Shop Local for the Holidays - Christmas Markets & more

Published Date: November 18, 2021

Holiday Shopping Markets and Events

The Saugeen Artists Guild Spirit of the Season Christmas Gallery & Sale, Hanover - November 3 until December 24, 2021
Give the gift of original art this holiday season! Choose from wall art, jewelry, pottery, glass work, metal work, textile art and more.

Common Grounds Christmas Market, Dundalk - November 17-21, November 24-28, and December 1-5, 2021
Our Christmas market is all about hosting Local Makers & Creators. New vendors every week & weekends will have a table inside the cafe with all the beautiful things they have made ready for purchase.

Craig Gallery Christmas Artisan Market, Meaford - November 18 until December 24, 2021
Browse a selection of handmade items and affordable art pieces that include pottery, baskets, ornaments, Christmas stockings, wood turned bowls, small paintings, jewelry etc.  Come find some unique Christmas gifts here and support your local artists and artisans! 

Hanover Holiday Shop & Win - November 18 until December 17, 2021
Shop at participating local businesses to have your name entered into the draw.

Owen Sound River District Holiday Magic - Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 2:00pm - 9:00pm
Shops open late, sales & specials, buskers, warming stations, on street seating, contests, pictures with Santa and more!  Parade at 5pm, Festival of Northern Lights fireworks at 7pm and Honey Hammers Concert at 7:30pm.

Markdale Tree Lighting and Moonlight Madness - Friday, November 26, 2021 from 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Markdale is lighting its community tree and hosting guests to our Moonlight Madness on Friday, November 26. Please join us as we make merry, rejoin as a community, and support our local businesses. Fun for kids, wandering Santa, carolers, treats. Tree lighting is at 7pm.

Kimber Valley Farms Farmers + Makers Christmas Market - Saturday, November 27, 2021 from 11:00am - 4:00pm
All are welcome at our upcoming holiday market. Great vendors, great food, great shopping!

Town of Blue Mountains Give the Gift of Blue - November 29 until January 2, 2022
Local businesses are the beating heart of our community. The 2nd annual Give the Gift of Blue contest will open on November 29, 2021.

Owen Sound River District Moonlight Madness - Friday, December 3, 2021 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Join the River District to shop the unique boutiques and special sales & promotions late into the night. Enjoy festive sights, sounds, and more!

Flesherton's Festive Friday - Friday, December 3, 2021 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
You're invited to visit Flesherton and enjoy its festive spirit, especially on Flesherton's Festive Friday! Shops will be decked out to delight you, Santa will be wandering, and carols will be sung. Something for the whole family. Please, make merry and support our businesses!

Make Waves Warehouse Holiday Market, Thornbury - Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Join us at our first & last market of 2021! We invite you to spend the day with us and your favourite local artisans for a festive day of shopping, music, drinks, and holiday spirit at ⁠Thornbury Village Craft Cider & Beer.

Clarksburg Tour of Lights - Saturday, December 4, 2021
All Clarksburg residents and businesses are welcome to participate in festive cheerful holiday decorating. In conjunction with the launch of the Tour of Lights, businesses will be open late from 5-7pm for holiday shopping and cheer, with a tree lighting at 6:30pm! 

Meaford Christmas Market – Saturday, December 4 and Saturday December 18, 2021
Enjoy a variety of local vendors to get you in the holiday spirit and help get a start to your Christmas shopping.

Grey Roots Holiday Craft Show - Saturday, December 11 and Saturday, December 18, 2021 from 10:00am - 3:00pm
A pop-up style show featuring 12 vendors in a more intimate setting than our traditional Craft Show, allowing visitors to browse to their heart's content, interacting with vendors at a relaxed pace. Our specially curated group of crafters, offering a wide range of crafts and goodies, are sure to help in crossing off those tricky names on your gift list.

2nd Annual Student Makers Market, Owen Sound - Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Come on out and support your local youth entrepreneurs at this years Student Makers Market. Featuring high school and post-secondary students who make a range of fabulous handmade products. Including 100% soy wax candles, jewelry, woodworking, pet products and more!

Thornbury's Olde Fashioned Christmas - Saturday, December 11, 2021
Live music, arts & craft show, horse drawn wagon rides, tree lighting, visit with Santa, extended holiday shopping hours and more! 

The Mom Market Grey County - Saturday, December 18, 2021 from 10:00am - 3:00pm
Located at Heritage Place Shopping Centre, The Mom Market strives to bring all things local for you and your family for the holidays.

Weihnachtsmarkt at Eigensinn Farm - Sunday, December 19, 2021 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm
An outdoor food market with ready to eat foods, and products to take home for the holiday season. Soups, sausage, hot apple cider, breads, baked goods, preserves, fish, meats and more. 

Why shop local for the holidays?

Support your local economy

When you shop local, your money stays in your community and helps build a stronger local economy. Shopping close to where you live creates jobs for people in your local area, and makes our businesses stronger so they can give back to our communities.

Good for the environment

Shopping locally reduces carbon emissions by limiting the amount of transportation needed to deliver goods and services - especially when you're buying locally made products or food! Plus you get the satisfaction of knowing where your products and food are coming from. There are supply chain issues this year worldwide, so you can take away the worry and waiting by shopping close to home.

Businesses have adapted

COVID-19 has created tremendous challenges for many small businesses, but they are resilient. Local businesses have invested in their spaces and storefronts to ensure they are safe for customers. Many have also added online stores or curb-side pick-up options to make your shopping experience even safer. 

One-of-a-kind products

Grey County is full of gift giving ideas that you simply cannot find anywhere else.  You can find unique gifts from local artists and makers, delicious local food and beverage options, and one-of-a-kind items created right here in Grey, that are sure to please.

If you have a holiday market or local shopping event to be listed, please email and add your event here:

Discover More Trip Ideas

Weavers Creek in winter
Grey County’s waterfall tour draws many visitors to the region in the spring and summer months, but winter is a unique and amazing time to visit some of the waterfalls that are accessible during the snowy months.
Harrison Park Rink

Whether you want to round up a few friends for a game of shinny or you want to skate under the stars on a crisp, cool evening, Grey County has a few outdoor rink options to check out.


Subscribe me to