WEEKEND TICKETS

Admission is charged on weekends beginning at 6pm on Fridays. Admission is FREE during the week.

HOURS OF OPERATION

STAGE SCHEDULE

The Toronto Christmas Market has non-stop entertainment on our main stage, including carolers choirs, brass bands, and more.

VENDORS

Shop a unique selection of hand crafted items, sweets and treats from artisan vendors.

HOTEL PARTNER

We’ve partnered with the Fairmont Royal York to offer an exclusive overnight stay package.

CONTACT US

Question or comments?
Get in touch with our team.

Explore The Distillery District's year-round boutiques.

DIRECTIONS

TORONTO TRANSIT (TTC)

TTC has increased service to and from the Toronto Christmas Market on these routes: 504A King, 121 Fort York-Esplanade and 65 Parliament.  Check ttc.ca for the latest route details.

From the Line 1 subway:

  • Exit at King or St Andrew Stations. Board the 504A King streetcar and exit at the Distillery Loop. Cross Cherry Street at the Mill Street intersection* (enter via Tank House Lane or Distillery Lane). *This is the best accessible route.
  • Exit at Union Station onto Front Street and walk 3 minutes to the bus stop just east of Bay Street. Board the 121 Fort York-Esplanade bus to Parliament Street and walk one block south to Mill Street (enter via Mill Street), or to Cherry Street and walk one block south to Mill Street (enter via Tank House Lane or Distillery Lane).

From the Line 2 subway:

  • Exit at Castle Frank Station. Board the 65 Parliament bus to Front Street East and walk one block south to Mill Street (enter via Mill Street or Gristmill Lane).

GO TRANSIT

Take GO Transit to Union Station.

Exit at Union Station onto Front Street and walk 3 minutes to the bus stop just east of Bay Street. Board the 121 Fort York-Esplanade bus to Parliament Street and walk one block south to Mill Street (enter via Mill Street), or to Cherry Street and walk one block south to Mill Street (enter via Tank House Lane or Distillery Lane).

ON FOOT

From Union Station, the Distillery District is a pleasant 20-minute walk along the Esplanade.

PARKING

CHANGES TO PARKING

On-Street Parking Restrictions – On-street parking will be removed from:

  • Parliament Street between King Street East and Lake Shore Boulevard East
  • Mill Street between Parliament Street and Cherry Street
  • Front Street East between Trinity Street and Cherry Street

Designated Event Parking Areas – The main event parking lots will be:

  • Green P parking lot located just south of Front Street, between Trinity and Cherry, with entrance south from Front Street
  • 333 Lake Shore Boulevard East, at Parliament Street / Lake Shore Boulevard East (Pre-book your space here)

Please refer to the map below.

TCM Parking Map 2019

PLEASE READ IF DRIVING TO #TCM19

CHANGES TO TRAFFIC / ROADS

Mill Street

Duration of Market – Mill Street will be converted from two-way operation to one-way westbound only from Cherry Street to Parliament Street.

During peak periods – traffic will be restricted to: TTC buses, Tour buses, Taxi Drop – Offs, Vehicles with accessible parking tags, Emergency Vehicles

Please Note: All Tour buses will be asked to enter on Mill Street Only 

 

Trinity Street

Duration of Market – Trinity Street will remain one-way southbound.

During peak periods – traffic will be restricted to: Vehicles with accessible parking tags, Taxi cabs, Emergency vehicles

 

Front Street

Duration of Market – Front Street East will be converted from two-way operation to one-way eastbound only from Trinity Street to Cherry Street.

FROM THE EAST

Don Valley Parkway to Richmond Street. exit, West on Richmond to Parliament, South on Parliament to Front Street, then East onto Front Street.

Kingston Rd. to Eastern Ave. Then proceed to Front Street, West on Front to Parliament, then South on Parliament, East onto Front Street

Queen Street, West to Parliament then South on Parliament, East onto Front Street.

