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As some famous guy once sang, we’re quickly approaching “the most wonderful time of the year”—which means there’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting and carolling out in the snow. It also means that holiday markets will soon be popping up from coast to coast to help everyone get in the spirit of the season. If you’re looking to check off a few special people on your list, then Christmas markets are a great place to start. Always full of local, unique gift ideas—not to mention delicious food and drink—Canada’s holiday markets offer something for everyone.
We rounded up some of the best markets in the country—so put on your toque and your hot-chocolate sipping mittens and be sure to venture out to the one nearest you!
Located in the Aberdeen Pavilion in Lansdowne Park, the Ottawa Farmer’s Christmas Market takes place over three weekends in December. With over 100 local vendors selling food, arts and crafts—it’s the perfect spot to grab a few stocking stuffers along with some holiday treats.
Dates: December 2-4, 9-11, 16-8
Times: Fridays 3pm-8pm / Saturdays & Sundays 9am-3pm
Now entering it’s third year, the Union Station Holiday Market happens at Toronto’s Union Station and features 20 local businesses, designers, artisans and gourmet food vendors.
Dates: December 5-16
Times: Monday-Friday 7:30am-7pm / Saturdays & Sundays 10am-6pm
This Quebec City market takes place in picturesque Old Port and is chock full of holiday charm. You’re sure to feel the Christmas spirit with every step in this market—and don’t forget to test out all the maple syrup treats.
Dates: November 24-December 31
Times: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm / Saturdays & Sundays 9am-5pm (closed December 25-January 1)
Centrally located in downtown Vancouver, this authentic German-inspired Christmas market is now in it’s 7th year. Whether you’re looking to pop in for a festive after work drink, or looking for a last minute gift (it’s open until 6pm on Christmas Eve!), you’ll find it all at the Vancouver Christmas Market. Be sure to take a ride on the iconic Christmas Carousel.
Dates: November 26- December 31
Times: Daily 11am- 9pm (closes 6pm Dec.24, closed Dec.25)
Located in the beautiful Distillery District of Toronto, this iconic Christmas market is always buzzing and has something for everyone. Stroll the historic cobblestone streets, stop in the beer gardens and sip on mulled wine while perusing dozens of local vendors and listening to live Christmas tunes.
Dates: November 18-December 22
Times: Tuesday Thursday 12pm-9pm / Fridays 12pm-10pm / Saturdays 10am-10pm / Sundays 10am-9pm