Whether you have someone on your list who is impossible to buy gifts for or you’re looking for something unique, shopping at an artisan market fits the bill. Not only can you meet the maker, but you can also chat with them about finding the perfect option for the folks on your gift list. Plus, it also feels good to support small businesses with your holiday funds. So if you enjoy shopping at artisan markets, here are six of the best ones in Toronto, Ontario this holiday season.
November 5: Toronto Art Crawl Christmas Market
Make plans early to go to the Toronto Art Crawl’s Christmas Market on November 5. Over 120 Toronto-based artists and artisans will have goods for sale. In addition, there will also be a DJ and food vendors to encourage folks to dance and eat as they shop.
November 30-December 31: Glow Christmas Toronto
Head to the market at Glow Christmas Toronto to find local artisans and vendors to help you pare down your holiday list. Another perk about patronizing this event is that it’s filled with lots of other things to do besides shop. Get in the holiday spirit by looking at the plethora of light displays and listening to live entertainment. Kids can ride Glen the Glow-comotive and help Mrs. Claus decorate cookies. Food and drinks are also on-site to help sustain you. Glow Christmas has one of the best holiday markets in Toronto, so plan to stay and participate in the festivities any time from November 30 to December 31.
November 27: Great Hall Holiday Artisan Market
After Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, continue your holiday shopping on Sunday by going to the Great Hall Holiday Artisan Market. Handmade gifts await, so arrive early for the best selection. Food is also available to keep shoppers from getting hungry.
December 4: Toronto Art Crawl Christmas Pop-Up
If the early date for the Toronto Art Crawl Christmas Market doesn’t suit you, then attend their Christmas Pop-Up on December 4, which will feature 80+ vendors. Heading to either event promises to help you find the perfect presents for family and friends.
December 11: Toronto Holiday Market
The Toronto Holiday Market is part of the Shop Ontario Market Series. Admission is free, and the market curates its vendor list to ensure a healthy variety of goods. Holiday music, local eats, and winter beverages will also be available.
December 18: Holiday Gift Market Toronto
Featuring over 50 vendors, the Holiday Gift Market Toronto focuses on having one-of-a-kind items so you can have confidence you’re giving a truly unique gift. If you’re one of the first 30 to arrive, you’ll also receive a VIP gift bag to carry your goodies.
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