Holiday craft shows and pop-ups in Toronto for 2016
Holiday craft shows and pop-ups in Toronto have officially invaded the city, and there's an abundance of studios and event spaces to make your holiday shopping easier. From big events like the One of Kind Show to the more localized City of Craft, this list will help you narrow down your gift giving journey.
Here are my picks for holiday craft shows, markets and pop-ups in Toronto this season.
BIG CRAFT SHOWS AND MARKETS
Toronto Christmas Market (Nov. 18-Dec. 22, Distillery District)
Get started on your Christmas shopping while sipping on mulled wine and listening to carollers in the Distillery District. The price of weekend tickets went up this year to $6 and there's also a new fast pass ticket option for $20.
Toronto Art Crawl and Christmas Market (Nov. 20, Great Hall)
The Great Hall will be transformed into a creative, holiday wonderland with 95 local designers, artisans and makers throughout the newly renovated building. Organizers promise there's stuff for your baby niece and your 95-year-old granny, and it'll cost you $8 at the door or $5 online.
One of a Kind Show (Nov. 24-Dec. 4, Enercare Centre)
The behemoth of all holiday shopping markets is the One of a Kind show, which features over 800 vendors. You know there'll be endless aisles of clothing, jewellery, food, visual art and toys ready for the plucking. Tickets are $15, and it's all happening inside the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place.
Pink Market (Dec. 3, 519)
The second annual Pink Market is Toronto's only holiday market organized by the LGBT community. It's a diverse marketplace offering a variety of gifts, lifestyle goods, fashion decor and artisans. Admission is free, and it all happens in the ballroom at the 519 on Church Street.
Union Station Holiday Market (Dec. 5-16, Union Station)
Tucked away in the newly renovated Oak Room inside Union Station is this adorable holiday market packed with custom-built booths and local vendors. Everything from socks, fashion, food and health and beauty stuff will be for sale and admission is free.
Holiday Fair at Nathan Phillips Square (Dec. 8-23, Nathan Phillips Square)
This brand new, massive Christmas market at Nathan Phillips Square might give the Distillery District a run for its money. This event, inspired by European Christmas markets, will feature artisans, food vendors, rides and of course, Santa Claus.
City of Craft (Dec. 9-11, Theatre Centre)
City of Craft celebrates 10 years this season with its popular annal craft extravaganza. It'll cost you $2 to get in, but it's worth every Toonie with over 60 of the city's coolest craft makers and artists on iste. Check out the vendor list; it's truly impressive.
Etsy Market at Evergreen Winter Village (Dec. 10-18, Evergreen Brick Works)
It doesn't get more Christmasy than the eight day Winter Village at Evergreen Brick Works. Shop the Makers Market and then stick around for the weekend Farmers' Market or outdoor activations happening all over the grounds.
MORE MARKETS AND CRAFTS SHOWS
Did I miss a Christmas or holiday market, craft sale or pop up you're excited about? Let us know in the comments.
Photo of last year's One of a Kind Show by Jesse Milns.
With contributions from Mallory Warren.
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