Even though you are in denial, it’s here. Yes, that time of the year again, when you are writing up the infamous Christmas shopping list.
How many people do you have on your list that are hard to buy for? The people that have everything and cannot be pleased.
This year, you can be crowned queen of gift-giving when you shop local, unique and sustainable gifts right in your region.
Below is a list of places in Hastings County, where you will find one of a kind, unconventional, rustic, old and new, handmade, primitive and contemporary, tasty and artistic craft items and experiences. Not only will you score incredible finds, but you will have a great time experiencing the people, the places and the journey. Enjoy!
1. Heart of Hastings Christmas Tour – Marmora, Madoc and Tweed
November 3,4,5 and 10,11,12
As the cooler weather settles in, there is nothing better to warm your soul than a day out with your girlfriends. Laughter and conversation make for memories that will last well past the Holiday season! So grab your pals and get shopping. The tour features eight locations in Marmora, six in Madoc and one in Tweed. For info and details about the tour contact firstname.lastname@example.org and facebook @HeartofHastingsChristmasTour
2. Christmas Market with David Ferguson - L'Amable
Saturday, November 4, 10 am to 3 pm
Shamrock Club’s Christmas Sale
Dungannon Community Centre
Charcuterie boards made from solid elm wood saturated with food grade mineral oil and complete with cute feet and easy handholds.
Available for sale or contact David directly email@example.com or 613.332.8720
3. Christmas at Farmtown Park - Stirling
Browse through the gorgeously decorated trees, wreaths, toys and other unique items. All available to be won by raffle! Light refreshments available. $5 admission, children under 12 admitted at no charge. All proceeds raised support ongoing work at the museum.
For opening hours and info, Facebook @FarmTownPark
4. Old Hastings Mercantile and Gallery - Ormsby
Make sure to allow plenty of time to explore the eight whimsical rooms bursting with hundreds of original, fun and useful gift ideas for guys & gals, Moms & Dads, cats & dogs, and especially children of all ages. For opening hours and info, Facebook @TheOldHastingsMercantile
5. Barn Chefs - Coe Hill
This is the place to shop for the foodie on your list! Internationally acclaimed chefs Luca and Sarah offer a wide variety of gourmet foods for your baskets, from artisan chocolate to locally sourced handmade conserves, all made from scratch in Coe Hill. You will also find specialty Italian olive oils, sauces, and spices. For opening hours and info, Facebook @TheBarnChefs
6. Marmora Merchant Market
An indoor market! This place sheltered from the elements, brings together local artisans, fresh produce growers, antique dealers, vintage clothing and jewellery collectors, arts and crafts merchants and snack shops. A gathering place for merchants and shoppers connected by the love of a good deal and a one of a kind product. For opening hours and info, Facebook @MarmoraMarket
7. The Apple Store – Cooney Farms – Stirling
The Apple Store is a charming place with that old-fashioned, general store feel, brimming with a harvest of apples and country themed one-of-a-kind gifts. As soon as you step through their front door, you will be welcomed with ‘the best smelling store in the world’ aroma and a complimentary hot cup of our freshly pressed cider while you browse the many offerings. For opening hours and info, Facebook @cooneyfarms
8. Maynooth Christmas Markets
Christmas in the Highlands
Sunday, Nov 12 from 12-4
Taking place inside the Emond Hall in Maynooth. There are over 35 vendors selling quality items just for your gift giving pleasure such as holiday baking, quilts, jewellery, knitting and crocheting, ornaments, vinegar and so much more. A great way to shop local for your loved ones.
14th Annual Brighten the Night Christmas Parade and Kid’s Party
Saturday, December 9
If you are looking to kill two birds with one stone, this event is for you! Take the kids along and enjoy a parade, with kid’s party to follow, and a Christmas Market! For opening hours and info, Facebook @mhhba
9. This is a virtual place where you can shop any day anytime! Online!
And how easy is it that by just going online you can give the gift of memorable moments and experiences? Be the one who gives them a gift that keeps on giving after Christmas. Purchase high quality live entertainment for your people to enjoy right where they live:
Theater tickets – we have three theatres in Hastings County. Stirling Theatre, the Bancroft Village Playhouse and Tweed and Co. Theatre. Go to:
Be extremely popular with this choice! Who doesn’t need a break?
For the couple: The Black River Retreat For info, and rates Facebook @BlackRiverRetreat
For the explorer: Cruising Canoes - For info, and rates Facebook @CruisingCanoes
For the sportsman: Limerick Lake Lodge - For info, and rates Facebook @LimerickLakeLodge
10. The Gift of Art
Go on a tour of the art route and explore all that the creative types have crafted for you.