A Visit to the Toronto Christmas Market

The Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District has become an annual tradition for our family. Exploring the cobble-stone site is like stepping back in time, and with the addition of twinkling holiday lights, a Christmas train, Santa Claus, hot chocolate, and cotton candy, the unique location becomes a magical winterscape.

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Last year we visited on the weekend and it was very busy. This year, we decided to go on a Thursday afternoon and it was more enjoyable.

Dress warmly. It was cold, but we were well-prepared and layered up. This made it easier to go from outdoor fun to indoor activities.

Santa Claus visits the Market at select times of the day, so check the website to confirm details. My four-year-old boy is still a little weary of the jolly man, but we spotted adults (including a group of grandparents) sitting on Santa's lap for a memorable photo.

There are a few carnival rides including a train, ferris wheel, and carousel. However, ride tickets are pricey at $3.00 each.

There is a collection of beautiful shops and artists studios located in the Distillery District. While challenging to browse with children, I do recommend making an effort to peek inside a few places. The spaces are typically small, but we left our stroller outside the door and took a walk inside with our son.

A pay parking lot is located just across the street from the Distillery District, but it is small. This is another reason to visit during off-peak times.

There are number of places to eat - cafes, bakeries, and restaurants. We brought snacks to hold us over until dinner, then enjoyed a meal at Pure Spirits Oyster House. There is a kid's menu and they happily accommodated my son's food allergies. One note, the restaurant became busy around 5pm. We luckily scored a table without a reservation, however next time we will either eat earlier or reserve a table.

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