As soon as the pumpkins have been smashed and the tricksters have been treated, the stores and markets start ramping up the Christmas fun. The major shopping centres will transform into winter wonderlands and be packed from now until December 24th. Ottawa also has great Christmas Markets where you can find one-of-a-kind crafts and gifts, and a ton of festive fun. Go local this holiday season and check out one of our favourite Christmas markets in Ottawa."
1. Canadian Museum of History’s Christmas Market
Thursday, December 1 to Sunday, December 4, 2016
100, rue Laurier, Gatineau, 819-776-7000
From December 1 to 4, 2016 more than 90 exhibitors await you in the majestic Grand Hall to showcase their delicious edibles and unique handmade creations. Cheeses, breads, candies, organic produce, artisanal spirits, handcrafted jewellery and amazing fashion accessories: the Christmas Market is a great place to do your holiday shopping in a festive and relaxed atmosphere. Don’t forget your wish list!
Open on Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2. Joy! The 2014 OVCC Christmas Market
Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, 2016
Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa
The Ottawa Valley Crafts and Collectibles Guild (OVCC) & CreativeOttawa.com welcome the holidays with a celebration of the work of some of the best artists and artisans from across Ottawa, The Valley and The Outaouais. Shows are renowned for bringing an exciting variety of art, crafts, designs and artisan foods together in a unique venue, and "Joy!" will be no exception. Shows are juried and the participating vendors are selected for their unique style, quality of work and originality of design. With originality, quality, talent, and craftsmanship secured, the result is an exquisite collection of locally crafted gift items, fine art and artisan foods! Admission is free.
3. Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Sale
Thursday, December 8 to Sunday, December 18, 2016
EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr., 613-241-5777
Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Sale brings the very best that the Canadian handmade community has to offer to the Nation’s Capital for a magical ten-day holiday shopping event. Held at the state-of-the-art EY Centre, Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Sale gathers over 180 of Canada’s most talented artists, artisans, and designers for you to meet, and whose unique works will leave you truly amazed. This event features an astounding assortment of quality Canadian handmade goods, including jewellery, fashion and accessories, pottery, glassware, sculptures, fine art, leather, gourmet treats, and more, providing you with an unforgettable shopping experience where you’ll find gifts worth giving. Admission is $7.