5 Reasons to do Your Christmas shopping at the Circle Craft Christmas Market

Whether you're looking for gifts or self-gifts this holiday season, the Circle Craft Christmas Market offers an array of original gems that can't be found in big box stores.

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Circle Craft Christmas Market

Vancouver’s largest craft fair abounds with one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts


If you’re looking to cut down on your mall time this Christmas, the Circle Craft Christmas Market, Western Canada’s largest craft fair, will be featuring the unique creations of 270 BC and Canadian artisans, with handcrafted goods such as ceramics, dolls, toys, jewellery, candles, bath products, glass, wood and metal works, and clothing for adults and children.


Circle Craft Christmas Market


November 17 – November 21, 2010

Vancouver Convention Centre

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Whether you’re looking for gifts or self-gifts this holiday season, the Circle Craft Christmas Market offers an array of original gems that simply can’t be found in big box stores.


Check out these one-of-a-kind wares below, just a small sample of the loot available at Circle Craft…


Circle Craft Christmas Market


1. Old Island Stamp Company


Based in Lion’s Bay, BC, Old Island Stamp Company stamps are made from genuine rubber and hard Eastern maple and come in a plethora of endearing images to add character to Christmas letters or packages.


Circle Craft Christmas Market


2. Karma Natural Soap


Made in China Valley, BC, Karma Natural Soap is ideal for those who are sensitive to artificial fragrances, toxins and harsh chemicals. With products from baby lotions to salves, Karma Natural Soap products are “river friendly”, containing essential oils, natural colors and vegetable oils, and just the right size for stocking stuffers.


Circle Craft Christmas Market


3. Von Hardenburg Candles


Beeswax candles have been used in the Von Hardenburg family since 1139 and the Von Hardenburgs now craft them from their small studio in Thornhill, BC. Made with the purest cotton wicks and the highest grade of beeswax available, Von Hardenburg candles can bring golden light and a sweet scent to a home holiday gathering.


CIrcle Craft Christmas Market


4. Jessie Turner Designs


Vancouverite Jessie Turner’s silver and gold jewellery collection features festive pieces inspired by stars, wings, hearts and eclipses.


Circle Craft Christmas Market


5. Matthew Freed Pottery


Matthew Freed‘s pottery is created with the combined complexity of art, nature and science. Earth-toned trays, rice bowls and teapots comprise his locally made collection, putting a spin of natural class on holiday dinnerware.


Of course Circle Craft Christmas Market is about more than shopping—family activities such as glassblowing workshops, wood turning and blacksmithing demonstrations and live music and dance performances among the sights and sounds of this ebullient event.


Michelle Kay is a citizen of the world. Aside from creative writing, she has an affinity for activism, concept art, film and choreography. Read one of Michelle’s short stories here.