Christmas is just around the corner, and already the streets are filled with snow and holiday cheer. Many festivals and markets are now beginning to open their doors for the season, and they look more magical than ever. Sadly, the holidays always go by quickly, and with so much to do and see, it's time to start planning your festive bucket list. Explore enchanting events across the province with friends, family, or a loved one this winter. These Ontario Christmas events and markets will have your heart growing two sizes.

Ontario is one of the best places to be during the holiday season.

With sparkling snowflakes covering the ground and a flurry of festive activities, there's no time to binge-watch Christmas movies all day.

Several attractions have just recently opened for the season, such as the iconic Toronto Christmas Market.

Ontario is also getting some brand new holiday events this year.

Canada's Wonderland will be transforming into a wintery village worthy of the North Pole with its very first WinterFest.

You'll be able to explore a whole new version of the amusement park and fill up on all the festive food imaginable.

The Ottawa Christmas Market is also a new event to check out. This charming attraction will whisk you away to the streets of Europe with its twinkling lights and local vendors.

Ottawa Christmas Market

Price: Free

When: November 29, 2019 - December 22, 2019

Address: 1015 Bank St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Ottawa's very first European-style Christmas market will whisk you away to a charming winter wonderland filled with baked goods and holiday magic.


Winter Festival Of Lights

Price: Free

When: November 16, 2019 - January 12, 2020

Address: 6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, ON

Why You Need To Go: Wander through over three million lights and see giant glimmering installations at this massive illuminated festival.


Village Noel

Price: Free

When: November 21, 2019 - November 23, 2019

Address: 324 Whitewood Ave., New Liskeard, ON

Why You Need To Go: This enchanting New France themed market has tons of local vendors and unique activities such as an axe-throwing competition. 


WinterFest

Price: Starting at $21.99

When: November 22, 2019 - December 31, 2019

Address: 1 Canada's Wonderland Dr., Vaughan, ON

Why You Need To Go: Explore this brand new winter festival with a glassy ice rink and tons of festive treats. 


Christkindl

Price: Free

When: December 5, 2019 - December 8, 2019

Address: 200 King St. W. Kitchener, ON

Why You Need To Go: This German-style Christmas Market will have you feeling merry as you explore local booths and sip a hot Glühwein. 


The Polar Express 

Price: $52 - $92

When: November 21, 2019 - December 21, 2019

Address: 50 Isabella St., St Jacobs, ON

Why You Need To Go: Wear your pajamas and sip hot chocolate on this real-life Polar Express.


Alight At Night 

Price: $12 - $16

When: November 29, 2019 - January 4, 2020

Address: 13740 County Rd. 2, Morrisburg, ON

Why You Need To Go: The Upper Canada Village is transforming into a Christmas wonderland filled with twinkling lights, toy train rides, and a vintage merry-go-round.


Nutcracker Christmas

Price: $32.50 per adult

When: TBA

Address: 1 Austin Ter., Toronto, ON 

Why You Need To Go: See the castle transformed into an enchanting winter fortress with sparkling installations and tons of festive decor.


Toronto Christmas Market

Price: Free during weekdays, $8 - $30 per person on weekends

When: November 14, 2019 - December 22, 2019

Address: 373 Front St. E., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: One of the most anticipated events of the season, the Christmas Market is filled with festive magic. Wander through the historic Distillery District, and see it transformed into a holiday dreamland.



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