‘Tis the season for uncovering handmade crafts, local art, tasty treats, and unique finds for everyone on your Nice List! Guelph is home to a flurry of holiday markets, and we don’t want you to miss out. So here is Guelph’s December holiday market guide. Add some sparkle to your holiday gift giving this year and shop local.
Creative Spark Winter Market. Saturday Dec 7, 10-4pm | Dublin St. United Church. 68 Suffolk St. West
$2 or non-perishable donation to Guelph Food Bank
“With over 30 artisans and makers showcasing and selling their products including jewellery, pottery, painting, mixed media, paper crafts, body care, children’s clothing and toys, accessories, home decor and so much more, there’s something for everyone on your list this holiday season.” – Creative Spark, website
Christmas Village Market. Dec 6-8 | Old Quebec Street Shoppes, 55 Wyndham St North
$ Free Entry
“This 3 day long family event will put you in the festive spirit with the magical ambiance of candy cane striped booths and festive décor recreating a traditional European Christmas market. Complete with seasonal entertainment, makers, specialty foods and an adorable Mini Makers Market from the Children’s Art Factory. The Christmas Village Market offers handcrafted, unique, one of a kind, gift items and food delicacies from talented vendors. Don’t leave before trying some of the festive treats from the artisan food vendors. Small batch ice cream, delectable butter tarts, traditional shortbread and gourmet doughnuts to name a few. Sunday is Family Day with special entertainers and even Santa will be visiting!
Rug and Weave’s 2nd Annual Winter Market Saturday Dec 7, 10-3pm | 460 York Road
Free or PWYC to Guelph Wish Fund for Children
“Rug & Weave is hosting their second annual holiday market, at their historic warehouse at 460 York Rd. With an emphasis on local and handmade, there will be 18 artisans and makers. There will be tasty food & beverages, an hour of live music by local favourites Nicolette & The Nobodies, and kids cartoon and craft zone! Admission to the market is free, however Rug and Weave are accepting donations to the Guelph Wish Fund upon entry.” – Rug and Weave, staff
3rd Annual Feminist Holiday Market. Sun Dec 8, 12-5pm | 50 Stone Rd. East. Peter Clark Hall, University Centre (Basement)
PWYC. Suggested $3
“The Feminist Holiday Market aims to dismantle the patriarchy by supporting and showcasing women (cis and trans), non-binary folks, queers, LGBTIQQ2+, BIPOC and folks with disabilities.
This event will bring together artisans, makers, creatives, small businesses, activists and more like-minded people to create a hub of feminism, community, and activism!” – Feminist Holiday Market, Facebook event page
MKT MKT Holiday Market. Saturday Dec 14, 10-4pm | 99 Woolwich St. St George’s Anglican Church
$3 or non-perishable to Guelph Food Bank
“MKT MKT is a celebration of the people who create in our community. This all-maker market will be host to over 60 local makers. There will be food, performances by local musicians, a kids craft table, a wrapping station and other fun surprises” –MKT MKT Holiday Market organizer, Carly Klassen.
Silence Holiday Market Monday Dec 14, 10-4pm | 46 Essex Street
$ Free Entry
“Come support local artisans and get some of your gift shopping done here at Silence at our 4th annual Holiday Market!” – Silence Sounds, website
“Celebrate the festive season with Guelph Farmers’ Market! The Merry Maker Night Market offers a seasonal celebration and a special last-minute shopping opportunity with more than 80 vendors, unique arts, crafts and gifts from local artists, locally-prepared foods (and more!)…” – City of Guelph, website