Toronto Christmas Market Opens

Photo credit: Tom Pandi

The ninth annual Toronto Christmas Market has officially opened! The magic, romance and spirit of the holiday season returns to Toronto’s popular Distillery Historic District until December 23.

The Toronto Christmas Market has become a holiday tradition for Torontonians and tourists alike,” says Mathew Rosenblatt, Executive Director of the Toronto Christmas Market. “We’re so thankful to everyone who has helped us create the memories, share the moments, and spread the love at this festival over the past eight years.”

Returning to this year’s Market is the 50-foot Christmas tree donated by Forests Ontario, the iconic Ferris wheel and carousel, 100-foot light tunnel, European-style cabins selling hundreds of unique and locally handcrafted products, festive foods and warm and spirited beverages. And not to be forgotten is the non-stop entertainment – more than 2,000 stage performances including carolers, choirs, dancers, brass bands, countless elves and the big man himself, Santa Claus.

The line-up of performances featured at this year’s event, which includes more world-renowned performers, award winning opera and folk singers, brass bands and Juno-nominated Canadian talents. The complete program is available at and includes:

• Traditional Tuesdays (with performances by Lily Frost, Alberta Rose, and Glenn Marais)
• World Wednesdays (with performances by the Canadian Children's Opera Company)
• Classical Thursdays
• Friday Night Jazz (with performances by Steven Taetz)•  Saturday Variety (with performances by Angelique Frances, Alex Pangman and Heavyweights Brass Band)
•   Ensemble Sundays (with performances by Swedish Folk Dancers, and Toronto Beach Chorale)

The Toronto Christmas Market will also see the likes of classic carols and more modern renditions sung during the 34-day festival.

And those looking to meet Santa can do so at Santa's House. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 2pm to 4:30pm & 5pm to 7:30pm; Friday 2pm to 4:30pm & 5pm to 8:30pm; Saturday 10am to 8:30pm and Sunday 10am to 7:30pm. Visitors are welcome to take their own photographs on their own devices.

Admission is free of charge on weekdays until Friday at 5pm. A not-for-profit organization, Toronto Christmas Market charges $6.00 admission on weekends starting at 5pm on Fridays. Children 2 and under are free.

Although the Toronto Christmas Market is not active on Mondays, the shops and restaurants of the Distillery Historic District are open 7 days a week.

To purchase tickets or learn more about the Toronto Christmas Market, visit:

Photo credit: Janet Kwan

Photo credit: Tom Pandi
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