Down time, Events, Places

Hopping Into the Holiday Spirit: A Trip to the Toronto Christmas Market

December is my favourite time of the year. Well, it usually is. Since starting university, the stress of December exams has sapped up any and all of the holiday spirit in me. After realizing the fact that the most spirited thing I did last December was house a slowly dying 15 inch evergreen tree in my dorm room, and reading Emma’s reflection on her relationship with exams and holiday traditions, I decided I was going to stop myself from spending my favourite time of year locked up in the library eating all of the chocolate out of a discount advent calendar.

illuminated letters reading "naughty or nice"  close up photo of snowflake decorations and lights

After coming to my decision to give myself a break and enjoy the holidays, I closed my textbook and headed to the Toronto Christmas Market. The Christmas Market is an adorable European inspired market that’s held in the Distillery District every winter. Fairy lights are stringed from building to building, everything smells like delicious mulled wine, and it’s hard to step past the entrance and not immediately fall victim to holiday spirit.a man looks closely at a number of tiny glass figurines

close up photo of lights on a giant christmas tree

Whether you need to finish up your gift shopping, want to ride a ferris wheel, or just want to take some cute selfies with your friends, the market has it all.

ferris wheel with a carousel in front of it photo of a giant christmas from the carousel

All of the sites and sounds of the market made it the perfect break from studying, as I was having too much fun to worry about the chapter I could have been reading.

dozens of christmas trees for sale a christmas tree seen through a window

If you’d like somewhere fun to go as a break from studying, or want to pop by after an exam, The Christmas Market is on until the 20th. It’s open on everyday except Monday, and is free to attend from Tuesday to Friday. For more information see the Toronto Christmas Market’s site.

illuminated letters reading "ho ho ho"