Like many traditions and celebrations this year, things are looking a little different at the Distillery District. Gone is the traditional holiday market with timed tickets and lines wrapping around sidewalks. Instead, there’s a carefully distanced celebration, the Winter Village.
The Winter Village runs until March 31, so you have plenty of time to enjoy it. The district is still lit by garlands of lights, a huge Christmas tree and other beautiful decorations. Take a look below to see what to check out! I will be going on a week day to avoid crowds.
Grand Christmas Tree
Perfect inspiration for your Instagram feed, the 44-foot Christmas Tree in Trinity Square with 60,800 LED lights will be lit nightly at dusk until January 10. It’s adorned with approximately 500 oversized ball decorations and 1,463m of gold garland, bringing holiday cheer and joy to the city.
Unique Merchants, Artisans and Perfect Gifts
Support local artisans and retailers in-person or online. Many of The Distillery District’s 40+ retailers and 15 Artscape art studios also offer delivery across Canada and curb-side pick-up. For a complete list, click here.
Restaurants and Outdoor Dining
The Pure Spirits Winter Chalets: New for the Winter Village, offering 13 chalets in the heart of The Distillery District. Chalets must be pre-reserved and are launching later in November. A special Winter Village menu of cozy, Canadian classics will be served, with a fully licenced bar. RSVP here.
Outdoor patio dining: The cobblestone summer patio has been extended throughout the winter season and is available for contact-less dining. With more than100 tables throughout The Distillery District, guests can enjoy a delicious, safe meal while surrounded by a beautiful ambiance. Menus and ordering are available via a delivery-to-table app.
Restaurants: All of Toronto’s favourite Distillery District restaurants will be open throughout the winter season, with many offering contactless patio dining, contactless pick-up and delivery options. Restaurants adhere to Toronto Public Health guidelines and protocols. Learn more here: www.thedistillerydistrict.com/dining.
Christmas Tree Order and Pick-Up
Bring the holiday spirit home with your very own fresh Christmas tree or wreath from Forests Ontario. Pre-order online and pick-up at the nearby parking lot at 373 Front Street East from December 4 to 6. Proceeds from tree sales will go towards the organization’s tree planting and education programs. To buy a tree, click here. To buy a wreath, click here.
Festive Photo Opps
Throughout The Distillery District, there are several can’t-miss festive photo opportunities including a holly wall, Santa sleigh, Nutcracker, snowpeople and many more. A map of locations is available on www.thedistillerydistrict.com.
How do I stay safe?
Masks are now mandatory when outside in the Distillery District. Try to visit during the weekdays, when traffic is considerably less during these times. The Distillery has implemented additional precautionary measures, including increased signage to promote physical distancing, increased cleaning – especially in high traffic areas, regular use of medical-grade cleaning products, hand sanitizers in all merchants and restaurants, and a site-wide application of the ÆGIS Treatment Program™. The Distillery District and its merchants and restaurants also adhere to all Toronto Public Health protocols and guidelines and request that visitors do their part, including wearing a mask in indoor public spaces and outdoors when physical distancing isn’t possible, physically distance by 2 m, and hand washing to help reduce the spread.
Visit the Winter Village for a safe, distanced outing this holiday.