The festive season is here and annual Christmas markets welcome visitors from across Canada with catchy tunes, roasted chestnuts, mulled cider, carols and handmade treasures to fill your stockings. It’s a wonderful opportunity to support local artists selling their wares and businesses that showcase workshops and services to the community. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, or just love all things sparkly and winter-themed, these five Canadian markets are packed with holiday sensations.
Stackt Holiday Hills Market – Toronto
Much more than a market, Stackt’s Holiday Hills it is a festive experience with unique activities for everyone. Stackt Market is a Toronto masterpiece fashioned entirely from shipping containers and includes a cultural market featuring local shops, dining options, a microbrewery, and engaging community programming. Holiday Hills offers a joyful atmosphere with bonfires, Christmas trees, live music, workshops, games, family events, a Ferris wheel, a tinsel-decorated ballroom and dance studio, a cozy whiskey yurt, and the world’s first playground. Toronto’s outdoor wellness with saunas and cold baths. . Dogs are not only welcome here, but they have their own space to play off leash friends and pose for photos in Santa’s Pup Sleigh. In addition to the permanent shops to buy holiday gifts, there will be five sets of vendors’ markets on Saturday afternoons so you can support local businesses. Keep up the festive glow and check out Destination Toronto’s 6ix Weeks of Celebrations as the countdown to the holidays continues across the city.
Dates: November 18 – December 31, 2022.
Ottawa Christmas Market
The capital of Canada is home to the European style Ottawa Christmas Market and is sure to inspire your holiday spirit just in time for the holidays. The fun happens in Aberdeen Square in Lansdowne Park, surrounded by snow-covered heritage buildings and wooden chalets with thousands of lights and decorations twinkling everywhere. Local vendors will be on hand selling unique gifts and there will be fun entertainment and programming for the whole family. There’s a tree lighting ceremony, a silent headphone disco, breakfast with Santa, and talented entertainers performing at the Lac Leamy Stage Casino. Kids can create works of art and crafts in Santa’s Workshop and their pets can experience the magic with Santa Paws. Strap on your skates for DJ Skate Nights at Reindeer Rink or enjoy a festive cocktail to warm up from the cold. You can find more icy winter fun and seasonal events at Ottawa Tourism.
Dates: Friday to Sunday from November 25 to December 18 and Tuesday to Friday from December 20 to 23, 2022.
The Great Montreal Christmas Market
Practice your French and get ready for a magical trip in The Great Montreal Christmas Market in the Quartier des spectacles on the rue Sainte-Catherine. Returning in a festive new guise, guests can explore the 30 chalets of local or regional artisans selling goods such as jewelry, clothing, cosmetics, decorations, and food. There will be musical and theater programming and places to socialize and chat while enjoying mulled wine and sweets with family and friends. You can also visit the magical Montreal Christmas Village with a kingdom of elves located on the Place du Marché Atwater.
Dates: November 19 – December 31, 2022.
Vancouver Christmas Market
You’ll find plenty of holiday cheer in the European-inspired Vancouver Christmas Market a Jack Poole Square. Known for bringing Old World festive tradition to the city, the twinkling trails will lead you to gourmet food, authentic German drinks, a market selling food and gifts, carousel rides, holiday-themed entertainment, and a kids’ scavenger hunt. New this year is the Curtain of Sky Lights over the Market so you can treasure hunt with the Christmas spirit all around you. Save time to view your magical Christmas tree filled with 36,000 sparkling lights and glittering ornaments and sip a cup of hot apple cider on Winterdeck while admiring the North Shore mountain and ocean views.
Dates: November 12 – December 24, 2022.
Market Collective Holiday Series – Calgary
Located at the BMO Center in Calgary, Collective market holiday series it is an event that helps unite the community. Market Collective began as a vision to promote local arts and culture in the city to showcase the works of artists, craftsmen, designers, and musicians. They continue to build community through the arts and host many events, one of which is filled with Christmas spirit. There will be music, food and festive events for all ages. Their line of unique treasures for sale includes pottery, one-of-a-kind clothing, candles, bath products, artwork, jewelry, home accessories, pottery, handcrafted items, tons of food items, and gifts for everyone on your vacation. ready.
Dates: December 9-11, December 16-18, 2022.