Get your day planners (and your wallets!) out, this edition of the weekender is full of holiday markets to shop in Toronto this weekend!
So for reasons entirely out of our control but completely to our delight, this weekend seems to have a handmade, pop up holiday market kind of theme, and we have a bunch (like seriously, a selection of what appears to be a GAZILLION options) of highlights to check out. Get your holiday shopping done early and plan your weekend, you’re going shopping!
One of a Kind Show
The OOAK show is one of my favourite “fairs” to check out, and to my joy it happens twice a year. The holiday version is pretty much the best time ever, because in addition to being gorgeous and stunning and full of talented makers, it’s also the most cheerful place to be. It’s not super cramped (*cough* like the MALLS these days) and it’s full of unique gift ideas, so make sure to swing by. There’s over 800 artisans to check out, and tickets are available for only $12. There are also some super cool DIY workshops as well so if you feel like getting crafty hit up the website here.
Toronto Christmas Market
Last year Fernanda hit up the Christmas market with some of our friends but I bailed because I’m awful, and I’ve lived in jealousy ever since. Actually though I don’t remember why Ic couldn’t go but I refuse to miss it this year. The market kicks off Friday afternoon and goes until December 21. There’s activities, photo ops (it’s STUNNINGLY pretty in the Distillery District this time of year), vendors, and a beer garden, so literally something for everybody. Get more details at their website.
Cavalcade of Lights
I maybe lied, not EVERYTHING on our list is shopping, but this annual tradition is too sweet to not remind you of. Saturday night at 7pm Nathan Phillips Square you can’t miss the lighting of the Christmas tree, live performances, and winter fireworks (the BEST kind of fireworks). There’s also a DJ and skating if you’re coordinated enough for that (hint, I am not) and food trucks on Bay St (which I am ALL over). That’s pretty much the entire event but just in case, their website is here.
Holiday Pop Up Shop
This super sweet pop up is care of Love and Knite and Bake Shoppe, so you can expect the adorable and the delicious. If you need some gift ideas for a friend (or yourself) to keep warm this winter, you’re sure to find some pretty scarves, headbands, hats and other goodies. There’s also champagne (yup) so if you weren’t sold with the treats and handmade goods that should have done it. Get more details on their Facebook page.
This pop up is a little big more long term than Love and Knit’s, setting up in a vacant building at Yonge and Dundas and running from Sunday to Christmas Eve. But it features the same kind of homemade goodness, and it’s curated by a dream team of local legends. The list of participating vendors is drool-worthy, so make sure you check out their website for more info.
The Holiday Post Market
Last but not least, the holiday Post market. Fernanda and I have been OBSESSING over this one because I am a mega calligraphy nerd and have been dying to make one of their workshops. Add in that there is a diy wreath workshop with Sweet Woodruff and we’re in love. Oh, and did we forget to mention that there are a ton of super talented vendors as well? The market runs from 11-6 and if you want to get in on a workshop, prices and times are on the Facebook event here.
Whew, didn’t we say it was crazy this weekend! There’s a lot of Toronto handmade love out there! See something you like? If you hit up a market tag us on Instagram (we know you’ll be snapping some crafted goodies!) @bythepartygirl so we can envy you! Happy hunting!