9 Holiday Markets That’ll Get You into the Spirit of the Season

Bright lights at a Christmas market

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. 

Holiday Markets in Toronto, Ontario 

Toronto Christmas Market 

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.  

One Of A Kind Winter Show 

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 

Ottawa Farmers’ Market Christmas Market 

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 

Kingston Holiday Market 

Your holiday shopping just got a lot more fun with this charming weekend market showcasing local, independent artists and artisans. 

Kingston Outdoor Christmas Market 

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. 

Some things to do may not be available due to COVID-19.

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