This is your open invitation to visit the Limestone City to see, taste, and experience the holiday season! We’ve got holiday happenings, makers markets, foodie-inspired farm to table and thespian theatre. Make the most out of a 2-night stay in South Eastern Ontarios hottest location.
One night just isn’t enough to take in all that Kingston has to offer. Check your bags into downtown Kingston’s luxury boutique hotel. the Frontenac Club, or unpack in a mid-town suite at Green Acres Inn before you head for dinner.
It’s been a long week. Time to unwind, destress and let someone else do the cooking (and the washing up). Head to the Blu Martini Bar & Grill and enjoy dinner and live music on weekends (reservations recommended). Vegetarian and gluten-free options. Or enjoy a drink and appy at the cozy and inviting bar at Casa Domenica, a stylish spot to while away the evening and chat with the bartender. Highly suggest trying the Bresaola with mascarpone and crispy fried capers or asparagus risotto Arancini. Oh heck, try them both, it’s Christmas!
Did you know that visitkingston.ca has sixteen pages of restaurants? For a good reason. Kingston’s culinary scene is pretty impressive. Culinary creators rely on the talented and tireless farmers in neighbouring Frontenac County as they bring “field to table” with locally sourced ingredients.
Downtown Kingston is bustling over the holiday season with decorations that enhance its historical charm and modern vibe. Take to the streets and carriageways to explore the dozens of unique shops that make up the limestone city’s downtown core. Look for unique and used books at Berry & Peterson Booksellers. Check out Card’s Bakery for neat kitchen stuff and the best banana cake for miles. Feeling a little artsy? Visit Martello on Brock and take in a concert or play at The Grand Theatre.
Do something a little different:
Lace-up your skates and take a spin on the outdoor rink at Springer Market Square then satisfy your sweet tooth with a Beavertail across the lane. Our favourite is the Avalanche with Skor and caramel. Delish! Check out the operating dates.
Add a little music to your weekend and take the 20 minute ferry from Kingston’s downtown dock to nearby Wolfe Island and sit in on a live music session at The Hotel. Weekends come alive Friday and Saturday nights on this little island with a big music vibe. You can hang with the locals, enjoy dinner and catch the musical talent. Ferry’s run every hour on the hour from Kingston and every hour on the half hour from the Island. Check ferry schedule
Get your Christmas fix at these markets:
Artfest Kingston Christmas Art & Craft Show – Thousands of pieces. 125 artists. One weekend. Get artsy at St. Lawrence College from Dec. 10 to 12.
Glocca Morra Studios Holiday Market Series – On Hwy. 15 just outside of Kingston’s downtown, this market is full of surprises! Guest artisans rotate each week and bring with them eclectic and inspiring creations. Catch it every Friday evening from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting Nov. 19 through to Dec. 17.
German Christmas Market – Sip on a hot mug of Gluhwein and enjoy browsing Christmas gift ideas and special treats as Amadeus welcomes local Artisans to the Biergarten to showcase their offerings in our first annual German Christmas market. Dec. 11
Venture a little further out of town for more Christmas Markets
Gananoque Holiday Market – Get ready to ho ho ho! Head down to 167 King St. for the Gananoque Holiday Market featuring jewelry, pottery, electrocuted wood, crocheted winter accessories, home décor and more. Running from Nov. 13 to Dec. 19, every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. discover 15 vendors – different every week.
Brockville Farmers Market Christmas Market at the Aquatarium – Find everything on your Christmas list, grown and crafted by local artisans, vendors and farmers. There’s something for everyone – including yourself! Watch for more info in the weeks ahead. Dec. 4, 11 & 18
Quinte West Holiday Market – A festive holiday market is coming to Trenton’s Centennial Park! Using the pop-ups sheds in the park, the City will celebrate the holiday season with a festive market. For three weekends in December