The Distillery Winter Village is Toronto's most magical holiday shopping and dining experience.
To ensure everyone has a safe visit, the festival feel of years past has been toned down (no larger stage performances, fewer seasonal vendor stalls and cabins and no Ferris Wheel), however, as soon as you step into The Distillery Winter Village, you’ll instantly feel that holiday magic!
In addition to our year-round Distillery District shops, you’ll be able to shop from 8 finely curated vendor cabins, plus 12 food vendor cabins featuring a wide variety of flavours - both savoury and sweet. You may find Santa and his elves wandering the cobblestone streets (so to make sure to wave hello). And we have a line-up of buskers, carollers and fun entertainment ready to bring the holiday spirit to life!
You can find everything you need to know about The Distillery Winter Village at www.thedistillerywintervillage.com. And follow our Instagram @distilleryTO and #DistilleryWinterVillage to get news and updates.
The 2021 Distillery Winter Village Event Hours:
The Distillery Historic District shops, restaurants and cafés, along with the Distillery Winter Village displays and music, are open seven days a week, starting at 10:00 am daily.
The Distillery Winter Village outdoor shopping cabins and food vendors will be open starting at noon, Tuesdays to Sundays. They will be closed on Mondays.
Event Hours from November 18 – December 31:
- Mondays, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm (Distillery restaurants, cafes and retailers open only. Outdoor shopping cabins and food vendors closed)
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Fridays and Saturdays: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
- Sundays: 10:00am - 9:00 pm
Special holiday hours:
- December 20: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
- December 24: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Distillery restaurants, cafes and retailers open only. Outdoor shopping cabins and food vendors closed)
- December 25: Closed
- December 26: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm (Distillery restaurants, cafes and retailers open only. Outdoor shopping cabins and food vendors closed)
- December 27-31: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
The Distillery Winter Village is for anyone who loves the magic of the holidays, including kids of all ages.
In addition to the dazzling light features, holiday decor, and 55 foot Christmas Tree, your kids are going to love the buskers, carolers, and tasty treats from our 12 new and exciting food cabins.
They can also take fun photos with our giant 7-foot snowpeople or cozied up on Santa’s sleigh.
Speaking of Santa, this year you never know when you’re going to run into him and his elves as they roam the cobblestone streets.
You might also want to consider joining us on December 31st when we wrap things up with our Family New Year’s Eve Celebration, including a 9:00 pm countdown to 2022.
Yes. Proof of full vaccination and government-issued ID will be required during event times to enter The Distillery Winter Village.
As you know, planning events takes lots of time and preparation and doesn’t happen overnight.
At the time of planning The Distillery Winter Village, we were adhering to the government policy which required proof of full vaccination for large events. We are also very aware that past events were often very crowded. Our current policy will minimize crowds and create a safer, more enjoyable environment for our visitors.
At all times during the event hours for The Distillery Winter Village, we will have brand ambassadors at the 4 entry points checking for proof of full vaccination and government ID, this includes both non-ticketed and ticketed entry times.
If you are visiting from outside of Ontario and have proof of vaccination from another province, territory or country, it is valid if it shows that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Learn what it means to be fully vaccinated.
You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received:
- the full series of a COVID-19 authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines (two doses of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, including COVISHIELD) in any combination or one dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
- one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health followed by one dose of a COVID-19covid 19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada
- three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada
- your final dose of the COVID-19 at least 14 days before providing the proof of being fully vaccinated.
Contacts for more information:
Visit ontario.ca/covidvaccines for information about vaccinations in Ontario or call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900
No. Outside of The Distillery Winter Village event times, you are not required to show proof of vaccination upon entry. This only applies during designated event times.
Tickets are required on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays after 4 pm and from December 20th to December 23rd from 4 pm onwards, to manage capacity during peak hours.
Tickets are $8 per person (age 6 years and up), and will only be pre-sold here.
Kids 5 and under, including babies, require a ticket — but admission is FREE of charge.
At all other times, tickets are not required and access is free of charge.
We ask that you plan your visit during the allotted window of time as indicated on your ticket. However if you do wish to stay longer no one will ask you to leave.
We’ve created these two hour time slots to help manage capacity during peak times, and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation in helping us ensure this is a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone attending.
There are no in and out privileges. Your ticket is valid for a one time use only.
There are no refunds or exchanges issued for The Distillery Winter Village tickets. If your schedule changes and you are unable to attend, please make someone’s day and donate to a friend.
With construction and condo development in the area, parking is VERY LIMITED. If you do choose to drive, you will likely have to park about a 15-minute walk from The Distillery Winter Village. GreenP Parking at 2 Church Street offers 2,000 parking spots and is a 15-minute walk along the lovely Esplanade.
