'Tis the season to support local artists and craft makers
There’s nothing more delightful and stress-free than doing your shopping at a nearby holiday craft fair. Whether you're on the hunt for handmade accessories, sculptures, knitted goods or artisanal toys, there’s tons of one-of-a-kind gifts to choose, all of which your loved ones will cherish. Scroll through our holiday market list, note the dates down, and get ready to embrace the festive spirit…
1. The Eastside Flea Holiday Market – Saturday, November 3 & Sunday, November 4
Eastside Flea MarketWith a brand new location, this bustling market has even more space to accommodate for awesome locally-made vintage goods, collectibles and more. Open every other weekend through the holiday season, it’s the perfect way to get festive with the whole family thanks to delicious food trucks, games and deejays on-site.
Eastside Studios, 550 Malkin Avenue, Vancouver; Various dates; Details online
2. Hastings Park Outdoor Winter Markets – Sunday, November 4
Hastings Park Outdoor MarketVisit the Hastings Park Market to pick up everything you need for a cozy winter meal, from organic produce to local wine, as well as delicious gourmet and artisanal foods. New things this year include organic craft cider from Sea Cider Farm & Cidery, handmade ferments from Seed to Culture, gluten-free baked goods from Whipped & Beaten Bakeshop, and The Frying Pan food truck to name a few. It’s a great environment to stroll around with friends and family, as you learn about freshly sourced ingredients.
Hastings Park, 3000 East Pender Street, Vancouver; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sundays until April; Free admission
3. Circle Craft Winter Market – Wednesday, November 7 to Sunday, November 11
The popular Circle Craft Winter Market features a huge variety of vendors selling all kinds of gifts, including clothes, wood and metal works, ceramics, toys and more. This year’s theme is Farmhouse Christmas, which means a lot of rustic charm and countryside coziness, as well as a collaboration with The Campaign for Wool, a global endeavour started by His Royal Highness The Price of Wales to raise awareness on sustainable benefits.
Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; Tickets $15 adults, with seniors and students $12
4. Refresh Winter Market – Friday, November 16 & Saturday, November 17
Head up to Squamish to find beautiful jewellery, vintage goods, paintings, clothes and more at one of the province's top indie markets. There’s over 100 local vendors to browse through, along with food trucks, live music and all around good vibes. Be sure to get there early! The first 50 guests on both days will go home with a special swag bag. And if you want first pick, make sure to get tickets for The First Dibs preview on Friday at 3 p.m.
West Coast Railway Heritage Park, 39645 Government Road, Squamish; 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; Tickets from $3
5. West Coast Christmas Show & Artisan Marketplace – Friday, November 16 to Sunday, November 18
With over 250 exhibits and 145 artisans, this holiday market in Abbotsford is one not to be missed. Besides checking items off your list—from woodwork to specialty foods, home decor to candles—there’s also tons of highlights to look forward to, including the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, the Festival of Trees, a Santa’s Workshop to keep the kids busy, and the Home for the Holidays stage where you can enjoy special presentations by local chefs and designers.
Tradex Exhibition Centre, 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford; 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; Tickets online $9 general and $8 for seniors
6. Julmarknad: A Swedish Christmas Market – Saturday, November 17 & Sunday, November 18
Enjoy traditional treats and drinks while browsing through different craft vendors at this Swedish Cultural Society’s event. If the glogg (mulled wine) doesn’t get you into the festive spirit, then we don’t know what else will.
Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Free admission
7. Vancouver Christmas Market – Wednesday, November 21 to Saturday, December 24
Located right in the heart of the city, this beloved festive market features more than 80 stalls of authentic German crafts, food and drinks attracting hundreds of locals and tourists each year. Make sure to check out the spectacular lights, live entertainment, family activities, and get in line early for a picture with Santa!
Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver; 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Tickets from $5
8. Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair – Saturday, November 24
Dunbar Holiday Craft FairThe Dunbar Community Centre Association’s 36th annual fair will be showcasing more than 140 local vendors, along with tons of entertainment, food, door prizes and Christmas celebrations to keep your spirits high, all while getting your holiday shopping done.
