Canada’s own Winter City, a majestic light show and gift hunting at a craft market are just a few of the things that have us talking this month. 

The Festival of Lights


Photo by WFOL/Chris Empey

Christmas is my favourite holiday, and spending it in Niagara Falls, Ont., would be nothing but magical. The Festival of Lights, which runs through January 12, is a must-see, and the beauty of the frozen falls is a picturesque winter wonderland. —Alyssa Quirico, intern

La Jolla Playhouse


The La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego is known for producing great, Tony Award winning theatre that ends up on Broadway, from Jersey Boys to Jesus Christ Superstar. Its current production, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, is getting serious buzz, and I for one love the idea of seeing it in the original location (Hunchback runs until Dec. 14). —Pam Fieber, managing editor

Old Country Market 


The countdown to Christmas is on. I tend to squirrel gifts away throughout the year, but, come December, I like to head off to a craft market. Vancouver Island’s Old Country Market in Coombs, B.C., is one of my all-time favourites. The market is chock full of gifts ideas like old-style wooden toys and distinctive kitchenware, and it also houses a deli with a selection of artisan cheeses and smoked meats. —Diane Bolt, editorial assistant

Christmas in Montreal 


I love wandering around Old Montreal during the holiday season; the lights and decorations adorning the area’s historic buildings never fail to put me in a festive mood. This year, I’d like to take one of Guidatour’s “Christmas Secrets of Old Montreal” walking tours to learn more about the city’s Christmases past. The tours are offered every Saturday in December. —Jill Foran, editor

Canada’s Winter City 


As the largest northernmost city in North America, Edmonton knows a thing or two about winter. But, instead of hibernating the season away, the city is finding ways to embrace it by striving to be a world-renowned Winter City. I love my outdoor activities and hope to visit the city to do some cross-country skiing, take in a winter festival and hang out on a winter patio. —Sara Samson, assistant editor