Kensington Market

Torontonians have been marking the Winter Solstice in Kensington Market every December 21st for more than 25 years. Whatever the weather brings, the parade, with its costumed stilt walkers, marching bands and flame blowers, never disappoints. So bundle up, get a lantern and celebrate the longest, darkest night of the year!


Getting there: If you drive, find a Green P; residential street parking is hard to come by. Lots of options by TTC.

Go with the flow: Parade gathers at 6:30 pm.. at Oxford and Augusta for a 7 p.m. start and winds its way through the market to Alexandra Park. Do-able with stroller but much easier to manoeuvre with baby in carrier.

Dress warmly: And we say PJs under snow suits. You may have sleeping kids by the time the parade hits the finale.

Make your own lantern: Make your own: paper maché. You can also purchase one at the St. Stephen’s Community House from 5 – 6:30 p.m. (Mark your calendars for next year – there is usually a community lantern-making event the weekend before.)

Eat: Get some pre-parade food at one of the restaurants.

Shop: If you’re able to break from the family (mine don’t shop), check out some of the local stores.