FROM THE NORTH

427 South to QEW. QEW East to Gardiner Expressway. Take Jarvis Street exit, then North on Jarvis Street to Front Street, East on Front to Parliament Street then South on Parliament, East onto Front Street.

Don Valley Parkway South to Richmond Street exit, West on Richmond to Parliament, South on Parliament, East onto Front Street.

FROM THE WEST

QEW East to Gardiner Expressway. Take Jarvis Street exit, then North on Jarvis Street to Front Street, East on Front to Trinity Street.

RIDE-SHARING

Ride-sharing vehicles can pick-up / drop-off passengers at the formal passenger pick-up / drop-off area on Front Street East between Trinity Street and Cherry Street, and at a designated passenger pick-up / drop-off area on the south side of Mill Street east of Cherry Street.

PASSENGER DROP OFF

The formal pick-up / drop-off area for the Toronto Christmas Market will be on the south side of Front Street East, between Trinity Street and Cherry Street. This section of Front Street East will operate one-way eastbound only.

SITE ACCESSIBILITY

The Distillery Historic District is an accessible site and provides for mobility-accessible parking, ramp access to buildings, shops and restaurants, washrooms with child changing facilities, and wheelchair accessible stalls. We remind all visitors of the Distillery Historic District that the streets inside the District are made of Cobblestone and are in some locations uneven, and that the popularity of the Toronto Christmas Market gives way to large crowds during peak times (evenings and weekends).

FAQ

WHAT ARE THE DATES AND HOURS OF THE TORONTO CHRISTMAS MARKET?

The Toronto Christmas Market is open Thursday November 14th to Sunday December 22nd, 2019.

Our hours of operation are:

Tuesday:        12pm to 9pm
Wednesday:  12pm to 9pm
Thursday:      12pm to 9pm
Friday:           12pm to 10pm
Saturday:      12pm to 10pm
Sunday:        12pm to 9pm

Please note, while the Toronto Christmas Market is not active on Mondays, the shops and restaurants of the Distillery Distillery District are open 7 days a week from 10am onwards, with free entry on weekends before the 12pm Toronto Christmas Market opening.

On Opening Day, the Festival opens at 4pm

IS THE MARKET OPEN ON MONDAYS?

The Toronto Christmas Market is not active on Mondays. The Distillery District is open 7 days a week.

The Christmas lights remain on and the tree remains lit 7 days a week for the duration of the festival.

WHAT ARE SANTA’S HOUSE HOURS?

Santa’s House hours are:

  • Tuesday to Thursday, 2pm to 4:30pm & 5pm to 7:30pm
  • Friday, 2pm to 5pm & 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Saturday, 12pm to 8:30pm
  • Sunday, 12pm to 7:30pm

Please note: On Friday November 15, and Friday December 6, Santa’s House opens at 12pm.

A professional photographer is available at Santa’s House on Saturdays and Sundays ONLY. Photos taken by the professional photographer will be received via email within 48 hours.

Visitors are welcome to take their own photos on their devices on any day. 

Please note: There is not an official day for pet photo’s with Santa at the 2019 Toronto Christmas Market. You are welcome to bring your pet for a photo on any day that the Market is open. Please note, unfortunately pets are not allowed to sit on Santa’s lap.

WHEN IS THE FERRIS WHEEL OPEN?

The Ferris Wheel is open during all hours of the Toronto Christmas Market.

Tickets are required to ride the Ferris Wheel and can be purchased on-site, directly north of the rides. Tickets are $6.00 each.

Ferris Wheel ticket sales are Cash or Debit only.

WHAT TIME ARE THE SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS OF THE DISTILLERY OPEN UNTIL?

All of the retail stores in the Distillery District are open from 10am to 9pm Sunday to Friday, and 10am to 10pm Saturday and Sunday during the Toronto Christmas Market. 

The restaurants have their own hours of operation, which are listed on their websites and can be found here: https://www.thedistillerydistrict.com/dining/

WHEN ARE TICKETS REQUIRED?

Visitors are required to purchase tickets on weekends, beginning at 6pm on Fridays.

