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Pop-ups and holiday markets showcase local talent


With the holidays fast approaching, there’s still time to find that special something for that special someone.

Across York Region, local artists and artisans are bringing their work to the public in unique group shows or quickly arranged ‘pop-ups’.

Here are some local events happening this weekend.Main Street Markham presents Light It Up

On Friday December 10th from 6pm-9pm visit Main Street Markham for ‘Light it Up;’ a celebration of lights and shop local event on Main Street Markham. Visit our first every Holiday Market showcasing festive, specialty goods, one-of-a-kind arts and crafts from local artists and artisans, festive live entertainment, free tote bags for the first 100 shoppers and more. Do your holiday shopping at our local small businesses who will be open late to welcome you! We encourage everyone to #ShopLocal this holiday season and support our small businesses after the most challenging period of time they’ve faced to-date. Take in the beautifully-decorated shop windows and cast your vote for ‘People’s Choice’ in our annual Holiday Window Decorating contest. Make a night of it and dine at one of our many restaurants! Travel along Main Street enjoying charming, holiday entertainment for all ages, our beautiful Christmas tree decked out for holiday cheer, socially-distanced Santa photos, dazzling light installations, a holiday photo booth and more!

Pop up at the Maker’s Mark

16655 Yonge Street, Units 19 + 20, Newmarket

December 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 -.m.

Get the rest of your holiday shopping done at this exciting and unique store. The pop up will have in person artists and makers! The pop up features:

  • Leslie Bertin Art: lesliebertinart.caOne of a Kind Alcohol Ink Art, holiday ornaments and  original cards
  • Brainy Games: brainy.gamesLasercut games, brain teasers and puzzles for all ages.
  • My Tie Creations: mytiecreations.caHair accessories, key chains, pins and magnets.
  • Home Made By Melissa: Instagram granola, small batches made in Newmarket.

Artisans’ Holiday Show and Sale

Looking for unique, handmade gifts this Holiday Season? Matsu Jewellery is hosting an ARTISANS’ HOLIDAY SHOW and SALE featuring a wonderful selection of handmade products by 13 local artists. The show will be open for a 10 day period at the Matsu showroom in Newmarket, Ontario: 1235 Gorham Street, Unit 1. The pop-up event runs from December 11th to 19th and is open weekdays from 11am to 6pm and 11am to 5pm on the weekends. For more information about the show and participating artists, visit

Main photo: Detail of Leslie Bertin ink painting.

Photos: Top row, left to right: Homemade by Melissa; Leslie Bertin art; My Tie Creations and board games by Brainy Games.

Photos, bottom row, left to right: Matsu Jewellery; Knotty Magpie Jewellery; Bill Lunshof fine art and Cozy Mitts by Lorraine.

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