Shop ‘til Snow Drops at these Xmas Markets

Isa Tousignant

Montréal during the holidays is like a real-life snowball. Falling snow, twinkling lights, ice skating in the Old Port and cheer on every corner… what better place to fill your stockings? Montréal’s 2017 indie winter fairs and Xmas markets guarantee all your gifts will be unique, with offerings ranging from décor to soaps, jewellery, fashion, bags, Christmas cookies and more – something to please everyone on your list.

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Marché des ateliers Capitol

November 16 and 17, 2017

Get your fash on at this market uniting 30 local designers in the Capitol building, in a two-storey space in the heart of Mile End. Capitol regulars will be on the spot, including women’s wear designer Betina Lou, unisex accessories brand Cantin and kids brand Romarine, and plenty of guest designers.

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Marché Nënë

November 18 and 19, 2017

Welcome to family fest! This market dedicated to goods for the whole family brings together over 30 designers (including Poterie Bonmatin, Clair de Prune and Coton Mouton), who create a range of kid-friendly gear, from clothes to toys. There are also tons of free workshops for kids happening over the weekend, as well as a café on the spot, storytelling hours and film screenings.

Expozine

November 25 and 26, 2017

An indie fair like no other, Expozine is an ode to the printed page that unites hundreds of tables full of zines, comics, novels, poems, postcards and posters by publishers including Drawn + Quarterly, Conundrum Press, Véhicle Press and Oie de Cravan. So many gift ideas!

Marché de l’école nationale de meuble et de l’ébénisterie

November 25 to December 4, 2017

This exciting designer furniture market is a highlight on design fans’ calendar, if only for the eye candy. See the creative ideas put forward by the next generation of Montréal furniture makers and wood workers, and get a piece for that very special someone on your list – or maybe you? Funds go towards the students’ annual exhibition.

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The Nutcracker Market

November 30 to December 10, 2017

Help support the Grand Ballets while shopping the items on your lists at this bustling philanthropic, named after their signature annual holiday production, The Nutcracker. You’ll find everything from locally made home décor to art, toys, accessories and things to munch on around the Christmas tree.

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Souk@SAT

November 29 to December 3, 2017

The fanciest designer craft fair you’re likely ever to see happens annually at the Société des arts technologiques on St-Laurent, where you’ll find artfully appointed booths filled with fashion (Litige), avant-garde jewellery (Catrie), stunning lamps (Studio Botté), tasty syrups (Djinn) and sweet, sweet honey (Alvéole) by some of Montréal’s most famous and to-be-discovered brands.

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Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal

December 1 to 24, 2017

Mixing holiday traditions from around the world, the Grand Marché offers all kinds of locally made gift items, gourmet food and drinks. Be sure to try an array of creative food truck fare, plus take in free live shows and family-oriented outdoor activities to complete the experience.

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Salon des Métiers d’Art

December 7 to 17, 2017

Walk among Christmas trees and historical holiday displays as you peruse the handiwork of Québec artisans, artists and craftspeople at the impressive Place Bonaventure downtown. Find cozy clothing, children’s toys, decorations and home decor, stand-out jewelry, Québécois food and drink (sampling before you buy is part of the fun here), and more for yourself and everyone on your gift list.

Marché Artisanal de Montréal

December 9 and 10, 2017

This market in Little Italy focuses on the handiwork of local artisans, so it’s your prime spot to find woodworking products, leather work, hand mixed teas, artisanal soaps, kids’ toys – the works. There’s a special focus on sustainability, recycled materials and eco products here, too.

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Puces POP

December 9 to 11 and 16 to 18, 2017

For over a decade this super popular fair has been filling church basements with countless indie goods, including posters, cupcakes, soaps, syrups, jewels, clothes and knits. It’s a great one-stop shopping experience for everyone on your list, because you can find products for all ages and tastes.

Etsy Montréal Holiday Market

December 16 and 17, 2017

Etsy is a global point of reference for all things craft, so you KNOW their holiday market will have something for absolutely everyone. See what over 100 of Montréal’s most creative makers have been up to since last year at Théâtre Denise Pelletier in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, in the east end of town.

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Merry Montréal

December 21, 2017 to January 1, 2018

This celebratory event in Old Montréal’s Place Jacques-Cartier features outdoor fire pits, food, warm drinks, music and free activities for the whole family. Plus, of course, an enormous Christmas market! Buy everything from yummy treats to candles to crafts and accessories for the people on your list, and then brings them back on December 31 for the biggest New Year’s Eve party in the neighbourhood.

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant, blogger

Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s ecclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.