It’s been hectic last four weeks for me because we decided to move! I know … moving during the holidays … what were we thinking? Just before we moved, I decided I wanted to visit the Distillery Winter Village because I knew I would not have time until the first of December rolled around. In previous years, this popular holiday market in Toronto was known as Toronto’s Christmas Market, but it has been renamed to reflect a more subdued presence and fewer attractions due to the pandemic.
The Distillery Winter Village still has the same majestic Christmas tree in the center of the Distillery District. The village is dressed in Christmas lights and there are sales huts for Christmas shopping at the last minute. Although Santa will be in the village, there will be no official visits with Santa. We saw him roaming the cobbled streets with his elves. You can stop him and take a selfie with him. There will also be no Ferris wheel or carousel in the village this year.
We still enjoyed visiting the sales cabins to check out unique Christmas gifts and discover new items in some of the stores. My favorite shop to wander around in is Bergo Designs, which carries stylish home decor and gifts. Another fun store is FloorPlay Socks. They had every conceivable type of sock, and of course, they would be perfect sock stoppers. They had a couple I loved with Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf. I also enjoyed checking out deals on Yummi Candles. I was tempted to buy this festive pot pourri.
I always have to stop by Corktown Designs because they have original jewelry designs from local designers. And a visit to the Distillery District would not be complete for me if I did not browse the paintings at the Arta Gallery. I always see one or two pieces that I really like. One day I will buy one!
The distillery’s winter village opening hours
Distillery Winter Village outdoor shopping and dining cabins are open Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to closing, at which time proof of full vaccination and state-issued ID are required to gain access. Make sure you have your QR code on hand on your phone. I thought I knew where mine was, but damn if I could find it when it’s time to get into the village! Proof of vaccination is required even if you enter a time without a ticket.
Special holiday times:
- December 20: 10.00 – 21.00
- December 24: 10.00 – 15.00 (distillery restaurants, cafés and retailers only open. Outdoor shopping cabins and food vendors closed)
- December 25: Closed
- December 26: kl. 10.00 – 20.00 (distillery restaurants, cafes and retailers only open. Outdoor shopping cabins and food vendors closed)
- 27.-31. December: 10.00 – 21.00
Distillery Winter Village Tickets
Tickets are required Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays after noon. 16.00 and from 20 December 2021 to 23 December 2021 from kl. 16.00 and onwards to manage the capacity during rush hour.
Tickets cost $ 8 per person (from 6 years and up) and will only be pre-sold here. Children 5 and under, including babies, require a ticket, but admission is free for them. At all other times, tickets are not required and admission is free.
The Distillery Winter Village is lit in the Distillery District of Toronto from November 18, 2021 to December 31, 2021.
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