You must visit the Christmas markets in Ontario to instantly get into the Christmas spirit

Channel the energy of Hallmark Christmas movies and visit one of these amazing festive Christmas markets

What is the best way to instantly get into the Christmas spirit? A festive market, of course.

It’s hard not to get into the spirit of the season when you’re surrounded by beautiful decorations, Christmas music, and charming market stalls festooned with twinkling Christmas lights.

They’re also decidedly practical, as you can do some of your holiday shopping while perusing the aisles. Choose from unique ornaments and seasonal decor, original art, handwoven items, home treasures, and edible gifts. While you’re at it, be sure to enjoy a hot drink and a tasty treat or two.

There are a variety of fantastic events to choose from, spread across the province.

Niagara Falls Christmas Market

Weekends are the best time for holiday shopping, but you can escape the mall entirely and check items off your list just as easily at the Niagara Falls Christmas Market. You’ll also enjoy live music and cool light displays, including interactive installations, seesaws, and light-up swings! Kids will love seeing their favorite Disney and holiday characters in person. Be sure to grab a bite to eat here too, either at one of the local food trucks or at the many nearby restaurants. It works until December 18the.

the way of christmas

The Christmas Trail combines holiday shopping with neighborhood exploration; It’s like a treasure hunt for adults. You’ll be introduced to some of the best shops and boutiques in the city after purchasing six coupons at Destination Stratford or Bradshaw’s. Then, you take a self-guided tour of more than 20 participating stores along the tour, where you can redeem those vouchers for unique gifts. (You can choose which six stops to redeem your coupons at.) Coupons are purchased the same day you complete the tour, but do not expire until December 20.thewhich also happens to be the last date of the tour.

The distillery winter village

Toronto’s Historic Distillery District is warm and welcoming no matter the time of year, but during the holidays it really shines. The combination of cobbled lanes, red brick buildings, artsy and eclectic shops, cafes and restaurants makes it a winning destination; once the spectacular central Christmas tree goes up, it will be in full steam until December 31st. Strolling carolers, charmingly decorated vendor booths, bright canopy lights, and an array of enticing aromas (think campfire, mulled wine, hot chocolate, and baked goodies) only add to the atmosphere; there’s even a beer garden where you can relax. I definitely want to take photos here as the scenery is second to none.

Festival Fair in the Plaza

You’ve never seen City Hall like this. It’s absolutely transformed for the holidays and will make a believer out of anyone who lacks the Christmas spirit. Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto turns into a glorious winter holiday market, complete with public skating, midway games, and entertainment. That’s on top of all the wonderful artisan vendors that line the square, offering hot drinks and hot snacks to shoppers and strollers. Visiting on a cold night? Warm up at one of the campfires. Until December 23rd.

The Kingston Holiday Market

During the first three weeks of December, you can visit the Kingston Holiday Market and do your holiday shopping. It’s taking place this year at the Tett Center for Creativity, and in case you can’t make it, you can shop online until December 12.the. Support local artisans and vendors, who look forward to meeting shoppers at this fabulous event all year long and sharing their talents.

Ottawa Christmas Market/Marché de Noël

This market, sometimes known as the Lansdowne Christmas Market, is a great place to search for those personal gifts, while enjoying a completely festive shopping experience. That’s thanks to the many extras that go into this traditional Christmas celebration: a visit from Santa, live entertainment, hot chocolate stands, and delicious food. Wander past impressive heritage buildings and wooden chalets festooned with bright lights and twinkling decorations. Kids can even sign up to craft at Santa’s Workshop! The market is open until December 23.rd.

Collingwood Christmas Market

Friday nights in December in downtown Collingwood is where it’s at. Three city blocks come alive with live music, impressive light installations, entertaining street musicians, and local vendors offering their best Christmas wares. Santa himself will be present all three nights and on the last two of those nights (December 10the and 17the) you can even meet their reindeer!

If you’re a fan of those ubiquitous Christmas movies, why not channel the energy of your own main character and enjoy a stroll through a quaint market in real life? These are just a few of the wonderful festive events taking place this season.

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