Christmas markets are a magical thing; they allow you to discover and explore rural Ontario towns in the best way. You can peruse items made by local artisans, chefs and producers – all while sipping on a holiday beverage, or two! If you’re lucky, you may get to enjoy a Christmas carol and cookie decorating too.
Whether you’re hoping to find a unique gift for that special someone, or are looking for a holiday activity to do with friends and family, there is something for everyone – get in the spirit at one of these Ontario Christmas markets.
December 1, 2018
South Pond Farms, Kawartha Lakes
South Pond Farms is offering a special way to celebrate the holidays, join them for winter activities, a hot outdoor lunch around the fire and a pretzel bar.
You will also find special sweet and savoury offerings for the holidays, gifts available in their farm store, and a wreath making workshop (pre-registration required).
Photo Credit: Canadian Museum of History
The Canadian Museum of History Christmas Market
November 29, 2018 – December 2, 2018
The Canadian Museum of History, Ottawa
This Christmas market is not to be missed, with over 80 vendors setup in what can only be described as the majestic Grand Hall of the Museum.
Photo Credit: Blue Mountain Village
Blumination Dream Trail
December 1, 2018 – January 6, 2019
The Village at Blue Mountain, Grey County
The Dream Trail is a one kilometer path that guides you on a Christmas journey through the village and around the Mill Pond and features a light show. It is open 7 days a week, but weekends host special attractions like fireworks, horse and wagon rides, and visits with Santa.
XM US Market
December 1, 2018
Sawdust City Brewing Company, Gravenhurst
Sawdust Brewery is combining craft beer, wine and spirits with holiday shopping at their XMUS Market, located at the brewery. You will find local vendors, one-of-a-kind pieces of art, and hand-crafted toys and gifts.
Creemore Christmas Market
December 1, 2018
Creemore, Simcoe County
The 5th annual Creemore Christmas Market will feature 25 food and craft vendors to get you in the spirit.
Photo Credit: Red Tractor Farm
Red Tractor Farm Christmas Market
December 1 & 2, 2018
Cobourg, Northumberland County
This market is sure to make you feel all kinds of merry and bright – in addition to the beautiful display of Christmas goodies that you will find, you will spend the day surrounded by freshly cut Christmas trees while sipping hot apple cider.
The Aurora Winter Festival
November 29, 2018 – December 3o, 2018
This is the first year the Aurora Winter Festival will be coming to Toronto and there is nothing you won’t find here. The event will be taking over Ontario Place and will feature attractions such as light displays, skating, rides, food huts and live entertainment.
Ottawa Farmers’ Market Christmas Market
December 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16, and 22 & 23, 2018
The Ottawa Farmers’ Market will feature their usual vendors, but with a special Christmas touch. With over 120 vendors, you can also expect to find kids Christmas activities and crafts, horse and wagon rides, as well as live Christmas choirs.
Great Lakes Brewery Christmas Market
December 8, Toronto, Ontario
GLB is hosting their first annual Christmas Market and Tree Farm. You will find Bavarian food, funky music and carols, local vendors – plus lots activities for kids. Admission is free and there is something for everyone.
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