The Toronto Christmas Market has returned for the winter—is it worth the hype?

The Toronto Christmas Market has returned to the Distillery District for the tenth year in a row this November and promises to be filled with holiday cheer. According to DailyHive, the Market’s famous 50-foot tree is set to be the highlight, engulfing the district with 40,000 lights.

Emily Zajac, the director of marketing and festival relations, says that people of all ages will find something to love about the Market. It has a ferris wheel for the kids, walking tours of the Distillery District, and outdoor heated restaurants:

“There’s a reason we get such a big crowd every single year. People really love seeing Santa. He’s the star of the show. The hot chocolate comes in at a close second.”

The Distillery District’s Christmas tree is over 50-feet-tall and is decorated with 40,000 lights.

The Christmas Market comes complete with an entertainment stage which features daily shows with carolers and bands to entertain the crowd, as well as vendors selling Christmas trinkets and ornaments.

680 News says that the Christmas Market will offer free admission to anyone who brings eight cans of food to donate to the Daily Bread Food Bank. And as for anyone who wants to satisfy any food cravings of their own, the Toronto Christmas Market offers vendors selling Tornado potato sticks, artisan grilled cheese and smores in a jar.

Sheridan student David Pandolfi says that not only is the fair a good place to try new foods, it also doesn’t cost too much money:

“The Christmas Market is only twelve dollars when you go on a weekend, and free on weekdays. The food also fills you up enough that you won’t need to spend a lot of money on loads of it.”

Carolers put on shows for the public every day.

Zajac agrees with this, saying that while the food and other vendors are a nice touch, the main reason people love the Christmas Market so much is the experience:

“We offer so many different activities that keep many people coming back. More than anything else, it’s just a nice environment for people to spend time with the people they love. The Christmas Market is flooded with lights and music, and the positive energy that gives everyone is what Christmas is all about.”

According to the official Toronto Christmas Market website, the Market runs from November 14th through December 22nd, 2019 from 12 p.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.  The Christmas Market is closed on Mondays.

Visitors can see Santa every day for a select few hours and even get their picture taken with him.

Restaurants at the Toronto Christmas Market offer spiked hot chocolate and seasonal cocktails.

To buy tickets for the Toronto Christmas Market, click here.