With holiday music already playing on the radio and department stores setting up tinsel and Christmas trees, you might expect to see Santa Claus himself land his snowy sleigh on your rooftop at any moment. But you can beat Saint Nicholas to the desserts by getting to your favourite maple cookies first, fresh from the baker, while you enjoy live festive entertainment in the streets.

Yes, the Christmas and winter markets are here! And we’ve put together a list of them in and around Brampton.

Brampton Winter Lights Festival and Christmas Market

Date: on Friday, November 15 at downtown Brampton’s Garden Square.

Admission: free public event.

The City of Brampton hosts its annual Winter Lights Festival, featuring the Christmas tree lighting, art shows, musical performances showcasing local talent, food trucks with delicious eats, and expertly handcrafted items for sale.  

Traditions of Christmas Craft Show & Event

Date: on Saturday, December 7 at the Century Gardens Rec Centre (340 Vodden Street East).

Admission: check the website.

The event features products like apparels, jewellery, handcrafted items.

Brampton’s Big Bazaar

Date: on Sunday, December 8 at the Archangel Michael & Saint Tekla Church near Hurontario and Mayfield (12091 Hurontario Street).

Admission: free.

The marketplace features unique items from artists and artisans from many countries.

Brampton Winter Fair, Craft and Vendor Show

Runs on Saturday, December 14 at the Fairgrounds (12942 Heart Lake, Caledon)

Admission: $2 or a donation of one non-perishable food item for charity.

This one-day winter festival returns, featuring a large selection of unique expertly crafted form local artist and artisans, and a craft show café to enjoy some festive treats.

Winterfest

Runs from Friday, November 22 to Tuesday, December 31 at Canada’s Wonderland (1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive, Vaughan).

Admission: from $21.99 + HST.

Canada’s Wonderland runs its Winter Festival for the second consecutive year, transforming its theme park into a winter wonderland. It features select rides, a variety of foods, and festive performances, family-friendly shows,  and an outdoor skating rink.

Aurora Winter Festival

Runs from Friday, November 22 to Sunday, January 5 at the Canadian National Exhibition Centre (CNE) at Ontario Place West Island (955 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto).

Admission: from $12.99 – $19.99.

This spectacle inspired by the beauty of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) returns for a second consecutive year. It features entertainment, amusement rides, an outdoor ice-park, and a variety of indulgent foods.

Toronto’s Christmas Market and Festival

Runs from Thursday, November 14 to Sunday, December 22 at the Distillery District (22 Mill Street, Toronto).

Admission: free to $12.

This will be the ninth annual Christmas Market and Festival, and features festive family-friendly entertainment, foods and beverages including heated mulled wine.

Check here for a more comprehensive list of Toronto Christmas Markets & Holiday Craft Fairs.

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