Holiday Markets

Cozy Christmas Markets

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You can’t get more festive than strolling through a snow-dusted collection of street stalls all decked out with twinkle lights and filled with pretty packaged goodies, artisan chocolates, handcrafted wooden toys and brightly painted Christmas ornaments. Add the aroma of roasting nuts, grilling Bratwurst and the steaming mulled wine in your hand, and you won’t want the season to end. Here are some of Canada’s most charming and delightful holiday markets.

Experiences

Where to find the most festive, magical holiday markets
Step into Christmas circa 1800 in Toronto
Step into Christmas circa 1800 in Toronto

If lavish is what you’re seeking, it has to be Toronto’s Christmas Market in the brick and cobblestone Distillery Historic District. Set among vintage Victorians, chic cafés, edgy galleries and boho boutiques, this European celebration includes caroling, beer gardens, outdoor firepits, a traditional market, Ferris Wheel, St. Nick on a white horse and a 50-ft tree.

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Tourism Toronto Contact
Krystal Carter
Media Relations Manager, USA & Mexico

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Get folksy and crafty in Saskatchewan
Get folksy and crafty in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan does Christmas with old-fashioned flair. Expect folksy and unpretentious gatherings: the huge expo-style Sundog Arts & Entertainment Faire, with anything from textiles to cutlery to clothes, and Winter Wonders Handmade Market for high-quality originals, both in Saskatoon; and Dickens Village Festival in Carlyle for theater, caroling and carriage rides.

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Tourism Saskatchewan Contact
Jodi Holliday
Media Relations Specialist

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Find Old World French charm in Quebec
Find Old World French charm in Quebec

Experience the charm of a quaint European village at the indoor-outdoor Jacques-Cartier Region Christmas Market all tinseled and illuminated for the holidays. On hand are international Christmastime customs and handcrafts displayed by artisans and farmers in a festive Quebecois setting.

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Quebec City Contact
Quebec City Tourism
Media Relations

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Celebrate and feast with the locals in Iqaluit
Celebrate and feast with the locals in Iqaluit

In Nunavut, where 85 percent of residents are Inuit, the holidays are about community and culture. Peruse local craft markets for hand-hewn antler earrings and soap stone carvings. Watch Inuit dancing and singing at community gatherings, where elders recount legends and youth play traditional Inuit games, and feast on “country food”— traditional fare from the land.

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Destination Nunavut Contact
Tina Nleya
Manager, Marketing
Meet crafters and farmers in New Brunswick
Meet crafters and farmers in New Brunswick

The Saturday morning Fredericton Boyce Farmers’ Market has been going strong for 60 years, consistently ranked a top Canadian locavore hot spot. Pick up some gourmet cheese, bread and confections from 250 vendors, meet the growers, and then shop the December Christmas craft show for ceramics, jewelry and handmade gifts.

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Tourism Fredericton Contact
Stacey Russell
Travel Media Relations
Party on the waterfront in Halifax
Party on the waterfront in Halifax

The Halifax waterfront is the place to be in Nova Scotia. Shop the lively Halifax Lights Holiday Market and enjoy concerts, pop-up eateries and boutiques, and a performance of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” at the Eastern Front Theatre. An institution since 1750, the farmers’ market houses 250 vendors in a two-storey warehouse.

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Discover Halifax Contact
Katie Conklin
Communications & Marketing Manager

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