Toronto’s Distillery District is a year-round destination, but this December, it was particularly enticing; the entire District was transformed into a European-style Christmas Market, complete with a massive Christmas tree (they literally call it “Massive Christmas Tree” on the website!), old-fashioned carolers, and little stalls selling German treats like gingerbread and bratwurst.
If you didn’t get to partake in the holiday cheer this year, live the magic through these photos.
Just because the holidays are over, doesn’t mean you should skip the Distillery District. Its restaurants, shops are galleries are open year round, and the authentic Victorian buildings and cool art installations are more than enough reason for a visit.
I sometimes wonder if I’m really cut out for a life of long-term travelling. I’m largely a homebody, my frequent medical treatments keep me in a near-constant few mile range from the hospital, and travelling when you’re not an able-bodied white person who’s at least middle class has its challenges.
But then I remember the rush I get when a plane takes off, or when I see palm trees for the first time in a long time, or exotic birds, or food you can’t eat anywhere else. I love meeting new people. I love soaking up all the things that make each place the same as home, and everything that makes it different, and then writing about it later.
I can’t give up on a travel, no matter how hard it gets. Aren’t the things you love worth working for?
Toronto is incredible at any time of year, but it brings a special kind of magic come winter. Here are 9 fun ways to spend the season:
1. Taste gingerbread, gourmet chocolate and other holiday treats. Check out this list!
2. A Roaring 20s Christmas at Spadina Museum. It’s educational, entertaining and under $10 per person. Runs until 3 January.
3. Visit the Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery Historic District. Bonus: the European-style market is free of admission on weekdays and only $5 on weekends. More info here.
4. Go out for cocktails.
5. The TOCA Cheese Cave event series sounds delicious!
6. See The Phantom of the Opera at the Princess of Wales Theatre. I saw the show last time it was here, and it was incredible! It runs until 23 January.
7. Gaze at some holiday lights at Yonge-Dundas Square, in downtown shop windows or at Cavalcade of Lights.
8. Go ice skating at Mel Lastman Square or Harbourfront Centre.
9. Black Creek Pioneer Village’s Christmas By Candlelight is beautiful and interactive. Get tickets and information here.
Currently in: Lakeland, FL
Despite not getting to ‘say goodbye’ to Ohio before the trip from my Canadian home, Toronto, to my new American home of Lakeland, my transition to sunny Florida has been smooth. I lived in Central Florida for a short time as a teenager and love the warm weather, so it’s a perfect fit.
Day trips to: Orlando, FL & Daytona Beach, FL
My family and I went to Orlando this past weekend to visit Disney’s EPCOT and hit a couple outlet stores. I’ll be posting about the trip soon!
Next up will be Daytona Beach, later this month. I’ve driven through Daytona (Greyhound’s schedule from Jacksonville to Orlando has a stop here), but never actually spent time there! It’s one of my step dad’s favourite beaches, so it’s bound to be amazing. Have you ever been?
Next: Atlanta, GA
At the end of September, my mom and I will be heading back to Canada to spend time with friends, work on our business and enjoy crisp Autumn weather… But not without a couple days’ stop in one of my favourite cities: Atlanta, GA. My mom has never been, and I’ve only been to Atlanta once, so it will be an amazing opportunity.
And then: Toronto, ON, Canada
My (Canadian) home sweet home! I can’t wait to hug my cats, have brunch with good friends and see the leaves change colours.
Do you have any upcoming travel plans?
Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Walker Art Center is home to Spoonbridge and Cherry, a larger than life sculpture of a spoon and a cherry. The spoon alone weighs 5,800 pounds! For more information on the giant spoon (and the image source), visit Walker Art Center online. Talk about the perfect public art for spoonies!