Enjoy the reimagined classic holiday market experience with the new 2021 Distillery Winter Village.
If there’s a holiday event that should be on your must-do list, it’s to visit the new and reimagined Toronto Christmas Market, now known as the 2021 Distillery Winter Village. During this festive season, the Distillery Historic District is transformed into the ultimate winter wonderland, guaranteed to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Here’s a guide for notable spots in the Distillery Winter Village, along with some insider tips for enjoying photo ops, holiday dining and shopping.
The giant Christmas tree
As a focal point to the Distillery Winter Village situated right in Trinity Square, you will find the beautiful 55-foot Christmas tree — the tallest one that has been at the Distillery District to-date! With 60,000 twinkling lights and more than 600 giant ornaments, seeing this spectacular tree in person will definitely put you in a festive mood and it’s a great photo op for the whole family!
Level up your selfie game with a snap with The Jolly One himself! A trip to the Distillery Winter Village wouldn’t be complete without a Santa sighting and this year Santa and his team of Distillery Elves are on the move! Keep your eyes peeled as you explore to get a photo with the big guy in red.
Picture perfect installations
The Distillery Winter Village is the perfect backdrop for capturing the magic of the holiday season. There are so many photo opportunities to capture memorable selfies, or bring some holiday magic to your Instagram feed! This year’s photo-worthy attractions include 7-foot snow people, 11-foot tall LED stars, Santa’s sleigh, the iconic LOVE Locks wall and the picture-perfect Big Heart lit up for the holiday season.
Unique holiday shopping
Check off everyone on your holiday shopping list with more than 75 local retailers and artisans throughout the Distillery District.
Blackbird Vintage Finds
Specializing in unique products to suit any occasion, Blackbird Vintage Finds is a great place to pick up a gift for someone who has it all. They also offer unique holiday decor, such as sushi-shaped tree decorations or tarot-themed stationery.
Angels Welcome Christmas Delights
Located in one of the artisan booths, Angels Welcome Christmas Delights is a Christmas wonderland with hand-stitched Christmas stockings, traditional ornaments, Advent calendars and plenty more to fill up your Christmas cup.
Spirit Of York
Where holiday spirit and locally distilled spirits combine! Pick up a bottle of premium local gin, vodka or aquavit to serve at your holiday gathering or for a show-stopping hostess gift.
Floor Play Socks
Nobody will be turning their noses up to socks as a gift with a pair from Floor Play Socks, offering quirky and colourful socks for the whole family. A wonderful option for a secret Santa gift exchange!
Insider Tip: This year you can shop on-site and most of the retailers will ship your goodies straight to your door, saving you from carrying purchases with you as you explore. This is also a great option if you plan to walk or take public transit to and from the Distillery Winter Village.
Festive food and drinks
This Wildly Delicious location is not just the specialty food company’s flagship store, it also offers a holiday menu that includes Christmas Poutine with gravy, juicy pieces of turkey and cranberry sauce!
Warm up with a cup of Soma Chocolatemaker’s drinking chocolate, something the whole family will enjoy! You can even purchase some in powdered form to make at home.
Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie
Toronto’s little slice of Paris within the city, Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie offers a sit-down bistro that is family-friendly and stroller accessible, a boulangerie to pick up some pastries to-go and a twinkling outdoor bar set with string lights and garlands. Magnifique!
Insider Tip: Alcohol must be consumed on the heated extended patios or at the on-site restaurants. There are hidden bars within the Distillery Winter Village where you can enjoy a festive beverage outside of the restaurants on-site too. May we suggest a mulled wine?
Be sure to add the Distillery Winter Village to your holiday must-see list!
Mondays, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Distillery restaurants, cafes and retailers open only. Outdoor shopping cabins and food vendors closed)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sundays: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Special event hours and ticketing requirements vary by day. Parking is very limited so public transit, ride-sharing or walking to the Distillery Winter Village is encouraged. See the full event details for more information, including safety requirements.