The Distillery area remains the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian Industrial architecture in North America.
The Distillery District was designated as a National Historical Site of Canada, and has been protected under the Ontario Heritage Act since 1976.
Cityscape Holdings Inc. refused to lease any of the retail and restaurant chains or franchises, and accordingly, the majority of the buildings are occupied with boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, jewellery stores, and cafés, including a well-known microbrewery, the Mill Street Brewery.
Vehicles are restricted in this area, so it is a nice spot for pedestrians to shop, eat and visit galleries. It is a beautiful place to take pictures. The urban design is unique and the location attracts numerous film and television production shoots. It is easy to navigate along the brick path. There are many visual markers including sculptures and art. The patio lights are unique and can be admired at night.
Toronto Christmas Market
November 15- December 23
The Toronto Christmas Market is an annual outdoor tradition run within the Distillery District. The Distillery District turns into a Christmas 'town-like' zone and displays grand Christmas lights, decoration, and themed entertainment daily (Friday night jazz). In the center of the market is a 54 ft Christmas tree. The market includes "Santa's house", pop-up stores, photos with Santa, and a Ferris wheel. There are also multiple food vendors and dining locations that are popular tourist attractions such as French Canadian Poutine, the Gingerbread House, Maple Leaf Fudge, Mill Street Brewery, and more.
The four borders of the Distillery District are Parliament Street to the west, Mill Street to the north, Cherry Street to the east, and parking to the south with condominiums along Distillery Lane.
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