Hours of Operation
Tuesday to Friday………………………12:00PM – 9:00PM
Saturday and Sunday……………………10:00AM – 9:00PM
The Distillery Historic District is Open 7 Days a Week.
Tuesday and Wednesday………………..5:00PM – 9:00PM
Thursday and Friday……………………..5:00PM – 11:00PM
Saturday and Sunday……………….12:00PM – Close
This holiday season Toronto will once again celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas at Toronto Christmas Market. Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products. Family friendly entertainment includes musicians, carolers and children’s choirs.
A Christmas market is a street market which celebrates the traditional sights, sounds and scents of Christmas and is staged during the weeks leading up to Christmas. These markets originated in Germany, beginning in the early 1400's, and are now being held in countries all over the world.
The daily schedule always includes:
Daily Santa’s Elves Sing-Along
Children and adults alike will delight in the presentation of a daily interactive stage show Santa’s Elves Sing-Along. A performance exclusive to the Toronto Christmas Market, this show will have visitors out of their seats as they sing and dance along to holiday classics performed by Santa’s favourite elves – Eve and Eloise. With special appearances by Prince Charming and Mrs. Claus, this interactive show is not to be missed!
Tuesday to Friday at 5:00pm and Saturday & Sunday at 10:30am & 2:00pm
Daily Caroling Gathering presented by Mill Street
Join us for 15 minutes at the main stage for caroling led by the Toronto Christmas Market Candy Cane Carolers. Mill Street will be handing out song sheets so everyone can join in the fun and practice their harmonies leading up to the Mill Street World Caroling Challenge on December 21.
Tuesday to Sunday at 6:00pm. Excluding Sunday Dec 21 where it will begin at 5pm for the World Caroling Challenge.
American Express Warming Lounge
American Express invites you to warm up in the American Express heated lounge with complimentary hot chocolate. The American Express lounge is open Friday evenings to Sunday night during the Toronto Christmas Market. American Express wishes everyone a happy holiday season.
Massive Christmas Tree donated by
Forests Ontario & Ontario Wood
The majestic 45 foot white spruce tree featured at this year's Market is donated by Forests Ontario and Ontario Wood. Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests. Be sure to drop by the Forests Ontario booth to buy your Ontario-grown Christmas trees, wreaths and green gifts in support of our tree planting programs.
For more information, please visit forestsontario.ca.
Toronto Christmas Market Photo Contest
This year, the Toronto Christmas Market is again in search of a photograph that captures the true essence of the magic and romance experienced at the event with its annual Photo Contest. Winner will receive a $250 cash prize. 2nd place will receive a $150 Distillery Restaurant gift certificate. 3rd place will receive $100 Distillery Restaurant gift certificate.
Enter our Contest here:
Mill St. Brewery World CarolinG Challenge
Sunday December 21, 5pm SHARP!
Join us as we attempt to set a World record!
Mill Street will hand out reusable LED candles and candleholders and will donate $1 to the Daily Bread Food Bank for every person who uses the hashtag #millstreetmoment.
Under the Mistletoe
Since the time of the Norse Goddess Frigg, who decreedshe would place a kiss on anyone who passed under it, generations of lovers have expressed their affections for one another under the mistletoe.
The Toronto Christmas Market has created a special sculpture entitled “Under the Mistletoe.” The heart shaped sculpture stands 14 feet tall, 12 feet wide and is fabricated out of hot rolled steel. Visitors are encouraged to walk inside the sculpture’s arch and underneath the hanging branch of mistletoe in order to celebrate this romantic tradition.
Magical lighting and seasonal décor
Magical lighting and décor displays which create an incredible traditional and romantic Christmas setting for visitors to enjoy. The street and squares of the Historic Distillery are transformed into a paradise of lights and colours, festive sounds and seductive smells.
Activities for Children:
- Ferris Wheel and Carousel
- Santa’s House
- Santa’s House
Santa’s House Hours:
Tuesday to Friday 2:00pm to 7:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:00am to 7:30pm
Santa’s House Photographer Hours:
Tuesday 2:00pm to 7:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:00am to 7:30pm
Visitors are welcome to take their own photographs on their own devices.
DRAMBUIE HOT APPLE TODDY
'Tis the season of the Drambuie Hot Apple Toddy!
Outwit the cold with Drambuie at the Toronto Christmas Market and taste the season's "hottest" holiday cocktail. The Drambuie Hot Apple Toddy is a festive blend of warm apple juice blended with one part Drambuie and finished with a delightful touch of cinnamon and lemon.
A unique blend of aged Scotch whisky, spices and heather honey, Drambuie is a Taste of the Extraordinary.
UPSIDE DOWN TREES
Visit the Toronto Christmas Market’s Upside Down Tree installation on Tank House Lane, close to Cherry Street.
The 16th century European custom of hanging a Christmas tree upside down may predate the current tradition of standing a tree upright.
“Originally trees were decorated and hung upside down from the rafters.” Say Elizabeth Silverthorne, an expert on Christmas traditions.
Upside down trees or at least turning upside down the tip of the tree, also became a Polish tradition known as “podlaznik”, from the term sneaking. Siverthorne notes, “The Tip of a small fir or spruce tree was hung upside down from the ceiling and decorated with apples, nuts, candies and wafers." Prior to the 19th century, it would have been customary for young couples in the south of Poland to sneak a kiss under the podlaznik prior to Christmas, and then on Christmas day lower the little tree so that the tree’s goodies could be handed out to children.
GLAD® will be showing consumers how to keep their food fresh this holiday season – visit the GLAD®Gingerbread House and receive a complimentary gingerbread cookie wrapped in GLAD® Press n’ Seal®Holiday Collection
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