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Christmas markets free to get stockings

Christmas is more than a month, and that means the scene in the holiday craft market is warming faster than Santa's beard after bad time.

We brought a list of Ottawa-Gatineau local markets that we think should provide donor donors with a large selection of small, local and one-off items.

Even better – none of the markets charge entrance.

Christmas Market Museum

Where: The Canadian Historical Museum

When: November 30 from 11:00 to 18:00, from 1 to 2 December from 9:00 to 17:00.

This actually began on Thursday, but runs the entire weekend, with more than 80 dealers taking over the historic museum's grand hall.

Many vendors come from western Quebec, offering goods from chocolate and maple products to jewelry and wooden crafts.

The museum itself is also open, so visitors can match their shopping with expositions of medieval European history or 19th-century Canadian photography.

Carp Farmers Christmas market

Where: Cape Town Fairgrounds

When: November 30 from 3 am to 8 pm from 1 December from 8 am to 24 pm.

Approximately 75 vendors will be divided into two buildings on the annual carp market, which runs today and tomorrow.

The list of food suppliers includes dozens of East Ontario producers who offer delicious choices such as organic honey, hot sauces and Syrian desserts.

There will be soaps, candles, wool products and other non-edible items for marketgoers to fit into those Christmas stockings this year.

While the market itself is free, visitors can offer a gift at the West Carleton Food Access Center.

613. Christmas

Where: Carleton University Fieldhouse, 85 University Rd.

When: December 1, 10:00 to 17:00.

Hosted by people who oversee the markets with eclectic markets for the rest of the year, 613Christmas is their vacation theme on the same concept.

About 150 dealers expect to come to Carleton University Fieldhouse this Saturday, including bakeries, local craftsmen and antique dealers.

So if you imagine this retro-thematic Christmas this year, it can be your aisle.

Good Companion Christmas Bazaar

Where: Center for Seniors, 670 Albert St.

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

As he suggests one of the CBC Ottawa Twitter followers, this Saturday market offers hand crafted crafts and pastries made by local seniors.

Expect high quality blankets, knitting, hot chocolate and what the Albert Street – a non-profit center that offers programming and support services to older Ottawans – as "famous tourtière sands".

Santa also expects to look at him.

Merrickville Craft and Sales Fair

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

When: 1 December from 12 am to 6 pm

If you have a taste of business and a stroll along the Rideau River in picturesque Merrickville, we have a craft trade fair for you.

More than 30 dealers will be set up in a newly renovated center that will double as Merrickville United Church.

There will also be a breakfast with a Santa and parade, all part of the Christmas Community in Merrickville celebrations.

Woodroffe High School Craft Fair

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

When: December 1, 9:00 to 15:00.

It is the fifth year when the council board welcomes the local creators to help raise funds.

Cumberland Christmas Farm Market

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

When: December 1, 9:00 to 16:00.

That's right – five different options!

Christmas Market Wakefield

Where: 38 chemin de la Vallée de Wakefield

When: 8 December from 2 am to 7 pm

Around 2013, this one-day holiday showcase in western Quebec points to the fact that it is "a Europe-inspired holiday market."

Approximately 70 dealers will hawking their goods in a quaint river village about 40 miles north of Ottawa.

There will also be horse riding tobogganing sleds, photos with Santa and – perhaps the city's reputation – the Amnesty International Campaign for writing letters at the local library.

Christmas Market of Ottawa Farmers

Where: Pavilion Aberdeen in Lansdowne Park

When: Saturday and Sunday in December until December 23 from 9:00 to 15:00.

The annual holiday show of the Ottawa Agricultural Market takes place in December in a properly rustic Aberdeen pavilion.

It's also a good thing, since the monuments – built in 1898, which are held in agricultural fairs and are now a national historical site – are large enough to fit on more than 100 craft and food shops.

This year's market also offers live Christmas music, horse riding on specific dates, and a "children's craft corner" for families who want to make their own holiday accessories this year.

And for those who postpone us, good news: the end date of the market is December 23, just two days before the Christmas date.

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