Toronto Christmas Market among the best in the world

The Christmas market of the historic Distillery District, now in its eighth year, recreates the magic and romance of traditional European markets dating back to the early 1300s. The Toronto Christmas Market, from November 16 to December 23, features European food delicacies, exclusive gift items from around the world and loads of entertainment. In addition, the market offers heated or cold beer, wine gardens, a tree over 50 feet tall with over 40 thousand lights and of course, Santa and his elves!

In the entertainment section, there are over 450 free performances on the main stage that include award-winning singers, brass bands, cultural dancers, and carolers.

Toronto Christmas Market – Foto: Lucas Digital Art

With such a variety of attractions, it is no surprise that the market has become a paradise for those who enjoy the Christmas spirit, and it has become one of the city’s great end-of-year events. The Christmas Market has been ranked as one of the best in the world by the publications Fodor’s Travel, USA Today and Mashable.

Due to the market’s popularity, especially on weekends, the visitor needs to be patient when waiting to enter. The Toronto Christmas Market is open Tuesday through Sunday. Access to the event remains free during the week and costs

$6.00 CA on weekends, starting at 5 pm on Fridays.

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It started in Germany

The first known Christmas market or “Weihnachtsmarkt” happened back in 1384 in Bautzen, Germany. In the city of Dresden, the first was in 1434; in Frankfurt, it was in 1393; in Munich, it was in 1310 and Augsburg in 1498. In Vienna, Austria, the so-called “December market”, which may be considered a forerunner of the Christmas markets, dates back to 1298.

Nowadays, these markets are held in several countries such as Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, France, Holland, England, Italy, the United States, Japan, China, among others, and in Canada.

The best in the world

According to Fodors (, the best Christmas markets in the world are: Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany; Christkindlesmarik, in Strasbourg, France; Tivoli Gardens’ Christmas Market in Copenhagen, Denmark; Fira de Santa Llucia, in Barcelona, Spain; Christmas Markets, Vienna, Austria; Christmas Village in Philadelphia, USA; Christmas Markets in Manchester, England; Tallinn Christmas Market in Estonia; the Christkindlmarket in Chicago, United States; and the Toronto Christmas Market.