If You’re Happy and You Know It

The Argus visits The Happy Place, Toronto Christmas Market

By: Emily Macdonald, Staff Writer & Zoe Dhillon, Orillia Bureau Chief


PC – Zoe Dhillon

With the winter season rapidly approaching, we decided to take a weekend getaway to check out two fun family-friendly sites in Toronto. The Happy Place pop-up art exhibit and the Toronto Christmas Market are two great spots that are definitely worthy of the quick commute down South. These events are perfect for a date night, a family excursion, or a solo-trip.


The Happy Place, located at the Harbourfront Centre, is sure to make you smile, with colourful rooms, decorative flowers, tons of candy, and a plethora of Instagram-worthy content. The exhibit features a giant ball pit, the world’s largest indoor confetti dome, an ‘upside down’ room, a chocolate chip cookie room, a rubber ducky bathtub, and so much more!

The Happy Place is a perfect creative playground, suitable for children and adults, with enough pink and yellow walls to last a lifetime. We had an absolute blast and enjoyed taking some really interesting photographs.

We should note that the show was very crowded, with long line-ups for the best photo areas, and sometimes the huge emphasis on taking photos did detract from the actual experience. In spite of this, we still really enjoyed the experience overall.

Getting to the exhibit is relatively easy by car or public transit. To commute to the Happy Place, we recommend taking the Greyhound Bus from Orillia to Barrie, followed by a GO Train ride from South Barrie to Union Station and a quick walk or streetcar ride to the Harbourfront. Google Maps can provide the most reliable times and information. Tickets to the Happy Place cost $42.50 with tax and can be booked online in advance.

The Happy Place exhibit will be running until January 1, 2019, so be sure to visit over the winter break! Tickets can be purchased at https://www.happyplace.me/tickets/. Be sure to check out their Instagram account @wearehappyplace for more content.

After a fun afternoon at the Happy Place, we decided to visit the Toronto Christmas Market, located in the Distillery District. This is another great spot to visit over the winter break, with family-friendly activities ranging from a Santa Claus photo booth, two amusement rides, and all the hot chocolate that anyone could ask for. The Christmas Market also features many vendor booths with cute and affordable gifts and unique treasures. It is a great place to do some last minute Christmas shopping.

For those 19+, there are also many bars, beer gardens, and restaurants open in the Distillery District and there are tons of booths to purchase maple whiskey hot chocolate. We really enjoyed the Toronto Christmas Market, and we think you would, too!

The Toronto Christmas Market is running every day (except Mondays) until December 23, 2018, so be sure to check it out before it’s too late! Tickets are $6 per person and can be purchased online through http://www.torontochristmasmarket.com/tickets.html or at the nearby ticket booth located on Trinity Street. The event is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your cute little critter!