Sometimes it can be hard to get in the Christmas spirit when you’re still eating leftover Halloween candy. On November 2, I was at Metropolis at Metrotown and noticed they already had Christmas decorations up!
But if there’s one Vancouver tradition that has the power to start your Christmas gift-giving engine running, it’s the 38th annual Circle Craft Christmas Market, the largest craft fair in Western Canada, and it returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre on November 9.
A tradition for many Vancouverites—I have friends who make it a point to always go to the Circle Craft Christmas Market with their families—this Christmas Market is a must for anyone who loves shopping local for their decorations, presents, art, and clothes; it’s like an even more gigantic version of the popular Portobello West artist markets. (It’s also a definite must for anyone visiting Vancouver, since it’s a rare chance to see a huge array of local and B.C. artisans in one place.)
The 2011 Circle Craft Christmas Market will have over 200 retailers, selling everything from home decor items to fine art, ceramics, jewelry, toys, fashion, winter wear, and loads of delicious gourmet foods. And don’t let the “craft fair” designation throw you: these wares are incredible, very professional, and quite high-end. Amid all the stalls—and there are so many you’ll want to plan for at least two- to three-hours to explore—there are also live demonstrations of contemporary and traditional crafts on the Demonstration Stage.
Tickets for the 2011 Circle Craft Christmas Market are on sale now through the website, which offers a $2 discount over buying tickets at the entrance. The Circle Craft Christmas Market is in Vancouver from November 9 – 13, 2011.