Top 5 Holiday Craft Markets in Vancouver

Vancouver Christmas Market

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 MarketThis 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 ShowThis 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 SaleHeld 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. 


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8 Responses to Top 5 Holiday Craft Markets in Vancouver

  1. Oh my! You’re missing the best craft market of all – Got Craft! It is the only one I am ever 100% sure I’m going to.

    Sunday, December 4th, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Royal Canadian Legion
    2205 Commercial Drive (@ E.6th Ave), Vancouver

    • Thanks for the tip on the Got Craft market, Samantha. Sounds like that’s a really popular one.

  2. Laura

    I agree with Samantha (above). Got Craft is by far the best, and I’ve been to them all. But I find that with all the list and postings on this site that you usually miss the coolest one.

  3. Hey if you are checking out where to go for craft fairs, check out this site:

    They offer free advertisement for vendors and craft fairs.

  4. We have a great new local artisan Christmas market to offer up…

    Deck the Halls Christmas Artists Market
    Sunday, December 4, 9am – 4pm

    North Delta Recreation Centre – 11415 84 Avenue, North Delta

    Jewellery, pottery, photography, paintings, prints, glass, woodwork, clothing, cards, soaps, apparel, garden accessories, novelties and more… finely crafted by local artisans. Find that special gift for those special people on your Christmas list!

    Admission: Non Perishable Food Donation for Delta Assist Christmas Hamper Program

    Co-hosted by Watershed Artworks Society and the Corporation of Delta

    Please join us!

  5. Thanks Laura and Samantha! Yes, Got Craft? will be celebrating their 10th event and 5th year in Vancouver on Sunday, December 4th at the Legion at 2205 Commercial Drive from 10-5pm. You can check out more details here –

  6. Christina

    It appears that the Circle Craft dates are wrong, when I go to the website, says 11 – 16th

  7. Tina

    The great Canadian craft fair has lots of different vendors