Tickets are required for anyone over the age of 5.

Admission is FREE during the week, until 6pm on Fridays.

We strongly encourage all visitors to purchase tickets in advance.

HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS?

General Admission Passes

$8.00 when purchased in advance

$12.00 when purchased on the day-of your visit (12:00am onwards)

 

Premium Experience Passes

$30.00

Please note there are a limited number of same-day tickets, which we anticipate will sell out quickly. We strongly encourage all visitors to purchase their tickets online in advance. 

A reminder, The Toronto Christmas Market is FREE to attend on weekdays until 6pm on Fridays.

DO CHILDREN NEED TICKETS?

Our ticket policy requires that everyone have a ticket to enter the Festival on weekends beginning at 6pm on Friday.

Children 5 and under are free to attend the Festival, but do require a ticket to enter. Please make sure to register for and bring a ‘General Admission Children’s Ticket’ if you are attending with a child 5 years of age or younger.

Note, there is a limit of 4 children’s tickets per adult ticket.

Please note, entrance into the Premium Lounges is restricted to guests ages 6 and older.

WHERE CAN I BUY TICKETS?

Tickets can be purchased in advance on this website.

Please note: There are limited tickets available per entry time per day.

A limited number of tickets are available to be purchased on-site at our Ticket Sales Tent, just north of the Festival grounds, on Trinity Street between Mill Street and Front Street East.

Please note: All on-site ticket purchases are CASHLESS. Cash will not be accepted on-site as a method of payment for entry tickets.

DO TICKETS ALLOW RE-ENTRY?

Our ticket policy does not permit re-entry. Once a ticket is scanned to enter the Market, it is no longer valid and cannot be re-scanned for entry.

WHAT DOES THE TIME FRAME ON MY TICKET MEAN? AM I ONLY ALLOWED TO STAY AT THE MARKET FOR 2 HOURS?

The time frame on your ticket is the designated time frame in which you can enter the Toronto Christmas Market. Note, there is a grace period on the time frame.

We understand that there can be delays with travel, therefore our gate staff are prepared to make exceptions on a case by case basis if you arrive outside of your entry time.

Once you have entered the Market, you are welcome to stay and enjoy the festivities for as long as you wish.

WHAT PAYMENT OPTIONS ARE ACCEPTED?

Debit and credit are accepted at the Ticket Sales Tent. Cash is NOT accepted at the Ticket Sales Tent, as it is CASHLESS.

The majority of vendors accept debit and credit, although a select few are cash-only.

We recommend having both cash and card at the Toronto Christmas Market, and have ATMs available for use on-site.

CAN I SHOW MY TICKETS ON MY PHONE?

We accept both printed tickets, and tickets presented on a mobile device. Upon arrival, please make sure to have your tickets open and the screen as bright as possible in order to be scanned quickly.

WHAT DOES THE PREMIUM EXPERIENCE PASS INCLUDE?

The $30.00 Premium Experience Pass is valid for one ticket holder, and allows each Pass holder to bypass the General Admission lineup, and enter through the Green Express Archway. In addition to this, the Premium Experience Pass grants the holder access to two indoor warming lounges within the Market. 

The Premium Experience Pass does not allow the ticket holder to bypass any other lineups, or provide any additional benefits once inside the Market. 

Please note, entrance into the Premium Lounges is restricted to guests ages 6 and older.

I’M COMING TO THE MARKET ON A FRIDAY AFTERNOON, DO I NEED TICKETS?

The Toronto Christmas Market is open on Fridays from 12pm to 10pm.

If you arrive prior to 6pm, entry is free of charge. Once you have entered, you are able to stay as long as you wish. Visitors who enter the Festival after 6pm on Fridays are required to purchase a ticket for entry.

WHAT IS THE ADDRESS?

The Toronto Christmas Market takes place in the Distillery Historic District: 373 Front Street East, Toronto Ontario, M5A 1G4

Click here for detailed instructions on how to get here.

IS THERE PARKING NEARBY?

