Deck the Stalls: A Guide to Toronto’s Holiday Markets and Pop-Up Shops

With the holiday season upon us, students and shoppers are looking for more (affordable) gift options than the average mall and boutique shops. A great way to find one-off, interesting presents is at Christmas markets. These markets provide unique gift ideas to make your Christmas shopping easier and distinctive from any other gifts under the tree. Here is a list of must-see holiday markets to visit.

1. #LocalTOMrkt

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The empty lot where the market will take place (Photo credit Oriena Vuong)

Perfectly accessible for Ryerson students, this first-time pop-up Christmas market has a large shopping selection. If you’re looking for unique gifts or just a place to browse, this market has it all. Running from Nov. 29 to Dec. 24, every day from noon to 10 p.m., it’s located conveniently in the vacant lot at Yonge and Gould (335 Yonge St. across from the soon-to-be Student Learning Centre). Bakeshops and food trucks will also be featured, so if shopping makes you hungry then they’ve got you covered.

Some notable vendors to check out:

For jewellery: Wanderlust, BlackIris Design, COVEN, FoldIT Creations

For accessories: Eco and Unique, Beau.Cou Scarves, Gents and Blokes

For quirky stuff or décor: Citchen Candle Co., Premier Toys, Wildcraft

For paper and arts: Sea & Lake Co., Paper Hearts Handmade, Dreams On Paper, and Design By Erykah

2. Union Station Holiday Market

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(Photo credit: Oriena Vuong)

Another first-time market will be making its appearance in the beautiful Great Hall of Union station. It may look crazy from outside due to the on-going construction, but the ground floor level is historic and grand in appearance – the perfect venue for a holiday market. There will be 25 vendors available including artisans, designers, gourmet food and more. This market is great for anyone living south of the downtown core, or anyone looking for sophisticated and unique gifts.

It will be running from Dec. 1 to 7. On opening day, the market will be open from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. – enough time to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping. For more info and hours visit their website:

Some notable vendors to check out: The Bath Bomb, Twill and Print, Yo Sox, BRIKA, and Lockett Jewels.

3. Pop-Up Christmas Market @ Placebo Space

 

(Photo credit: Placebo Space)

(Photo credit: Placebo Space)

An under-the-radar market located at Placebo Space, this one-day pop up is great for niche gift givers – especially if you live near the Lakeshore area. Although the venue is smaller compared to other holiday markets, it promises vintage wares, arts, and crafts. You can also find some great pin-up gift packages here and handcrafted gifts. The market is open on Dec. 6 from 11-5 p.m.

Some notable vendors to check out: Berry Sweet Treats, More Than a Princess and Amanda Lee Scott jewellery.

4. Toronto Christmas Market @ The Distillery District

(Photo credit: Oriena Vuong)

(Photo credit: Oriena Vuong)

This is definitely a market for holiday-lovers to visit. The Distillery District is known to house many hidden gems and places to see, and every year during the holiday season the market boasts an amazing list of festivities. It has plenty of vendors to choose from, but the real fun is experiencing the holiday spirit filled with lights, decorations, a huge Christmas tree, and caroling. The Toronto Christmas market will be running from Nov. 28 to Dec. 21. On Tuesday to Friday they operate from noon to 9 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

5. The Post Market at The Great Hall

(Photo credit: The Holiday Post Market)

(Photo credit: The Holiday Post Market)

For the urban-chic or your fellow hipster, this one-day market is worth a visit. It will feature plenty of vintage and handmade items, as well as print shops for holiday card lovers. The event is taking place on Nov. 30 from 11 to 6 p.m.

6. One-Of-A-Kind Show (Christmas Show and Sale)

(Photo credit: Sparrow Avenue)

(Photo credit: Sparrow Avenue)

The annual One-Of-A-Kind Show will be at the Direct Energy Centre (located in Exhibition Place) filled with over 800 Canadian makers, artisans, designers and more. This market is perfect to visit with your family, guaranteeing that you will find something truly “one-of-a-kind”.

This market will be open from Nov. 27 to Dec. 7, Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For those late-night shoppers out there, the market will be open on Dec. 4 until 11 p.m.