If you haven’t already, you might want to think about starting your Christmas shopping. And what better way to avoid the holiday crush and long lineups at the cash (and support our local economy) than to buy your gifts at Christmas markets in the area? Here are three you can visit in the next few weeks:

Totem poles and Christmas treats

From November 27 to 30, start (or finish!) your Christmas shopping at the Canadian Museum of History’s Christmas Market. This year’s Market will be held in the magnificent Grand Hall, and more than 80 exhibitors will be showcasing specialty products from the Outaouais region. Admission to the Market is free, and it’s open Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. While you’re at the museum, take time to visit the exhibition 1867, also opening November 27.

Christmas gifts straight from the … art!

If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind gifts made by Outaouais artists and artisans, be sure to visit the Christmas boutique hosted by the Art de l’Ordinaire artists’ collective in Cantley! The boutique is open November 21–23 and features unique gift items created by local painters, sculptors, woodworkers and many more.

Craft fair!

On November 29, discover the Christmas craft fair at the Presbytère de Blue Sea, a former rectory turned cultural centre and art gallery whose mission is to support and promote local artists. You’re sure to find the perfect hand-crafted gift!

For more ideas and suggestions for things to do in the Outaouais region, visit www.outaouaistourism.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.


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