A Unique Shopping Experience

It happens every year, the holidays sneak up and you haven’t crossed anyone off your over-flowing Christmas list! Part of the struggle is finding the perfect gift for those that seem to “have it all”. From your hard to buy for niece, or a hostess gift for the neighbor that always puts on a great holiday party, you yearn to find something that will reflect how much you care for and appreciate your friends and family.

Well, when it comes to thoughtful and unique, nothing compares to something handmade from Nova Scotia. And where better to feel the beauty of the season than browsing the holiday craft markets? These markets and even our local farmer's markets are filled with artisans and producers who have worked tirelessly to create that one of a kind product that is perfect for your hardest to buy for.

And don’t forget about the local shops on Main Streets across our province. Where you are treated as a guest, experiencing the attention and personal service locally owned stores provide all year round.

Local producers and small businesses support jobs, they support the local community and they create a more personal shopping experience that leaves you with the unmistakably warm feeling that you’re buying quality and value. And when you put your shopping dollars in local hands, one more unique thing happens. You give a gift back to Nova Scotia, because local merchants spend more of that money locally.

The big day is only a month away, but there are still plenty of opportunities to check out a local Christmas craft market, farmers’ market or local shopping event. Here’s a list of just a few of the upcoming events around the province.


Dalplex Christmas Craft Market – Halifax. November 28th – 30th
Lunenburg Christmas Craft Fair – Lunenburg. November 29th
1st Annual Digby Scallop Days Christmas Craft Show – Digby. November 28th & 29th
Christkindlmarket – Dartmouth. November 26th – 29th
20th Annual Maitland Christmas Festival – Maitland. November 27th – 30th


Halifax Crafters Society Winter Market – Halifax. December 5th – 7th
Get Un-Scrooged – Wolfville. December 6th
37th Annapolis Royal Farmers’ & Traders’ Christmas Craft Market – Annapolis Royal. December 6th
Truro Christmas Market – Truro. December 5th & 6th
Shopping Under the Stars – Halifax. December 5th

Find a list of local farmers’ markets at Farmers Markets of Nova Scotia.