There's a new Winter Village coming to the Distillery District this month

Nov 11 2020, 2:55 pm

Although the annual Christmas Market won’t be running this year, the Distillery District is still celebrating the season with a new Winter Village.

Beginning November 12, the historic neighbourhood is being transformed into a festive holiday experience.

With starlit canopies, a massive Christmas tree adorned with 60,800 lights, and seasonal music, the Winter Village makes for a merry addition to your holiday shopping.

“All of your favourite Distillery District shops, galleries, and restaurants are open, offering a unique blend of specialty gifts, art, cuisine, and fashion in our open-air, safe environment of pedestrian-only streets,” according to the event’s website.

The Distillery District cancelled their annual Christmas Market this year due to the ongoing pandemic.

The popular event usually drew more than 700,000 people over a six-week period, according to The Distillery Historic District, making safe physical distancing impossible.


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Unlike the Christmas Market, stores will not be setting up vendor cabins at the Winter Village, although some have extended patios and outdoor carts. There won’t be any live performances this year, but a digital exhibit will be set up in Trinity Square.

Many shops within the area offer curbside pick-up as well.

According to its website, the Distillery District has implemented several safety measures throughout the neighbourhood.

Precautions include signs to promote physical distancing, increased cleaning, regular use of medical-grade cleaning products, and hand sanitizers throughout.

The number of visitors will be monitored, particularly on Friday nights and weekends when the area tends to be busier, and entrances may be temporarily shut if capacity is reached.

The Winter Village experience is free to visit, and you can even bring your dog, according to the event’s website.

The experience is also completely contactless, making it a virus-friendly alternative to sitting on Santa’s knee.

Winter Village

When:​ November 12, 2020, to March 31, 2021.

Where:​ The Distillery District, 55 Mill Street

Tickets: ​Free

Note: While local parks, shops, and events are reopened, Toronto Public Health is reminding individuals to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. If you decide to go out, maintain the six-feet physical distancing guidelines.

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