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Stratford Christmas Trail

We’re beginning to look a lot like Christmas. You’ll discover unique and individual gift ideas when you stroll our festive streets. We’ve made it easy to kick off your holiday shopping with The Christmas Trail - six gifts for just $30+HST. And because it’s Stratford, be on the lookout for seven swans a swimming.
You can purchase your gift certificate online or stop by Stratford Tourism at 47 Downie Street.

And don’t forget to take a break in one of our many cafes and coffee shops for some freshly roasted coffees, hot cocoa or a hot toddy and wonderful lunches and snacks.

Present one voucher at each of 6 stops to receive your holiday gift. The vouchers and trail are valid until December 20, 2018.

Check out the map to all the trail participants here!

Click below to learn more about participating businesses and a description of their item:

 
Items are as offered, subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Only one voucher per location. HST not included on Pass. No substitutions permitted, however, the business may substitute their offering as required. Limited availability on Monday and Tuesday.
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The Artful Badger

98 Downie Street
Stratford, ON
519.273.7337
artfulbadger.ca
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November
Tuesday to Friday
10AM - 5PM

Saturday
10AM - 4PM

December
Tuesday to Saturday
10AM - 5PM

Sunday
11AM - 3PM

shave cream

Located directly opposite the Avon Theatre, The Artful Badger specializes in classic shaving goods, beard care products, premium grooming supplies, and lifestyle accessories for the modern gentleman. Featuring the best brands from Canada and Europe, we have truly unique gifts for the gentlemen on your list. Visit our bricks-and-mortar store at 98 Downie Street in Stratford or shop online at artfulbadger.ca (fast shipping to addresses in Canada and the USA). Christmas Trail participants will receive their choice of either 60ml of our luxurious “Classic Bay Rum” Shave Cream OR 60ml of our “Spiced Cedarwood” Beard Oil. Merry Christmas!

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Black Angus Bakery & Catering

443 Erie Street
Stratford, ON
519.273.2253
blackangusrestaurant.ca
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Tuesday to Friday
8AM - 6PM

Saturday
10AM - 2PM

shortbread

Come in and enjoy the delightful smells and tastes that embody the true essence of Christmas.  Traditional sweet treats and spicy goodness await, as well as fully cooked meals to help ease the holiday rush.  On your Christmas trail, you will receive 1 dozen assorted mini shortbread is packaged in a selection of festive containers. Let us become your holiday tradition and year-round destination for all things delicious.

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Blowes Cards & Gifts

34 Wellington Street
Stratford, ON 
519.271.5712
blowesstationery.com
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Monday to Friday
9AM - 6PM

Saturday
9AM - 5PM

Sunday
11AM - 3PM

bath bombs Blowes Cards & Gifts on the Christmas Trail

Come in and browse our 100+ year old family owned and operated gift store! On the Christmas Trail, choose your favourite scent from our Canadian Made collection of bath bombs; made with organic coconut oil.

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Bradshaws & Kitchen Detail

129 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON
519.271.6283
bradshawscanada.com
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November
Monday to Thursday and Saturday
10AM - 6PM

Friday
10AM - 8PM

Sunday
11AM - 5PM
 

December
Monday to Friday
10AM - 8PM

Saturday
10AM - 6PM

Sunday
11AM - 5PM

hot chocolate and mugs Bradshaws on the Christmas Trail

The joy of giving… RETRO style! Visit this incredible shopping destination on the Christmas Trail and receive a gift-boxed retro style porcelain mug and matching pouch of delicious hot chocolate. You’ll have to decide if you’ll keep it for yourself or gift it to someone you love.  A visit to Stratford is incomplete without stopping at Bradshaws - especially at Christmas!

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The British Touch

2210 Huron Road West (Line 34) Hwy 7/8
Shakespeare, ON
519.625.1329
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Monday to Saturday
10AM - 5:30PM

Sunday
11AM - 5:30PM

shortbread

Stop by The British Touch on your Christmas Trail and receive Scottish Highland Specialty Shortbread. This classic favourite will be just the treat to go with your festive gathering. This Family Assortment is full of the glorious rich buttery flavour that has made it such a quintessential British tradition for so many years...Enjoy!

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Buzz Stop

17 York Street
Stratford, ON
519.273.6768
buzzstop.com

Monday to Saturday
9:30AM - 5:30PM

Sunday
10AM - 3PM

christmas coffee

Visit Stratford's original gourmet coffee shop. Buzz Stop serves over fifty blends of the world's finest coffee, right here in Stratford! Make a special stop at Buzz Stop while on the Christmas Trail to receive your quarter-pound bag of Christmas Blend Java freshly roasted coffee beans to brew and enjoy at home! Come on in and let us perk up your day.

