13 Holiday Markets & Christmas Craft Fairs for 2018 Gifts

Did you visit the Circle Craft Fair this weekend? Perhaps it got you in the spirit to find handmade Christmas gifts this year. Skip the malls, and find something unique and handmade at one of the many fun and festive Christmas Craft Markets around Metro Vancouver. 

Here’s a baker’s dozen Christmas Craft Markets to get you in the festive spirit.

Christmas at Hycroft : November 15th – 18th – Three floors of the Edwardian Hycroft Manor are filled with the spirit of the season as Christmas at Hycroft plays host to decor, artisans, family fun, entertainment and Santa. Admission $15

Crafty Affaire: November 17 (Ocean Park Community Hall, South Surrey), November 24 (Harris Barn, Delta), December 1 (Croatian Cultural Centre) The Holiday Markets from Craft Affaire spreads three different markets around Metro Vancouver to share their artisan’s wares to the communities. Admission by donation

Vancouver Christmas Market : November 21st – December 24th – A Vancouver tradition, the German-style Holiday Market brings 80+ huts filled with vendors of authentic German sweets, treats, trinkets and more to its waterfront location at Jack Poole Plaza for the 2018 season. Admission $10

West End Holiday Craft Fair: November 24th – 25th – West End Community Centre hosts 55 carefully curated artisans and vendors selling only handcrafted gifts.  Admission: Free

Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair : November 24th, the 36th anniversary edition of Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair, finds 140 hand-selected artists and vendors at Dunbar Community Centre with crafts, edible gifts, and entertainment, everything you  need for your holiday shopping. Admission $5 at door / $4 presale online

Portobello West Handmade for the Holidays Market : November 30 – December 2nd – Portobello’s annual market moves to Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown for an expanded three day market with live music, photos with Santa, food trucks and vendors for all your local shopping needs. Admission $5

Toque: November 30 – December 2nd – The Western Front Annual Community Fundraiser and Craft Sale has curated designers and artists for your holiday shopping as you support for the Wester Front’s year-round arts & music programs. Admission by donation

Kensington Community Holiday Craft Fair : December 1st, the 11th annual fills Kensington Community Centre with 60+ vendors selling toys, art, clothing, jewelry, home decor, children’s and baby handmade items from 10am – 4pm. Admission: Free

Strathcona Winter Fair : December 1st – The Annual Strathcona Winter Fair  brings 50+ neighbourhood artists and non-profit vendors to Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood at the Strathcona Community Centre at 601 Keefer – Admission $2 / Kids under 12, Free

Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market : December 5th – the 2nd Annual Holiday Market curated by Vancouver Foodster is an evening of tasting and shopping with multiple vendors at a selection of location around Vancouver. Admission: $50, early bird tickets $35 including food & beverage tastings at each location

Got Craft? Holiday Market : December 8th – 9th – returning to the Maritime Labour Centre, Got Craft? is the place for DIYers, crafters and handmade enthusiasts to come together. Admission $5 at the door / $3 online in advance

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy : December 8th – 9th – Heritage Hall on Main Street welcomes The Arts Collective’s annual Holiday Show and its crafters, vendors, artists and collaborators. Admission $4

Make It! The Handmade Revolution Holiday Show: Five Days of Finds, December 12th – 16th at PNE Forum, join the handmade revolution with over 215 makers, crafters, artisans and more. Admission $8 / Kids under 12, Free

Get crafty, get shopping and have fun! Happy Holidays! 

Made On Salt Spring comes to Vancouver

For many visitors to Salt Spring Island, the Saturday Market is a favourite destination on the Gulf Island. However, it’s not always simple to get away to check out the market and island but this weekend there’s good news, as Made On Salt Spring comes to Heritage Hall in Vancouver.

Made on Salt Spring, a curated indoor market, visits Vancouver tomorrow March 23 until Sunday March 25, featuring the products of dozens of makers, creators and designers bringing a piece of the “Rock” with them.

Made on Salt Spring provides a unique opportunity to meet a talented community of inspirational creators the week before the Saturday Market opens, for the season, on the Island.  “We’re very excited to bring Made on Salt Spring to the city to showcase the best of the Island to a mainland audience,” says Made on Salt Spring organizer and artisan Álvaro Sánchez. “We live in a close-knit, supportive community and this is an opportunity for Vancouverites to enjoy the charm of Salt Spring’s rural ambience at a relaxed indoor market where there’s something for everyone to enjoy.”

Here’s your chance to discover the wares of woodworkers, designers, jewellers, weavers, and artisans.

