Gastown Christmas ShopHop December 3

It may surprise visitors to Vancouver that Gastown, the city’s oldest neighbourhood, boasts some of downtown’s most fashion-forward shops.

I love exploring Gastown’s boutiques (I love the ultra-modern furniture stores there, too), so I’m truly excited for their annual holiday shopping extravaganza, the Gastown Christmas ShopHop on Thursday, December 3.

During the one-day-only ShopHop, 20+ Gastown boutiques kick off the holiday shopping season with sales and deals on the season’s most stylish fashions, shoes and accessories for women and men.

Use the map on the Gastown blog to find your way around all 20 of this year’s participating retailers, which include local favourites Lloyd’s of Gastown, the Block, and dutil.denim.

The Gastown Christmas ShopHop runs from 5pm – 9pm, December 3, 2009.

Circle Craft Christmas Market at the Vancouver Convention Centre

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Fabulous food stalls at the Circle Craft Christmas Market

On Wednesday, I spent an awesome day shopping with my girlfriends at the annual Circle Craft Christmas Market at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Now in its 36th year, this enormous market is Western Canada’s largest craft fair. It’s also much more upscale that the name “craft” may imply; it’s a huge collection of Canadian artisans who produce gorgeous jewelry, clothing, metal and clay works, gourmet delicacies, and gifts.

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Circle Craft Christmas Market at the Vancouver Convention Centre