The Holiday Season in Ottawa is filled with bright lights, celebrations, and local shopping. There’s no better way to score the perfect gift for someone special in your life and to support local artisans, creators and shops than by visiting one of the many holiday markets across the city. Throughout Ottawa and the Ottawa area, you’ll find just what you need to finish up your gift list and many of the events offer something a little extra to build up your festive cheer!
Mark your calendars and happy shopping!
Atrium Winter Market
When: November 17th
Where: National Arts Centre
The 3rd annual Atrium Winter Market will delight shoppers with their selection of vendors at the NAC Atrium. Hosted by Freewheeling Craft, admission to this market is free. The entire list of vendors can be found on their Facebook page.
All Things Holiday!
When: November 17th
Where: St. Mary’s Hall, Trim Road
In Navan, holiday shoppers will want to stop by the All Things Holiday! Original Navan Market on November 17th, hosted by Country Moments Spa and Wellness Centre. Plan to stay for lunch (it’s being served at 11 am) and fuel up to kick off your holiday shopping.
Old Fashioned Christmas and Outdoor Artisan Market
When: November 17th
Where: Goulbourn Museum
We love that this Old Fashioned Christmas and Outdoor Artisan Market has created market activities for all members of the family. The kids can write letters to Santa, and everyone will enjoy hot chocolate and holiday music. You can even roast marshmallows over the fire! Admission is free.
Fair Trade Festival Sale
When: Friday and Saturdays until November 30
Where: Ottawa Mennonite Church
The annual Fair Trade Festival Sale is the perfect time to stock up on your favourite Fair Trade gifts, holiday décor and delicious chocolate. You’ll discover Fair Trade chocolate advent calendars, stocking stuffers, and new Christmas tree ornaments you’ll be proud to display.
Baby Mama Hustle Christmas Market
When: November 24th
Where: Lansdowne Horticulture Building
The Baby Mama Hustle Christmas Market is for parents and their young kids. The vendors feature items that will appeal to parents of babies and toddlers especially. Enjoy live entertainment with the kiddos while finding those special gifts.
When: November 23rd and 24th
Where: Shenkman Arts Centre
The Baz’Art Holiday Arts Market at Shenkman Arts Centre returns for another year featuring local artists and makers as well as live music, a bake sale, and an art exhibition. The Gloucester Pottery School is hosting an open house the same day, and “A Christmas Carol” family theatre performance is taking place as well (additional tickets required for that show). The two-day event has become an Ottawa tradition.
When: November 30th
Where: Carleton Field House
Admission to 613Christmas (brought to you by 613 Flea) is free, so you’re already ahead of the budget when you shop at this market. Browse vintage, antique and handmade finds that are unique and often one-of-a-kind items perfect for under your tree.
Hintonburg Artisan Craft Fair
When: November 30th
Where: Hintonburg Community Centre
In addition to locally handcrafted items at this market, purchase baked goods and enjoy a hot bowl of chilli for lunch! The Hintonburg Artisan Craft Fair is one way you can support local makers and likely run into a neighbour or two!
HoliYay Market by Freewheeling Craft
When: December 6th
Where: Shaw Centre
Hosted by Freewheeling Craft, the popular HoliYay Market returns to host over 125 local artists and makers. A DJ will be spinning the tunes, there will be live music, cocktails to sip and a gift wrap station for your convenience.
Cumberland Christmas Market
When: December 7
Where: Cumberland Farmer’s Market, Dunning Road
In the East end of Ottawa, the Cumberland Christmas Market is hosting over 90 vendors for your shopping pleasure. And beyond gifts and décor items, you’ll be able to stock up on foods for your pantry and fridge. Purchase vegetables, meats, baked goods, sweets and more!
Carp Christmas Market
When: December 6th and 7th
Where: Carp Farmers Market
The Carp Christmas Market is taking place over two days so you have double the opportunity to find the perfect gift or food for your holiday entertaining. Food donations are being collected for the food cupboard, but admission to the Market is free. There is a basket giveaway, and Santa will be joining in on the fun!
Wakefield Christmas Market
When: December 7th
Where: Wakefield Community Centre
On December 7th, holiday cheer can be found at the Wakefield Community Centre as it hosts the Wakefield Christmas Market. Shop at over 70 vendors while you sip on mulled wine and listen to live music. This market runs a bit into the evening (2 pm – 7 pm) and we can imagine at night it will twinkle and shine in a whole new way!
The Museum’s Christmas Market
When: November 28th to December 1st
Where: Museum of History
What could be a more picturesque backdrop for a traditional Christmas market than the Museum of History? The Museum’s Christmas Market is a four-day affair with 80 exhibitors taking over the Grand Hall and welcoming you to shop. Enjoy free admission and free coat check when you arrive.
Cheerfully Made Saves Christmas!
When: December 13th and 14th
Where: Bell Sensplex
Cheerfully Made is once again coming to the rescue for holiday shoppers with their Cheerfully Made Saves Christmas Market at the Bell Sensplex. Over 140 area makers are bringing holiday cheer to you (and shoppers who are still struggling to find the right gift). Admission is $5 on the Saturday, but if you want to pre-shop the sale, limited tickets are available for the night market at $15 each. Those can be purchased online.
Capital Pop Up! Holiday Edition
When: December 15th
Where: Glebe Community Centre
The Capital Pop Up! Holiday Edition has a $2 admission fee (or pay what you can), but it’s all for a good cause; they’ll be donating it back to CHEO! There will be music, warm drinks to sip on and over 50 artisans making gifts and food for purchase.