Tis the season to shop!
Our team loves supporting locally owned and operated small businesses, and we know you do too! This season, let's start a new tradition of shopping for our gifts at local stores and the incredible makers markets that happen from now until the end of December. We have compiled a list of 20 of the best markets in Ottawa and surrounding areas to help you plan your shopping trips. There truly is something for everyone on your list at these amazing markets! Click on the titles to visit each event's website!
WHEN: November 20th, 2021 (10am to 4pm)
WHERE: 1000 Exhibition Way
If you are a fan of any type of craft, maker, or vintage show, you have most likely heard of 613flea. This awesome flea market is held approximately once a month on Saturdays at the Aberdeen Pavilion, lovingly known as the “Cattle Castle”. It is dedicated to promoting the economic independence of the creative and sustainable community of our area. Shop over 100 vendors for everything from vintage pieces to delicious food to beautiful handcrafted items.
If you want to stay up to date with 613flea, I highly recommend following their Facebook and Instagram accounts as well as signing up for the email so you will be the first to hear date and vendor announcements!
WHEN: November 26th to 28th, 2021
Shop this incredible market online of 50 female identifying Indigenous artists and artisans from all across Canada. This market will feature diverse works from Métis, Inuit and First Nations makers including fine art, beadwork, moccasins, cards, crafts, music, materials and much more. Pre-Register and sign up for reminders via this link!
WHEN: November 8th, 6pm - November 16th, 9pm
Ottawa Artisans was launched in February of 2020 as a solution to support local makers and aid in hyper-local shopping. The platform was created to both support local creators to easily and securely sell their products as well as make local shopping as easy as possible for Ottawans. Only 2 years in, the number of artisans has grown by the hundreds and there are now more than 10,000 items available for purchase on their website as well as some amazing giveaways happening all week long. Shop online from November 8th to 16th and arrange to pick up at their Bayshore or St.Laurent Mall locations or have your purchase delivered to your door. If you are shopping from outside of Ottawa, you are in luck! This year, they have teamed up with SwiftPost to be able to ship Canada and USA wide!
WHEN: November 20th to November 21st, 10am to 8pm
Ottawa Artisans is organizing an indoor craft market in partnership with the Carlingwood Shopping Center! Come visit the artisans who will be set-up in the hallway of the mall and in-store. The market follows the mall hours and is happening both days of the weekend.
WHEN: December 4th to December 5th, 10am to 8pm
Ottawa Artisans is taking over the St-Laurent Shopping Center! For 2 days you will be able to visit more than 70 local artisans during the special 2-days holiday market. Artisans will be set up in some dedicated stores where you will be able to browse all their products in the warmth of the mall. Visit all the stores and collect special stickers for a chance to win a grand prize!
WHEN: November 28th 2021, 9am to 4pm
ADMISSION: FREE + free parking
Stop by to shop for the holidays: jewellery, bath & body products, pottery, spices, wooden toys, handbags, apparel, natural soaps and so much more! This eveny is in partnership with the Kanata BIA.
WHEN: November 13th, 2021, 10am to 4pm
Merrickville's Makers Markets showcase the work of area artisans. They are the best place to find everything made by hand and from the heart! The Christmas Market features 70+ local artisans and markets, all in one place! Head over to the playgrounds to get your holiday shopping started!
WHEN: November 13th, 2021, 9am to 2pm and December 18th, 2021, 9am to 2pm
With over 45+ amazing weekly vendors, it is no surprise that this market was voted Ottawa’s Best Farmers Market of 2021. Knock some items off of your holiday shopping list and shop local makers selling everything from fresh produce to baking, pottery to jewelery, and everything in between. Follow them on Instagram or Facebook for updates!
WHEN: November 25th, 2021, 4:30pm to 8pm
ADMISSION: Donations of non perishables & cash accepted to the Caldwell Family Centre Foodbank
My Local Markets presents their first Christmas Night Market at their Nepean location! Enjoy shopping 35+ vendors, listen to the festive music, and enjoy delicious food from The Grilled Tomato and drinks from the Urban Centre Bar.