The best way to travel to The Distillery Winter Village is to take public transit, rideshare or, if weather permits, try Bike Share Toronto. New Mill Street bike lanes were just created and there are Bike Share stations right at our front door (at Mill St. & Parliament St. and Cherry St. & Distillery Lane).
The four points of entry into the event are: North Gate (Trinity St. and Mill St.), East Gate (Cherry St. just south of Mill St.), South Gate (Distillery Lane), and West Gate (Parliament St. just south of Mill St.).
You can find more info on travel to and from The Distillery Winter Village here.
In addition to The Distillery Historic District’s 75+ local merchants, restaurants and cafés, you’ll find 8 new vendor cabins offering uniquely curated seasonal items and gifts, plus 12 food cabins.
Holiday shoppers can find everything from stylish fashions for men, women, and kids, uniquely curated gifts and home decor, artisanal accessories and jewelry, handcrafted goodies and treats, one-of-a-kind art, relaxing self-care products and services, and more.
If you haven’t been to The Distillery District in a while, you’ll notice we’ve recently welcomed some exciting new retailers, such as: Peace Collective, Liberty Clothing, Roots, Brika, Grace Loves Lace, and FIKA Herbal Goods - plus, some delicious new food retailers and restaurants including: Scooped by Demetres, SpiritHouse Toronto, YK Marketta, Tartistry, and Sweetie Pie
Even if you can’t make it to The Distillery Winter Village in person, you can still order from your favourite boutique or artisan online and have it shipped anywhere in Canada.
You can find more information on shopping at The Distillery Winter Village here.
Yes we do! New this year, we’re offering a complimentary gift wrapping service from December 1 - 23 through our partnership with Interac, with donations benefiting SickKids and the Salvation Army. The wrapping station will be available at the ground level of Artscape at 15 Case Goods Lane, across from the Holly Wall during the following times:
- Dec. 1 – Dec. 3: 4pm – 9pm
- Dec. 4 – Dec. 5: 2pm – 8pm
- Dec. 7 – Dec. 10: 4pm – 9pm
- Dec. 11 – Dec. 12: 2pm – 8pm
- Dec. 14 – Dec. 17: 4pm – 9pm
- Dec. 18 – Dec. 19: 12pm – 8pm
- Dec. 20 – Dec. 23: 12pm – 9pm
Limit 2 gifts per person/visit, with a recommended $5 donation.
The Distillery District has always been a dining destination for foodies and The Distillery Winter Village will not disappoint. In addition to our restaurants and extended patios, there are 12 new and exciting food cabins (and some past favourites) offering a wide variety of flavours and experiences including: Raclette, Patatas Bravas, Schnitzel, Frites, Doughnuts, Crepes, Pretzels, Jerk Chicken, Empanadas, Fried Chicken, Tacos, and Pizza. Plus, discover the Archeo Sommelier & Mixology Experience, Naughty or Nice Bar, Cluny Light Tunnel Bar, El Catrin Bar and the Tree Lot Bar. Find out more here.
Please note: Unlike past years, alcoholic beverages must be consumed in restaurants and extended licensed patios due to our heightened safety protocols.
Forests Ontario will be selling real, locally-sourced trees ranging from 8-feet tall to “condo-sized” as well as wreaths this season. They will only be available for pre-purchase through Forests Ontario’s online shop from November 10th until supplies last.
A contactless drive-thru pickup will take place at south end of The Distillery District (behind Balzac’s) on November 27th where all customers must pick up their order between 10:00 am - 3:30 pm.
Three designated, reserved parking spots will be available for tree pick-ups in the Green P on Distillery Lane.
Tree and wreath varieties include:
- Fraser Mini (condo) trees - $30
- 5-6 ft Balsam Fir - $40
- 6-8 ft Skinny Fraser Fir - $55
- Fraser Fir - $25
- Fraser Mix - $25
This year, alcohol is restricted to our many extended licensed patios and permanent restaurants on-site. You are not permitted to consume alcohol outside of these designated areas for the safety of all visitors.
This year, we have two charities involved who focus on making children’s lives better: SickKids and The Salvation Army of Ontario.
SickKids’ Brave List Campaign will showcase a light projection on the center chimney which lists children's names who have survived major illness this year. Event visitors can buy holiday gifts for these children at www.getbettergifts.ca.
The Salvation Army of Ontario is setting up the world's largest kettle – 35’ tall – on Gristmill Lane. Their brass bands, choirs, and other entertainers will be performing regularly over the course of the six-week event.
At the time of ticket purchase, there is an option to make a donation to SickKids and The Salvation Army. Thank you for your generous support.
Yes, we welcome furry friends at The Distillery Winter Village. Dog owners please ensure your pet is trained to be in large groups. Dogs must be on a leash at all times and owners must pick up after their dogs.
Unless there’s severe inclimate weather, the Distillery Winter Village will operate during event hours. Please follow @distlleryTO for all the latest updates. For inquiries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.