Vancouver Holiday Craft Market Preview

Photo credit: Pip & Pin cowls, available at Make It!

‘Tis the season for crafts.

Over the next two months, Vancouver will be blessed with nearly a half-dozen holiday craft markets, from heavy hitter Circle Craft to more intimate indie affairs. In fact, with so many talented artisans from across the country and around the world converging on the city, you might be able to avoid holiday mall madness altogether this year.   Wares on offer range from one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing and home accessories to bath and body products, artwork, ceramics and even holiday foods.

Here’s a quick preview of what’s in store:

Circle Craft Christmas Market, Nov. 7-11The grandaddy of Vancouver holiday markets is back for its 39th year.  More than 300 artisans will pack the Vancouver Convention Centre with jewelry, fashions, home decor, bath products and even seasonal foods.  This year, Circle Craft will also host their inaugural fashion show featuring eco-friendly garments from 50 designers.  Check out Taraneh’s blog post for more details. 

Make It!, Nov. 8-11: The runaway favourite among hipster shoppers, Make It! combines arts and crafts with a uniquely club vibe.  To get everyone into the holiday spirit, local musicians – including Alas, the Ocean and Elisa Thorn – serenade shoppers with live tunes, and alcohol is available for purchase.  The market is held in the Croatian Cultural Centre on Commercial Drive and is apparently “25 percent more awesome” this year owing to an expanded roster of vendors.  

Portobello West Holiday Market, Nov. 24Several times throughout the year, Portobello West transforms Olympic Village’s Creekside Community Centre into a fashion and craft expo.  For its holiday instalment, expect dozens of vendors selling one-off fashions and art, plus lots of unique jewelry.  And you can’t beat the view outside of False Creek and the downtown Vancouver skyline.

Photo credit: Abeego, natural food storage at Circle Craft

Got Craft?, Dec. 8-9 This carefully curated indie showcase (whose slogan is, ” . . . because MALL is a four-letter word) has graduated to the Croatian Cultural Centre this year.  80 artisans will be on hand, selling everything from whimsical pendants to soy-based candles and dapper little bow ties for kids under 10.  You can also sit in on craft workshops, sample tasty treats and get your shopping groove on with the help of local DJs.

Shiny Fuzzy Muddy 12, Dec. 10-11: Held in historic digs at Main Street’s Heritage Hall, Shiny Fuzzy is smaller and more manageable than many of the other holiday craft markets.  It’s organized by some of the staples of Vancouver’s indie fashion and art scene, including labels Astrosatchel, Kari Woo, Laura Mckibbon, Arleigh Wood and Frances Felt.

Which holiday market is your personal favourite?  Any markets missing from the list?  Let us know below! 

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