Designated Event Parking Areas – The main event parking lots are:

  • Green P parking lot located just south of Front Street, between Trinity Street and Cherry Street, with entrance from Front Street
  • 333 Lake Shore Boulevard East, at Parliament Street/Lake Shore Boulevard East (Pre-book your space here)

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET TO THE MARKET?

If possible, we recommend taking public transportation to the Distillery District. The Market is conveniently located along many streetcar and bus routes, and is only a 20 minute walk from Union Station.

Click here for detailed instructions on how to get here. 

CAN I RENT A SCOOTER OR WHEELCHAIR AT THE MARKET?

Unfortunately there are no scooters or wheelchair rentals available at the Toronto Christmas Market or Distillery District.

WHICH HOTEL SHOULD I STAY AT?

The Toronto Christmas Market has partnered with the Fairmont Royal York Hotel to offer an exclusive stay package. The package includes General Admission tickets to the Toronto Christmas Market, and other amenities during your stay. 

Click here for more information and to book your package. 

CAN I BE A VENDOR AT THE TORONTO CHRISTMAS MARKET?

At this time, we are SOLD OUT of vendor spaces for the 2019 Toronto Christmas Market. If you would like to be considered for 2020, please be in touch again in May.

CAN I PERFORM ON STAGE AT THE TORONTO CHRISTMAS MARKET?

The 2019 Toronto Christmas Market entertainment schedule has been finalized.
If you’d like to be considered for the 2020 Festival, please reach out to info@torontochristmasmarket.com in spring 2020.

WHAT DAY IS THE ST. NICHOLAS CELEBRATION?

Unfortunately the Toronto Christmas Market will not be hosting a St. Nicholas/ Sinterklaas celebration this year.

ARE PETS ALLOWED AT THE MARKET? DISTILLERY SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS?

Pets are allowed at the Toronto Christmas Market. However, we do not recommend bringing your pet on a weekend as it is our busiest time, and often not the most comfortable environment for pets to be walking around.

Pets are not permitted on restaurant patios or inside restaurants due to health and safety regulations.

IS THE TORONTO CHRISTMAS MARKET ACCESSIBLE?

The Distillery Historic District is an accessible site and provides for mobility-accessible parking, ramp access to buildings, shops and restaurants, washrooms with child changing facilities, and wheelchair accessible stalls.

We remind all visitors of the Distillery District that the streets inside the District are made of cobblestone and are in some locations uneven, and that the popularity of the Toronto Christmas Market gives way to large crowds during peak times, often making it harder to manoeuvre.

I HAVEN’T RECEIVED MY SANTA PHOTOS YET.

Santa’s House photos may take up to 48 hours to be sent via email.

Please let us know by emailing info@torontochristmasmarket.com if you do not receive the photo after 48 hours.

ARE THERE AREAS OF THE MARKET INSIDE?

The Toronto Christmas Market is an outdoor Festival, with all of the vendors, and activities taking place outside. If you are looking for areas that are protected from the elements, we suggest visiting one of the permanent Distillery District retailers or restaurants which are open 7 days a week.

ARE THERE TORONTO CHRISTMAS MARKET OR DISTILLERY DISTRICT TOURS AVAILABLE?

The Toronto Christmas Market itself does not offer tours, but Go Tours Canada is on-site and they offer walking tours through the Distillery District during the Christmas Market.

Click here for more details and to book your tour.

I’D LIKE TO HAVE A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOSHOOT DONE IN DISTILLERY

Please note: Personal Photo Permits are not available on weekends during the Toronto Christmas Market due to large crowds on site.

If you would like to obtain a permit for weekday photos, please click here

Please be mindful at all times that the Distillery District is a lively neighbourhood, and that many other activities will be going on during your shoot, especially during the Toronto Christmas Market.

Distillery Personal Photo Permits are $225 plus hst. for four consecutive hours of photography. Purchased permits are non-refundable.

If you are interested in a commercial photography shoot or filming at the Distillery please email filming@thedistillerydistrict.com