6 Best Holiday Markets in Canada

The holiday season is a time of wonder and joy, and there's no better way to get into the festive spirit than exploring the Christmas markets around Canada. In this blog post, we'll take you on a journey through some of the best Christmas markets in Canada, with each one offering its unique charm and holiday treats. 


1. Toronto Christmas Market


Kicking off our list is the Toronto Christmas Market which is located in the heart of the Distillery Historic District. This market turns Toronto into a winter wonderland. Visitors can enjoy artisanal goods, festive treats, and beautiful light displays. The iconic Christmas tree and Ferris wheel make this market a must-visit for families and couples during the holiday season. 

Where to stay: Sandman Signature Toronto Airport


Christmas Market in Toronto

Photo Credit: Toronto Life


2. Vancouver Christmas Market


Located in downtown Vancouver, the Vancouver Christmas Market brings European holiday traditions to Canada's west coast. This market features lots of wooden stalls selling gifts, seasonal treats like bratwurst and mulled wine, and a beautiful Christmas carousel. The festive atmosphere and live entertainment make this market a go-to for both locals and tourists. 

Where to stay: Sandman Hotel Vancouver Downtown or Sandman Suites Vancouver – Davie Street


Christmas Market in Vancouver

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3. Quebec City German Christmas Market


If you fancy a taste of Europe, head to the Quebec City German Christmas Market. Located at Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville, this market features stalls inspired by traditional German Christmas markets, showcasing handmade crafts, delicious sausages, and gingerbread treats. The stunning backdrop of Old Quebec City's architecture adds to the festive atmosphere. 


Christmas Market in Quebec

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4. Halifax Christmas Market


Halifax comes alive during the holiday season with its Halifax Holiday Market. This market offers a blend of local crafts, artisanal foods, and live entertainment. The beautifully lit trees along the waterfront create a magical atmosphere which is perfect for families or couples. 

Where to stay: The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax for those looking for luxury! 


Christmas Market in Halifax

Photo Credit: Nova Scotia Explorer


5. Edmonton Christmas Market


The Edmonton Christmas Market at ATB Place has a wonderful mix of local and international stalls. With over 70 vendors, you can find everything from handcrafted gifts to international holiday foods. You can also go ice skating or meet Santa himself! 

Where to stay: See our list of hotels in Edmonton here


Christmas Market in Edmonton

Photo Credit: CTV Edmonton


6. Calgary Christmas Market


Calgary transforms into a festive wonderland in December, with twinkling lights and the joyful sounds of the holiday season. One of the best ways to experience the magic of the holiday season in Calgary is by visiting the city’s Christmas markets. Whether you're searching for the perfect gift, indulging in festive treats, or simply basking in the atmosphere, these markets are sure to leave you with memories with loved ones and a heart full of holiday spirit. 

Where to stay: See our list of hotels in Calgary here


Christmas Market in Calgary

Photo Credit: The Best Calgary


Canada's Christmas markets are a testament to the nation's multiculturalism and love for celebrating the holiday season. Whether you're exploring the vibrant streets of Toronto, sipping mulled wine in Vancouver, or enjoying the flavors of Europe in Quebec City, these Christmas markets have something for everyone.