22 best Christmas markets and holiday craft fairs in Metro Vancouver

Nov 1 2019, 8:00 am

With the holiday season quickly upon us, there’s no better way to get into the spirit of things than by shopping, eating, and then shopping some more.

With a massive selection of winter, holiday, and Christmas craft fairs, it’s also never been easier to get your shopping done while supporting local businesses.

Here are some Christmas markets and holiday craft fairs for treats, stocking stuffers, and unique one-of-a-kind gifts to check out in Metro Vancouver and beyond!

Vancouver

Circle Craft Christmas Market

The Circle Craft Christmas Market has been a Vancouver staple for more than four decades. Expect 20,000 visitors and 300 artisans from all across BC.

When: November 7 to 11, 2019
Time: November 7 from 10 am to 9 pm; November 8 from 10 am to 9 pm; November 9 from 10 am to 9 pm; November 10 from 10 am to 7 pm; November 11 from 10 am and 5 pm
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre West (Exhibition Hall C) – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Admission: $15 for adults; buy online (kids under 12 are free)

Christmas at Hycroft

 

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Vancouver’s longest-running Christmas fair takes place at a festive Edwardian mansion. It features unique boutiques, crafters, and over 24 local artisans. In the courtyard enjoy mulled wine and hot chocolate, and enjoy a meal from the food vendors and a holiday tune too.

When: November 14 to 17, 2019
Time: November 14 to 16 from 11 am to 9 pm; November 17 from 11 am to 6 pm
Location: University Women’s Club Of Vancouver At Hycroft – 1489 McRae Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: $15 for adults; buy online (kids under 12 are free)

6 Holly Jolly Sundays of Art at the Pacific Arts Market

This market features local artists exhibiting paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography, and leather goods to name a few. Each Christmas market will feature tastings, crafts, wine, and more.

When: Every Sunday from November 17 to December 22 (except December 1)
Time: 1 to 5 pm
Location: 2nd floor 1448 W Broadway, Vancouver
Price: Free entry

Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair

The 37th annual Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair will feature over 140 local artisans, hundreds of handmade crafts, food, and entertainment. Over 2,000 visitors attend each year, with tickets available online, by phone, or in person.

When: November 23, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Location: Dunbar Community Centre – 4747 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
Admission: $4 if purchased in advance; $5 at the door

Vancouver Christmas Market

 

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The 10th annual German-inspired Christmas Market is the perfect place to get into the holiday spirit. Between an array of authentic food and beverages, traditional wood carvings and toys, as well as knitted goods, nutcrackers, pottery, and other unique gifts, there’s something for everyone. There are also plenty of kids activities and a chance to ride downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas carousel.

When: November 20 to December 24, 2019
Time: November 20 to December 23 from 11:30 am to 9:30 pm; December 24 from 11:30 am to 6 pm
Where: Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Price: $8–$15; buy online

West End Holiday Craft Fair

The West End Holiday Craft Fair makes a point of offering exclusively handcrafted items and goodies. Located at the West End Community Centre, the market also offers free entry.

When: Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Location: West End Community Centre – 870 Denman Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

TOQUE Fundraiser and Craft Fair

TOQUE, Western Front’s annual fundraiser and craft fair, features more than 30 Vancouver-based artists and designers. Visitors will be able to find textiles, ceramics, jewellery, books, bags, and home and body products. In between shopping, guests can enjoy a selection of sweet and savoury treats, including bratwurst and hot drinks.

When: November 29 to December 1, 2019
Time: November 29 from 6 to 10 pm; November 30 from 11 am to 5 pm; December 1 from 11 am to 5 pm
Location: Western Front – 303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Admission: By donation

Krampus Market at Strange Fellows Brewing

The 2nd annual KRAMPUSMARKT at Strange Fellows Brewing returns this season. The market will feature goods from over 30 artisans including jewellery, baked goods, leather, wall art, and more alongside beer tastings.

When: December 6, 7, and 8
Time: December 6 (opening reception) from 6 to 10 pm; December 7 from noon to 8 pm; December 8 from noon to 4 pm
Location: Strange Fellows Brewing – 1345 Clark Drive, Vancouver
Admission: Opening reception tickets are $15; general admission s $2 online and $3 at the door (under 18 free)

Kensington Holiday Craft Fair

The 12th annual Kensington Holiday Craft Fair features holiday gifts and stocking stuffers crafted by local artisans. In addition to free parking, the event hosts a raffle and door prizes for attendees.

When:  December 7, 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Location:  Kensington Community Centre – 5175 Dumfries Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free

Got Craft? Holiday Edition

Got Craft? works to create a community supporting handmade and do-it-yourself culture. Since being founded in 2007, their bi-annual fairs bring together more than 75 designers and craft workshops, tasty treats, music, free bags, and a collective attendance of more than 5,500 per year.

When: December 7 and 8, 2019
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Location: Croatian Cultural Centre – 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Make It Vancouver

 

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The Make It! Holiday Show is a fun, upbeat shopping experience that hosts a number of artists, crafters, and makers from all across Canada. Each year, in addition to more than 250 exhibitors, the holiday show features a beer garden, live music, and food trucks.

