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You’ve made a list and you’re checking it twice: it’s time to find gifts for everyone who’s nice!
Find unique, one-of-a-kind and locally made gift ideas at these holiday markets in Waterloo Region. Meet the makers, enjoy the ambience, check off everyone on your list: who knows – you might find something special for you too!
Vegan Christmas Market– Sunday, November 24th
Descendants Brewery, 319 Victoria St N, Kitchener, ON N2H 5E1
This event will feature local vegan businesses and artisans with ticket proceeds going to Froghollow Farm Sanctuary (kids are free)
Riverside Public School Holiday Market– Saturday, November 30th
9 am – 2 pm
Riverside Public School, 250 William St, Elmira, ON N3B 0B9
Wonderful vendors and one of a kind crafts. All proceeds from this event support the children and staff of Riverside Public School in Elmira.
Jingle Bell Boutique– Saturday, November 30th
10 am – 3 pm
Breslau Community Centre, 100 Andover Drive, N0B 1M0
Vendors will be selling a variety of products from handmade to delicious treats! Admission is free. A food donation to the Food Bank would be appreciated.
Kitchener Market Christmas Market– Saturday, November 30th
7 am – 2 pm
Kitchener Market, 300 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 2L3
Enjoy Kitchener’s Saturday farmers’ market with some extra special holiday-themed artisan vendors, music and activities. Santa will be stopping by, so bring your camera for pictures with your kids!
Ayr Handmade Holiday Show & Sale– Saturday, November 30th
10 am – 4 pm
North Dumfries Community Centre, 2958 Greenfield Rd, Ayr
SHOP LOCAL and meet over 40 Artisans & Artists. Enjoy amazing food, and be ready to shop!
Stitch ‘n’ Kitsch Winter Handmade Market– Saturday, December 7th
10 am–5 pm
Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), 67 Erb Street W., Waterloo
Find so many wonderful, handmade creations including pottery, jewelry, textiles, clothing & accessories, soap and body care, decadent treats, paper goods, art, woodwork, handmade dolls & toys, baby items & so much more!
BTW – Stitch ‘n’ Kitsch is part of UpTown Waterloo’s Holiday Hop ‘N Shop, which features fun activities and special promotions all weekend long!
Christkindl Market– Thursday, December 5th– Sunday, December 8th
Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St W, Kitchener, ON N2G 4G7
Kitchener City Hall has been home to Canada’s original Christkindl Market since 1996. More than 100 indoor and outdoor vendors offering Christmas decor, boughs, giftware and handmade clothing as well as many unique finds.
Make-A-Difference Market– Saturday, December 7th
10 am – 4 pm
Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Road N., Waterloo ON N2L 3G6
This Conrad Grebel Student Council Peace Society Christmas shopping fundraiser features fair trade and local vendors, a food and bake sale, a silent auction, and live music.
Holigay Market 2019 – Saturday, December 7th
9 am – 2 pm
Fresh Ground Cafe, 256 King St E, Kitchener
Join Rainbow Reels’ 3rd magically queer Holigay Market and Zine Fair. What better way to prepare for the Holigays than with gift shopping from the most talented LGBTQ+ makers the KW region has to offer. This is a fundraiser for the Rainbow Reels Queer and Trans Film Festival!
St. Jacobs Holiday Market– Thursday, December 12th & Saturday, December 14th
7 am – 3:30 pm
St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, 878 Weber St N, Woolwich, ON N2J 4A9
Along with the regular market happenings, get ready for special activities, events and crafts for the entire family. Find unique one-of-a-kind gifts and an array of foods for your holiday gatherings!
Cambridge Christmas Market– Thursday, December 12th – Sunday, December 15th
Cambridge City Hall, 50 Dickson Street, Cambridge, ON
Quality vendors will fill City Hall and Market Square to create a one-stop shopping destination for unique gifts, seasonal food and a great shopping atmosphere.
Indigenous Art Market
Saturday, December 14th 11am – 5pm
Kitchener City Hall
Just in time for the holidays, stop by our art market to support Indigenous artists in Kitchener and buy local Indigenous art, jewellry, crafts and other hand made goods.