6 Incredible Christmas Markets Only in Canada

Written by Patrick MacFarland
Published: December 4, 2023
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Christmastime is one of the happiest times of the year. Throughout most of the world, cities and countries get ready for the joyous holiday. Families start buying presents, schools start having winter plays and musicals, and cities start putting out their Christmas displays and decorations so that residents can have some holiday fun. Whether you’re in the United States, Europe, Latin America, or even Canada, cities put up Christmas markets. They are studded with lights and festive decorations, along with stands to eat the favorite holiday treats everyone loves.

Let’s take a look at six incredible Christmas markets in Canada. We’ll go over what to do, what to eat, and the many traditions those Christmas markets have to offer to people who visit each November and December.

Banff Christmas Market

Amazing place to be on earth. Moraine lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Banff Christmas Market is located in Banff, Alberta.

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The Banff Christmas Market is a unique Canadian Christmas joy. Banff is nestled in the mountains so the market has a rustic feel that is intertwined with a traditional European vibe. Taking hints from Germany and the Christmas markets there, the Banff Christmas Market mixed it up with some Canadian traditions, as well. Some local artisans display all sorts of things — Inuit carvers, jewelers, and woodmakers. 

Children can take their pictures with Santa or even go on a sleigh ride. After the day is over, you can enjoy some delicious food from the various food stands they have and listen in on some live entertainment. The market is open on three weekends, two in November and one in December. The Banff Christmas Market is located near Warner Stables on Sundance Road.

Christkindl Market

The old City Hall clock tower in Victoria Park, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

Christkindl Market is located in Kitchener, Ontario.

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Imagine transporting yourself to 1700s Germany with snowflakes falling as you walk down the road covered in white. The Christmas lights decorated along the windows of the shops and restaurants sparkle as you pass by. The ornamented tree, magical as can be, towers over you, and the smell of pine breezes by you. That’s what it’s like at Christkindl Market

Over 35,000 visitors go to Christkindl Market every year to enjoy the festivities. There are stands where you can buy jewelry, art, toys, and food. There is also live entertainment by bands and choirs for all ages to enjoy. Kitchener is located in Ontario, not too far from Toronto.

Distillery Winter Village

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Distillery Winter Village is located in Toronto, Ontario.

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It’s one of the best Christmas markets in the entire country. It used to be called the Toronto Christmas Market but because it’s located in the Distillery District of the city, the name change was apropos. The cobblestone streets and the twinkling lights set the stage as you walk through a winter wonderland. The Christmas tree is in full display and the various beer gardens and bars are all decorated with Santa and reindeer-filled festive decorations.

You can eat so many delicious treats in this market too — from Atlantic lobster to bakery goods, and even poutine. Mm, good! For the kids out there, you can find some toys to get so you can play with them throughout the Christmas season.

Montreal Christmas Village

Snow-covered benches, pier, waterfront walkway, harbor, and downtown Montreal after sunset in winter - Montreal, Canada

The Montreal Christmas Village is located in Montreal, Quebec.

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Running for several weeks, the Montreal Christmas Village, also known as Village de Nöel, is as if you were walking around Christmas Town. Over 60 exhibitors are lined up along the streets of the village. Performers are singing Christmas carols that you can sing along to. Food vendors are selling delicious treats you can munch on. Attractions abound for people of all ages, especially children. The Montreal Christmas Village is located right in the middle of the action, in downtown Montreal and you can get there by public transit, too.

German Christmas Market

Quebec City Christmas Market

The German Christmas Market is located in Quebec City, Quebec.

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Just imagine walking along the cobblestone streets in Old Quebec City, which is the oldest city in Canada, and then you come upon a traditional German village. Well, that’s what it’s like at the German Christmas Market. It is very traditional Bavaria — with people’s outfits, the decor, and even tasty food like bratwurst, waffles, and pretzels. While you are there, you can partake in a mulled wine ceremony or just walk along the market and peruse the shops and food stands. There will be performers throughout the day singing your favorite Christmas songs.

Vancouver Christmas Market

Vancouver Christmas Market

The Vancouver Christmas Market is located in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Once you go into the Elizabeth Theatre Plaza in Vancouver, you’ll be transported back in time to a traditional German village. The market has tons of stands where you can buy beer steins, Christmas decorations, jewelry, and handmade knickknacks. You will also be able to buy some delicious treats as you meander through the traditional Christmas village. There are also Christmas lights and poinsettias decorated around a Christmas carousel. Performers line up to make sure you are in the Christmas spirit throughout your time there. 

While you visit the Vancouver Christmas Market, make sure you get your hands on a traditional German drink called feuerzangenbowle. It’s mulled wine mixed in with a sugarloaf that’s been soaked in rum. Sounds delicious!

Conclusion

And there you have it, these are six incredible Christmas markets in Canada. They all offer visitors a fun time with their light displays, their delicious holiday snacks, and their ornamental trees. There are fun activities for people of all ages — from kids to those who are 92 years old. If you happen to be in Canada this November or December, make sure these Christmas markets are on your list. They will liven up the wintertime to ensure you also spread some holiday cheer.

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Patrick Macfarland is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering travel, geography, and history. Patrick has been writing for more than 10 years. In the past, he has been a teacher and a political candidate. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from SDSU and a Master's Degree in European Union Studies from CIFE. From San Diego, California, Patrick loves to travel and try new recipes to cook.

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