Christmas markets have become a big hit around these parts in recent years, so much so, the season doesn’t feel complete without visiting at least one. Here’s a round-up of 10 markets in and around Brampton definitely worth checking out this year.
1. Downtown Christmas Market – Brampton
The downtown Brampton Christmas Market is back again this year and bigger than ever This year’s market will be spread out through downtown in Garden Square, Daily Times Square off Queen Street, and the city hall atrium. There will be vendors selling handcrafted items, buskers, live entertainment, and food trucks. The market runs from Nov 17 to 19.
2. Etsy Christmas Market – Toronto
All throughout December, a rotating selection of local Ontario Etsy artisans will display the their very best in unique holiday décor, handmade gifts and original crafts. It’s all part of the Evergreen Brickworks Winter Village, which runs from December 3-31.
3. Toronto Christmas Market – Toronto
The Distillery District is transformed into a winter wonderland every year leading up to Christmas with food and drinks vendors, carolers, twinkle lights and one of the Toronto’s largest Christmas trees. This year it’s expected to have over 600,000 visitors. The Toronto Christmas Market runs from 16 to December 23 this year.
4. Milton Christmas Market – Milton
Milton’s newest Christmas market is dubbing itself the biggest in the GTA. They’ll have over 200 vendors, ice wine, apple cider, cookie making, gift wrapping workshops, a warming lounge with fire pits, food trucks, a carousel and tons more. The market runs on Dec 2, 9 and 16.
5. One of a Kind Show – Toronto
Over 800 makers, artisans and designers selling handmade goods makes this one of Canada’s biggest craft shows and brings out a crowd every year. This year’s One of a Kind Show is from Nov 23 to Dec 3 at the Enercare Centre in Exhibition Place.
6. The Sister’s Touch of Christmas – Bolton
Sister’s Touch of Christmas is a seasonal store in Bolton only open during the holiday season. They sell hand-painted ornaments, wreaths, garlands, seasonal linens and timeless handcrafted keepsakes. The store stays open from Nov 16 to Dec 24.
7. Fair in the Square – Toronto
The event in Nathan Phillip Square combines a traditional European market with the fun of a winter carnival. Enjoy some shopping and food, or a skate and drinks at the ice bar. The Fair in the Square runs from December 1-23.
8. Christkindl Market – Kitchener
This market is a longstanding tradition in Kitchener. Modeled after a traditional German market, it boasts close to 100 vendors, as well as live music, dancing and demonstrations so you can learn some new moves. The Christkindl Market runs from December 7 to 10.
9. The Winter Festival of Lights – Niagara Falls
The Winter Festival of Lights is in its 35th year and has millions of visitors yearly. This year organizers have promised a bigger light show than ever before. It runs from November 18 through January 31 at Queen Victoria Park right across from the Falls.
10. Christmas Magic – Cobourg
At this beautiful festival along Lake Ontario, you’ll be able to admire the twinkle lights reflecting off of the water. In fact, the Christmas Magic festival has over 100,000 lights. This year it runs from November 24 to January 5.