: November 16 to 18

Where: Markham Fairgrounds – 10801 McCowan Road, Markham

Toronto Vegetarian Association Holiday Market

Toronto Vegan holiday market

Toronto Vegan Winter Market

A vast list of vendors come together to offer market visitors cruelty-free food and gift options for the holiday season. Pick up bites from Chocosol and Culcherd to give to loved ones… or yourself.

When: November 25

Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, Toronto

One of a Kind Winter Show

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This is the spot to find gifts and bites that you won’t be able to get anywhere else. Hundreds of artisans are coming together to offer the most unique home decor, art and bites. Spicy peanut butter, anyone?

When: November 22 to December 2

Where: Enercare Centre Exhibition Place, Toronto

York Region’s Holiday Market


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 Ideal for those located north of the city, visit this market for delicious eats and gift options for everyone on your list.

When: November 16

Where: York Region Administrative Centre – 17250 Yonge Street, East Gwillimbury

Swedish Christmas Fair

Toronto’s Swedish Christmas Market (Harbourfront Centre/Facebook)

Cinnamon buns. Gingerbread. Glögg. This Harbourfront event is where to get your fill of Scandinavian goodies. Our guess? You’ll find this market to be lagom (just right).

When: November 24 and 25

Where: Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

The Holiday Market

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Popping up on King Street this year, The Holiday Market is an ideal spot to find local gifts and goodies. Supporting local artists sounds like a great way to get into the holiday spirit to us!

When: December 9

Where: 461 King Street West, Toronto

Fair in the Square

Holiday Fair in the Square

This free fair in Nathan Phillips Square combines elegance with excitement, making it the perfect spot for a holiday date. Have a sip at the wine bar, slip on your skates, and get festive under the twinkling lights.

When: December 1 to 23

Where: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

Holiday Street Market


Holiday Street Market

As the largest outdoor holiday street market in Ontario, this event is not one to miss! Shop cozy winter-wear, listen to carollers carol and savour street food in the spirit of the season.

When: November 24

Where: Mississauga Celebration Square – 300 City Centre Drive

When: December 1 and 8

Where: Main Street, from Bell Street to Commercial Street, Downtown Milton

Christkindl Market

Christkindl Market

Christkindl Market

A German Christmas festival is not a festival that you want to miss out on. Oktoberfest beer nuts, cabbage rolls and schnitzel on a bun are just a few of the traditional tastes you can enjoy. The Sausage Man and the Strudel Ladies will be in attendance… so you probably should be too.

When: December 6 to 9

Where: Kitchener City Hall – 200 King Street West, Kitchener

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