Circle Craft Christmas Market Returns, Nov. 7-11

Gift-giving is an art. As the Christmas buildup gets underway, it’s time to put on your (elfin) thinking cap and start making lists. One Vancouver Christmas event sure to inspire is the annual Circle Craft Christmas Market that takes place at the harbourfront Vancouver Convention Centre, Nov. 7-11.

Long before Etsy, back in 1973, Circle Craft Co-operative debuted their first Christmas Market in East Van, where many smaller Vancouver craft markets still take place today.  38 markets later, Circle Craft Christmas Market is the largest Christmas Market in Western Canada.

Circle Craft is a draw for both Vancouverites and visitors. For many locals, it’s an absolute must-attend for shopping for festive, hand-made holiday decor and presents. For visitors, it’s a rare chance to peruse a gigantic array of B.C. artisans and their Canada-made goods in one place.

The 2012 Circle Craft Christmas Market will have over 300 artisans’ stalls selling fashion, jewelry, kids’ clothing, toys, home decor, art, knitwear, bath products and plenty of tasty artisan food – think fancy chocs, local cheese and Christmas pudding.

New in 2012, Circle Craft will hold their first fashion show with over 50 designers and an impressive array of of organic eco-friendly garments on display from Vancouver favourites such as Adhesif Clothing. Find out who’s participating by browsing the Christmas market guide. You’ll also be able to catch crafting demos including spinning, knitting, pottery and glass blowing.

Tickets for the 2012 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 7 – 11 at Vancouver Convention Centre West (1055 Canada Place).

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