? Thursday, November 11, 2021
Buying vintage and locally made Christmas gifts is all the rage, and Ottawa’s Christmas markets have you covered this weekend. Stay in town or hit the road for a day trip to a small town festive event. Our list isn’t exhaustive; if we’ve missed your market please let us know firstname.lastname@example.org
▪️Saturday is the final Christmas in November event at the Carp Farmer’s Market. This outdoor market is free to attend (with free parking) and features over 50 local vendors. It’s pet friendly too. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the West Carleton Food Access Centre. 3790 Carp Road.
▪️Taking place in arguably the cutest of the small towns outside Ottawa, the Merrickville’s Makers Markets Christmas Market 2021 priomises more than 70 vendors selling hand-made wares. The market runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Fairground.
▪️The first 50 adults to arrive at Christmas Shopping at the Arena in Winchester will be given a free coffee and cookie, care of No Go Coffee and Simple Baked Catering. You can also expect balloon art, a visit by Santa, a 50/50 raffle, and of course, Christmas shopping with 25 vendors. Joel Steele Arena, 577 Main Street, Winchester.
▪️If you miss this Saturday (November 13th) you’ll have four additional chances to attend the Kars Christmas Market at the Community Recreation Association, 1604 Old Wellington St in Kars. It’s free to attend and there’s plenty of free parking. 10:00am to 3:00pm.
▪️Closer to home, you can expect over 50 vendors at the Holiday Craft Fair 2021 at the Hellenic Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive in Ottawa. It’s free to attend but organizers will gratefully accept donations to H.E.L.P. (Heroes Equine Learning Program). Saturday November 13th, 10:00am to 6:00pm and Sunday November 14th 10:00am to 4:00pm. Admission and parking are free.
▪️The Hot Wench Market at Carlington Coffeehouse will feature eight lovely vendors selling vintage clothing, books, and other great gift ideas. 917 Merivale Road from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
▪️The Metcalfe Farmers’ Christmas Market at 1448 Meadow Drive in Greely, Ontario, K4P 1B1 promises over 50 “locally grown” vendors. If you can’t make it on Saturday November 13th from 9:00am to 2:00pm, you can try again at the same venue on Saturday December 18th. Free entry and parking.
▪️Roll out of bed on Sunday November 14th for a road trip to Perth, where you’ll find the Ecotay Country Christmas Market. Over 50 vendors will be there, as will be BBQ food, a licensed bar with drinks care of Perth Brewery and Top Shelf Distillers, and even Santa himself. The event runs 10:00am to 4:00pm and is free to attend, but donations to For the Table Community Food Drive will be gratefully accepted.133 Menzies Munroe Side Road, Perth, K7H 3C5.
▪️Find 170 vendors (you read that right) at the final Original Navan Market of the year on Sunday November 14th. You’ll have from 10:00am to 3:00pm to work the market, which takes place at the Navan Fairgrounds.
▪️This Saturday also marks the official launch of the Robert Plante year round greenhouses. This event promises plants, of course, but also loads of Christmas decor items for inside and outside your home Ifor example, locally produced wooden deer come in not one, not two, but three sizes!). The launch will include prizes, giveaways, and food trucks, and even better, all live plants will be 25% off. 4228 Navan Road, 9:00am to 4:00pm.
▪️And finally … if you’re fed up with shopping at the end of Saturday, head to Live on Elgin for its Voilà: Vintage French Pop Dance Party, where DJs will spin French 1960s pop, Yéyé, disco, and New Wave tunes. $5 to enter. 200 Elgin St.
▪️Voting ends Sunday in our second annual Best of Ottawa Awards! Our awards celebrate Ottawa’s businesses and people, and your votes count. Head on over before 11:59pm Sunday November 14th.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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