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Eat, Shop & Be Merry at Christmas Markets in Toronto

It’s December! Get ready for the month to fly by in a whirlwind of shopping, baking, parties, and my favourite….Christmas markets! I still dream of the time I went to Germany and visited their amazing Christmas markets. Toronto isn’t Berlin, but we get by just fine with all of the fab holiday markets that we have. This year, there are more markets than ever! Here’s a guide for you to sip and shop your way through them all.

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Toronto Christmas Market: Nov 18 – Dec 22 at the Distillery District Admission: $6 on Fri- Sun

Toronto’s most well loved and biggest Christmas market, this market takes over the Distillery district. Visitors can take in the giant Christmas tree, sip hot chocolate at Soma and enjoy the many food and craft vendors. It can get incredibly crowded on weekends, but it’s still my favourite. Hours: T- Th 12pm to 10:00pm, Sat: 10am to 10pm, Sun: 10am to 9pm

Yorkville Village launches their Holiday Market, open to the public from December 2nd - 22nd and located in The Lane at 136 Yorkville Avenue (CNW Group/First Capital Realty)

Yorkville Village Holiday Market: Dec. 2 – 22 at Yorkville Village

This market is brand new as well. Stalls include Teatro Verde Greens Market, Petite Etoile, Reynah Armure, Lindo F and the Brika Pop-Up Shop. There will be performances, DIY laser cut Christmas ornaments and more! Hours: M-W 10am to 7pm T & F 10am to 8pm, Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun 11am – 6pm

Union Station Holiday Market: Dec 5 – 16 in the Oak Room at Union Station

Located in the biggest transportation hub in Toronto, this market is always delightful. This year, they have 20 vendors including MoRoCo Chocolat, Knixwear, Foxy Jewelry, and some pop ups. Pop up vendors include Papabubble (Dec. 5-7) and Love Bot (Dec 8-10 &16). Hours: M-F: 730am – 7pm, Weekends: 10am – 6pm

Holiday Fair in the Square: December 8 – 23 at Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St W)

chrisThis brand new market will support Epilepsy Toronto. Visitors will find a traditional European Christmas market in the heart of downtown with games, food vendors and shopping. Hours: M-F: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Weekends: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Winter Village at Evergreen Brick Works: Dec 10 to Feb 28 at the Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave)
Enjoy the Street Food Market with 15+ vendors serving internationally-inspired flavours. Etsy vendors will be on hand selling all sorts of holiday gifts. A bonus is that you can visit the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays while you’re here!
Hours: Dec 10–23 Weekdays: 3–7pm Weekends: 11am–7pm Dec 26–Jan 8 Weekdays: 11am–6pm Weekends: 11am–6pm Dec 31: 11am–3pm Jan 9–Feb 28 Weekdays: Closed Weekends: 11am–6pm

I’ll be checking out all of these markets, how about you?

Fall Colours in Ontario Parks

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Fall is my favourite season. I love the vibrant colours, the crunch of the leaves and the cooling weather. I always make it a point to see the fall colours in Toronto, and then take a road trip somewhere else to see the fall colours there too. If you can, I would take a long drive up to Algonquin park.

fallc To make sure that you don’t miss the fall colours, use the Ontario Parks Fall Colour Report. This report keeps track of the fall colours in all of the Ontario Parks. With a glance you’ll be able to see if your favourite park is in peak, past peak or hasn’t changed yet.

Happy fall colour hunting! Ontario Parks Fall Colour Report

 

Weekend #EscapeandDiscover in Owen Sound

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When Ford asks you if you’re free to go on a mysterious weekend escape, what else can you say but yes? Destination? Classified! Ford planned everything perfectly for an amazing adventure that I’ll be thinking about for a long time!

Early Saturday morning, Ford sent a car to pick me up and deliver me to said secret location. The secret location turned out to be a Ford dealership, where we gathered and met with the other influencers that we’d be spending the weekend with!

As they led up to the big reveal, the curtains were thrown open to reveal….not a car! There was nothing behind the curtain except for a table with envelopes with our team names on them. We frantically opened the envelopes and got our first big surprise of the day. Our next method of transportation…would be by plane! We were all split up into different Ontario destinations by group.

My group (Carson from Ford, Alison from Hip Urban Girl and Andrew the Gate) was going to fly to Sarnia and then drive to Owen Sound. I was pretty excited because if you’ve been following this blog (and you have been, haven’t you?) then you’ll know that I love to travel in Ontario, and haven’t been to either Sarnia or Owen Sound yet! Excellent. Other teams headed out to their destinations of Thunder Bay, Ottawa and Sudbury.

After a short flight to Sarnia, we arrived to see some friendly faces and our shiny Ford Escape waiting for us.

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Our 2017 Ford Escape Titanium Edition was ready to go! Our SUV was in the “Canyon” shade and held 5 passengers.

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Staycation at the Holiday Inn Downtown Centre

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This is a sponsored post, but my opinions remain my own!

Sometimes you just need a break. Those breaks can’t always be planned. Lucky for us, Toronto has an abundance of hotels. If you’re feeling stressed out, or want a fun weekend in the city, why not check into a nearby hotel?

I recently checked into the Holiday Inn Downtown. With my IHG Rewards Club membership, I was able to easily book a room with the app, and earn points! Earning points is great because you get rewarded for each stay, and can earn free nights. Not into free hotel stays? Points can be redeemed for flights, music downloads, electronics and gift cards(more…)

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