As tempting as it might be to do all your Christmas shopping on Amazon, try to resist and check out one the many markets happening in Vancouver in November and December. They will awaken the Christmas spirit in even the biggest Grinch and you’ll feel good supporting local artists and artisans. Your friends and family will appreciate finding unique, artisanal gifts under the tree – trust!
Nov 7-11, Vancouver Convention Centre West
The first of the season, and a Vancouver tradition, the Circle Craft Fair has over 300 exhibitors 70 of whom are new this year and all of whom are selling beautiful, handcrafted wares from across the province. Exhibitors are selected from thousands of applicants for the quality and craftsmanship of their products so the very best of BC is represented. This fair kick off the holiday shopping season in glorious, homespun, artisanal style!
Nov 15-18, Hycroft Manor
Get a peek inside one of Shaughnessy’s historic mansions and pick up some stocking stuffers at Christmas at Hycroft. Explore 3 floors of this 17,000 square foot Edwardian Mansion and find plenty of design inspiration thanks to in-house decorators and corporate decorators that have decked the halls in holiday best. This year will feature an assortment of entertainment, vendors, charities, culinary delights and entertainment in the courtyard.
Nov 21-Dec 24, Jack Poole Plaza
A glass of gluehwein to go with that bratwurst perhaps? A much-loved Vancouver tradition, the German Christmas market offers over 80 huts of German Christmas treats and treasures. Wind your way through Jack Poole Plaza sipping mulled wine (gluehwein), German apple drink or a Bavarian beer and be transported to the famous “Christkindlesmarkts” of Munich, Berlin, Cologne etc.
Nov 23, Italian Cultural Centre
Check out the Italian Cultural Centre’s Christmas market featuring delicious Italian holiday goodies alongside local produce and crafts.
Nov 25, Scandinavian Cultural Centre
Hosted by the Vancouver Finlandia Club, the Scandinavian Craft fair hosts local vendors, Finnish and Scandinavian crafts and merchandise, plus delicious baked goods!
Dec 1-2, Wesbrook Village
Let’s be honest, we’ve all been shamed by the industrious, clever, creative and beautiful work we’ve seen and purchased on Etsy, wondering, why can’t I do that? Well, now’s your chance for a more visceral experience – Etsy Vancouver is exhibiting at UBC’s Wesbrook village, bringing that same committed, creative crowd together in Vancouver to sell, share knowledge and experience with all of us lesser-thans.
Nov 17-18, Dec 1-2, Dec 15-16, East Side Studios
For the vintage vinyl collector or your teen who wants perfectly faded, vintage 501s, the East Side Flea Market is a must. It happens every second weekend throughout the year but ups it’s holiday game as Christmas nears and features some new and different vendors selling unique gifts. You’ll also find food trucks, live vinyl deejays, pinball, outdoor courtyard, and other fun things to do.
Dec 8-9, The Hall
It is back! Get your freak on at the second Weirdo’s Holiday Market. Vancouver’s most outlandish and kooky artists and vendors offer visitors an eclectic selection of unique Christmas presents. Where else can you find taxidermy, witchy wares, jewelry and art under one roof? In addition, this event features DJs, performances, games, food and a bar.
Dec 8-9, Heritage Hall,
Created as an antidote to large-scale craft fairs, ShinyFuzzyMuddy is the brainchild of a creative collective formed in 2003. The group actively seeks out new artists to participate and invites 30 others to exhibit and sell their fine, non-kitschy wares in the historic Heritage Hall on Main Street.
Dec 12-16, PNE Forum
This five-day maker’s holiday fair boasts over 180 participants selling beautifully-crafted gifts from jewelry and clothing to home decor and food. There’ll be food trucks and a beer garden as well ensuring you have the energy to check it all out.
Out of Town
Why not make a day trip out of it? Here are 2 excellent Christmas market options about an hour out of town.
Nov 16-17, West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish
Established in 2011, this Squamish option is one of BC’s leading indie markets featuring 100 artists, makers, and shops selling ceramics, art, clothes, and artisanal food. Food Trucks will ensure you don’t go hungry and live music will set the mood.
Nov 24-25, Fort Langley Community Hall
Head out to historic Fort Langley and check out this small market with 30 artisans selling their hand-crafted fashions, home décor, and artwork.