Thanks to a collection of Christmas markets and festive fairs popping up around the city and surrounds, it sure is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Featuring an eclectic mix of stalls, these enchanting gatherings provide the perfect opportunity to receive your fill of festive excitement and merriment, pick-up locally-made gifts, sample a range of delicious foods, sip warming holiday-winter inspired drinks like glühwein, and get your picture taken with Santa, the jolly old fellow himself.
Here are 14 Christmas markets and holiday craft fairs to check out this season in Metro Vancouver.
Strathcona’s 5th annual Winter Craft Fair will offer visitors the chance to shop at nearly 50 stalls, selling a wide range of unique and affordable gifts. Unlike other craft markets, Strathcona is dedicated to promoting local and non-profit artists.
When: Saturday, November 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Strathcona Community Centre, 601 Keefer Street
Price: Admission $2, kids under 12 free
Shop for beautiful and unique handmade goods at the Kensington Holiday Craft Fair. With a collection of over 50 vendors attendees are guaranteed to find a range of imaginative gifts and stocking stuffers.
When: Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Kensington Community Centre, 5175 Dumfries Street
Price: Admission is free
Aglow with festive lights, Vancouver’s most beloved Christmas Market will once again be home to a collection of stalls selling an array of gift-able treats, unique eats, handcrafted goods, and steaming hot cups of glühwein. There will also be a variety of entertainment in the form of choirs and carols, and of course the Christmas Carousel.
When: November 21 to December 24, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on December 24)
Where: Queen Elizabeth Plaza, 650 Hamilton Street
Price: Adults (13+): $8 – Monday to Friday 4 to 9 p.m. & Weekends 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Adults (13+): $4 Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Seniors (60+): $1 off regular admission
Youth (7-12): $4
Child (0-6): FREE
Making its debut this year, Vancouver’s Winter Wonderland Christmas Festival will host more than 100 vendors, selling all manner of crafts. Held indoors the 10-day holiday extravaganza will be filled with activities, attractions, Christmas displays, and arts and crafts, complete with photo opportunities featuring Santa and his reindeers.
When: December 11 to 20
Where: PNE Forum, 2091 East Hastings Street
The third annual East Van H.A.M. will bring together over 50 local artists and vendors. Aimed at satisfying the most discriminating last-minute shopper, this craft market and community gathering boasts a curated selection of gifts and goods made by locals in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere, complete with live DJs and wintery refreshments.
When: Saturday, December 12, Noon to 6 p.m.
Where: 1739 Venables Street
A huge Christmas market featuring handmade items from 250 urban artisans, creators, and crafters. Everything from fashion to jewelry, baby clothes to art will be available. 100% of the proceeds from a silent auction will go to benefit the Union Gospel Mission and the Hastings Community Centre Youth Group.
When: Thursday, December 3 to Sunday, December 6,
Where: PNE Forum – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
At this popular community fair you will find a host of 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, with an adult-only Night Market the Friday prior.
When: Saturday, November 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Vancouver Waldorf School, 2725 St. Christophers Road, North Vancouver
Price: Free admission
Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair returns for a holiday edition on December 12 and 13. Gathering a range of vendors focusing on handmade and handcrafted originals, Got Craft? features over 75 unique and local artisan designs, craft workshops, edible treats, entertainment, and more.
When: Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13, 10 a.m. to 5p.m.
Where: The Pipe Shop Building at the Shipyards, 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Price: $5 at the door or $3 online
Coquitlam’s Farmers’ Market is hosting a special Christmas edition this year. Featuring unique and handcrafted items (woodwork, ceramics, and jewellery), bakers confections, spices and wine vinegars, preserves, and prepared foods, attendees will be able to stock up on gourmet treats and purchase the perfect stocking fillers.
When: Saturday, December 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex, 633 Poirier Street, Coquitlam
Price: Free admission
Find thoughtful, one-of-a-kind, gifts at the Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair. Residing at a new location this year the craft fair will showcase fashion and children’s items, textiles, jewellery, skin care, woodwork, glassware, home décor, and more. Attendees will also be able to pick-up artisan prepared foods.
When: Friday December 4, to Sunday, December 6
Where: Prorier Forum, 618 Poirier Street
At the 2nd annual Burnaby Christmas Craft Fair, attendees will find an assortment of handcrafted items produced by local artisans. In addition to christmas trinkets and ornaments, original artworks, jewellery, women’s fashion, homewares, and ceramics will also be on sale.
When: Sunday, November 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Firefighters Public House, 6515 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby
Price: By donation
Prepare to shop till you drop at this community-driven Holiday Market, which promotes unique and modern handmade creations, as well as a collection of vintage items.
When: November 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Elgin Hall, 14250 Crescent Road, Surrey
Price: Admission $2, kids free
Support local artisans and crafters at the inaugural Krafted Market. Attendees will discover a diverse selection of high-quality, handmade products, including fashionable winter wear, jewellery, homewares, knick knacks, and more.
When: Sunday, December 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: South Delta Recreation Centre, on 56th Street in Tsawwassen
Price: Admission $3
Featuring a variety of vendors (over 200), tasty treats, presentations, and entertainment, this three-day consumer event is a great place to visit and get your Christmas shopping done. Kids will want to make a beeline for Santa’s workshop, where they can learn model making, create their own art, and get their picture taken with Santa.
When: November 20 to 22, various times
Where: Fraser Valley Trade and Exhibition Centre, 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford
Price: General admission tickets are priced at $6 per person