‘Tis the season to be jolly, so go out, celebrate, enjoy and embrace the winter season like never before.

Canada embraces its cold season as much as it does its hot season, and so christmas markets that inspire people to celebrate instead of hibernate have been rapidly spreading across the nation. Here are a few suggested christmas markets that should top your list.

1. Christmas Market at the Old Port (Le Marché du Vieux-Port de Québec)

Location: Quebec City, Quebec

Duration: Nov. 24 – Dec. 31, 2016

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This market has been around since 1640 providing residents and visitors of Quebec city access to over 70 vendors across Quebec and more than 1000 local products. Offers from fine wine, sweet maple syrup to local crafts and artisans are what await you. Although Le Marché du Vieux-Port de Québec takes place all year round, its christmas markets are a must visit.

2. Christkindl Market

Location: Kitchener, Ontario

Duration: Dec. 1 – 4, 2016

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Photo Cred: ChristKindl Market

The Christkindl Market is an award winning market that has been around since 1996. It is a one of a kind christmas market in Canada that is deeply rooted in German traditions and it attracts over 35,000 visitors every year. The market offers a complete christmas experience with an official Christkindl postal office that sends packages to north pole, parades, exhibitions, a model railway, local vendors, music and much more.

3. Vancouver Christmas Market

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

Duration: Nov. 26 – Dec. 31, 2016

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Photo Cred: Vancouver Christmas Market

The Vancouver Christmas Market is a German inspired market that creates the perfect atmosphere typical to traditional christmas markets with various winter themed activities and local vendors selling their crafts perfect for holiday presents for friends & family. This market is also one of a handful of christmas markets in the country that offers a children’s haven called Kids Market, where kids can ride on a christmas carousel, decorate gingerbread houses, and participate in scavenger hunts.

4. Toronto Christmas Market

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Duration: Nov. 18 – Dec. 22, 2016

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Located in the Distillery District of Toronto, this award-winning market is ranked amongst the top 10 holiday markets in the world. It offers all of the trappings of a traditional European christmas market with good beers, entertainment, and local vendors.

5. Lansdowne Christmas Market

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Duration: Dec. 2 – 18, 2016

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Photo Cred: TD Place

The Lansdowne Christmas Market featuring the Ottawa Farmers’ Market is a unique style christmas market experience in the nation’s capital. It provides residents and visitors of the capital access to local farmers and their locally grown fresh produce perfect for any holiday meal prep. It also offers access to local craftsmen, live entertainment, horse rides, chats & snaps with santa himself, and one of the tallest trees in the city of Ottawa with over 43,000 lights.

So what are you waiting for? go out and be jolly, ’tis the season after all.