Evergreen’s Winter Market is just around the corner! On December 18, the one-day-only affair will welcome visitors from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Brick Works, the historic brick factory nestled in Toronto’s Don Valley. Grownups and kids alike can tour the property and connect with nature, skate on the picturesque outdoor skating rink, connect with local artisans, listen to live music and cozy up with mouth-watering foods and drinks from local vendors. There will be fun for all, all-day-long!
What’s on this year…
The agenda for 2022 offers a full-day of activities that wrap up with special evening entertainment.
The fully-enclosed TD Future Cities Centre (CRH Gallery) will host the Artisan & Vintage Market, featuring local Ontario artisans offering a unique selection of locally crafted, sustainably handmade gifts, and original craftworks made by artisans and small-batch producers in Canada. There will be plenty of options to choose from for the perfect holiday gift or home decoration.
Food and drink for all. Grab a bite of local street fare from food trucks and stalls. From dumplings to samosas, hot chocolate, gluten-free treats and hot and cold ciders from Brickworks Cider, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Visitors will have access to reusable coffee cups and containers provided by Muuse, or can bring their own to help contribute to Evergreen’s zero waste program. To see the full list of vendors visit the Evergreen’s Winter Market webpage.
Outdoor fun! Visitors can bring their own gear or enjoy free skate and helmet rentals care of Interac to enjoy one of the most picturesque skate rinks in Toronto, surrounded by snow-covered gardens under exposed beams from the roof of the old brick factory. The skate, featuring an ECO CHILL® refrigeration system for sustainable cooling, will operate from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Children of all ages are welcome to play and learn at the Children’s Garden from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through active, inclusive kid-friendly nature-based activities and crafts, as well as rink-side storytelling.
Wintry walking tour. Those looking for an invigorating hike will have the opportunity to explore with Lost Rivers Walks through the Evergreen Brick Works campus and the 40-acre Weston Family Quarry Garden. Participants can meet at 2 p.m. at the Watershed Wall (see location) to explore the ravines while learning why they are such a critical natural infrastructure to Toronto. It will be the perfect plan to welcome the Winter solstice, wrapping up with a hot chocolate, courtesy for those who sign up through Eventbrite (a link for registration will be available in early December).
Dance anyone? One-hour family dance classes are also available on a first-come, first-served basis at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the BMO Atrium.
To top it all…
Presented by Bank of America, Evergreen’s Cultural Performing Arts Series will be featuring events in the BMO Atrium including Tafelmusik artists Geneviève Gilardeau on violin and Lucas Harris on lute/guitar at 7 p.m. for an intimatechamber concert performance inspired by the music of Scotland, drawing from baroque and beyond.
The Young Welcome Centre will be home to a relaxing lounge from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring delicious bites and cocktails by an expert team of chefs and mixologists. Visitors can also participate in a trivia game hosted by QE Trivia at 7:30 p.m.
To see the full agenda for the day, visit the Evergreen’s Winter Market webpage.
Evergreen’s Winter Market is accessible by walking, biking, driving, public transit and by shuttle bus from Broadview Station.
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Evergreen is dedicated to making cities livable, green and prosperous. Since 1991, the national not-for-profit has been facilitating change in communities through connection, innovation and sustainable actions. The Brick Works, located in Toronto’s ravine system, is a year-round destination where the world comes to experience sustainability in action. Once an industrial brick factory, it is an internationally renowned showcase of green design, an award-winning public space and a test site to pilot ideas that can be scaled across the country to shape our cities for the better.
photography by Marc Crabtree