AMEX Warming Lounge

American Express invites you to warm up in the AMEX heated lounge with complimentary hot chocolate. The American Express lounge is open Friday evenings to Sunday night during the Lowe's Toronto Christmas Market. American Express wishes everyone a happy holiday season.

Toronto Christmas Market

Photo Contest

Last year thousands rediscovered the magic of Christmas through their camera lenses with the Toronto Christmas Market's inaugural Photo Contest.

This year, the Toronto Christmas Market is again in search of a photograph that captures the true essence of the magic and romance experienced at the event.


Winner will receive $250 cash prize

2nd place will receive $150 restaurant gift certificate

3rd place will receive $100 restaurant gift certificate

Click Here to Enter

World Caroling Challenge

Join us TBA for the Mill Street World Caroling Challenge at the  Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District. Mill Street will hand out reusable LED candles and candleholders and will to donate $1 to Daily Bread Food Bank for every person that participates. In addition, we encourage and welcome visitors to bring non-perishable food donations to give the daily Bread Food Bank.

Friday November 28 to Sunday December 21, Closed Mondays, Tuesday to Friday Noon to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 9pm

This holiday season Toronto will once again celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas at Lowe's Toronto Christmas Market. Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products. Family friendly entertainment includes musicians, carolers and children's choirs.

What is a Christmas Market?

A Christmas market is a street market which celebrates the traditional sights, sounds and scents of Christmas and is staged during the weeks leading up to Christmas. These markets originated in Germany, beginning in the early 1400's, and are now being held in countries all over the world.

Popular Events, Features and Activities

Massive Christmas Tree donated by

Trees Ontario

The 45 foot White Spruce tree featured at this year's Market was donated by Trees Ontario. Working with its partners, Trees Ontario’s goal is to support the planting of 10 million trees a year to ensure the health of future generations. Be sure to drop by the Trees Ontario booth to buy your Christmas trees, wreaths and green gifts in support of our tree planting programs.

For more information, please visit

Magical lighting and seasonal décor

Magical lighting and décor displays which create an incredible traditional and romantic Christmas setting for visitors to enjoy. The street and squares of the Historic Distillery are transformed into a paradise of lights and colours, festive sounds and seductive smells.

Musical Entertainment

The stage hosts many activities and musical performances including: Carolers, Bavarian brass band concerts, classical organ concerts, trumpeters, children's choirs and more. An outdoor seating area is created around the stage

Variety of beer and mulled wine (Glühwein) gardens

There are many areas for visitors to lounge and enjoy an authentic holiday beverage including many varieties of beer, mulled wine, hot rum beverages, European Christmas cocktails and much more. Mulled wine is one of the most popular beverages at European Christmas Markets. click here for more information

Santa's Lane

• Visit Santa’s House v

• Children’s story telling

• Children’s life sized gingerbread house

How to Get Here


Distillery District South Parking Lot - $1.75/half hour

44 Parliament Street - $1.50/half hour

333 Lakeshore- $10 flat rate (Most Available Parking)



Now available during the Toronto Christmas Market.

Enter into the south parking lot off of Parliament Street

(south of Front Street)

Car drop off at Ferris Wheel, cars must be picked up by 11pm.

The best way to get to the to the Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market is with the TTC


From King or St Andrew stations, take an eastbound 504 King streetcar to Parliament Street and proceed two blocks south to the Parliament entrance into the Distillery.


From King Station, take the 72 Pape bus to Mill Street and
 Parliament Street and enter at the Parliament entrance.


From Castle Frank Station, take the 65 Parliament bus south to one block south of Front Street and enter at the Parliament entrance. For more information on schedules and maps, please visit



From the East:

Don Valley Parkway to Richmond St. exit, west on Richmond to Parliament, south on Parliament to Mill St.

(one block south of Front St.), Look for parking nearby.


Kingston Road to Eastern Ave. Then proceed to Front St. West on Front to Parliament, then south on Parliament to Mill St.

Look for parking nearby.


Queen St. west to Parliament then south on Parliament to Mill St., the Distillery will be on your left hand side.


 From the West:

QEW east to Gardiner Expressway. Take Jarvis St. exit, then north on Jarvis St. to Front St., East on Front to Parliament St.

then south on Parliament, , the Distillery will be on your left hand side.


