10 Of The Best Holiday Markets In Canada

In the market for a holiday market? Here are some of the buzziest—and booziest—options from coast to coast.

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Toronto Christmas Market

Where: Distillery District
When: November 14–December 22
What: The already whimsical Distillery District turns downright Dickensian for this annual ode to all things merry and bright. Come for the heated outdoor beer garden and Ferris wheel; stay for the foodie-approved snack options. (Try the ramen noodles, butter chicken poutine or the signature Potato Tornado, AKA spuds on a stick.)

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Chanukah Market

Where: Wychwood Barns, Toronto
When: December 1
What: Get your dreidel (dreidel, dreidel) on at the city’s only Hanukkah market. There’s live music and cooking demos, but unlike Hanukkah, this festival lasts just one day.

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Glow Gardens

Where: Halifax Exhibition Centre
When: November 27–January 4
What: With hundreds of twinkly installations, the world’s largest indoor light festival makes it easier (and warmer) to holiday for the ’gram. Cider served in light bulb glasses and plenty of vendor booths provide opportunities to sip and shop between selfies.

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Vegan Holiday Market

Where: Maison du développement durable, Montreal
When: December 7–8
What: Deck the halls with soy and tempeh! This 100 percent plant-based holiday pop-up offers plenty of cruelty-free gifts, from skincare to streetwear. While you browse, snack on vegan variations of seasonal favourites, like truffles and “egg”nog.

Photo, Annie-Ève Dumontier, Le Sud-Ouest.

Noël Montreal

Where: Atwater Market
When: November 29–December 22
What: This foodie-focused Francophone feast celebrates the best of festive eats, with 50 chalets that feature local chefs—and lots of samples. Not to be missed: marshmallow roasting and a raclette theme night where you can fill up on Christmas cheer and cheese (is there even a difference?).

 

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Ottawa Holiday Market

Where: Aberdeen Square
When: November 29–December 22nd
What: For the three weeks leading up to Christmas, Aberdeen Square transforms into an old-fashioned, European-style Christmas market—Ottawa’s first—with the conspicuously modern touch of a glow-in-the-dark #XMAS installation. (It’s destined to be the capital’s must-hit selfie spot.) On Sundays, the Ottawa Farmers Market joins in the festive fun.

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Holiday Craft Revival

Where: Waterfront District, Thunder Bay, Ont.
When: November 24
What: This makers-only market is the place to check out the best in CanCon crafting and cooking. There’s locally made art, hot sauce, candles and confections, plus on-site yoga classes.

 

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Calgary Holiday Night Market

Where: Eau Claire Market
When: Fridays from November 22–Dec 20
What: Starting at the end of November and running every Friday night, this after-dark event is a great place to gift-shop—for handmade jewelry, paintings and clothing—while you bop (to a rotating cast of live musicians and DJs).

 

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Got Craft?

Where: The Croation Centre, Vancouver
When: December 7–8
What: If DIY gifts are your thing, check out this assembly of nearly 100 indie artisans, offering free crafting workshops and a selection of totally unique wares and snacks (that include plenty of vegan options). This year a “Mini Makers Market” both days will feature kid-friendly workshops.

 

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Miracle Christmas Cocktail Bar

Where: Terra Restaurant, Kamloops, B.C.
When: November 25–December 26
What: This pop-up is a Santa fever dream: waiters in elf costumes, an unabashedly Christmas-y soundtrack and themed cocktails. The ugly-Christmas-sweater contest is December 2, but every night is a good night to break out your tackiest yuletide togs.