Festive Art Events to get you in the Holiday Spirit


The holiday season is upon us in the Guelph Arts Community and that means tons of holiday markets and events coming your way! We’ve rounded up as many holiday events as possible to get you in the holiday spirit!

The holiday season is upon us in the Guelph Arts Community and that means tons of holiday markets and events coming your way! We’ve rounded up as many holiday events as possible to get you in the holiday spirit! Keep on reading to find out about holiday markets to get that special someone the perfect locally crafted gift or attend a festive event with your loved ones this winter season!

Shows and Exhibitions

HOOP-LA 2022 Show and Sale, Necessary Arts Collective

November 15th to december 15th

Closing Reception December 10th, 2pm to 4pm

More information here.

Last Call, GEAMP (Guelph Emerging Artist Mentorship Program) Group Show

Boarding House Gallery, 6 Dublin St S, Guelph, ON N1H 4L5

December 5th to December 17th

Opening Reception December 8th, 6pm to 9pm 

‘Last Call’ is the result of invaluable mentorship between local established artists and our emerging artist participants over the past few months. The mentees have been working hard individually and collaboratively to bring this exhibition to life. We invite members of Guelph’s arts community and the public to stop by Boarding House to experience this lovely display of art and hard work.

More information here.

HWGH Juried Show, Homer Watson House & Gallery

1754 Old Mill Rd, Kitchener

On until January 8th

The HWHG Annual Juried Show showcases artworks with an aim to celebrate the diversity, creativity and talent of our art community. For 2022, we had a completely open call for submissions and received almost 200 artworks demonstrating the wealth of creativity in the region.

More information here.

Markets and Local Artisians

Ward Holiday Night Market

November 24, 6pm to 10pm

St Mary’s Ukrainian Church, 115 York Road

More information here.

Wellington County Museum & Archives Christmas Market

November 25th, 4pm-9pm

November 26th, 12pm-5pm

0536 Wellington County Rd 18, Fergus

More information here.

Guelph Outdoor Holiday Handmade Market, The Guelph Handmade Group

November 26th, 3pm to 8pm

Riverside Park, 709 Woolwich Street Guelph

More information here.

November Holiday Market, MKT MKT Markets & Events

November 26th, 10am to 4pm

St Georges Anglican Church, 99 Woolwich Street Guelph, ON

More information here.

Holiday Sip ’n Shop, Royal City Brewing Co.

December 4th, 11am-4pm

199 Victoria Rd South, Guelph, ON 

More Information here.

Coolest Christmas Market, Cool Aunt Creatives

December 11th, 1pm-6pm

Spring Mill Distillery 43 Arthur St S Guelph, ON

More information here.

Take Home The Holidays, Guelph Farmers Market

Every Thursday in December, 4pm-7pm

2 Gordon St, Guelph, ON


Transtar, Fourth Friday

November 25th, 7pm-9pm

Guelph Civic Museum 52 Norfolk Street Guelph

Every Fourth Friday of the month enjoy free admission to the Civic Museum from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and a free concert starting at 7 p.m.

More information here.

McCrae 150 Symposium

November 26th, 10am-4pm

Guelph Civic Museum 52 Norfolk Street Guelph

Commemorate McCrae 150 with a day-long speakers series featuring reflections on the life and service of Lt.-Col. John McCrae, the reverberations of the Great War, and what we can learn from this history over a century later.

More information here.

A Christmas Story, Guelph Chamber Choir

November 27th, 4pm-5:30pm

Harcourt United Church 87 Dean Ave. Guelph

An annual family-friendly tradition with special guests from the Guelph Guild of Storytellers, weaving stories, choral selections, and sing-along carols. A joyous start to the festive holiday season.

More information here.

Messiah, Guelph Chamber Choir

December 4th, 7:30pm-9pm

River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich Street Guelph

Guelph’s “favourite Messiah” features a chamber orchestra, guest soloists, and some special guests.

More information here.

Seasons Greetings, Guelph Library

December 5th, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Guelph Public Library East Side, Branch 1 Starwood Drive Guelph

Jay Wilson, Storyteller, transforms Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” into a poem called “Isn’t That The Dickens”. Complete with Scrooge, Cratchit, Tiny Tim and of course all the ghosts, this novella becomes “theatre of the mind” . Think of it as a radio play. Add wind, doors slamming, ticking clocks, rattling chains and assorted spooky sounds and you have yourself a new twist on a Christmas tradition.

More information here.

Ridge, Guelph Museums and Culture

December 6th, 7:30pm-10pm

River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich Street Guelph

A visceral performance centered around the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Ridge probes difficult but necessary questions about how and why we grieve. Through storytelling, theatre, and live music, the production examines misconceptions and varying perspectives about the battle, while drawing parallels to other formative events in Canada’s past.

More information here.


Playing the Pipes, Musical Animals from Medieval Manuscripts 

December 3rd, 10am-4pm

Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street Guelph

A workshop with Debbie Thompson Wilson! “Playing the Pipes” celebrates the whimsical animals and creatures pictured playing bagpipes in the margins of medieval manuscripts. Paint a small image adapted from medieval illuminations, using real gold leaf, watercolour, and ink. There will be a choice of subjects to paint; among them will be a cat, a fox and a gryphon.

More information here.

Life Drawing Workshop, Otherwise Studios

November 29th, 7pm-9pm

Brothers Brewing Company, 15 Wyndham Street North Guelph

Learn how to draw the human form in a variety of ways, pick up techniques at one class, progressively build your skills throughout multiple classes, or work on old skills with access to life models!

More information here.

Guelph School of Art Workshops, Wyndham Arts

Sacred Geometry and Mandala Making

November 30th, 10am-4pm

Explorations in Monotype Printmaking

December 12th, 10am-4pm

Let’s Play with Chine Collé

December 13th, 10am-4pm

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