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Forego the usual festive fare this Christmas. Instead, surprise that special someone in your life with some altogether stranger things, ones that can only be found at a certain holiday market in the city.
Crammed full of kooky Christmas gifts that are absolutely not on anyone’s lists, the third annual Weirdos Holiday Market takes place The Hall on Venables Street in Vancouver.
Presented by the folks behind local curio shop, This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven, the Weirdos Holiday Market will showcase an eclectic array of unconventional gift ideas, from the delightfully quirky to the downright macabre.
This year’s event takes place on Saturday, December 14, and Sunday, December 15, from 10 am to 6 pm, at the Ukrainian Cathedral Hall in East Vancouver.
Along with a host of items you can’t/won’t find anywhere else, this year’s market will also offer a plethora of other oddities and attractions, including tarot card readings by East Van Tala & Ritual and Rose Hip, an “Puppyteeth” art installation, photos with Santa, music, games, a hot dog buffet, a sword-swallowing performance, and a bar in case all the excitement makes you thirsty.
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In 2017, the inaugural Weirdo’s Market was attended by over 2,000 curious consumers, with many of the vendors selling out of product before the end of the weekend. 2018’s Weirdo’s Market topped that with a bigger space and over 4,000 passing through its doors.
According to organizers, the focus for this year’s event “has been on finding the best space and location to get as many people through the doors and hone our skills for presenting and supporting our artists and vendors with bigger crazier and more fun installations.”
And with more room for more people, it’s safe to say that this is certainly one Christmas market you do not want to miss.
When: Saturday, December 14, and Sunday, December 15
Time: 10 am to 6 pm both days
Where: Ukrainian Cathedral Hall – 154 East 10th Avenue