Some of the featured Salt Spring artisans include:

·      Wheel-thrown, hand-painted functional stoneware from B’s Pottery
·      Original oil paintings, limited edition prints and cards by Stefanie Denz
·      Salt Spring Wild Cider from local wild apples;
·      Traditionally fermented vinegars from Salt Spring Island Artisan Vinegar
·      Organic baby clothes & kids’ tees from Boogaloo Bubbywear
·      Hand-crafted all-natural soaps and shampoos from The Bubble and Squeak Soapery
·      Handcrafted, small batch vodka and gin from Salt Spring Shine Craft Distillery 

plus many more unique Made On Salt Spring fine finds.

Made On Salt Spring runs March 23 to March 25 at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street.
Doors Open:
4pm – 9pm Friday, March 23
10am – 6pm Saturday, March 24
11am – 5pm Sunday, March 25

Admission is $5 for adults, and free for kids under 12 years. The first 25 people through the door each day will take home goodie bags filled with samples and coupons from island vendors, with 10 additional bags up for grabs throughout the day.  

12 Christmas Craft Markets & Holiday Fairs for 2017 Gift Shopping

We’ve only just put away our Halloween costumers but the Holiday season is racing towards us. Along with the Holiday season, comes shopping.  Skip the malls, experience one of the fun and festive Christmas Craft Markets to find something unique and handmade.

Here’s Twelve Christmas Craft Markets to get you in the festive spirit.

Circle Craft Christmas Market : November 8 – 12 – Vancouver Convention Centre West, the biggest market of them all, kicks off the Christmas Craft Season. Admission $15

Christmas at Hycroft : November 16th – 19th – For 45 years the annual fair at the Edwardian Hycroft Manor plays host to decor, artisans, family fun, entertainment and Santa. Admission $15

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Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza

Vancouver Christmas Market : November 22nd – December 24th – The popular Holiday Market moves to a new and larger waterfront location at Jack Poole Plaza for the 2017 season. Admission $10

 

West End Holiday Craft Fair : November 25th – 26th – West End Community Centre hosts 55 artisans and vendors selling only handcrafted gifts.  Admission: Free

Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair : The 35th edition, on November 25th – Hundreds of artists and vendors at Dunbar Community Centre with crafts, edible gifts, and entertainment. Admission $5 at door / $4 presale online

Strathcona Winter Fair : November 25th – The Annual Strathcona Winter Fair finds 50+ neighbourhood artists and non-profit vendors at Strathcona Community Centre at 601 Keefer – Admission $2 / Kids under 12, Free

Portobello West Handmade for the Holidays Market : November 25 & 26 – Portobello’s annual market  returns to Creekside Community Centre in Olympic Village with live music, food trucks and vendors for all your local shopping needs. Admission $2 / Kids under 12, Free

River District Winter Craft Fair : Sundays November 26, December 3, 10, 17 – expanded to 4 weekends, visit vendors at the River District Centre on Kerr Street. Free admission

Toque: December 1st to 3rd – The Western Front Annual Fundraiser and Craft Sale has great options for shopping as you support for the Wester Front’s year-round arts & music programs. Admission by donation

Make It! The Handmade Revolution Holiday Show: December 7th – 10th at PNE Forum, join the handmade revolution with over 250 crafters, artisans and makers. Weekend admission $8 / Kids under 12, Free ($1 off coupon online)

Got Craft? Holiday Market : December 9th – 10th – At the Maritime Labour Centre is the place to be for DIYers, crafters and handmade enthusiasts to come together. Admission $5 at the door / $3 with coupon

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy : December 9 – 10, 2017 – The Arts Collective’s annual Holiday Show fills Heritage Hall on Main Street with vendors. Admission $3

Get out and get shopping, have fun! Happy Holidays

Twelve 2015 Christmas Craft Markets

The Holidays are speeding towards us and with that, comes the busy shopping season.  Why not avoid the frustration of the malls, experience one of the fun and festival Christmas Craft Markets to find something unique and handmade.

Check out these Christmas Craft Markets to get you in the festive spirit.

Circle Craft Christmas Market : November 11th – 15th – Vancouver Convention Centre West, the biggest market of them all, kicks off the Christmas Craft Season. Admission $12

River District Winter Craft Fair : Sundays in November and December – the 3rd edition, finds an expanded number of days filled with craft shopping at the River District Centre on Kerr Street. Free admission

Christmas-at-HycroftChristmas at Hycroft : November 19th – 22rd – The Edwardian spendour of Hycroft Manor plays host to decor, artisans, family fun, entertainment and Santa. Admission $15

Vancouver Christmas Market : November 21st – December 24th – The popular Market returns to the Queen Elizabeth Plaza for a sixth season. Admission $8 (includes season pass)

Blim Holiday Market : November 22nd – Heritage Hall on Main Street has 50 artisans, jewellers, bakers and other vendors. Admission by donation

