9 Holiday Markets That’ll Get You into the Spirit of the Season
It’s that magical time of year again! Get into the merry mood with festive entertainment, holiday carollers, sparkling lights, hot cider and mulled wine as you knock off your shopping list with one-of-a-kind gifts and homemade treats. The jolly man himself may even make an appearance at some of these events.
Let’s start with Toronto, Ottawa and Kingston, then keep going
Holiday Markets in Toronto, Ontario
The combination of heritage buildings, cobblestone laneways and festival decorations in Toronto’s Distillery Historic District makes this an Instagrammer’s paradise. Revelers can enjoy the daily stage entertainment with a hot cocoa while snapping that perfect holiday pic and snagging that perfect holiday gift.
This annual event has become a tradition for locals and visitors from near and far alike. Meet the makers of hand-crafted apparel, jewellery and art. Enter cool contests. Then grab a tasty treat and take a load off in a One Of A Kind Lounge.
Holiday Markets in Ottawa, Ontario
Over 100 vendors at the Aberdeen Pavilion in Ottawa’s Lansdowne Park offer a selection of great ideas for stocking stuffers and host gifts as well as a lot to nosh on while you shop.
Holiday Markets in Kingston, Ontario
Your holiday shopping just got a lot more fun with this charming weekend market showcasing local, independent artists and artisans.
The historic Hochelaga Inn turns into a Christmas fairy tale the whole family will enjoy. Inspired by European outdoor markets, the event features local makers, live entertainment, food, drink, lights, carollers, of course, an appearance by Santa himself.
Other Holiday Markets in Ontario
Village Noel Temiskaming, New Liskeard
Travel back in time to experience the ambiance and joie de vivre of a New France village during Christmastime. Join artisans, craftspeople, musicians, dancers, lumberjacks and historical personalities at this lively Northern Ontario event.
Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery Marketplace, Scarborough
Every holiday season the charming gallery in Toronto’s east end transforms into a festive marketplace, showcasing one-of-a-kind arts and crafts from local artists and artisans. Come for unique finds and stay for afternoon tea and live entertainment.
XMUS Festival, Bracebridge
Get into the festive spirit at Muskoka’s favourite holiday market event that includes the Bracebridge Santa Claus Parade and an ugly sweater party. There’s craft beer, wine, spirits, gourmet food and live music that make this a must-do on the holiday market circuit.
Christkindl Market, Kitchener
Canada’s original Christkindl Market, this event at Kitchener City Hall harks back to a bustling medieval German market and has been named one of Ontario’s ‘Top 100’ festivals and events. Sample Glühwein (mulled wine), watch blacksmith demonstrations and take selfies with the various folklore characters milling about.