As December 25 gets closer and closer, the pressure to beat the rush and get all of your holiday shopping done in time only mounts. So why not take the stress out of the holidays and actually enjoy your shopping expeditions by visiting one of the many Christmas markets across the country?
So, you missed the November rush, when many bazaars and pop-up markets offered early shoppers unique presents and delicious dishes? No big deal. There are still plenty of markets and crafty places to attend and knock off some names from that Christmas list. Here are 9 of the best we’ve found, from traditional to crafty and modern:
The coolest Canadian Christmas markets this side of the North Pole
Toronto Christmas MarketHeld annually in the city’s historic Distillery District, this market features a plethora of goodies for a full day of family fun. Check out myriad vendors offering Christmas gifts and delicious food, or cap off a day of shopping in one of the many beer tents. Open until Dec. 21. CHECK IT OUT. Toronto Christmas Market
City of Craft, TorontoThis annual craft show features a unique variety of vendors selling handcrafted gifts unlike anything you’ll ever find in the big box stores. From quirky cards to handmade soaps and clothing, there's a lot to pick up for every loved one on your list. Open from Dec. 12 - 14. CHECK IT OUT. City of Craft
Vancouver Christmas MarketThis family-friendly spot offers plenty of activities for the kiddies, live music and one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts from local vendors. Be sure to warm up with some treats at the Sugar Shack, or start your diets early at the Berlin Vegan Eatery. Open until Dec. 24. CHECK IT OUT. Vancouver Christmas Market
Got Craft? VancouverThis annual event has been going strong since 2007 and offers shoppers goods from more than 75 artisans. What's more, there are also workshops to participate in. treats to eat, music to listen to and free swag bags. Open from Dec. 13 - 14. CHECK IT OUT. Got Craft?
Puces Pop, MontrealMontreal's Puces Pop is so successful that it happens more than once a year. The holiday edition boasts plenty of gifts, from organic soap to teen-friendly T-shirts and curated vintage. It's a literal one-stop-shop. Open from Dec. 12 - 14. CHECK IT OUT.Puces Pop
The Jacques-Cartier Region Christmas MarketThis limited-run Quebecois market is a celebration of local artists and agrifood producers, and it's absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful light displays, craftspeople with unique gift ideas and creative workshops add to the warm holiday atmosphere. Open from Dec. 12 - 14. CHECK IT OUT. The Jacques-Cartier Region Christmas Market
German Christmas MarketThrow on those toques and bring an empty tummy to this annual outdoor Quebecois market. On offer are many traditional German Christmas goodies, including Gluhwein, gingerbread, bratwurst and grilled chestnuts. Open until Dec. 14. CHECK IT OUT. German Christmas Market
Sunday Christmas Market at Elbow Park HallVendors and local craftspeople fill this Calgary market with inspiring gifts and delicious treats for the whole family. Open on Dec. 14. CHECK IT OUT. Sunday Christmas Market at Elbow Park Hall
Symons Valley Ranch Christmas MarketGet all of your holiday fixes at this one-stop-shop pop-up market in Calgary. Visit Santa, grab a Christmas tree, go skating, enjoy a bonfire with s’mores and live music, or check out some of the many crafty retailers. Open until Dec. 21. CHECK IT OUT. Symons Valley Ranch Christmas Market
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