The Best and Must Visit Ontario Christmas Markets

Christmas, christmas, christmas. I know, I know, I know. November just started didn’t it? Am I crazy? Perhaps. But the thing with Christmas is that it can honestly be enjoyed for months and months ahead of time. Okay, not like 6 months. But at least a solid 2 months. Meaning, early November is totally the time to start! One of my favourite parts of Christmas are all the Christmas Markets that pop up! Christmas Markets have been around in Austria and Germany since the 13th century. But, if like me, you’re not able to make it out to Austria or Germany this year then don’t despair! The trend of Christmas Markets has made its way over to North America and below you’ll find a list of the best and must see Ontario Christmas Markets.

Christkindl Market

When: December 7, 2017 to December 10, 2017 between 10 am and 9 pm on the Thursday and Friday, 9 am and 9 pm on the Saturday and 10 am and 4 pm on the Sunday
Where: City Hall, Kitchener
Fees: Free admission

Christkindl Market in Kitchener is one of the original Ontario Christmas Markets. It was founded in 1996 and gets over 35,000 visitors annually from all over North America. It takes place at the City Hall in Kitchener on one of the first weekends of December every year. It’s a completely free event with lots of vendors including food, gifts, caroling, skating and a live Nativity Scene. It’s partially indoors and partially outdoors. I attended last year for the first time and absolutely loved it. Can’t wait to go back!

For more information check here.

Ontario Christmas Markets

Ontario Christmas Markets

Milton Pop-Up Holiday Market

When: December 2, 9, and 16 from noon until 7 pm
Where: Along Main Street from Brown Street to Commercial in Milton
Fees: Free admission

This one’s brand new this year but promises to be spectacular. With everything from Santa to a carousel to food trucks to a fire pit for roasting marshmallows this definitely seems like the spot to be. The founders have a great track record of successful events in the past so I’m definitely making time for this one!

Blue Mountain Christmas Gift Show

When: November 25, 2017 and November 26, 2017 between 10 am and 5 pm on the Saturday and between 10 am and 5 pm on the Sunday 
Where: Village Conference Centre, 242 Jozo Weider Blvd, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 3Z2
Fees: Free admission

Blue Mountain is a perfect winter getaway because of how quaint and charming the village is. It doesn’t hurt that you can ski your heart out either. Add a Christmas Market to that and what’s not to love?

Swedish Christmas Market at Harbour Front

When: November 25 and 26, 2017 between 11 am and 5 pm on the Saturday and 11 am and 4 pm on the Sunday
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Fees: Free admission

This event has a certain authenticity to it that not all of the other events do. And this is because it’s actually hosted by a Swedish Organization (Swedish Women’s Educational Association). It’s conveniently located in downtown Toronto too. There’s lots of traditional Swedish Christmas elements at this market which makes it worth checking out! There’s also a Lucia Pageant as well as Swedish food and lots and lots of gifts to be bought. Harbour Front also has a skating rink right outside for you to enjoy.

For more information check here.

Ontario Christmas Markets

Cambridge Christmas Market

When: December 7-December 10, 2017 between 4 pm and 9 pm on the Thursday and Friday, between 8 am and 9 pm on the Saturday
Where: Cambridge City Hall, 50 Dickson Street, Cambridge
Fees:  Free admission

Cambridge turns into a Christmas village complete with a candy land, a Christmas market, a holiday train and light displays. There’s something for all ages and with events spread out throughout the month of December there’s definitely lots to do. The highlight is definitely the 4 day Christmas Market though!

For more information check here.

Fair in the Square Market

When: December 1, 2017 to December 23, 2017 between 4 pm and 10 pm on Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays/Fridays and between 12 pm and 10 pm on Saturday/Sundays
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto
Fees: Free admission

This market is great because if you’re in Toronto you don’t really have to travel for it. It’s smack down in the downtown core, right outside of the Eaton Center. There’s a stunning Christmas tree in the square, free skating, lots of food vendors and other shopping opportunities. There’s even rides! This fair also supports Epilepsy Toronto which is a great cause.

For more information check here.

Ontario Christmas Markets

Ottawa Christmas Farmer’s Market

When: December 2, 3, 9, 10 and 23 between 9 am and 3 pm
Where: Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa
Fees: Free admission

Canada’s capital can’t exactly sit out on the fun of Christmas Markets. Ottawa has a couple of markets you can check out but one of the must visit ones is the one that the Ottawa Farmer’s Market puts on. With over 120 vendors for both food and arts and crafts you’re bound to find most things you’re looking for here. This markets got some special fun for the kids too with horse and wagon rides and a kids craft corner.

For more information check here.

Hamilton Ottawa Street Christmas Market

When: Every Saturday from November 7 to December 31 between 7 am and 3 pm 
Where: 204 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton, ON
Fees: Free admission

Similar to the Ottawa one, this ones great because it’s hosted by the farmers market. Come find all your Christmas gifts while shopping for all your fresh produce, meat, cheese, baked goods and flowers.

For more information check here.

Toronto Christmas Market

When: November 16, 2017 to December 23, 2017 between 12 pm and 9 pm on Tuesdays-Thursdays, between 12 pm and 10 pm on Fridays, between 10 am and 10 pm on Saturdays and between 10 am and 9 pm on Sundays
Where: Distillery District in Toronto
Fees: If you visit on a Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday there’s no charge. Fridays are free before 5 pm. Anytime between Friday at 5 pm and Sunday at closing has an admission price of $6.

This is arguably one of my favourite events in Toronto (right up there with the CNE). The Distillery District is already a really gorgeous part of Toronto and very old timey with it’s bricks and cobbled streets so a Christmas Market fits in perfectly here. With a giant Christmas trees, tons of performers, proper little wooden huts and amazing food it’s hard to argue with the popularity of this event. It runs for over a month so I’d suggest checking it out on a weekday if you can, it’s definitely less busy. I went during a snow storm last year (yes I’m that dedicated to Christmas) and there were still lots of people there! Plan ahead for sure folks.

For more information check here.

Ontario Christmas Markets

Ontario Christmas Markets

Ontario Christmas Markets

Have you visited any of Ontario’s Christmas Markets? Let me know in the comments and pin this post for your upcoming holiday plans!

Ontario Christmas Markets

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  1. November 20, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    This is great! I always hear about the European Christmas markets, but I can’t make it out there this time of year. Thanks for sharing!

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