Three free Christmas markets in the Ottawa area you won’t want to miss

Whether you’re looking for the perfect hand-made gift or hankering for a sleigh ride, check out these Christmas markets:

Christmas at Lansdowne

What: The Ottawa Farmers’ Market is transformed for four weekends in December into a Christmas extravaganza featuring 120 vendors selling locally made food, arts and crafts.

The extras: Horse and wagon rides on Dec. 8, 9 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a craft corner for the kids and live music from choirs and buskers.

When: Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Lansdowne Park in the Aberdeen Pavilion

Information: ottawafarmersmarket.ca/christmas

The Wakefield Christmas Market in 2017.

A European style market in the countryside

What: The Wakefield Christmas Market is a European inspired outdoor festival with more than 80 vendors selling local food, crafts, and art.

The extras: A bonfire to warm up, outdoor carolling and a heated music tent that boasts tunes ranging from children’s choirs to Cajun bands. For the kids, sleigh rides and a visit from Santa.

When: Dec. 8 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Wakefield Community Centre, 38 Valley River Dr., Wakefield, Que.

Information: noelwakefieldmarket.com

Christmas at the Museum

What: The Canadian Museum of History stages a market in the awesome Grand Hall, with more than 80 exhibitors offering crafts, gourmet food and jewelry.

The extras: You can check out the museum exhibits while you are there.

When: Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier St., Gatineau

Informationhistorymuseum.ca/event/christmas-market/


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