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A free Christmas market for your socks

Christmas is less than a month away, and this means that the market scene for recreational recreation gets faster from grandparents' chin after a bad chimney season.

We have found a list of local markets in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, which we consider to be a gift to a wide variety of craftsmanship, locally made, and the same kind of products.

Even better – none of the markets charge entry.

Christmas Square Museum

Where: Canadian Museum of History

When: November 30 from 11 to 20, December 1 and 2 from 9 am to 5 pm.

This actually started on Thursday but runs throughout the weekend, with more than 80 vendors taking over the Great Hall of the Historical Museum.

Many suppliers are from western Quebec, offering goods ranging from chocolate and maple products to jewelery and wooden crafts.

The museum itself is also open, so visitors can combine their holiday with exhibitions in medieval European history or Canadian 19th Century photography.

Carnival producers of Christmas market

Where: Carnival Fair

When: November 30th from 3am. until 8 am, 1 December from 8am to 2am

About 75 suppliers will be deployed by two buildings on the annual carp market, which runs today and tomorrow.

The list of food suppliers includes dozens of eastern Ontario producers who offer delicious sounds such as organic honey, hot sauces and Syrian sweets.

There will also be soaps, candles, wool products and other non-edible items for marketers who will invest in these Christmas socks this year.

While the market is free, visitors can offer a donation to the West Carleton Food Access Center.


Where: University of Carleton Fieldhouse, 85 University Rd.

When: December 1st from 10am to 5pm

Hosted by people who oversee the eclectic 613flea markets the rest of the year, 613Christmas is their vacation themed spin on the same concept.

It is expected this Saturday to predict about 150 retailers at the Carleton Fieldhouse University, including bakeries, local craftsmen and antique merchants.

So, if you have this retro-themed Christmas this year, this one might be on the go.

Christmas Bazaar for Good Friends

Where: The Seniors Center for Good Friends, 670 Albert St.

When: December 1 from 9:30 to 14:00

As he suggested one of the Twitter followers of CBC Ottawa, this Saturday market offers handcrafts and baked products from local senior citizens.

Expect high quality quilts, knitwear, hot chocolate, and what Albert Street center – a nonprofit company offering programming and support services to older Ottawa – counts as a "famous desk".

Santa Claus also expected to appear.

Merrickville Crafts and Vendor Fair

Where: Merrickville United Art Center, 100 Major St., Merrickville

When: December 1 from 12 to 6 o'clock

If you fancy a shop and stroll the Rideau River in the picturesque Merrickville, we have a boat fair for you.

More than 30 sellers will be placed in a newly renovated center, which is also Merrickville United Church.

There will also be breakfast with Santa Claus and Paradise, all part of the Christmas Merrickville community celebration.

Craft Fair Woodroffe High School

Where: Woodroffe High School, 2410 Georgina Dr., Ottawa.

When: December 1 from 9am to 1pm

This is the fifth year of a parent's school board that welcomes local masters to help raise funds.

Cumberland Christmas Farmers Market

Where: Five Locations: Two Halls at 1115 Dunning Rd., One at 2620 Market St., 2557 Old Montreal Rd. and 565 Old Montreal Rd.

When: December 1st from 9am to 4pm

So – five different options!

Wakefield Christmas Market

Where is it: 38 Chemin de la Vallée de Wakefield

When: December 8th from 02:00. till 07:00

About 2013 this only holiday for Western Quebec is paid as a "European inspiration for outdoor vacations."

Approximately 70 suppliers will forge their merchandise in the weird community of the river about 40 miles north of Ottawa.

There will also be horseback riding, photographs with Santa Claus and – perhaps appropriate socially aware city reputation – Amnesty International letter letters at the local library.

Christmas farmer market in Ottawa

Where: Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park

When: Saturday and Sunday in December through December 23, from 9am to 1pm

The annual exhibition hall of Ottawa Farmer's Market is held during the month of December within a convenient rustic Aberdeen pavilion.

This is a good thing since the heritage – built in 1898 to hold agricultural fairs, and now a national historic site – is easily large enough to fit into 100-plus craftsmen and food retailers.

This year's market also features live Christmas music, horse-drawn carriages on certain dates, and a "kids corner" for families that this year want to make their holiday accessories.

And for those breakthroughs among us, good news: the end date on the market is December 23, just two days before the Christmas season.

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