Hometown Tourist: Holiday Markets in Toronto

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – the halls are decked, Christmas carols have hit the airwaves and Santa has come to town – which means it’s time to start Christmas shopping! Both H and I are all about shopping local, especially during the holiday season. Not only do you get to avoid hellish conditions at the mall, you’re able to give a unique gift while supporting Toronto’s local makers and independent businesses. Toronto is full of amazing pop-up markets this time of year where you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list.

Here are six not to be missed markets.

The One of a Kind Show
Running from November 27 to December 2 at the Direct Energy Centre, OOAK is the mother of all craft markets. 1000+ vendors from across Canada means that there’s an unbelievable array of products, ranging from furniture to tasty treats. H and I go every year and are never disappointed. Make sure to check out some of our favourites like Jenna Rose Textiles, Flakes Paperie and Greg Voisin Pottery.

This market is popping up in a vacant lot just North of Yonge-Dundas Square from November 28 to December 24. Make sure to grab a hot coffee (or eggnog latte, if that’s your thing) and bundle up as your peruse elegant jewellery by Liana Marie, the coolest hand-painted plates by Jacqueline Poirier and deliciously scented body butters by Parkdale Butter.

The Toronto Christmas Market
Back for its fourth year, the Toronto Christmas Market takes over the Distillery District from November 28 to December 21. Take in the huge tree, listen to some Christmas carols and sip mulled wine as you stroll through the cobblestone lanes. Although this market is smaller and skews toward food vendors, it does give you the chance to stock up on La Vela Bella candles.

The Holiday Post Market
This one day market at the Great Hall on November 30 has a wide selection of vintage, handmade and new products. Our faves: minimalist jewellery by Bread & Circus, handlettered cards by Sea & Lake, and handmade wooden designs from Camstruction.

The Junction Flea
The holiday edition of the Flea is heading back to the Junction after spending the summer splitting its time between Sterling Road and The Brickworks. This three day event, taking place at SMASH, will kick off on December 5 with a party – drop by and grab a drink while you shop!

Crown Flora Holiday Market
Parkdale's hippest floral studio is hosting its first holiday market, in its new space, on December 6. Check out their gorgeous terrariums and bags, stunning blankets from Cambie Design and sweet prints from Kid Icarus. Be sure to treat yourself to a decadent doughnut from Glory Hole while you're at it. 

Happy holiday shopping!

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