9 awesome Christmas markets to check out in Calgary this holiday season

Nov 19 2018, 6:54 pm

This is the perfect way to get that holiday shopping done sooner rather than later on Christmas Eve.

If you’re on the hunt for ways to spend your holidays, check out these unique and classic Christmas markets bustling around YYC to find those perfect gifts.

YYC Alternative Christmas Market

What: Plain Jane Events is proud to announce this year’s “Alternative Christmas Market.” From scoring some vintage finds at Sweet Pea Vintage to spilling the tea with the girls at Tea Life, you’ll be able to do it all while grabbing some mini-donuts at Ritual Donuts that will transport you back to your carnival days. You can get all of your holiday shopping done here — and that’s just the start! This event supports local makers, artisans, designers, artists, and small business owners.

When: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Time: 10 am 4 pm
Where: Inglewood Community Association Hall — 1740 24th Avenue Southeast, Calgary
Admission: FREE! but please register online for a ticket

Spruce Meadows Christmas Market

What: The atmosphere of this Christmas market will have you feeling like you’re in a holiday movie. With over 300 vendors, you’ll be sure find something to hang on the tree this year. The Equi-Plex, Gallery on the Green at Congress Hall, Reindeer Alley, and Candy Cane Lane are only a few of the exhibits at Spruce Meadows. This family-friendly wonderland is a must-visit this holiday season.

When: Every Friday from November 16 to December 2, 2018
Time: 9:30 am to 8 pm
Where: 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $12

Little Modern Market: Holiday Edition

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Little Modern Market/littlemodernmarket.com

What: This modern take on the classic Christmas Market will have you buying cute handmade Christmas cards and peppermint soaps. All the items for sale are, you guessed it, are made locally. From knit bowties to personalized jewelry, pick up your Christmas gifts and support local businesses all in one go.

When: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Rally Pointe – 11511 35th Street SE, Calgary
Tickets: $5 entry

Make It Calgary

What: Over 130 of Canada’s top artists, makers, and crafters will be displaying their handmade crafts for all to enjoy. If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for all your Christmas gifts, this is the perfect place! Everything from clothing to art to home decor to gourmet goodies will be available.

When: Friday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9, 2018
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Deerfoot City — 901 64th Avenue NE, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $5

Calgary Night Market: Holiday Market 2018

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Christmas Market/Calgary Night Market

What: A total of 40 vendors from Calgary and surrounding areas will be selling handmade jewelry, photography, pottery, paintings, furniture, body products, clothing, fine foods, and so much more, plus live entertainment and a DJ.

When: Every Friday from November 2 to December 14, 2018
Time: 5 to 11 pm
Where: Eau Claire Market – 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary
Admission: Free

Century Downs Christmas Market

What: Make your way to the new tent barns at Century Downs for a traditional Weihnachtsmarkt (say that three times fast), some mulled wine, and traditional German street food! You can also shop a variety of local artisan products and fun craft vendors.

When: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Admission: Free

Calgary Christmas Market

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Photos with Santa/Calgary Christmas Market

What: Mulled wine and live entertainment, what more could you ask for this holiday season? Be sure to check out the Calgary Christmas Market hosted by the Calgary Farmers’ Market. Snap a pic with the strolling Santa then munch on some roasted nuts while you shop for that perfect holiday gift.

When: Sunday, December 9th, 2018
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Calgary Farmer’s Market — 510 77th Avenue SE, Calgary
Tickets: Free

Christmas In Kensington

What: Santa Clause and sleigh rides — that’s what you can expect at Christmas in Kensington. Grab the family and head down to spread Christmas cheer. Stay and catch a holiday movie at 3:30 pm as well!

When: Every Saturday, December 1 to 22, 2019
Time: Noon to 4 pm
Where: Kensington Calgary — Kensington Rd and 10th Street NW, Calgary
Tickets: By donation

Calgary Expo Holiday Market

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Calgary Expo Holiday Cosplay/www.calgaryexpo.com/holidaymarket

What: Looking for a chance to reuse that amazing (and expensive) Halloween costume? The Calgary Expo Holiday Market has got you covered! Cosplay is a huge part of this unique holiday market with thousands of costumes for you to enjoy checking out. Grab a photo with Santa, stroll down Artist Alley, or vote on your favourite pop-culture themed Christmas tree.

When: December 1 and 2, 2018
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (5 pm on Sunday)
Where: BMO Centre — 20 Roundup Way, Calgary
Tickets: Online, $10

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