Discover Unique Gifts At These 4 Festive Toronto Markets

By Jeffrey Hernandez

‘Tis the season for festive markets and pop-up events in Toronto, bringing many ways to embrace the holiday spirit while shopping for gifts! Beyond the famed Toronto Christmas Market hosted in the Distillery Historic District, here are four equally-charming spots across the city to spend time with family and find handmade gifts by local designers and artisans.

Evergreen’s Winter Village

550 Bayview Ave; evergreen.ca

Every weekend from November 30 to December 22, Evergreen Brick Works converts the TD Future Cities Centre into Evergreen’s Winter Village. The Winter Village features live performances, food trucks and a sustainable holiday market with 40 local vendors selling handmade goods. Just outside Evergreen’s Winter Village, is an open-air ice rink with free public skating (rentals are $5/pair), s’mores station, bar and fire pit. On Sundays they host free mini curling games in collaboration with the Toronto Curling Association. 

A skating rink with green trees in the middle and people around.

Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square

100 Queen St W; fairinthesquare.ca

What better way to get into the festive spirit than with a holiday fair?  The Holiday Fair in the Square is back in Nathan Phillips Square from December 7 to 23, in support of Epilepsy Toronto. Adding to the square’s popular outdoor skating, the fair includes a mulled wine bar, fire pits, carnival games, food trucks, rides and vendors. Check out the schedule to catch a sighting of Santa, see who’s performing on stage, and when to expect the colourful buskers in and around the crowd.  

A mulled wine stand by the Nathan Philips Square skating rink.

stackt

28 Bathurst St; stacktmarket.com

Stackt first opened in April 2019 on the northwest corner of Bathurst and Front. Stretching a city block, the shipping container market is a self-described “curated discovery of unused land,” constantly evolving with pop-up vendors and events changing week-to-week. From November 22 to December 22, stackt is hosting Holiday Hills. This event includes Canada’s first ever yurt wine bar, second ever crokicurl rink (a combination of curling and Crokinole), a trackless train, and an expanded liquor license enabling patrons to “sip and walk” around the property. Mainstays include Belgian Moon Brewery, a range of food stalls and local vendors, an incubator kitchen and a podcast recording studio. 

A yurt wine bar inside a colourful tent
A couple sitting on Muskoka chairs in front of a fire pit outside, and the black shipping container exterior of stackt.

Toronto Designers Market

1605 Queen St W; torontodesignersmarket.com

The Toronto Designer’s Market (TDM) has been a Parkdale favourite for eclectic local goods since May 2015. TDM’s 3,000 sq. ft space is shared by more than 30 vendors who range from clothing and jewelry to glassware and home décor. They can house pop-up shops for as little as 3 months, and have vendors like KRANE and Monoxide who have called TDM home since the beginning. The roster is ever-changing, so you can always expect to find a unique gift regardless of the season. 

Close-up of earrings and the front entrance sign of the Toronto Designer's Market.