The official holiday season is upon us, and what better way to immerse yourself in the festive spirit than by exploring the enchanting Christmas markets across Canada! Whether you’re in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, or Quebec City, there’s a magical market waiting to be discovered. These markets offer more than just shopping – they are a celebration of tradition, joy, and the warmth of the holiday season. Join international students in Canada as they embark on a journey through the unique and unforgettable experiences each market has to offer.
Experience Vancouver Christmas Market’s festive charm with 90+ artisan huts offering unique handcrafted gifts. Enjoy mulled wine, German and Austrian beers, and delectable treats. Delight in holiday entertainment on the Flying Stage by Vancouver’s Christmas Pyramid. Kids can enjoy the Christmas Carousel, a market-wide scavenger hunt, and meet mascots Holly and Jolly. Immerse yourself in colorful décor, authentic gifts, and family fun for a perfect holiday atmosphere to mingle, dine, capture festive moments, and enjoy diverse entertainment!
When: November 16 – December 24 (Opens daily)
Where: Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
The Distillery Winter Village offers a picturesque holiday setting for friends and family to embrace the timeless romance and nostalgia of the season. Wander cobblestone streets adorned with canopy lights, enjoy festive sounds, and explore a curated selection of local crafts, unique shops, and vendor cabins. Indulge in dining at their various restaurants, cafes, and outdoor bars.
Notably featuring a majestic Christmas tree in Trinity Square, this outdoor holiday market is a must-visit for an unforgettable experience this year!
When: November 16 – the New Year
Where: The Distillery Winter Village – 51 Gristmill Lane, Toronto
Nestled in Aberdeen Square, surrounded by snow-capped heritage buildings and charming wooden chalets, is the Ottawa Christmas Market. Thousands of Christmas lights and decorations illuminate the area, crafting a festive atmosphere complemented by holiday entertainment, local flavors, and opportunities for holiday shopping!
- Week 1: November 24 – 26
- Week 2: December 1 – 3
- Week 3: December 8 – 10
- Week 4: December 15 – 17
- Week 5: December 20 – 23
Where: Aberdeen Square – 1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa
The Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market is an enchanting and magical event that spreads joy and festive cheer to all ages. Set against a backdrop of snow-covered trees and delightful decorations, the market promises a unique and memorable experience that captures the true essence of the holiday season.
Explore a diverse array of handmade crafts, artisanal goods, and delectable treats from local businesses while immersed in the sounds of carolers, live music, and creative gift ideas. With its charming atmosphere, varied vendor selection, and engaging activities, it’s no surprise that this market has become a cherished tradition for many in Calgary and beyond.
- November 17 – 19
- November 24 – 26
- December 1 – 3
Where: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary
The enchanting German Christmas Market springs to life in the heart of Old Québec, just weeks before Christmas, aiming to faithfully recreate the ambiance of major European Christmas markets. This event promises a unique and unforgettable experience.
Immerse yourself in a wonderland boasting a distinctive and warm atmosphere, adorned with beautiful decorations. Indulge in a tempting array of German delights such as bratwurst, mulled wine, gingerbread, and more. Discover delicious local products, exquisite Christmas gifts, and enjoy pop-up performances. Québec City’s German Christmas Market is an exceptional, not-to-be-missed, multi-sensory experience!
- Week1: November 23 – 26
- Week 2: November 30 – December 3
- Week 3: December 7 – 10
- Week 4: December 14 – 17
- Week 5: December 20 – 24
- The Bergdorf – The Desjardins Alpine Village, at Place d’Youville
- The Marktplatz presented by Galeries de la Capitale, at place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville
- The jardins de l’Hôtel-de-Ville
- Sainte-Anne Street
- The Christmas Castle presented by Fairmont Le Château Frontenact, at Place d’Armes
As an international student in Canada, embrace the holiday magic by visiting these Christmas markets that promise to transport you to a winter wonderland of lights, sounds, and delightful aromas. From the charming streets of Vancouver to the historic ambiance of Old Québec, each market brings a distinctive flavor to the festive season. Immerse yourself in the joyous atmosphere, savor delicious treats, find unique gifts, and create lasting memories. Don’t miss the opportunity to make these Canadian Christmas markets a cherished part of your holiday traditions. Admission is free, so gather your friends and family to share in the merriment of the season at these spectacular events!