Four Christmas-themed cocktail pop-ups you won’t want to miss

Eat, drink, and be merry!

With just over a month to go until Christmas, plenty of festivities are popping up across the city to get Torontonians in the holiday spirit.

Whether you’re after a glass of mulled wine, prefer to shop around for the perfect last-minute gift, or just need a reason to wear your ugly Christmas sweater once more, here are four holiday-themed cocktail pop-ups taking place across the city that are worth a visit.

The Distillery Winter Village

The Distillery Winter Village

Formerly known as the Toronto Christmas Market, this year’s festivities in Toronto’s historic Distillery District look slightly different. More than 75 local vendors are here year-round, but this year, eight new vendors selling seasonal gifts and 12 new food vendors have joined in on the fun. Keep an eye out for the traditional Swiss raclette (gooey melted cheese), schnitzel, and piping hot mini doughnuts. Buskers, carollers, and other entertainment can be found now through Dec. 23. The Distillery Winter Village outdoor shopping and food cabins are open Tuesdays to Sundays from noon to close, at which time proof of full vaccination and government-issued ID is required to gain entry.

Tickets are required on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays after 4:00 pm, and between Dec. 20 – Dec. 23 after 4 p.m. Tickets are $8 each (age six years and up). Kids five and under, including babies, require a ticket — but admission is free of charge.

For more information on The Distillery Winter Village, click here.

Miracle on Bloor

Miracle on Bloor

First popping up on the scene in 2018, Miracle on Bloor has returned to Queen Street West once more, this time with its holiday-themed tiki sister bar, Sippin’ Santa. Dig out your ugliest Christmas sweater and head on down to 875 Bloor St. W., from now until Dec. 26, to enjoy some festive cocktails from this pop-up that’s become something of a holiday tradition. Once again, $1 of every drink sold at Miracle on Bloor and Sippin’ Santa will be donated to Nellie’s Shelter, an organization providing shelter, education, and advocacy for women and children in the GTA.

You can pop by Miracle on Bloor seven days a week from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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The Thirsty Elf

The Thirsty Elf

The Fairmont Royal York knows a thing or two about getting into the holiday spirit—in fact, festivities have been carried out at 100 Front St. W. for more than 92 years. Back in Dec. 2019, the hotel’s executive sous chef was behind a two-story pop-up gingerbread house built from 5,000 real gingerbread cookie bricks! This year, the magic is back at the Fairmont, with the arrival of holiday-themed pop-up, The Thirsty Elf. From now through Dec. 18, dig out your merriest Christmas sweater and enjoy festive cocktails, kitschy decor, and plenty of holiday jingles.

The Thirsty Elf takes place from 4 to 11:00 p.m., Thursday through Saturday at the Avenues Level of Fairmont Royal York. Guests must be 19+ and show proof of vaccination to enter.

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Sweaters n’ Snowflakes

Sweaters n’ Snowflakes

If it’s all-around winter cheer you’re after, over at 164 Bathurst St. W., the Sweaters n’ Snowflakes pop-up is also back for the second year in a row. Although a sparkly Scotch pine forest aglow in twinkling lights is the star of the show, this pop-up is also a full-fledged food and wine bar where you can chow down on wood-fired pizza and BBQ . There’s also a magical light tunnel, perfect for Instagram selfies, and five outdoor firepits that will keep you nice and toasty while you sip on a glass of mulled wine amongst friends.

No tickets are required for general entry, but they are required for groups of ten or more. Tickets are also required for wine tasting. The Sweaters n’ Snowflakes pop-up opens Dec. 3 — 26 Monday to Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m., and is also open on Christmas day.

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