From the North:

427 south to QEW. QEW east to Gardiner Expressway. Take Jarvis St. exit, then north on Jarvis St. to Front St. , East on Front

to Parliament St. then south on Parliament to Mill St., Look for parking nearby.


Don Valley Parkway south to Richmond St. exit, west on Richmond to Parliament, south on Parliament to Mill St.

(one block south of Front St.), Look for parking nearby.

GO Transit


GO makes it easy to visit the Lowe's Toronto Christmas Market. Take the GO to Union Station. walk North to King Street and take the 504 King streetcar using the directions above, or take a short 5 minute taxi ride from Union Station to the Distillery.

For schedule information visit

 Click here to download driving instructions as a PDF.

Site Accessibility


The Distillery Historic District is an accessible site. The Lowe's Toronto Christmas Market at The Distillery District provides for mobility-accessible parking, ramp access to buildings, shops and restaurants, washrooms with child changing facilities, and wheelchair accessible stalls. We remind all visitors of the Distillery Historic District that the streets inside the District are made of cobble stone and are in some locations uneven, and that the popularity of the Lowe's Toronto Christmas Market gives way to large crowds during peak times (evenings and weekends).

Partners, Charities and Volunteers

This season, attend the Toronto Christmas Market and take advantage of our special offer. Enjoy the best of both worlds at The Westin Harbour Castle – deluxe accommodation on Lake Ontario, steps away from the excitement of downtown Toronto.

Special offer: 10% off the Best Available Rate

Book your room here

car2go provides a new way of car sharing which gives members 24/7 access to a free-­‐floating network of smart fortwo cars.


Members have access to 375 car2go vehicles for a low rate of 38 cents per minute which includes free parking, gas, insurance, GPS navigation and maintenance. Our one-­‐way car sharing model means there is no specific return time or return location, when you’re done simply park the car in a designated car2go parking location within the Home Area


Members can use the first available car2go they find, via a smartphone app, the car2go vehicle finder at, by calling the customer call center or by simply walking up to an available car2go.


Parking locations available for car2go members:

-­‐271 Front St East

-­‐44 Parliament Street -­‐55 Mill Street

A model of graceful Canadian elegance, The Omni King Edward Hotel has hosted visitors to Toronto for over 100 years. Nestled in the financial district, the hotel upholds its regal legacy through a commitment to traditional hospitality with sleek modern sensibility.

Special offer: 10% off the Best Available Rate

Use promotional code “Christmas” when booking here

Participating Charities

The Toronto Christmas Market a not-for-profit organization which relies on public donations and corporate support. The Toronto Christmas Market will be handing out bright red Rudolph noses with each donation. Please help continue to spread the magic and romance of a traditional Christmas for years to come.


Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund

$5.00 is donated with each purchase of a photo with Santa.

The Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund was established in 1906 by Toronto Star Founder, Joseph E. Atkinson. In 2008 Toronto Star Santa Claus distributed Christmas gift boxes to 45,000 needy children.


To make a Creditcard donation by phone, please call our hotline at 416-869-4847. Cheques or money orders can be made payable year-round and mailed to The Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund, One Yonge Street, 9th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1E6. Online donations can be made by visiting

Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre steps from Yonge Street and the College Street Subway Station, situated in a bustling and vibrant neighborhood in downtown Toronto, the city's popular shops, numerous dining options and sight-seeing destinations are all within a convenient distance of the hotel.

Special offer for Toronto Christmas Market guests

Book your room here

Official Outerwear Provider of the Toronto Christmas Market

Moose Knuckles is born of Canadian heritage, Personality, Sports and Leisure from our nation's obsession with ice hockey, to our reputation as the class clown of the global schoolhouse. Moose Knuckles clothing can be purchased in the Distillery Historic District at GOTSTYLE.


For information on volunteering (for 2013)

please click here

For application form please click here

We would like to thank , for their continued support.

For information please contact:


General inquiries:                                       

Sponsorship, Corporate Hospitality Packages:    Justina Klein,

Event programming inquiries:                     

Vendor inquiries:                                                  Emily Zajac

Media inquiries:                                                    Kathleen Stelmach

Employment Opportunities:                        



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