WHEN: September 30th - November 14th, 2021 (see the website for more details on days and hours)
WHERE: 6100 Mitch Owens Road
One World Bazaar is a family-owned and operated business in which they work directly with artisans from all over the world to bring a curated collection of handmade items to Ottawa! The beautiful barn is packed to the rafters with everything from home decor, jewelery, clothing, furniture, art, and much more. If you are looking for unique and interested gifts this year, you have to check out this Bazaar!
WHEN: November 1st - December 6th, 2021
Shop this Christmas Bazaar right from home! Everything sold at this Bazaar is made by local Ottawa area makers and you can find everything from savoury pies, chilis, soups and other delicious food items to home decor, gifts, and crafting supplies. They also feature a wide range of environmentally friendly products like reusable household items and upcycled gifts. Fill your basket online, pay, and pick up curb-side!
WHEN: November 26th to December 22nd, 2021 (see the website for the detailed schedule with dates and times)
ADMISSION: FREE (paid parking available)
Casino Lac-Leamy Plaza at Lansdowne is being transformed into a European style Christmas Market! Under a canopy of fairy lights you can shop 35+ vendors, enjoy seasonal food and drink, enjoy live entertainment, a central bar, fire pits, beautiful holiday decor and much more! This is a great holiday experience for adults and kids alike!
WHEN: November 19th - November 21st, 2021 (times not yet announced)
Comiccon is back at EY Centre with a holiday-centric market featuring all of your favourite retailers and vendors, just in time to get your Christmas shopping done! Shop comic books, collectibles, cosplay supplies, original art, and much more over this 2 day event, and bring the kids along!
WHEN: December 2nd to 5th, 2021 (Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm. Sunday 10am to 5pm)
ADMISSION: $2/person or $5/family
Crystal and mineral lovers rejoice! This amazing trade show is a great place to get gifts for those crystal and jewelry fanatics in your life. This show will offer everything from crystals, minerals and designing supplies to stunning completed jewelery.
WHEN: November 21st, 2021, 10am to 3pm
WHERE: 28 Drummond Street East
Get ready for Christmas with the return of the Farmers Market. Inside and outside the Crystal Palace in downtown Perth, vendors will have a wide variety of food, drink and art for sale.
WHEN: December 8th to 12th, 2021
ADMISSION: $10 (buy tickets HERE)
This awesome annual craft sale is a uniquely Canadian handmade marketplace in Ottawa that features the works of over 150 artists, artisans, makers, and designers from coast-to-coast. Since 1974, the show has been the premier holiday shopping event of the Nation’s Capital – an annual tradition where visitors can meet passionate creatives in person, hear their stories, and experiance their works first-hand.
WHEN: December 2, 2021, 3pm to 9pm
The vendor market will be held indoors at the St. Elias Banquet Centre in Ottawa. Get your Christmas shopping done and support small business by shopping local artisans, crafters and vendors, for unique and thoughtful gifts. Stay a while and enjoy traditional sweets and treats. Sip on hot cocoa or a warm drink with family and friends, while enjoying a magical lit up and cozy atmosphere. There will be a visit from Santa, a tree lighting, carolling, kids crafts and so much more!
WHEN: Saturday, November 20th and 27th, 10am to 5pm
Sunday, November 21st and 28th, 11am to 4pm
The Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group (GNAG) has been hosting this craft and artisan fair for over 40 years, and this year they have added a second weekend to accommodate the highest number of people possible while being socially distanced and COVID safe. Shop some of the highest quality artisan made items including art, jewelery, home decor, amazing gift ideas, and much more.
WHEN: November 20th, 2021 and November 27th, 2021
ADMISSION: FREE + free parking
Old-fashioned Christmas Farmers' Market, 100% outdoors. Many of their regular vendors will be joined by talented local artisans for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. With 50 vendors there will be a variety of baking, food, and many artisans with lots of unique gift ideas. Enjoy the fresh air and a well-spaced out market.
WHEN: November 20th to 21st, 10am to 4pm
November 27th to 28th, 10am to 4pm
December 4th to 5th, 10am to 4pm
Shop local artisans handmade products including jewellery, art, glass and woodwork, pottery, knitting, holiday decorations, body products, foods and preserves, and much more at historical Watson’s Mill. This event is on for 3 weekends, and don't forget to check out the used book store in the Carriage Shed!
If we have missed any local craft and maker markets you think should be included in this list, please let us know! Happy shopping!