Believe it or not, even though there are still lots of Jack-o-lanterns from Halloween on the streets, holiday season is almost upon us. With Christmas less than two months away, thoughts are already turning to gift giving. And one of the best ways to score one-of-a-kind gifts in Vancouver is by shopping one of the city’s holiday craft markets.
Now, pretty much everybody knows about the big Circle Craft market, which takes over the Vancouver Convention Centre for a whole week from Nov. 9-13. But there are plenty of other choices: big or small; whether you’re looking for fine art or dirt cheap, handmade decorations.
I’ve listed 5 markets below, but I want to hear from you: Do you have a favourite holiday craft market in Vancouver? Please let us know below.
- Circle Craft: The largest craft market in Western Canada is expected to draw 40,000 visitors to the beautiful West building of the Vancouver Convention Centre. As Dana explained in a great post, the market attracts some of the best artisans from the continent, including sculptors, glass blowers, potters and jewelers. There’s also music, dance and glass-blowing demos. Nov. 9-13; Vancouver Convention Centre; $12
- Vancouver Christmas Market: This outdoor market next to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre features 45 traditional wooden booths selling crafts and, of course, delicious German food. Grab a bratwurst and a warm glass of mulled wine to ward off winter’s chill and wander through the rows of brightly lit Christmas trees. Nov. 24-Dec. 24; Plaza at Queen Elizabeth Theatre; $5 adults and teens; $2 kids 7-12
- The Make It Show: This market out on Commercial Drive is like the cooler, funkier younger brother to traditional craft markets. Enjoy live music from local bands in a club-type atmosphere while you browse wares from 120 Canadian artisans from across the country. Nov. 24-27; Croatian Cultural Centre; $5
- Real Piece of Work Fine Art and Craft Sale: Looking for high-end art instead of the usual crafts? This is the place to be. This juried sale in Surrey features limited edition artwork in various media from local and international artists. A separate exhibition showcases jewelry and accessories. Nov. 19, 20 (art); Nov. 26, 27 (jewelry, accessories); Ocean Park Community Hall
- One-of-a-Kind Show and Sale: Held inside the Vancouver Convention Centre, this show isn’t quite as big as Circle Craft but does feature great stuff. Emphasis is on indie, hip and funky merchandise, with artists from all over Canada and the U.S. selling their crafts. Dec. 8-11; Vancouver Convention Centre: $12
Have another favourite Christmas market? Please share suggestions below.