BY KELSEY KROMODIMOELJO
When coffee-lovers switch from pumpkin spice to eggnog lattes, you know the holiday shopping season has arrived! This year we’ve seen big transformations at Ottawa’s major shopping centres, but 2014 is also bringing more festive fun, with lots of Christmas markets and craft shows appearing across the city. A trip to any one of these holiday troves will have you picking up one-of-a-kind gifts and supporting local. Go on — it’s time to make your list and check it twice!
Capital Pop-Up Shop! Handmade Charity Show: Holiday Edition
Pop into this “Handmade Show” of local artisans, where proceeds will go to the Ottawa Food Bank and other local charities. Exhibitors include Becca Wallace, Heart Meets Paper, and Littlest Bird Workshop, whose products are featured in our November/December Holiday Gift Guide. Admission is free.
• Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave., 613-237-5550. capitalpopup.ca
NOVEMBER 22 AND 23
Joy! The 2014 OVCC Christmas Market
Bringing joy to the Christmas craft scene in Ottawa is the OVCC’s Christmas market, which describes itself as “a unique mélange of traditional, steampunk and geek, all served up with a cup of good cheer.” They’ll have something for everyone, including beautiful cards from Sarah’s Card Company, jewellery by Violeta Creations, and Rekindled Lighting’s unique lamps. Admission is free.
• Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellingston St. ovccshow.com
Home, Heart, and Handmade Indie Craft Fair
What we love about local craft shows is the community feel, and if you’re looking for a boutique experience, then look no further than this handmade fair at the Glebe Community Centre. This indie craft show is part of the Capital Craft Crawl on November 22, along with the two previously mentioned holiday markets. Keep an eye out for Purple Urchin, Top Shelf Preserves, and High Tide Bowties. Admission is free.
•Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave., 613-564-1058.
NOVEMBER 27 TO 30
Canadian Museum of History’s Christmas Market
The Christmas spirit has arrived at one of our most treasured national museums, as it celebrates the season with its very own Christmas market. In its fifth year running, the marketplace will include 70 exhibitors in the magnificent Grand Hall. Admission is free.
• Canadian Museum of History, 100, rue Laurier, Gatineau, 819-776-7000. historymuseum.ca
NOVEMBER 29 AND 30
Browse gifts for the art lover on your list. At Baz’Art, you will find ceramics, jewellery, painting, and photography by local and regional artists and artisans, each carefully selected by jury. As this is an event at the Shenkman Arts Centre, you will hear the sounds of live performers as you peruse this amazing showcase of artistic talent. Admission is free.
• Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd., 866-752-5231. shenkmanarts.ca
NOVEMBER 30; DECEMBER 6, 7, 13 AND 14
Ottawa Farmers’ Christmas Market
The Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park is transformed into a Christmas Market, teeming with festive flair and filled with holiday music, decorations, and Christmas trees. And more space means more vendors, who will all be competing for the title of Best Decorated Stall. Gift vendors will leave you with a lot to choose from, with handmade crafts, jewellery, woodworking, toys, and accessories. Though they’re known for their red deer and wild boar meat, Trillium Meadows will show off their woodworking skills as well, with yard reindeer and other wooden decorations for sale. Of course, there’s always the food, too, so shop for local and seasonal ingredients for your holiday feasts or purchase some ready made goods. Admission is free.
• Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank St., 613-580-2595. ottawafarmersmarket.ca
Urban Craft Market Holiday 2014
A favourite show amongst the hip and modern is the Urban Craft Market, which promises the biggest and best show yet with its Holiday Edition. The craft bash will showcase more than 50 indie craft vendors from Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, and beyond. Keep an eye out for vendors such as Dapper Beard Oil, Janie & Pamalamalas, Split Tree Cocktail Co., and Top Shelf Preserves. Admission is free.
• Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave., 613-564-1058. urbancraftmarket.com
DECEMBER 6 TO 22
Christmas in the ByWard Market
The ByWard Market is a bustling marketplace all year round, but it’s extra special for the holiday season. Celebrate the season outdoors with free wagon rides, and hear sounds of joy from Christmas carollers at the corner of William and York. You’ll find many vendors outside, but don’t miss exploring the ByWard Market Square for some local gifts at Eclection and Tickled Pink. Admission is free. Open weekends only.
•ByWard Market, 55 ByWard Market Square, 613-562-3325. byward-market.com
DECEMBER 11 TO 21
Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Sale
This massive craft show is the perfect place to pick up some unique gifts for your loved ones, as there will be over 200 artisans displaying their wares. Offerings include jewellery, fashion and accessories, visual art, bath and body products, and more. Closed December 15. $7.
• EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr., 613-241-5777. originalsshow.ca
DECEMBER 12 AND 13
Shopify Makers’ Market: Christmas Edition
Ottawa’s very own e-commerce company is holding a Christmas edition of its Makers’ Market, where Shopify businesses can sell their wares and interact with the community. Keep an eye out for Main Street Knits, Darling Yes, and Scrub Inspired.
•Details to come soon.