It's December 1st and that means it's officially time to start preparing for the holidays. This year I'm challenging myself to get all of my gifts bought and wrapped by December 10th. Considering I haven't started yet, this may be a tall order. To help get it all done in time, here are three Toronto Christmas markets to hit up this week for some original gifts:
One of a Kind Christmas Show (Until December 7)
For nearly 40 years, the One of a Kind Christmas Show has been the ultimate destination for handmade gifts. This year, the fair will feature over 800 unique artisans selling everything including jewellery, housewares, leather goods, paintings, clothing, woodworks and much much more. The show has taken over the Direct Energy Centre at the Exhibition Place until the end of the week, but great news for those of us who want to avoid holiday crowds is that you can shop online! The One of a Kind Show now has an official online shop open all year round. For more info click here.
Toronto Christmas Market (Until December 21)
For the month of December, the already beautiful Distillery District turns into an enchanted winter wonderland complete with twinkly lights, festive decorations, and an open-air market. Vendors keep warm inside the little European-style booths that line the district's cobblestone streets. This market is the perfect place to find traditional holiday items like candles, ornaments, and wood carvings. To keep you warm there are plenty of treats: grilled sausages, roasted nuts, and mulled wine. The stage in the main square also offers holiday entertainment including carollers, choirs, and children's storytelling. This is a true old-fashioned holiday market that reminds me of old-world festivals in the town square. For more information click here.
localTOmarkt (Until December 24)
AdHoc Popup has taken over a vacant lot near Yonge & Dundas and set up the localTOmarkt just north of the Eaton Centre. Featuring new vendors every week, this market is a great place to shop for the ladies in your life: the emphasis here is on items like jewellery, soaps, and handbags. It's a great place to check out before braving the crowds at the mall, and you're definitely sure to find something much more unique. For more information click here.
There you have it: all the best places to find something a little out of the ordinary this holiday season. I'm sorry that this isn't a very non-denominational post, but, even if you don't celebrate Christmas, these markets would still be a great place to pick up a birthday present or early Valentine's Day gift for someone you love.
Happy Shopping! And here's hoping I can get it all done in just 10 days!