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Distill Gallery

96 Downie Street
Stratford, ON
519.814.9600
distillgallery.com
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November
Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday
10AM - 5PM

Friday
10AM - 6PM

Sunday
11AM - 3PM


December
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
10AM - 5PM

Thursday and Friday
10AM - 6PM

Sunday
11AM - 3PM

handmade ceramic dish Distill Gallery on the Christmas Trail

Visit Distill to find imaginative gifts and contemporary designs. Shop for ethically made clothing, eclectic ceramics, distinct jewellery and more! Celebrate the holiday season at Distill– and receive a handmade ceramic dish by Allison Skinner.

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Distinctly Tea

18 York Street 
Stratford, ON
519.271.9978
1.866.326.2221 
distinctlyteastratford.ca
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Monday to Friday
10AM - 6PM

Saturday
10AM - 5PM

Sunday
Noon - 4PM

Tea tins

Distinctly Tea Stratford offers over 300 teas and herbs. Come in and receive a 50g tin of tea while on the Christmas trail. Choose a delicious Christmas blend herbal or a Ceylon spicy black tea.

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Emerald Muse

13 York Street
Stratford, ON
519.814.1767
emeraldmuseworks.com
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Monday to Saturday
10AM - 5PM


Sunday
11AM - 3PM

incense Emerald Muse on the Christmas Trail

Welcome to Emerald Muse - a lovely metaphysical boutique and energetic healing centre located in beautiful downtown Stratford. We carry a large selection of Tarot cards and oracle decks, books, essential oils, herbs, crystals, candles, jewellery and so much more! We also have psychics, mediums, and energy healers of various modalities (Reiki, Brennan Healing, etc.) available by appointment. And every month, we offer new classes and workshops to assist you in your magickal journey. Please stop by, say hello and receive as a special holiday gift, our Frankincense Incense Bundle.

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The Flower Shop and More

147 Queen Street East
St. Marys, ON
519.284.1391
theflowershopandmore.com
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Monday to Friday
9AM - 5:30PM

Saturday
8AM - 4PM

Sunday, Nov. 25
Noon - 5PM

floral arrangement

Christmas is the MOST wonderful time of the year at The Flower Shop and More!!! The moment you step in the door you know the holiday season has arrived with the scent of fresh winter greens and the sparkle of fabulous ornaments and amazing one of a kind gifts!  Our Annual Evening of Appreciation is Thursday, November 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm - plan to join us and have the first look at fresh holiday arrangements and amazing gift ideas! Throughout the holiday season we offer classes to help you create your own holiday arrangements for inside and out!  Another date to mark on your calendar is Sunday, November 25th from 12:00 until 5:00 PM for the Annual Downtown Merchants Christmas Open House!  You will take home a perfect little Christmas Posie Pot when you visit The Flower Shop and More on The Christmas Trail!

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Got it Made

27 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON
519.814.2700
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Tuesday to Saturday
10AM - 5PM

Sunday
Noon - 4PM

handcrafted candy cane whipped sugar scrub Got it Made on the Christmas Trail

Looking for something handmade with love? Got it Made carries unique goods from 60+ independent makers living in Stratford and SW Ontario. Drop in during the Christmas Trail and receive a handcrafted Candy Cane whipped sugar scrub! An all-natural gentle exfoliation that will leave you feeling minty fresh!

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Hyggeligt Fabrics

144 Queen Street East
St. Marys, ON
519.284.1508
hyggeligt.ca
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Tuesday to Friday
10AM - 5PM

Saturday
10AM - 3PM

hyggeligt fabrics laundry soak on the christmas trail

Make your eyes happy at Hyggeligt. A candy store of colourful fabrics, applique wool, a 'Thread Boutique' and the largest collection of Kaffe Fassett fabrics in the country! Go home with a 3oz bottle of Soak for modern laundry care. Soak is the Modern way to clean and refresh the laundry you love; your favorite quilts, laciest lingerie, softest sweaters, activewear, and even baby clothes. Keep the fibers you love looking great with Soak. love it. wear it. soak it.

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Junction 56 Distillery

45 Cambria Street
Stratford, ON
519.305.5535
junction56.ca
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Tuesday and Wednesday
10:30AM - 4:30PM

Thursday and Friday
10:30AM - 6PM

Saturday
10:30AM - 5PM

Sunday
11AM - 3PM

moonshine and liqueur Junction 56 on the Christmas Trail

Taste the flavours of the season at Junction 56! As part of Stratford’s Christmas Trail, we are offering samples of Fireshine Cinnamon Moonshine, as well as Chocolate and Mint Liqueur made in partnership with Rhéo Thompson Candies. Try all three and take your favourite 50mL bottle home with you! Established in Stratford in 2015, Junction 56 Distillery uses only locally grown grains to produce small batch, high quality spirits. Modern distillation techniques create award-winning handcrafted products. Junction 56 offers public and private tours, guided samplings, event hosting, and many other one-of-a-kind products and services.