Dunbar-poster-2015Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair : The 33rd edition, on November 28th – Hundreds of artists and vendors at Dunbar Community Centre with crafts, edible gifts, and entertainment. Admission $3 at door / $2 online

Strathcona Winter Fair : November 28th – The 5th Annual Winter Fair finds 50+ neighbourhood artists and non-profit vendors at Strathcona Community Centre – Admission $2

Portobello West Handmade for the Holidays Market : November 28th & 29th – The 9th annual market fills Creekside Community Centre with live music and vendors for all your local shopping needs. Admission $2

Make It! The Handmade Revolution : December 3rd – 6th at PNE Forum, join the handmade revolution with over 250 crafters, artisans and makers. Weekend admission $7

Toque 2015 : December 4th – 6th – The popular Western Front Annual Fundraiser and Craft Sale has added a day for you to show you support for the Wester Front’s year-round arts & music programs while getting your holiday shopping. Admission by donation

VanWinterWonderland15Vancouver Winter Wonderland : December 11th – 20th – A new 10 day Holiday festival takes over PNE Forum with entertainment, crafts, food and family holiday fun. Admission $5

Got Craft? Holiday Market : December 12th – 13th – The Pipe Shop Building is the new space for DIYers, crafters and handmade enthusiasts to come together for the two day sale. Admission $5 at the door / $3 online

Twelve 2014 Christmas Craft Markets

Even though it’s bright and sunny, Christmas is just around the corner and time is ticking away.  Handmade Gifts and DIY Crafts are becoming more and more popular in the age of Christmas commercialism.VanChristmasMarket

Here is some of the Christmas Craft Markets and Holiday Fairs to get your Holiday shopping started:

Circle Craft Christmas Market : Until November 16th – Vancouver Convention Centre West, the biggest market of them all, kicks off the Christmas Craft Season

Artisan Market: November 14th & 15th – It’s free admission to the 1st Annual Artisan Christmas Craft Fair at The Warehouse on Slocan Street.

Christmas at Hycroft : November 20th – 23rd – The Edwardian spendour of Hycroft Manor plays host to decor, artisans, family fun, entertainment and Santa.

Vancouver Christmas Market : November 22 – December 24 – The popular Market returns to the Queen Elizabeth Plaza for another year.

DunbarChristmasDunbar Holiday Craft Fair : November 22nd – Hundreds of artists and vendors at Dunbar Community Centre with crafts, edible gifts, and entertainment.

Blim Market : two markets upcoming; November 23rd – Heritage Hall on Main Street and December 20th Christmas Market at Fox Cabaret.

River District Winter Craft Fair : November 23rd, December 7th & 21st – find three separate days of craft shopping at the River District Centre on Kerr Street

Strathcona Winter Fair : November 29th – The 4th Annual Winter Fair finds 50+ neighbourhood artists and non-profit vendors at Strathcona Community Centre

Make It! The Handmade Revolution : December 4th – 7th  Join the handmade revolution with over 250 crafters and makers at the PNE Forum.

Portobello West Handmade for the Holidays Market : November 29th & 30th – The 8th annual market fills Creekside Community Centre with vendors for all your local shopping needs.

Toque 2014 : December 5th & 6th – The Western Front’s Annual Fundraiser and Craft Sale supports the Wester Front’s year-round arts & music programs.

Got Craft? Holiday Edition : December 13th – 14th – The Maritime Labour Centre welcomes DIYers, crafters and handmade enthusiasts for a two day sale

11th Annual New West Cultural Crawl

Next weekend New Westminster will come alive with Arts & Culture.  The 11th Annual New Westminster Cultural Crawl takes place August 9 & 10, 2014.  The two day city-wide Arts & Cultural experience opens the doors to local artists and artisans, explores the city’s heritage, and its unique cultural footprint.

Every year arts and cultural fans come from all across Metro Vancouver to visit New West’s artists, studios, galleries, live music venues, restaurants, theatres and historical locations, exploring the “rejuvinated” New Westminster and discover upcoming and professional talent.  The Royal City represents a largely undiscovered arts and cultural community that ranges from emerging artists to several acclaimed Federation of Canadian Artists members.  Seven of these artists are being featured in the New West 7 Exhibition at the Van Dop Gallery starting during the New West Cultural Crawl and running until September 27th.  Angie Au Hemphill, Judith Copland, Gabor Gasztonyi, Jim Walsh, Leslie Poole, Teressa Bernard, Jerry McLaughlin are the featured artist on exhibit at the Gallery at 421 Richmond Street. It is just one of the 23 venues and many more artists showing during the Crawl.

Download your 2014 New West Cultural Crawl  Venue Guide then head out to New West August 9th and 10th.
Watch for other Arts & Cultural events across the province as part of August’s month-long BC Cultural Crawl.