10 Festive Markets for Holiday Shopping

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    Festive Markets to Shop in Toronto

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    Wrapped holiday gift.

    Holiday shopping season is upon us and whether you prefer to get things out of the way early, or you’re more of a last-minute shopper, there’s a holiday market, craft show or pop-up where you can get your gifting done. The advantage of shopping a holiday market or craft show is that you get to avoid the mall (which we all know can be crazy during the holidays) and support local artisans and makers. You’ll have access to unique items that you won’t find in traditional stores and malls, meaning that you can be fairly certain you won’t end up gifting something someone already owns. Ready to shop? Here are 10 festive markets to shop.

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    Seasons Christmas Show (November 18-20)

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    Gifts under the tree.

    The Seasons Christmas Show is back at the Toronto International Centre, giving you the chance to check out over 300 exhibitors, featuring everything you need for gifting, entertaining and holiday decorating. Shop unique, locally-made gifts at the Makeful Market, pick up some expert decorating, baking or entertaining ideas at a free seminar; and take part in a seasonal workshop and learn some new holiday decorating tricks. When you need a break, stop by the Polar Bar for a holiday drink. 

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    Toronto Art Crawl Christmas Market (November 20)

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    Festive ornaments.

    Toronto’s Great Hall will play host to the third annual Toronto Art Crawl Christmas Market on Sunday, November 20. You’ll be able to shop 90 vendors comprised of local designers, artisans and makers selling everything from jewelry and art, to body care, fashion and handmade home décor items. The idea here is to showcase local, handcrafted goods that make for unique gifts. In addition to shopping, there will be food vendors and a DJ, live art demos and a complimentary photo booth. 

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    One of a Kind Show (November 24-December 4)

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    Matt Bowness necklaces. Image courtesy One of a Kind Show

    If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for holiday gifts, the massive One of a Kind Show will be a good bet for crossing quite a few people off your shopping list. The show is Canada’s largest event featuring local talent and their creations, with the chance to shop over 800 Canadian artists. One of the best things about shopping the One of a Kind show is getting to talk to the artisans about their work, inspiration, and process. Expect to see fashion, home décor, children’s clothing, artisanal food items, visual art and more. When you’re not browsing and buying you can take part in free DIY workshops which include cooking decorating, stenciling, bullet journaling and designing a holiday mandala. 

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    Holiday Market and Open House (December 1)

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    Twinkling lights on an evergreen.

    Find a unique holiday gift at the Toronto Botanical Gardens on December 1 when they host the Holiday Market and Open House. Shop handcrafted and nature-inspired gifts and home décor items, as well as local honey, seasonal greens, home-baked goodies, and terrariums. There will also be a gently used gardening book sale happening and complimentary cider on offer while you browse. If you go, remember to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the North York Food Bank.

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    The Artisan’s Gift Fair (every weekend in December)

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    Handmade jewellery by finetteparsophie on Etsy. Image courtesy Artisan's Gift Fair

    Stock up on holiday gifts every weekend in December from noon to 6 p.m. at The Artisan’s Gift Fair happening at the Tranzac Club in the Annex. This is a great place to get some shopping done in a relaxed atmosphere and support local makers while you do. Everything you find here among the 40 vendors will be handmade, be it all-natural soap, jewelry, or ceramics.  

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    Union Station Holiday Market (December 5-16)

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    Christmas tree ornaments.

    Toronto’s Union Station will again be turned into one of the most festive places to be in December. Located in the historic Grand Hall of Union Station, the Union Station Holiday Market pop-up makes it easy to pick up a few gifts as well as get into the holiday spirit. The market will showcase everything from food and fashion items, to jewelry and accessories. Some of this year’s vendors include Twig Floral, Yo Sox, Foxy Originals, Bathorium and Moroco Chocolat to name a few. 

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    City of Craft (December 9-11)

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    Display from City of Craft 2015. Image courtesy City of Craft, photo by Becca Gilgan

    City of Craft takes place at The Theatre Centre on the second weekend of December where you can shop over 60 artists and craftspeople, half of which are first-time exhibitors and emerging artists. It shouldn’t be too hard to find something that catches your eye no matter who you’re shopping for among the local, handmade goods on offer. You’ll have your pick of clothing, jewellery, artisanal sweets, cool kids’ toys, all-natural skincare, accessories and much more.  The venue features a café in case you need to refuel as you shop. 

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    Makers Market at Evergreen Winter Village (December 10 to January 8)

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    Makers Market at Evergreen Brickworks. Image courtesy Evergreen Brickworks

    Evergreen Brickworks will be hosting their own holiday market, Evergreen Winter Village, where you can shop locally-crafted goods at the Makers Market, happening in partnership with Etsy Canada. Clothing, visual art, jewelry, home décor items, ornaments, handmade treats and more will all be on offer. The Makers Market is part of Evergreen’s Winter Village where you can also find over 15 food vendors as part of the Street Food Market featuring internationally-inspired flavors. 

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    Toronto Green Market Holiday Edition (December 11)

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    Handcrafted soy candle Citchen Candle Co. Image courtesy Toronto Green Market

    Head to the Great Hall on December 11 for the Toronto Green Market Holiday Edition to pick up some local, handcrafted, sustainable, eco-friendly and wellness goods for some of the people on your holiday gift list. Whether you need a one-of-a-kind hostess gift, some fun stocking stuffers, or something for your friends or family, you’ll have lots of options here among the many local vendors.  

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    Trinity Bellwoods Flea - Local Holiday Market December 17-18)

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    Holiday gift ready for giviing.

    Trinity Bellwoods Flea offers another chance to get your holiday shopping done with their Local Holiday Market happening December 17 and 18. If you prefer to shop earlier, they’re also having a pre-holiday market November 19 to 20. Over 65 handmade, local, art, food and vintage vendors and artisans will be on hand so finding a unique gift shouldn’t be too hard. As you shop, you can enjoy locally made holiday treats and have a seasonal beverage at the bar, like the festive Studio Bar Rum Spiked Apple Cider ($8.50).