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Knot Too Shabby

104 Wellington Street
Stratford, ON
519.508.5668
knottooshabby.ca
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Monday to Saturday
10AM - 5PM

Sunday
10AM - 3PM

ornaments Knot Too Shabby on the Christmas Trail

These beautiful clear acrylic ornaments are laser engraved and strung with a festive ribbon. Each ornament measures 3” diameter and makes a great gift on their own or as a finishing touch to another gift, greeting card, or stocking. They can even be used as a multi-purpose gift tag! Unlike glass ornaments, they allow for a 'frosted glass' appearance while maintaining excellent durability.  Available in a large assortment of themes and designs, you are sure to find an ornament for everyone on your list!

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Meet Your Maker Gallery

62 Wellington Street
Stratford, ON
519.807.4791
meetyourmakergallery.com
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Wednesday and Thursday
10AM - 6PM

Friday and Saturday
10AM - 7PM

Sunday
10AM - 4PM

truffles Meet Your Maker Gallery on the Christmas Trail

"All things independent" is our motto, and true to our word we support dozens of quirky designers and talented craftspeople, but just one set of sweet makers. Ana and Sandra of Sweet Brigadeiros, a traditional Brazilian dessert. Come enjoy your choice of two fresh treats with flavours ranging from pistachio to chai spiced chocolate. While indulging your sweet tooth, browse our constantly evolving array of rare gifts and pop art for your intellectual sweet tooth. You'll be glad you did.

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Olive Your Favourites 

21 York Street 
Stratford, ON
519.508.1757
oliveyourfavourites.com
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Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday
10AM - 5PM

Friday
10AM - 6PM

Sunday
Noon - 4 PM

Olive oil bottles

Olive Your Favourites Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Flavoured Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars make great stocking stuffers. Sample and select that perfect flavour combination for the foodies on your list by choosing two mini bottles in festive wrapping. While here, check out our beautiful cutting boards and serving trays; great for gifting too!

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Rocky MTN Chocolate

10 Downie Street
Stratford, ON
519.272.2807
rockychoc.com
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Monday to Thursday and Saturday
10AM - 5PM

Friday
10AM - 7PM

Sunday
11AM - 4PM

chocolate santa

Enjoy a sense-ational experience upon entering our establishment. Our huge selection of chocolates and treats lets you choose a different pleasure every time you come in for a dip. Stop into see us and receive a handmade milk chocolate Santa Clause while on the Christmas trail.

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Samsonite Retail Outlet

305 C.H. Meier Blvd
Stratford, ON
519.271.7962
samsonite.ca
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Monday to Saturday
9AM - 6PM

Sunday
11AM - 5PM

luggage tag

Established in 2014, Canadian Tourister delivers quality travel products - with a sense of pride. Canadians are a strong breed.  We are passionate about things like our land, our hockey and our maple leaf, and we are not afraid to show it!  That’s why you can show off your Canadian pride with your own Maple Leaf luggage tag. Your friends at Samsonite and American Tourister Canada bring you the quality and durability you expect, in the patterns and styles you will be proud to love.

Travel proudly. Travel with Canadian Tourister.

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Small-Mart General Mercantile

119 Ontario Street 
Stratford, ON
519.508.6300
small-mart.ca
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Monday to Saturday
10AM - 6PM

Sunday
11AM - 5PM

Ugly Xmas Socks

At Small-Mart, we have incredibly retro-inspired and design-driven items to help you find gifts for all your family and friends this holiday season. We are also known for being Stratford’s Stocking Stuffer Head-quarters! Drop in and choose your own pair of Living Royal ankle socks, so you’ll be all decked out for the holiday festivities!

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Snapping Turtle Coffee Roasters

145 Queen Street East
St. Marys, ON
226.661.8000
snappingturtlecoffee.com
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Tuesday to Friday
9AM - 5PM

Saturday
8AM - 5PM

coffee beans Snapping Turtle Coffee Roasters on the Christmas Trail

Snapping Turtle Coffee Roasters, nestled in beautiful downtown St. Marys, invites you to taste fresh-roasted quality in every bean. Each small batch of specialty coffee is roasted on-site by our SCA certified roaster. Step in to our quaint family-run store and browse our coffee-themed gift shop, grab a cup to go, or catch the art of roasting in action. For the Christmas Trail, choose a 4 oz. bag of whole bean coffee from our selection of blends and single origin roasts.

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The Spa Near the Tracks 

20 Cooper Street
Stratford, ON   N5A 1X4
519-272-1293
thespanear.ca
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Monday
9AM – 6PM

Tuesday to Thursday
9AM – 8PM

Friday
9AM - 6PM

Saturday
9AM – 2PM

sugar scrub

Enjoy esthetics treatments; registered massage therapists & a full hair salon when you stop by the spa. We have made a lovely sugar scrub to take home along with Christmas goodies.  Our downtown building is wheelchair accessible.

