The holidays are my favourite time of year to support the Vancouver crafting community by buying unique, one-of-a-kind handmade gifts for friends and family. Holiday markets and craft fairs in Vancouver are always abundant in December, as we approach Christmas. Here is a round up of Holiday Markets and Craft Fairs, happening in Vancouver in December 2015.
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Vancouver German Christmas Market at Queen Elizabeth Plaza
For the 6th annual year, the German Christmas Market will be hosted at Queen Elizabeth Plaza (650 Hamilton Street) in downtown Vancouver. This German-inspired Christmas Market creates the perfect atmosphere to mix and mingle with friends and family, take in a quick drink after work or do lunch, and take in a wide variety of cultural activities and entertainment.
During your visit to the Vancouver Christmas Market you’ll experience a mix of traditional food and beverage, as well as a market selection of authentic wood carvings and toys, knitted goods, nutcrackers, pottery and other unique gifts. The Vancouver German Christmas Market is also downtown Vancouver’s only Christmas Carousel.
November 21 to December 23: 11am to 9pm
December 24: 11am to 6pm
Admission is $8 and is valid for re-entry the entire season.
TOQUE - Western Front’s Annual Holiday Craft Fair
TOQUE is Western Front’s annual fundraiser and craft fair. Held every December at 303 East 8th Avenue, the event features a curated selection of talented artists, designers and artisans and attracts over 2000 visitors. Proceeds from TOQUE support the year-round art and music programs at Western Front.
Vendors include: 1UP Caramels, AW by Andrea Wong, Erin Templeton, Fable Naturals, Strathcona Stockings and Woodlot.
Friday December 4: 6 to 10pm
Saturday December 5: 11am to 5pm
Sunday December 6: 11am to 5pm
Make It Vancouver 2015 Holiday Market
Shop for one-of-a-kind handmade items from over 250 of Canada’s hottest urban artisans, designers, and crafters. Taking place this year at The PNE Forum at 2901 E. Hastings Street, Make It is the ultimate upbeat shopping experience! There will be something for everyone from fashion and accessories, to art, jewelry, and baby items, to home decor and stuff for the guys.
Thursday December 3: 11am to 9pm
Friday December 4: 11am to 9pm
Saturday December 5: 10am to 7pm
Sunday December 6: 11am to 5pm.
Admission is $7 at the door. Receive $2-off if you buy in advance online.
Abbotsford Arts Council Pop-Up Artisan Market at Highstreet Shopping Centre
The Abbotsford Arts Council will be presenting a Pop-up Artisan Market with over 25 artists and handmade gifts at Highstreet Shopping Centre in Abbotsford (3122 Mt. Lehman Road). Free festive cider available while you shop.
Friday, December 4: 5pm to 9pm Saturday, December 5: 11am to 7pm Sunday, December 6: 11am to 4pm
Admission is by $2 donation.
Kensington Community Centre 2015 Holiday Craft Fair
Kensington Community Centre (at East 37th x Knight Street) is hosting a one-day holiday craft fair. Shop for delicate pottery, exquisite jewellery, unique stationery, seasonal decorations, custom clothing and more.
Saturday December 5: 10am to 4pm
Admission is free.
New West Craft Christmas Night Market
Presented by The Arts Council of New Westminster, New West Craft and Peregrine Supply Co are hosting a Christmas Night Market at the River Market in Downtown New Westminster.
In addition to shopping a curated group of 15-20 vendors, there will be live music and local beer and wine from New West's Steel & Oak and Pacific Breeze. A perfectly relaxed environment to kick off the Christmas season while supporting handmade and shopping local.
Saturday December 5: 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
Admission is free.
Shiny Fuzzy Muddy At Heritage Hall
Shiny Fuzzy Muddy, an annual curated collection of fine art, craft and design, is hosting their 12th annual show at the Heritage Hall. Why the odd market name? Shiny refers to jewelry, fuzzy to clothing and muddy to pottery.
Vendors include: Adhesif Clothing, Bronsino Designs, Daub and Design, Dear Pony, Joanna Lovett Sterling, Toodlebunny, Winterluxe and Zed Handmade.
Saturday December 12: 11am to 7pm
Sunday December 13: 10am to 6pm
Admission is $2 per person, and goes towards an Emerging Artists Scholarship to help new artists show at the 2016 event.
3rd Annual East Van HAM (Holiday Artist Market)
If you’re a last minute shopper, the East Van HAM (Holiday Artist Market) at 1739 Venables x Commercial Drive is the perfect place to find the ideal last minute gift. Support 60 local artists and craftspeople and buy locally made gifts that have a story.
Saturday December 12: 12pm to 6pm.
Admission is free.
Vancouver Farmer's Market Holiday Market at Croatian Cultural Centre
The Vancouver Farmer's Market annual showcase of seasonal food and fine craft takes place once a year in December at the Croatian Cultural Centre. Over 60 vendors who regularly sell at VFM's summer markets bring out their holiday best. Be sure to check out the silent auction of gift baskets of goodies donated by VFM vendors, you could pick up a great prize for a great price!
Saturday December 12: 10am to 4pm
Admission is $3 (or free for VFM members).
Got Craft 2015 Holiday Market in North Vancouver
Celebrating their 18th event in Vancouver, Got Craft will be hosted this year at the Pipe Shop Building (115 Victory Ship Way) in North Vancouver. In addition to shopping for crafty goods at the booths of over 80 handmade designers, Got Craft? will also feature free workshops such as letterpress and pinata making. Similar to previous years, the first 50 people at the event each day will receive a free swag bag.
Vendors include: The Beautiful Nomad (handcrafted jewelry), The Beautiful Project (illustrated greeting cards), Cabin + Cub (wood-inspired accessories), Craft’ed (magnetic bookmarks), East Van Jam (low-sugar gourmet jams), Green With Envy (succulents), Mellifera Bees (infused honey), Mistura / Fento (wooden timepieces and sunglasses) and Pip & Pin (oversized knitwear).
Saturday December 12: 10am to 5pm
Sunday December 13: 10am to 5pm
Tickets are $5 at the door or $3 in advance online.
Coquitlam Christmas Farmers Market at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex
Shop for unique and beautifully handcrafted local BC products at the Coquitlam Christmas Farmers Market at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex.
Vendors include Aldergrove Jam & Preserves, Satya Organic Skin Care, Sweet Thea, Sisters Making Scents, and more.
Saturday, December 12: 9am to 4pm
Admission is free.
Did you know? Modern Mix Vancouver has a designer spotlight series where we share the stories of Vancouver-based designers, many of which first began selling their handmade goods at local craft markets, and continue to do so, even as their businesses grow! Some of our recent spotlights include: Love Ugly Bunny, Inner Fire Apparel, Triple Studio and Lauren by Design.