There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than by shopping, eating, and then shopping some more – it’s simply tradition.
So it’s a good thing it’s almost time for all the winter, holiday, and Christmas craft fairs and markets in Metro Vancouver.
Here are 27 craft fairs and markets where you can get treats, stocking stuffers, and unique one-of-a-kind gifts:
This flea market is more like a party because it has a DJ, beer, and a delicious selection of hot eats from a variety of food trucks. Check out the 50-plus vendors offering plants, collectibles, handmade items, and vintage clothing.
When: Every weekend starting Friday, November 17 and ending Sunday, December 17
Where: The Ellis Building – 1024 Main Street, Vancouver
Price: $3 admission, $5 for a weekend pass
The Christmas spirit is coming to Vancouver a little early this year, as the Circle Craft prepares for its 44th annual market. The Circle Craft Christmas Market hosts more than 300 different artisans and vendors from across Canada, and features everything from pottery to fashion to craft distilleries.
When: Wednesday, November 8 to Friday, November 10 from 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday November, 11 from 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday November 12, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Price: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Save $2 on advance tickets when you buy online
Enter the Hycroft Edwardian mansion during the holidays and you’ll find all three of its floors decked out in seasonal splendour along with a variety of unique boutiques and crafters along with 25 local artisans. Outside the manor, the courtyard will be buzzing with activities and entertainment including Emelle’s Catering Trailer.
When: Thursday, November 16 to Saturday, November 18 from 11 am to 9 pm to Sunday, November 19 from 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Hycroft Manor – 1489 McRae Avenue, Vancouver
Price: $15 admission, kids 13 and under free
The River District Craft Fair aims to support local businesses by featuring BC artisans from the area. Head here to get your holiday fill of food and gifts.
When: Sunday, November 26; Sunday, December 3, 10, and 17 from 11 am to 4 pm
Where: River District Centre – 8683 Kerr Street, Vancouver
Price: Free admission.
The 35th annual Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair will feature thousands of handmade crafts, 140 local artisans, various entertainers, and prizes. Over 2,000 people attend each year and find wonderful gifts and delicious prepared foods such as cakes, cookies, jams, and jellies.
When: Saturday, November 25 from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Dunbar Community Centre – 4747 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Price: $5 admission at door, $4 online
The 10th Annual Holiday Craft Fair at Kensington Community Centre will feature holiday gifts and stocking stuffers made by talented local artisans along with raffle and door prizes for attendees. This fair also offers free parking.
When: Saturday, December 2 from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Kensington Community Centre – 5175 Dumfries Street, Vancouver
Price: Free admission
The 8th annual authentic German-inspired Christmas Market creates the perfect atmosphere to get into the holiday spirit. Experience a selection of traditional food and beverages, and browse vendors offering authentic wood carvings and toys, knitted goods, nutcrackers, pottery, and other unique gifts. There will be tons of kids activities and the opportunity to ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel.
When: Wednesday, November 22 to Sunday, December 24 open daily from 11 am to 9 pm (closes at 6 pm on Christmas Eve)
Where: Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Price: $10 per person and $4 for kids, all varieties of tickets available online
The Strathcona Winter Craft Fair offers 15% of its tables to not-for-profit vendors free of charge, and it also features artists representing Vancouver’s Strathcona and Eastside communities. With an emphasis on local and grassroots vendors, you’ll feel great heading here to get your holiday gifts. Free parking for this fair is available via Pender Street at Princess Avenue.
When: Saturday, November 25 from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Strathcona Community Centre Gymnasium – 601 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Price: $2 at the door, kids under 12 free
This annual craft fair is a fundraiser for Western Front. It features a variety of BC artists and artisans and attracts over 2,000 visitors each year. Proceeds from TOQUE support the music programs year-round at Western Front.
When: Friday, December 1 from 6 to 10 pm, Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 from from 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Luxe Hall at Western Front – 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Price: By donation
This show is a fun, upbeat shopping experience that showcases artists, crafters, and makers from all over Canada. Find over 265 exhibitors selling gorgeous handcrafted items. This holiday show features beer garden, live music, and food trucks. Make It! also has a silent auction with items donated by vendors where 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit the Union Gospel Mission. Parking for this market is $12.
When: Thursday, December 7 and 8 from 11 am to 9 pm; Saturday, December, 9 from 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday, December 10 from 11 am to 5 pm
Where: The PNE Forum – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $8 at the door, free for kids 12 and under
Head to Got Craft! to celebrate a decade of handmade goodness. Shop for locally made goods, enjoy plenty of good eats, and craft a DIY project to take home. This fair also offers free swag bags for the first 50 people at the event each day.
When: Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10 from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Maritime Labour Centre – 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver
Price: $3 per person, tickets available online
The Crafty Affaire Holiday market promotes unique and modern handmade items, as well as some vintage treasures. There will also be food trucks and hot beverages available at this market.
When: Saturday, November 18 from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Ocean Park Community Hall – 1577 128 Street, South Surrey
Price: $2 admission, kids under 12 free.
This fair offers attendees exclusively hand crafted items and goodies. Head to the West End Community Centre on November 25 and 26 to check out this market with free entry.
When: Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26 from 4 pm
Where: West End Community Centre – 870 Denman Street, Vancouver
Price: Free admission
The annual holiday show of this Vancouver-based artisan collective will feature all kinds of handmade goods and products for the holiday season. This event aims to seek out new artists and connect guests with talented artisans in their community.
