From magical Christmas markets to breathtaking stone buildings and marvellous ice caves, it’s no wonder Europe is a destination dreamland over the holidays. But did you know you can get those same Euro vibes right here in the province? That’s right, between the charming Ontario small towns and the exciting big cities, you can feel like you’re on the adventure of a lifetime without ever leaving. 

Have you always wanted to get a taste of Italy or explore the spectacular landscapes in Iceland? Your bank account is probably basically laughing at the idea of paying for airfare right now.

But don’t sweat it.

We’ve rounded up some festive spots in Ontario that are all within a day trip's reach so that you can save money without sacrificing your vacay dreams. 

Whether you’re looking for the adventurous, thrill-seeking type of vacation or you simply want to wander down some cobblestone streets, Ontario has you covered. 

To experience the best of both worlds, simply tuck those passports away and get ready for an affordable holiday road trip with your besties this season. 

Now, all that’s left to do is browse the list below, pick out your favourite spots, and start mapping out your pseudo-euro vacay ASAP.

Galt

Price: Free

Address: Cambridge, ON

Why You Need To Go: Between old stone walls, iron fences, and historic buildings, it'll be easy to imagine you're on a festive far-flung vacay. 


Springer Market Square 

Price: Free

Address: Kingston, ON

Why You Need To Go: This downtown ice skating rink is surrounded by Kingston's beautiful limestone buildings and charming holiday vendors.


Almonte

Price: Free

Address: Almonte, ON

Why You Need To Go: It's easy to pretend you're strolling down the streets of London in this adorable small town


Niagara-on-the-Lake

Price: Free

Address: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Why You Need To Go: From the vineyards to the quaint residential areas, everything about this little town screams European Christmas magic. 


Tiffany Falls

Price: Free

Address: Tiffany Falls, Hamilton, ON

Why You Need To Go: This frozen wonder is just one of many Ontario waterfalls that will make you feel like you're in Iceland this winter. 


Bruce Caves

Price: Parking fees may apply

Address: Grey Rd. 1, Wiarton, ON

Why You Need To Go: Bruce Caves may not be quite as grand as the ice caves in Austria, but it's a pretty breathtaking alternative nonetheless. A bit cheaper, too!


Upper Canada Village

Price: $16

When: Until January 4

Address: 13740 County Road 2, Morrisburg, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy magical holiday light displays, horse-drawn rides, and so much more during the Alight at Night event. 


Blue Mountain Village

Price: Prices vary based on activity 

Address: 156 Jozo Weider Blvd, The Blue Mountains, ON

Why You Need To Go: European ski resort anyone? You'll totally forget you haven't left the province at this magical resort. 


Ottawa Christmas Market

Price: Free entry

When: Until December 22

Address: Casino Lac-Leamy Plaza at Lansdowne

Why You Need To Go: Modeled directly after the popular European-style markets, the Ottawa Christmas Market really nailed the vibe. 


Stratford 

Price: Free to visit

Address: Stratford, ON

Why You Need To Go: You don't need to travel all the way to the UK to enjoy a play. With cobblestone streets and a thriving theatre scene, you can get those London feels right here.


St. Jacobs Village 

Price: Free

Address: St. Jacobs, ON

Why You Need To Go: St. Jacobs village holds nothing back when it comes to Christmas. If you want those enchanted fairy-tale holiday vibes, this is the spot for you. 


Ferro Bar & Cafe

Price: Prices vary, roughly $15-$30

When: Open daily

Address: 769 St. Clair Ave., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Who needs an expensive trip to Italy when you can indulge in Italian pizza, pasta, espresso, and more right in the 6ix?


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