Top 5 Christmas Markets to Visit Outside of Halton
A wise man once said that the best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing loud for all to hear. That wise man was Buddy the Elf and he may have been on to something.
Although, if you’re not much of a singer there are many other ways to spread Christmas cheer and get into the holiday spirit.
One of those ways is to visit holiday markets, and although there are a bunch in the Halton Region that you should check out there are also many others that deserve recognition.
Here are the top five Christmas markets to visit outside of Halton this year.
The Toronto Christmas Market, located at the Distillery Historic District, has something for everyone to enjoy. A few things you’ll find at this Christmas market include a massive Christmas tree, impressive lighting and seasonal decor, Santa’s house, an Indigo pop up shop, a family entertainment zone, and, of course, a wide variety of vendors.
This market is open Tuesdays to Thursdays from noon to 9 p.m., Fridays from noon to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Admission into this market is free of charge on weekdays until Friday at 5 p.m. After this time, there is a $6 entry fee. Children two and under are free.
This market will run until Dec. 23.
Photo is courtesy of the Toronto Christmas Market website.
If you’re up for a drive, Ottawa has an incredible Christmas market.
This market runs from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 and is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This market is an incredible place to get some good holiday shopping done, whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else. Here, market-goers will find Christmas decorations, woodcraft, glass items, gourmet food (yum!), artisanal spirits, handcrafted jewelry, fashion accessories, and tons more.
Admission to this market is free, bonus!
This market is located at the Canadian Museum of History in the Grand Hall.
For more information, visit the Canadian Museum’s Christmas Market website.
Photo is courtesy of the Canadian Museum’s Christmas Market website.
This Christmas market in Hamilton is short but sweet. It runs from Nov. 24 to Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be over 30 vendors and artists, in addition to live music, tons of food (food seems to be a staple at Christmas markets and that is something we should all be thankful for), raffles, and more.
This market is located at The Cotton Factory in Hamilton which can be found on 270 Sherman Ave. N.
The Urban Christmas Market, sponsored by Nellie James Too, is an extension of the ongoing Explore the Cotton Factory Event.
For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Photo is courtesy of The Cotton Factory website.
Experience a traditional German Christmas at the Kitchener Christkindl Market.
The Kitchener Christkindl Market, located at Kitchener City Hall, runs from Dec. 6 to Dec. 9 and is open on the Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At this market, you’ll find a wide variety of entertainment, including 30 bands and choirs, trains, history and folklore, and of course vendors where you can find handmade Christmas ornaments, nutcrackers, wood carved toys, delicious German food, and more.
Admission is free.
For more information, directions, and to view parking availability, visit the official Kitchener Christkindl Market website.
Photo is courtesy of the Kitchener Christkindl Market website.
Although this is technically not a Christmas market, it’s a Christmas gift show, it is definitely worth going to because Blue Mountain itself is beautiful during the holiday season.
At this gift show, located at Blue Mountain Resort in the Village Conference Centre, you’ll find artisans, crafters, fashion, Christmas items, art, treats, and tons more.
There are over 100 vendors at this gift show.
The show only runs for two days, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There is an entry fee of $5 but children 12 and under are free.
For more information, visit the official Blue Mountain Christmas Gift Show website.
Photo is courtesy of the Blue Mountain Christmas Gift Show website.
Which market do you want to go to?