The Toronto Christmas Market (TCM)
The Toronto Christmas Market (TCM) was at the top of my list of things to do in Toronto in December. I had read about it online, watched pictures on different websites and I was very eager to go. The Christmas lights that decorate all the stalls make you feel like you’re in a truly enchanted place. The lovely music played all around the distillery music keeps your spirit alive. As you walk through the different stands, your heart jumps of joy. You want to see more. You want to feel more. You want to experience more. And when you start to feel the cold that is expected when visiting Toronto in December, you can indulge in a warm cup of tea (or coffee for the coffee lovers) at any of the stalls you see! And don’t get me started on all the culinary aromas that would entice on your sense of smell and excite your palate: the winter wind carries them from every corner of the market, and brings them in your direction. If you’re like me, it would be difficult to resist. So let yourself go, it’s Christmas. Taste the freshly grilled bratwurst hot dogs, the cinnamon-spiced pastries and all the other delectable treats that Toronto has to offer at Christmas!
Canada is known to be a particularly cold country. However, December adventures in Toronto can be pretty enjoyable. Just make sure to keep the following in mind:
- Pack warm items — basically, all the essentials that you usually need to survive the winter. Even though December is not extremely cold, it is better to be over prepared than to to be freezing cold everywhere you go.
- Make a budget — I found shopping and food to be generally pricier in Canada (compared to the USA). With that in mind, make sure you make an estimate budget for all your expenses. Also, you should keep in mind that the sales tax is about 13%. So add it to all your expenses.
- Consider taking the Union-Pearson (UP)Train from the Airport to the Union Station — The UP train is extremely convenient and inexpensive when it comes to getting downtown Toronto from the airport. It costs about 12.35 CAD, which is three times cheaper than what you would pay if you were to get a cab to the city. Plus, the UP train drops you at the Union Station downtown. From there, you can literally go anywhere.
- The city is culturally diverse, and bigger than you think — In fact, the entire population is estimated at about 6 million. Make sure you don’t get lost!