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Stratford Festival Shop

89 Downie Street
Stratford, ON
519.271.4040 ext. 5580
stratfordfestival.ca/shop
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Monday to Saturday
10AM - 6PM

Sunday
11AM - 4PM

Christmas ornaments

Take home a piece of theatre magic with our one-of-a-kind glass-ball ornaments. Each one showcasing an actual costume fabric used in a 2017 Stratford Festival production. These elegant and beautiful keepsakes make great gifts for anyone on your holiday list! Christmas Trail participants have extra reason to be merry: they’ll receive a festive discount of 15% off their purchase.

The Stratford Festival Shop, located downtown beside the Avon Theatre, offers a unique shopping experience not to be missed! Discover our custom clothing, distinctive giftware, original jewellery, Festival mementos, books, music and much more. All purchases directly support the Stratford Festival.

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Sun Rayz St. Marys

113 Queen Street East
St. Marys, ON
519.284.4826
sunrayzstmarys.com
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Monday to Friday
9:30AM - 6PM

Saturday
9AM - 5PM

Sunday
11AM - 3PM

bracelet Sun Rayz on the Christmas Trail

Sun Rayz is located in beautiful downtown St. Marys, Ontario. We carry a wide variety of trendy sunglasses, the latest swimwear for men and women, unique jewellery and purses to suit everyone’s desires! We also take pride in carrying Canadian Made clothing in our boutique. Some of our popular brans are Point Zero, California Moonrise, Penbrooke Swimwear and J Valdi cover-ups.

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Treasures

151 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON
519.272.1715
treasuresofstratford.ca
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From 10 AM

foot soak and change purse Treasures on the Christmas Trail

Christmas shopping for local, fair trade, and Canadian handmade gifs at Treasures is great fun, and at the end of a busy shopping day, what could be better than a relaxing foot soak? Handmade in Canada by Kogi Naturals, pure sea and Epsom salts are infuser with organic lavender, peppermint, and rosemary essential oils, to make a soak that will calm, soothe, clean, and deodorize those tired aching feet! OR, if you prefer, you can choose this beautiful fair-trade change purse that was made in India using recycled sari fabrics! Fair trade products give a hand up and provide these artisans with fair, year-round employment. What a perfect gift to give, or to use yourself! With your Christmas Trail pass, you can enjoy either one of these wonderful handmade products—it’s your choice!

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Village Craft and Candle Inc.

158 Queen Street East
St. Marys, ON
519.284.9900
vccandle.com
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Monday to Friday
9:30AM - 5:30PM

Saturday
9:30AM - 5PM

Sunday
Noon - 4 PM

pine cone fire starters

Stop by Village Craft and Candle’s retail location to pick up a bouquet of three large pine cone fire starters! Each bundle contains one red, white and green pine cone. Collection comes wrapped and is perfect for gift giving or keep it for yourself! Handmade here in St.Marys Ontario! There are hundreds of fragrances available in store, an antique sae with the code displayed – try to crack it if you can! Try our vintage candy, money candles, and le us wrap your gifts – for free. There are hundreds of ornaments adorning our seven (yes seven!) Christmas trees, you can pick your favourites right off their branches. Village Craft and Candle is a must see when downtown St. Marys.

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The Spa on Albert

122 Downie Street
Stratford, ON
519.271.0922
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Monday to Thursday
9 AM - 7 PM

Friday
9 AM - 6 PM

Saturday
9 AM - 3 PM

nail polish

Come and choose a Sparitual mini polish for your gift! Sparitual is a vegan polish, free from all the harmful ingredients. 

The Spa on Albert is a full-service Spa, including RMT massage. New this year, we are happy to have Reflexology on our new Spa Menu! Wish you a Joyous Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season! From the staff at The Spa on Albert

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Stratford Chefs School Kitchens

136 Ontario Street
Stratford, ON
519.271.1414
stratfordchef.com
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Tuesday to Saturday
3 PM - 5 PM

mixed nuts

Stratford Chefs School is a not-for-profit career college focused on the innovative hands-on training of high quality, aspiring chefs and culinary entrepreneurs. Since 1983 the School has helped to set the standard for excellence in culinary training in Canada, and graduated over 750 apprentices who contribute to the development of a distinctive Canadian cuisine. Visit us and check out our students in action and take home a bag of sweet and spicy mixed nuts. Perfect for the holidays season!

“Stratford itself is the type of walkable wholesome town Rodgers and Hammerstein might write a musical about.”

- Amy Alipio, Associate Editor, National Geographic Traveler

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