Don’t Miss Toronto’s Spectacular 2019 Holiday Markets

December 12, 2019
shopping in the holiday market while it snows

When you’re staying in Toronto over the holidays, you’ll find that there’s so much to see and to do. Make sure you take some time out to visit some of the city’s famous holiday markets. If you’re staying at one of Mary-am’s corporate housing locations in Toronto, you’ll find that many of these markets are just a short walk or car ride away.

Fair in the Square

Fair in the Square hosts some of Canada’s finest entertainers including Bella Magic, Black Creek Reign, and The Regimental Band & Bugles of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada. This fair is open on weeknights, so after a day of work stop by the Jackson Triggs Polar Point ice bar for a warm mug of mulled wine or cider. Fair in the Square hosts a large assortment of vendors, so you can complete your Christmas shopping and even grab a little something for yourself.

Fair in the Square is held in Nathan Philips Square near University Plaza.

Toronto Christmas Market

The Toronto Christmas Market and its European charms are world-famous. Gorgeous lights, decadent food, and access to the Distillery District’s boutiques are what set the Toronto Christmas Market apart from other markets. Be sure to stop by on the weekend to have professional photos taken with Mr. Claus himself. Then, you can get a bird’s eye view of the market by taking a ride in the Ferris wheel. Lastly, stay warm and cozy with a cup of Cacao 70 Express’ hot cocoa. Before you leave, make sure you stop by the market’s amazingly tall Christmas tree for the perfect photo opportunity.

If the weather is pleasant, guests staying at our Maple Leaf Square location can enjoy the half-hour walk to the Toronto Christmas Market. Otherwise, ride-sharing is a convenient option, and the Toronto Christmas Market has two designated drop-off and pick-up points. 

Holiday Hills

This year, Holiday Hills is the newcomer to Toronto’s Holiday Market scene. The eco-conscious market is set up within Stackt’s famous shipping container village. Marketgoers can buy both fresh-cut and potted Christmas trees at the on-site tree farm. Stackt is asking for the trees to be returned in January for repurposing.

The market is hosting different events and workshops all month long. Anyone feeling crafty can learn to make pendants, woven tapestries, and do tea blending. On December 15th, the market is hosting a No Gelt, No Glory dreidel contest. Whenever you visit, wrap up the fun by hopping aboard the Holiday Hills train for a ride around the market. 

Holiday Hills is just over one kilometre from both Mary-am’s The Icon and Three Hundred Front West Street properties.

Vegan Christmas Market

Gift shopping with animal welfare in mind can be difficult. Toronto, along with Montreal and New York, is fortunate to be hosting the Vegan Christmas Market this year.

This market makes it easy to shop vegan, by exclusively selling vegan gifts like clothing, cosmetics, and soaps. If you work up an appetite while shopping, vegan concessions will be available, including pastries and chocolates. Mark your calendars! This market is only open on Saturday, December 14. 

The Vegan Christmas Market is 1.5 kilometres from both Mary-am’s The Icon and Three Hundred Front West Street properties. Public transportation has stops within two blocks of the market and is a hassle-free option to driving.

Toronto’s Premiere Extended Stay Communities  

Mary-am offers the finest extended stay communities in the Greater Toronto Area. With amenities like 24-hour concierge service, you’ll have plenty of free time to explore downtown. Thus, for more information about us or Toronto’s holiday markets, please contact us