5 Reasons to Visit the Toronto Christmas Market

Have you been to the Toronto Christmas Market?

When you think of Christmas Markets, what comes to mind? For many people it's one of the famous European markets that attract thousands of visitors each year. Germany in particular is known for having spectacular Christmas markets in several cities, along with ones in Austria, France, England, Italy, and Belgium. Europe seems to have the market cornered on Christmas Markets.

Or does it? If you can't make it to Europe this holiday season, why not check out the Toronto Christmas Market? Far from being a second tier event, it has been named one of the ten best holiday markets by various travel media such as Fodor's, Jetlegs, and USA Today.

So what's the fuss all about? Find out why Toronto's Christmas Market has quickly made a name for itself as one of the must-visit Christmas attractions.

Five Reasons to Visit the Toronto Christmas Market

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1- It's located in one of the most beautiful and picturesque parts of the city. The Toronto Distillery District has cobblestone streets and an old-world charm that instantly puts people in the holiday spirit. A pedestrian-only area, the historic distillery district features red-bricked Victorian-era buildings that house shops, restaurants, and local breweries. Add to that the ambience of the Christmas Market, and it truly is a magical place to visit.

2- World-Class Entertainment: This year's market boasts performers such as Jim Cuddy and Measha Brueggergorsman. There is also an interactive Elves Sing Along, perfect for the kids, and daily caroling that will get everyone into the holiday spirit.

3- Activities for Kids and Adults: Children will enjoy a tour of Santa's House, checking out the life-size gingerbread house, and riding the Ferris wheel and carousel. Adults can enjoy an adult beverage in one of the Beer Gardens or Warming Lounges. While most beers aren't gluten free, many of the other spirits and wines on offer are gluten free. Warm up by the fire and relax! Everyone will admire the upside down Christmas trees, and if you have a pet, Santa's posing for photos with the four-legged members of the family.

4- The Market: The Toronto Christmas Market provides visitors the chance to purchase unique and finely crafted items as well as artisanal food products that are hard to find anywhere else. One-of-a-kind pieces, antiques, or memorabilia can make the perfect gift for that person on your list who has everything. Don't miss the Bavarian Beer Nuts: Despite their name, they're actually gluten free!

5- Help Break a World Record and Support a Great Cause: This year the Mill St. Brewery is attempting to set a carolling world record! In addition, they will donate $1 to the Daily Bread Food Bank for every person who uses the hashtag #millstreetmoment.

This year is the 5th anniversary of the market, and it keeps getting better and better. Start a new family tradition, or make the market a stop on your travel itinerary if you happen to be in Toronto over the holiday.

Want to know more? Take a look at this short video that highlights the best the market has to offer!

Toronto Christmas Market                                                                                                                               
Tuesday-Friday: Noon - 5pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10am-9pm                                                          Runs until December 21st, 2014