Friday, December 9, 2016

Toronto Holiday Pop Up Markets 2016

Business is booming for Toronto's Holiday Pop Up Markets in DECEMBER.

There are even more this year with the introduction of the HOLIDAY FAIR at Nathan Phillips Square.

Here is the run down on some of the Markets in Toronto.

The Holiday Fair is the newest one modelled after the markets in Europe.
There are rides for the kids, a hollywood photo booth for everyone and food trucks to fill your bellies.  This market is easily accessible by TTC with underground parking and it's family friendly.  Although it will be chilly come prepared and grab your skates because the skating rink is ready for you too.

When: December, 2016
Event Time(s):  
Where:  Nathan Phillips Square
Cost: Free
Phone: (416)  

The Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery is rated one of the best in North America and because of that designation it is also one of the most packed markets.  It outgrew itself very quickly and lost the enjoyment of strolling through the Distillery looking at all the vendors wares.  In an effort to redistribute the crowds they introduced a weekend entrance fee which helped a bit.
Chef Antonio Park has created some Campbells Soup for the Campbells Soup booth at the market.  You can get mulled wine and hot chocolate and Belgian waffles too.

When: Until December 21, 2016
Event Time(s):  
Where:  Distillery District
55 Mill Street, Toronto
Cost: Free during the week and  $6 on the weekends

Back for the third year is the Union Station Holiday Market which has moved inside the building this year close to the York street entrance.  Better for people running through the station who don't want to freeze their butts off outside.  It seems a bit smaller this year but maybe because it's in a bigger space now without tents.
This is more of just a gift market than a family event destination.
Some of the interesting things I saw at the market were this cute Grinch tree, some fantastic chocolates by Moroco and another vendor and some nice Jewellery from Foxy Originals.

When: Until December 20, 2016
Event Time(s): 7:30 am - 7:00 pm  M-F
10-6pm Sat & Sun.
Where:  Union Station
65 Front St. W. 
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I haven't had a chance to visit this market yet but I can tell you that the Brickworks is open year round for all sorts of family friendly events.  Although it's a little tough to get there and parking is limited and gets a bit pricey.  They say to curb people from driving for the environment.  You can TTC there from Broadview Station and Davisville.
This market is about food vendors and artisans and exploring the various sites around the Brickworks.
When: December  , 2016
Event Time(s): 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where:  Evergreen Brickworks
550 Bayview Avenue
Cost: Free

The Shops at Don Mills create a really cute outdoor space in the middle of the different stores.  It's very pretty and geared to families. Kids can play in the snow while their parents shop the stores.

When: December, 2016
Event Time(s): 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: CF Shops at Don Mills
1090 Don Mills Road
Cost: Free
Phone: (416) 447-6087

Bunz is a popular facebook group where people share services and post jobs and trade items.  It would be a great place to pick up something different as a holiday gift, maybe a service or a traded item.

When: December 20, 2016
Event Time(s): 7:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Where: Gladstone Hotel
Cost: Free
Website: Website

I don't know much about this market but it promises to have lot's of crafty vendors.

When: Until December 24, 2016
Event Time(s): 7:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Where:  990 Queen St. W.
Cost: Free  

Foodie Pages is a box delivery service that has many new Canadian products and they will be hosting this one day event with lots of the vendors that provide goods for their boxes.  It's a great way to pick and choose items that would come in a surprise box.

This is not a sponsored post.. All of the opinions are my own.

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