Dunbar Community Centre, 4747 Dunbar Street, Vancouver; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tickets $5 or $4 online
9. Bloom Handmade Christmas Market – Saturday, November 24 & Sunday, November 25
Bloom Handmade Christmas MarketHistoric Fort Langley is home to the Bloom Market several times a year, but the annual Christmas edition is a definite calendar highlight. There’s a huge selection to browse from, including original home decor, accessories and unique artwork from some of the best artisans and craft makers from across the province.
Fort Langley Community Hall, 9167 Glover Road, Langley; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Free admission
10. Portobello West Holiday Market – Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 2
For the past 12 years, non-profit society Portobello West has been presenting some of the top emerging B.C. artists and craftspeople. This holiday season, the market has a new home with over 90 vendors, showcasing fashion, jewellery, home accessories, gourmet treats and more. Be sure to stick around for live music and delicious food trucks!
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver; 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Admission $2, with children under 12 free
11. Toque Fundraiser and Craft Fair – Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 2
Toque Fundraiser and Craft ShowWestern Front Society’s annual craft fair is a showcase of talented designers and artists from across B.C., with items such as books, textiles, ceramics and jewellery. Shop around at this "solidly local" market as all proceeds go towards year-round art and music programs. Did we mention there’s a bake sale and back deck barbecue!?!
Western Front Society Luxe Hall, 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday; Admission by donation
12. Strathcona Winter Craft Fair – Saturday, December 1
Facebook/Strathcona Winter Craft FairGrab one-of-a-kind local goods at this fabulous community event that supports different grassroots organizations. From homemade jams to cozy knitwear, there’s something to make everyone smile this Christmas. Nothing like shopping for a good cause!
601 Keefer Street, Vancouver; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Admission $2, with kids under 12 free
13. Kensington Holiday Craft Fair – Saturday, December 1
Head over to this artsy eastside market to pick up beautiful handmade jewellery, crafts and other local goods. You may just be tempted to buy something for yourself. (We’re warning you in advance.)
Kensington Community Centre, 5175 Dumfries Street, Vancouver; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Free admission
14. Got Craft? Holiday Edition – Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December 9
Got CraftHere’s an exciting, interactive craft fair to mark down on your calendar. Browse through 85 local brands and makers as they share their creative process behind items such as clothing, paper goods, arts, bath and body products and so much more. Enjoy local food trucks, book signings by B.C. authors, a kids play area, and even interactive craft making. Be sure to get to the venue early. The first 50 people will go home with a swag bag!
Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Admission $5 at the door or $3 online
15. Shiny Fuzzy Muddy Holiday Show – Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December 9
Shiny Fuzzy Muddy Holiday ShowIf you’re looking for true quality-based craftsmanship, look no further. This Vancouver collective’s annual holiday event features the best in locally designed and locally made items, such as contemporary art, delicate jewellery, Christmas ornaments, fashion accessories, prints, ceramics and toys. It’s a guaranteed fine shopping experience.
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; Tickets $4 online
16. Weirdos Holiday Market – Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December 9
Weirdos Holiday MarketHosted by Main Street's This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven, here’s an eclectic holiday event at which you will find gifts for those who love things out of the ordinary. Last year’s very first market was attended by over 2,000 people, so this time around, there’s an even bigger location ready to showcase collectibles, vibrant art and quirky scientific finds. Intrigued? Stick around for tarot readings, performances, games, food, a deejay, drinks and more.
The Hall, 1739 Venables Street, Vancouver; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Details online
17. Make It! — Wednesday, December 12 to Sunday, December 16
With an indoor beer garden, food trucks, and over 180 "makies" displaying some of their most creative items, this super fun craft fair has become an annual tradition. You’ll find everything from home decor and baby items, to accessories, clothing, art, jewellery and more. Don’t miss the silent auction and grand prize draw, which sees all proceeds benefiting the Union Gospel Mission.
The PNE Forum, 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver; Various times; Admission $8, with children under 12 free
18. Women's Winter Faire – Saturday, December 15 & Sunday, December 16
This all-female artisan event is celebrating its 25th year! Be a part of all the fun and support women in the community while you browse through beautiful handmade gifts, eco-friendly items, gourmet foods, clothing, accessories and more. There will also be live music, treats and, of course, the jolly atmosphere of any holiday fair. This year, partial proceeds will be going towards the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Door donation with $3 to 5 suggested