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Is Toronto’s Christmas Market one of the best in the world?

Visiting Toronto’s Christmas market in the Distillery District is a holiday tradition for more than half a million people.

This year, the market celebrates its 10th anniversary. And it’s more spectacular than ever. We don’t have to tell you that, of course – just check Instagram or get amongst the action yourself.

Also a Toronto tradition: caring deeply about the city’s place on ambiguous rankings. Y’all will be delighted to know, then, that CNN has named Toronto’s Christmas market as one of the best in the world. That’s right: the world, which includes Europe. In fact, the list includes only one other market outside of Europe (New York).

Here is the full CNN list:

  • Strasbourg, France
  • Viennese Christmas Market, Vienna, Austria
  • Toronto Christmas Market, Toronto, Canada
  • Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Piazza Santa Croce, Florence, Italy
  • Krakow, Poland
  • Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham, UK
  • Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin, Germany
  • Winter Wonders, Brussels, Belgium
  • Fira de Santa Llúcia, Barcelona, Spain
  • Budapest Christmas Fair and Winter Festival, Hungary
  • Skansen’s Christmas Market, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Advent in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, New York
  • Tallinn Christmas Market, Estonia
  • Basel Christmas Market, Switzerland

Look, I don’t know how official any of these rankings really are, but you can bet the Distillery market’s PR elves went hard on the glühwein upon hearing the news.

The CNN article highlights the “dazzling 50-foot Christmas tree,” “100-foot long light tunnel,” and “vendors selling everything from poutine to one-off Christmas gifts.” No one needs to know about the crowds, right?

Christian Nathler

Christian Nathler is a contributing writer at Notable Life.