When: Saturday, December 9 from 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday, December 10 from 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
Price: $3 admission
On December 16 and 17 local curio shop, This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven, will present the first annual Weirdos Holiday Market. Taking place Betamax Studios, located at 2244 East Hastings. This market will showcase an eclectic array of local artisans and unconventional gift ideas. Vendors will include Mush Appreciated, an educational jewellery collection crafted with real, freshly-foraged mushrooms, Jaik Puppyteeth, an artist and designer whose work is typically bleak, cynical, and funny, Paper Skull Studios, working with pencil, ink, and watercolour to create illustrative images informed by a love of science, nature, and a touch of the existential, along with all the incredible artists and artisans currently featured at This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven.
When: December 16 and 17 from 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Betamax Studios – 2244 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Price: $2 admission
This will be The Vancouver Waldorf School’s 47th annual Children’s Christmas Fair. This fair aims to bring the magic and wonder of the winter season to life with creative activities and events for children, musical performances, food and beverages, and a wide selection of quality handcrafted toys and gifts for both children and adults.
When: Saturday, November 18 from 10 am to 3 pm
Where: The Vancouver Waldorf School Main Campus – 2725 St Christophers Road, North Vancouver
Price: Free admission
The 4th annual Burnaby Christmas Craft Fair features 80% local handmade items and live music along with a raffle and prizes. Partial proceeds from the craft fair go towards the music program at Burnaby Central Secondary School.
When: Saturday, December and Sunday, December 3 from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Bonsor Recreation Complex – 6550 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby
Price: By donation
Following the success of previous craft fairs, Alex House is planning another Christmas Craft Fair that will feature homemade decor, gifts, crafts, jewelry, cards, coffee, a bake sale, and much more.
When: Saturday, November 18 from 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Alex Hall, Dining Hall & Loungehouse – 2916 McBride Avenue, Crescent Beach
Price: Free admission
The Crafty Affaire Holiday market promotes unique and modern handmade items, as well as some vintage treasures. There will also be food trucks at this market.
When: December 16 from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Croatian Cultural Centre – 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Price: $2 admission, kids 12 and under free
All handmade, all the time – Krafted Market is on of Delta’s most exciting community markets that takes place during the holiday season. This market has a great selection of local vendors and food producers. Partial proceeds from admission fees go towards the South Delta Food Bank, and there is also free parking.
When: Sunday, November 19 from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: South Delta Recreation Centre – 1720 56th Street, Tsawwassen
Price: $3 admission, kids 12 and under free
The 37th annual Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair will feature over 100 BC artisans. The Poirier Forum will be turned into a holiday wonderland offering attendees artisan crafts, prepared foods, holiday gifts, and decor.
When: Friday, December 1 from 5 to 9 pm, Saturday, December 2 and Sunday December 3 from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Poirier Forum – 618 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
Price: $3 at the door, kids 12 and under free
The Coquitlam Christmas Farmers’ Market will have everything you need to make this holiday a special one. With a selection of artisan crafts, bakers confections, spice, wine, and vinegars, this is one market you wont want to miss if you’re in the area.
When: Sunday, December 9 from 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex – 633 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
Price: Free admission
The Port Moody Christmas Craft Fair is back for their 2nd year with dozens of exciting vendors that offer great gift ideas and stocking stuffers. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Share Family Services Society.
When: Saturday, December 9 from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Galleria at Port Moody City Hall – 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Price: By donation
Established in 2011, Bloom Market runs multiple times per year at the historic Fort Langley Community Hall. Admission is $2, and kids under 12 are always free. And proceeds from each market benefiting a local charity, which changes with each Bloom Market.
When: Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26 from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Fort Langley Community Hall – 9167 Glover Road, Langley
Price: $2 admission, kids 12 and under are free
This market brings crafters and shoppers together twice a year for the ultimate shopping experience. With over 60 local vendors from across the Lower Mainland selling high quality and authentic goods in the lovely community of Maple Ridge, shopper can find goodies for their body and face care, home decor, jewellery, fashion accessories, woodwork, vintage chimes, fashionable outer wear, baby clothing and accessories, gourmet sauces, chocolate, wine and more. Attendees will also find food trucks, fresh brewed coffee, tasty pastries and photo opportunities with Santa.
When: Saturday, November 18 from 1o am to 4 pm
Where: Albion Fairgrounds – 23448 105 Avenue, Maple Ridge
Price: $3 admission, kids 10 and under are free
Refresh is one of BC’s largest indie marketplaces for handmade and locally designed wares. More than 95 makers and pop-up shops will participate in the tenth Refresh Market. The first 50 guests will receive Refresh Market swag bags for both days. For 2017, Refresh will offer First Dibs tickets – the chance for customers to head in early on Friday, November 17 from 3 to 4 pm, these tickets also include a welcome gift and the chance to shop before the market opens to the public.
When: Friday, November 17 from 4 to 10 pm and Saturday, November 18 from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: West Coast Railway Heritage Park – 39645 Government Road, Squamish
Price: $5 at the door, $3 online, kids 12 and under free. First Dibs tickets are $25.
Now in its 10th year, the West Coast Christmas Show is a three-day event that features over 200 vendors and live presentations. Christmas music performed by local bands, choirs, and carollers takes place, along with a huge working model train setup. In Santa’s Workshop, children can learn model making, sand-art, write letters to Santa, and take pictures with the jolly fellow himself.
When: Friday, November 17 from 2 to 9 pm, Saturday, November 18 from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, November 19 from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: TRADEX Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre – 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford
Price: $8 admission, $7 when purchased online, kids 13 and under free