When: December 11 to 15, 2019
Time: December 11 from 5 to 9 pm; December 12 from 11 am to 9 pm; December 13 from 11 am to 9 pm; December 14 from 10 am to 6 pm; December 15 from 11 am to 5 pm
Location: The PNE Forum – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: $10 at the door, (kids 12 and under are free)

Crafty Affaire Holiday Market

The Crafty Affaire Holiday Market promotes a unique mix of modern, handmade items as well as vintage treasures. This fair will be popping up in Vancouver at the Croatian Cultural Centre on December 14 and 15.

When: December 14 and 15, 2019
Time: December 14 and 15 from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Croatian Cultural Centre – ​3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Admission: By Donation

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy

Established in 2003, Shiny Fuzzy Muddy features all kinds of handmade goods and products for the holiday season. In addition, the market constantly aims to discover and develop new artists, as well as connect guests with gifted artisans in their community. This 2019 shows will be Shiny Fuzzy Muddy’s last, so be sure to stop by.

When: December 14 and 15, 2019
Time: December 14 from 11 am to 6 pm; December 15 from 10 am to 6 pm
Location: Heritage Hall – 3102 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
Admission: $4 admission

North Vancouver

Fall for Local Holiday Market 

In addition to being able to shop from more than 90 different brands, visitors can take place in a number of free DIY workshops, as well as indulge in a number of food trucks. The first 50 guests will receive a free canvas tote bag filled with local goodies.

When: November 16 and 17, 2019
Time: November 16 and 17 from 11 am to 5 pm
Location: The Pipe Shop at the Shipyards – 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Admission: $3–$5; buy online

Burnaby

Deer Lake Craft Festival

The Deer Lake Craft Festival has a longstanding tradition of jurying artisans for entry, as a means of ensuring that all vendors are of the highest quality and creation. This year, the event boasts over 60 glassblowers, sculptors, potters, wood, fashion, and jewellery designers, as well as a hearty mix of food items.

When: November 22 to 24, 2019
Time: November 22 from 11 to 8 pm; November 23 from 10 am to 4 pm; November 24 from 10 am to 4 pm
Location: Shadbolt Centre for the Arts – 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Admission: Free parking and admission

Burnaby Christmas Craft Fair

The fifth annual Burnaby Christmas Craft Fair features local handmade items, live music, as well as a number of raffles and prizes. Proceeds from the event go towards the music program at Burnaby Central Secondary School.

When: December 7 and 8, 2019
Time:
December 7 and 8 from 10 am to 4 pm
Location:  Burnaby Hall – 7837 Canada Way, Burnaby
Admission: By donation

Surrey

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival

In addition to a wide array of vendors, food trucks, ice carving demos, and live performances, the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival also offers the lighting of a 60-ft-tall Christmas Tree.

When: November 23, 2019
Time: November 23 from noon to 8 pm
Location:  Surrey Civic Plaza and Atrium – 13450 104th Avenue, Surrey
Admission: Free of charge

Coquitlam

Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair

 

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The annual Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair features over 100 BC-based artisans, turning the Poirier Forum into a winter wonderland, full of artisan crafts, prepared foods, holiday gifts, and decor.

When: December 6 to 8, 2019
Time: December 6 from 4 to 9 pm; December 7 from 10 am to 6 pm; December 8 from 10 am to 4 pm
Location: Poirier Forum – 618 Poirier Forum, Coquitlam
Admission: $4 per adult, (kids 12 and under free)

Coquitlam Christmas Farmers’ Market

In addition to finding crafts, spices, wines, and vinegar, visitors to the market will also have a chance to find freshly-picked, local produce.

When: December 14, 2019
Time: December 14 from 9 am to 4 pm
Location: Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex – 633 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
Admission: Free

Port Moody

Port Moody Christmas Craft Fair

The Port Moody Christmas Craft Fair is returning for a third straight year. With dozens of unique and exciting vendors, it’s a fantastic place to find locally made gift ideas and stocking stuffers. In addition, all proceeds from the event are donated to the DTES Women’s Centre.

When: November 30, 2019
Time: November 30 from 10 am to 4 pm
Location: 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Admission: Admission by donation

Squamish

Refresh Winter Market

The Refresh Market is known as one of British Columbia’s largest indie marketplaces, with more than 95 makers and pop-ups offering handmade and locally designed wares. The first 50 guests to attend will receive Refresh Market swag bags, filled with goodies and free items.

When: November 15 and 16, 2019
Time: November 15 from 4 to 9 pm; November 16 from 10 am to 5 pm
Location: West Coast Railway Heritage Park – 39645 Government Road, Squamish
Admission: $3–$30; buy online

Abbotsford

Maan Farms Christmas Market

This Christmas market will feature white chocolate cranberry-apple samosas, mulled wine, and baby goats in holiday attire to name a few. There will also be a free breakfast by donation to the BC Children’s Hospital from 8 am to 10 am.

When: November 16 and 17; November 23 and 24
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Location: Maan Farms – 790 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford
Admission: Free entry

West Coast Christmas Show

 

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Entering its 11th year, the West Coast Christmas Show is a three-day event that boasts more than 200 vendors and live presentations. Visitors can also find live entertainment through local bands, choirs, and carolers, as well as a massive model train setup.

When: November 15 to 17, 2019
Time: November 15 from 1 to 9 pm; November 16 from 9 am to 5 pm; November 17 from 11 am to 5 pm
Location: TRADEX Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre – 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford
Admission: $10, (free for ages 16 and under); buy online