The importance of shopping handmade (and locally) cannot be overestimated. Besides supporting your neighbours and making your ecological footprint a little lighter, nothing beats well-made, one-of-a-kind, hand crafted goods under the tree and stuffed in stockings.
We have compiled a list of our favourite Holiday Markets in Toronto taking place now throughout December. Hot chocolate in hand (in a reusable mug of course!), grab a friend or special someone, skip the mall, and get lost in the amazing maker-made markets this holiday season!
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When: November 23rd-December 3rd, weekdays & Saturdays 10am-9pm | Sundays 10am-6pm
Where: Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto
Go get lost – no seriously, you’ll get lost! This place is HUGE and features so many incredible Canadian makers you might just lose your mind too. If you love cute, trendy, beautiful, well-made items, this place is for you.
When: December 3rd, 11am-6pm
Where: The Gladstone Hotel
Why buy gifts when you can trade for them? It’s a very good question and one that has an obvious answer. Local artisans and craftspeople will exchange their goods and services for both cash and trades! There will also be a free for all Open Trading Zone where you can bring whatever you have and see what other people might be willing to offer you for it. AWESOME.
When: December 3rd, 11am-7pm
Where: Great Hall, 1087 Queen St West
This one-day event features 95 of the city’s most talented artists and designers, food vendors, live music, interactive activities, cash bar and more! Kid friendly – kids under 1o enter free and there will be face painting.
When: Sunday, December 10th, 10am-4pm
Where: Gladstone Hotel
You didn’t think Holiday shopping and relaxing went together in the same sentence, did you? Check out the Gladstone Flea for some laid back shopping from 20 local vendors.
When: Saturday, December 2nd, 11am-2pm (markets run all, times vary by businesses)
Where: The Train Platform, 2964 Dundas Street West
A kaleidoscope of markets, you can go market hopping between all the indoor shops featuring artisans and local vendors throughout The Junction neighbourhood. Go to Dundas St West, at Keele and visit the flea markets, craft fairs, art sales, marketplaces and more – hosted by local businesses. Curl up beside the outdoor bonfire at The Train Platform courtyard, catch a glimpse of Santa, and then stay after for story time!
When: December 8th-10th, Friday 6pm-10pm | Saturday/Sunday 11am-6pm
Where: The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St West
The 11th annual City of Craft event will feature over 60 of the city’s finest artists and makers, free workshops, and breath-taking installations. This is the place to be for all things crafty. Check them out online for all the details about giveaways, workshops, installations and vendors!
When: Monday, December 11th, 5pm-10pm
Where: Bloke, 401 King Street West
Join Peaces for a night of curated vendors, live music, performances, craft beer, drink specials & artisans foods. Featuring over 30 local vendors selling diverse goods from handmade craftsmen items to vintage clothing, antiques & collectibles, plants & so much more! There will also be giveaways & complimentary gift wrapping.
They will be accepting canned goods & used clothing for families in need.
When: Friday, December 15th – 4:30 pm to 9 pm | Saturday, December 16th – 10:30 am to 4 pm
Where: Crow’s Theatre, 345 Carlaw Avenue
Our favourite farmer’s market is BACK for a Holiday edition with locally handcrafted goods, artisanal foods & local farmers – the perfect opportunity to find unique gifts and delicious holiday treats! The Friday evening date will include a lobby bar and Saturday’s event will include crafts, face painting and a make-your-own-wrapping paper session. Admission is FREE!
When: Saturday, December 16th, 10am-3pm
Where: Centre for Social Innovation at 720 Bathurst
Toronto Tool Library’s popular Holiday Gift Swap is back for its 5th season! Bring giftable items you no longer need and swap for gifts to give family and friends. You will also have the opportunity to make something at one of the maker stations.
When: Saturday, December 16th, 11am-5:30pm
Where: Church of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields, 103 Bellevue Ave, Kensington Market area
A market out on by Etsy’s Toronto team featuring local makers, this cozy, intimate handmade show will give you a final dose of Holiday spirit the weekend before Christmas! Santa Claus will also be making an appearance. Swag bags offered to the first 50 shoppers featuring googies and deals from vendors.
When: December 17th, 10am-5pm
Where: Great Hall Toronto, 1087 Queen St West
Features handmade, local, art and vintage vendors and artisans to bring you a diverse and truly gift-worthy selection of goods – this is your classic Christmas makers market. Admission is FREE!
When: every Sunday in December from 10am-5pm
Where: inside the Young Welcome Centre at Evergreen Brick Works
This fantastic maker’s market will feature a rotating list of local Etsy vendors <3
When: Thursday, November 30th, 6pm-11pm
Where: Parlour, 270 Adelaide St. West
A chance to shop, eat, drink, connect and give back – the focus of this event is on local sustainability. $10 donation is suggested for entry, but not mandatory.
When: Sunday, December 10th, 10am-4pm
Where: SH Armstrong Community Centre
The Leslieville Flea is a curated, monthly market selling vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles and handcrafted items. This is their Holiday edition and entry is free.
When: Sunday, December 17th
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns
The holiday Market edition of Makeology – a growing community built around supporting local artisans and crafts-people through high-end curated craft shows around the GTA and in-person workshops. You can see the seriously impressive lineup of talented local makers on their website. Admission is $3 and children under 12 are free.
When: December 1st-23rd
Where: in the square, of course! Nathan Phillips Square, that is.
What do you get when you add the charm of a Christmas market with the excitement of a winter carnival? Holiday Fair in the Square – featuring artisan crafts, gourmet snacks, a Holly Jolly Midway, Santa visits, festive drinks and skating on the ice rink. Search for the perfect handcrafted gift, visit the ice bar, or stop by for some lunch!
This is a guest blog from @itsahashtaglife – blogger, social media manager and content creator non-profits and charities in Toronto. She takes the tools and techniques of traditional digital media marketing and applies them to organizations working hard to shift our world into a new story – one that is more sustainable and supportive of people and the planet.