You can always count on stores to remind you about the impending holiday season. Upon waking up the day after Halloween, most shops will have updated their decor and stock with tinsel, ornaments, and balsam boughs. Despite thinking, ‘It’s too soon!’, you can’t help but feel a slight tinge of panic when you realize you have (understandably) not started your holiday shopping yet.

One way to avoid the often oppressive nature of shopping over the holidays is to find a holiday market to attend. Not only will these markets be filled with unique gifts to get your shopping started, but their whimsical and festive atmosphere will get you excited for the holidays. Here are some great holiday markets to check out in the GTA!

Fair November – Guelph – Nov 17th – 20th

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The 42nd Fair November, presented at the University of Guelph’s University Centre is a handcrafted sale where you’ll find jewellery, homewares, delicious treats and more!

Downtown Brampton Christmas Market – Nov 18th – 20th, Nov 25th – 27th, Dec 2nd – 4th


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The 5th annual Downtown Brampton Christmas Market is a great way to start the holiday season and check out a variety of festive vendors, as well as take part in all the holiday cheer!

Toronto Christmas Market – Nov 18th – 20th

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Explore the variety of vendors and enjoy some delicious mulled wine in this magical part of the city – the Distillery District. A great holiday tradition to add to your calendar.

Home for the Holidays – Markham – Nov 18th – 20th


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A show completely dedicated to Christmas with 130 juried exhibitors offering Christmas decor, handcrafted gifts, not to mention lots of delicious holiday treats!

One of a Kind Show – Toronto – Nov 24th – Dec 3rd

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A juried marketplace, located at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place, it brings together makers and buyers of all kinds who share in a love for Canadian handmade goods and the holiday season.

Winter Craft and Vendor Fair – Brampton – Dec 10th


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This one day event features all kinds of beautiful, handmade items. The perfect place to get your holiday shopping and spirit of the season started!

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