The festive season is here and annual holiday markets are welcoming guests across Canada with catchy tunes, roasted chestnuts, hot cider, singing carolers, and handmade treasures to fill up your stockings. It’s a wonderful opportunity to support local artists selling their products and businesses showcasing workshops and services to the community. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, or simply love all things sparkly and winter themed, these five Canadian markets are packed with holiday feels.
Stackt Market Holiday Hills–Toronto
So much more than a market, Stackt Holiday Hills is a festive experience with unique activities for everyone. Stackt Market is a Toronto masterpiece designed entirely out of shipping containers and includes a cultural marketplace featuring local shops, dining options, a microbrewery, and engaging community programming. Holiday Hills features joyful ambience with fire pits, Christmas trees, live music, workshops, games, family events, a Ferris wheel, a tinsel decorated dance studio and lounge, a cozy whiskey yurt, and Toronto’s first outdoor wellness playground with saunas and cold plunges . Not only are dogs welcome here, they have their own off-leash space to play with furriends and pose for photos in Santa’s Puppy Sleigh. In addition to permanent stores to shop for holiday gifts, there will be five Saturday afternoon vendor market series so you can support local businesses. Keep the festive sparkle going and check out Toronto’s 6ix Weeks of Celebrations as the countdown to the holidays continues throughout the entire city.
dates: November 18 – December 31, 2022.
Ottawa Christmas Market
Canada’s capital city hosts the European style Ottawa Christmas Market and is sure to inspire your festive spirit just in time for the holidays. The fun happens in Lansdowne Park’s Aberdeen Square surrounded by snow-capped heritage buildings and wooden chalets with thousands of lights and decorations twinkling all around. Local vendors will be in attendance selling unique gifts and there is fun entertainment and programming for the whole family. There is a tree lighting ceremony, a silent disco with headsets, breakfast with Santa, and talented artists performing on the Casino Lac Leamy Stage. Kids can create arts and crafts masterpieces at Santa’s Workshop and your pets can experience the magic with Santa Paws. Lace up your skates for DJ Skate Nights at Reindeer Rink or enjoy a festive cocktail to warm up from the cold. More frosty winter fun and seasonal events can be found at Ottawa Tourism.
dates: Fridays to Sundays from November 25 – December 18, and Tuesday through Friday, December 20 – 23, 2022.
The Great Montreal Christmas Market
Practice your French and get ready for a magical journey at The Great Montreal Christmas Market in the Quartier des spectacles on Sainte-Catherine Street. Back with a fresh new festive look, guests can explore the 30 chalets of local or regional artisans selling products such as jewelry, clothing, cosmetics, decorations, and food. There will be musical and theatrical programming and places to mingle and chat while enjoying mulled wine and treats with family and friends. You can also check out 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 will find lots of holiday cheer at the European inspired Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Square. Known for bringing festive Old-World tradition to town, the twinkling pathways will lead you to gourmet food, authentic German drinks, a market selling food and gifts, Carousel rides, holiday themed entertainment, and a scavenger hunt for kids. New this year is the Sky Curtain of Lights over the market so you can browse for treasures with the holiday spirit all around you. Save time to check out their magical walk-in Christmas tree filled with 36,000 sparkling lights and shimmering ornaments and have a mug of hot apple cider at the Winterdeck while admiring the views of the North Shore mountains and ocean.
dates: November 12 – December 24, 2022.
Market Collective Holiday Series – Calgary
Located at BMO Center in Calgary, Market Collective Holiday Series is an event that helps bring the community together. Market Collective began as a vision to promote local arts and culture in town to showcase the works of artists, artisans, designers, and musicians. They continue to build community through the arts and host many events, one of which is filled with holiday spirit. There will be music, food, and festive events for all ages. Their line-up of unique treasures for sale includes pottery, one-of-a-kind clothing, candles, bath products, artwork, jewelry, home accessories, ceramics, artisan goods, tons of food items, and gifts for everyone on your holiday list.
dates: December 9 – 11, December 16 – 18, 2022.