Five Christmas markets in Toronto to explore this holiday season! © Courtesy of Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square
Christmas cheer is in the air—returning to the public for the first time in two years. As we gather with loved ones again to celebrate the holiday, get into the Christmas spirit a little earlier with a trip to one of Ontario’s Christmas markets. There is something for everyone—and you’ll be sure to go home humming along to all your favourite holiday tunes.
November 18 to December 31
Visit Canada’s Wonderland for a one-of-a-kind holiday experience including ice-skating on Snow Flake Lake, more than a dozen live shows and holiday entertainment, millions of spectacular lights, hundreds of beautiful Christmas trees, including two 50-foot Christmas trees on International Street, and so much more.
The event is fun for the whole family and not only has exciting entertainment—but also features festive food, Christmas shopping, and so much more. And of course, exciting rides at Canada’s largest amusement park.
December 2 to December 23
Combining the charm and elegance of a Christmas market with the excitement of a winter carnival, Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square is a must visit. This year, Holiday Fair has partnered with the Cavalcade of Lights Festival to transform Nathan Phillips Square into the twinkling winter wonderland of your dreams. The market is filled with exciting vendors, which are sure to have the perfect gift for your loved ones. Also, be sure to visit the Polar Point Bar for an evening drink and take a picture with Santa Claus himself in The North Pole.
The Holiday Fair is created and organized by non-profit Epilepsy Toronto as a way to create a vibrant new holiday experience, while raising money for epilepsy. A portion of the proceeds of the fair go towards supporting the charity’s support services.
November 30 to December 30
Holiday lovers of all ages can delight in the joys of the season at Glow Christmas—Canada’s premium indoor holiday festival. The festival has an exciting light garden, illuminated by the glow of a million twinkling lights, in addition to a live entertainment stage, Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, the Merry Maker’s Market, and so much more.
This year’s theme is Around the World and the installations at the light garden will take you on an exciting journey through six different countries. Tickets are on sale now—you don’t want to miss out.
Weekends from November 12 to December 18
The Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade, presented by Ontario Power Generation, on November 12 kicks off the Christmas season, followed by an exciting weekend market through to mid-December in Niagara Falls.
After Santa Claus comes to town on his float, you can visit with him and Mrs. Claus every Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for photos presented by Niagara Helicopters. Once you’ve had a visit with the big man, shop through local businesses and vendors to find the perfect gift, stroll through interactive light displays, enjoy live music and have an exciting evening with family and friends.
Weekends from November 12 to December 22
With a visit to Niemi’s Christmas Village, you can meet Santa in his workshop, and even take an exciting ride on the Polar Express. Niemi’s Christmas Village in Mount Albert transforms into a magical Christmas land that’s fun for the whole family.
The Polar Express takes you around the farm to get up close and personal with the farm animals, take a sneak peek at Santa in his workshop, ending off at the bonfire for some delicious s’mores. The Polar Express Ride is so exciting, you’ll come back year after year.