Friday, November 18, 2016

Top Five Places in Toronto to Take Your Children This Holiday Season


The holiday season is here and, for people with kids, that means even more hustle and bustle than usual. The good news? Toronto is an incredible city when it comes to kids activities and the holiday season is no different.

There are so many great places to take kids over the holidays that you might only be able to see a few of them. Trying to prepare your list?  Here are my choices for the top five holiday season activities for kids in Toronto.

The Distillery Christmas Market


No list would be complete without this one. Warning: it gets really crowded, especially on weekends. In fact, because of the busy crowds, the market started charging an entry fee on the weekends to encourage more people to come out on off-peak times.

This year the fee is $6 on weekends, starting at 5pm on Fridays. "Express Pass" tickets are also available for $20, which allow you to skip the entry line.

The market runs from Friday November 18th until Thursday December 22nd. It is not open on Mondays. More details available at TorontoChristmasMarket.com.

The Holiday Fair at Nathan Phillips Square


New this year is a Christmas market at Nathan Phillips Square. It's said to be a "seasonal marketplace" and it's organized by Epilepsy Toronto (the same group that puts on Buskerfest each year.)

It's free and runs from December 8th to December 23rd.

I'm not sure what to expect from this one, but about 60 vendors are expected to participate and it seems to be "inspired" by the Distillery market, so it should be good.

The Evergreen Brickworks Winter Village


Last year, this was one of the most fun holiday markets that our family went to. It wasn't very crowded and it really felt like Christmas. There are food trucks and a farmers market and they sold fresh apple cider that you could order spiked, if that's your thing. There's also skating, a campfire, several vendors and more.

The Brickworks is one of my favourite places anyway, so having a holiday market there was incredible.

It runs December 10th to December 23rd and more info is available at: evergreen.ca/whats-on/wintervillage

The Union Station Holiday Market


This is a smaller market (or at least it was last year) that mostly has vendors, artisans, etc. but it's still fun. It's right at Union Station so it's super easy to get to, as well. The small size makes it great for young kids.

It doesn't run for very long though, so you'll need to get on it if you want to visit. It's on from December 5th to 16th and more info is available at: UnionStationHolidayMarket.com.

The Bay Windows


Sure, Mariah Carey won't be there when you arrive, but the Bay windows are still really fun for the whole family. They're at the Bay/Saks Queen Street location.

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