Ahh, the holidays. So much, splendor — so much shopping. I don’t know about you, but the idea of buying a little something for everyone on my list gets more and more over whelming every year. That’s why I’ve fallen in love with the Christmas Market. They’ve turned what was once a chore into a festive (and delicious!) adventure.
What is a Christmas Market? It’s pretty simple really. It’s a street festival where folks gather with friends and family to celebrate the tradition and romance of Christmas.
Here are our favorite Christmas Markets happening this year:
Leslieville Flea Holiday Market FREE!
November 29, at the S. H. Armstrong Community Centre, Toronto
Christkindl Market FREE!
December 3 – 6 at Kitchener City Hall, Kitchener/Waterloo
Creemore Christmas Farmers’ Market FREE!
December 5 at Station On The Green, Creemore
Christmas in Cambridge Market FREE!
December 10 – 13 at Cambridge City Hall, Cambridge
Kristlemas Market at Stratus Vineyards
December 13 at Stratus Wines, Niagara
The Best Elfin’ Christmas Market FREE!
A Foodies On Foot Event
December 13 at Daniels Spectrum, Toronto
Tillsonburg’s Country Christmas Festival FREE!
through December at the Tillsonburg Station Arts Centre, Tillsonburg
Roncy Yule Market FREE!
December 20-21 at Camaraderie Artisan Market, Toronto
One of the most exciting developments in Toronto is the launch of a new Winter Container Market at the Evergreen Brick Works! Nicknamed the Local Maker Market, the Christmas Market is just one part of the experience. You’ll find food and drink, live music, activities and games, and lots of places to warm up by the fire on most days until December 26th. Check it out!
And for those of you looking for something a little bigger or brighter, may we suggest an afternoon at the Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District? It’s grown so much, they now have to charge a $5 entry fee on weekends to control the crowds.
Despite that, it’s still over flowing with yule tide charm. There are thousands of lights, possibly the cities biggest Christmas tree and plenty of roaring fires to sip cocoa (or hot whiskey!) next to.
For more holiday ideas — including our 2015 Ontario Culinary Gift Guide, visit our Holiday Headquarters!