Having become a recent fan of Christmas since the traumatic “I miss my family” Caribbean cruise trip of 2009, I decided to get in the holiday spirit with a trip to the Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District http://torontochristmasmarket.com/.
The Christmas Market is inspired by Markets held in Germany starting in the 1400s – but this market has been “updated” and holds many modern vendors and trendy food booth – it’s held annually for 2 weeks in December, this year from the 2nd to the 18th.
My trip to the market was tarnished by three “rookie mistakes” – the first, going on a Sunday, the second, going during the day and the third, expecting to be able to get a table/a meal. What this meant is that the market was CRAWLING with children, and that it was really inappropriate to drink mulled wine, being 10am on a Sunday, so I was sober, cold, and hungry. I’ve learned from my mistakes and will go back better informed (and more warmly dressed) next year.
That being said, it was still a really great and authentic feeling Christmas market – and my mistakes won’t keep me away from next year’s event.
If you do stop by, my “don’t misses” for 2011 are:
– Chocolate covered bacon at the “Pig Candy” booth
– Visiting the Reindeer on “Santa’s Lane”
– Stopping by easily the best (and busiest) shopping booth, Euro Living, to get beautiful wooden ornaments made in Germany
– Having a drink in the Bier Gardens by the fire pits
The only real disappointment of the day was how packed the restaurants were and the long lines of the food booths. We were so cold that eating outside wasn’t even an option, and with two hour waits in all the Distillery restaurants, we ended up driving to Trinity Bellwoods to try Nadege Patisserie (yelp: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/nadege-patisserie-toronto#hrid:eg8pf-BpkRwTFRd28GSgIg)
The market is still open for another five days so definitely go by and check it out – but heed my warnings and go in the evening!