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Calling all local vendors! Your Toronto Zoo is thrilled to be hosting the Holiday Marketplace once again on select dates from November 19th to December 23rd! Guests attending the Holiday Marketplace have the opportunity to shop locally while enjoying festive décor and photo opportunities. Holiday-inspired food and drink will also be available for purchase.

The Holiday Marketplace supports local vendors and provides a low-cost, open-air, outdoor activity in the Scarborough community this winter. Your Toronto Zoo continues to build relationships within our community and engage new and diverse audiences in our efforts to champion the work of saving and protecting wildlife and wild spaces.

Vendor Categories
  • Artisan - Products created by an artisan (e.g. apparel, art, candles, ceramics, crafts, glass, home decor, jewellery, leather, metal, ornaments, soaps/skin care, stationary, wood)
  • Processor - Prepared food & beverages (e.g. candy apples, chocolate, cookies, fudge, honey, jams, jellies, preserves, sweets)
  • Producer - Produce grown on or meat/other products from animals raised on the producer's land (e.g. fruits & vegetables, cheese, eggs, honey, soap, meat, yarn)
Dates: Select dates from November 19th to December 23rd, 2021
  • Weekend #1 – Friday to Sunday, Nov. 19 to 21
  • Weekend #2 – Friday to Sunday, Nov. 26 to 28
  • Weekend #3 – Friday to Sunday, Dec. 3 to 5
  • Weekend #4 – Friday to Sunday, Dec. 10 to 12
  • Weekend #5 – Friday to Sunday, Dec. 17 to 19
  • Weeknights  – Monday to Thursday, Dec. 20 to 23
Time: 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Last entry 7:00 pm

Location: Toronto Zoo Front Entrance & Indo-Malaya Courtyards

# of Attendees: Estimated 1,400 guests per day

Admission & Parking:
  • During Regular Zoo Hours of Operation (9:30 am to 3:00 pm): FREE with Zoo admission
  • During Terra Lumina (Shows beginning at 6:30 pm): FREE with Terra Lumina admission
  • Marketplace Only (After 4:00 pm): $5.50 + HST per person; Free for children 2 years and younger
  • Parking: $14.00 per vehicles
Vendor Fees

Vendor Fee  $50.00 + HST per date
Premium Location Surcharge  Vendor Fee + $25.00 + HST per date

*Vendor fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Preference will be given to vendors who commit to full weekends. A select number of premium vendor locations are available and vendors can indicate their interest in their application. Premium locations are not guaranteed. The Toronto Zoo is responsible for assigning all vendor locations and takes vendor requirements and the distribution of vendor types into consideration.

Public Liability Insurance
Vendors are required to secure, at their own expense, Public Liability Insurance that meets the following requirements:
  • Cover personal injury and property damage
  • Be in the amount of two million dollars ($2,000,000.00)
  • Name the Board of Management of the Toronto Zoo, City of Toronto, and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority as additional insureds
  • Contain a cross-liability (severability of interest clause)
The Toronto Zoo is not responsible for any theft, damage, claims, costs or expenses experienced by vendors and/or affiliates during the Holiday Marketplace.
Marketplace Day of Requirements

The Toronto Zoo will provide Vendors with:
  • An event coordinator who will work with the vendor to coordinate logistics
  • One (1) vendor booth - includes vendor sign, exterior holiday décor, one (1) interior light, and one (1) space heater
  • Two (2) tables - 6 ft rectangular
  • Two (2) folding chairs
  • Access to a warming station and washrooms
  • Access to parking
  • Early access to the vendor booth for load-in and set-up (*timing is dependent on Marketplace date(s))
Vendors are responsible for:
  • Staffing your vendor booth for the full duration of the Marketplace
  • Processing all transactions associated with the sale of the vendor's products
  • Table coverings
  • Additional display items required for your booth (e.g. shelving, wood crates, hooks). All items must be secured.
  • Additional power, table, and chair requirements beyond what the Toronto Zoo is capable of providing
  • Bringing a dolly/wagon to move product or display items. Due to the Toronto Zoo's operations and the location of the Holiday Marketplace, vendors may not have direct vehicle access to their vendor booth. Vendors must be prepared to transport their products and/or display items from their vehicle to the vendor booth.
  • Load-in, set-up, and load-out

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