The holiday season is just around the corner, and with it comes craft fairs and markets. Due to COVID-19, many of these events have been forced to cancel, but there are still lots of opportunities to support local makers, bakers, artists and artisans. Find the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for everyone on your list at in-person, pop-up and virtual markets.
Do you know of a craft fair or market that isn’t on our list? Email Julia Piper at [email protected] to have it included.
(*Events details are subject to change. Please check directly with the event organizer prior to attending.)
Eastside Culture Crawl
Where: Online and in-person events
When: Nov. 12-15 and Nov. 19-22
The newly expanded 24th annual Eastside Culture Crawl offers attendees a fully customizable experience, designed to suit the needs and comfort levels of all participants. Art patrons will have the opportunity to engage with artists through interactive virtual programming, a new digital appointment scheduler for controlled, in-person viewing opportunities at open studios, virtual studio tours, coupled with livestream and live chat functions.
Winter Treasures Artisan Market
Where: Online or in-person at the Port Moody Arts Centre, 2425 St. Johns St., Port Moody
When: Nov. 12-Dec. 22
This annual boutique-style show features gifts, crafts, art and more, all created by local artists. Visit the gallery in person or shop online. Phone purchases and curbside pickup are available.
Place des Arts’ Annual Christmas Boutique
Where: Online, or in-person via appointment, 1120 Brunette Ave, Coquitlam
When: Nov. 12-Dec. 17
Info: 604-664-1636, ext. 0, placedesarts.ca
This annual tradition shopping experience continues, offering handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays. The Christmas Boutique includes an array of high-quality items, including Christmas decorations and ornaments, gift cards, soaps, jewellery, hand knit mittens, paintings, stone sculptures, fused and blown glass décor, wooden bowls and more.
West Coast Women’s Show: Online Pop-Up
When: Nov. 13-15
Support your favourite show vendors at this three day online pop-up event. Features some of the best products, most unique gifts, and exclusive deals from more than 100 small and family-owned businesses in our communities. The Firefighters Calendar has always been a part of the West Coast Women’s Show, and the 2021 Hall of Flame Firefighters Calendar will on sale during the online pop-up sales event. Calendar proceeds support a multitude of Vancouver Firefighter charities.
20th Annual Nikkei Craft Market
Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
When: Nov. 13-Dec. 13, Fridays & Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Info: 604-777-7000, nikkeiplace.org
This year, shop don’t stop! Nikkei Craft Market will be setup as an indoor walkthrough market that features a dozen local vendors each week. The unique market features handmade Japanese-themed and Christmas items from local creative entrepreneurs. Different local artisans, designers, knitters, and artists are featured each week.
Pacific Arts Market: The Holiday Bazaar
Where: Pacific Arts Market, 1448 W. Broadway
When: Nov. 14, 2-8 p.m.
The holidays are coming! Meet local artists, enjoy lovely conversations, live music, drinks and treats. This is the perfect way to bring joy and feel some holiday cheer! The large open space gives everyone comfort and room to explore. The event will feature the work of more than 70 local artists.
46th Annual Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market: A Pop-up Christmas Market
Where: Cottonwood Centre, 45585 Luckakuck Way, Chilliwack
When: Nov. 19-22
This year’s annual market will be a pop-up edition, featuring vendors socially distanced throughout the concourse of Cottonwood Centre. Local artists and artisans will be offering a wide variety of local, handmade items for everyone on your list.
Got Craft? Holiday Pop-Up Virtual Market
When: Nov. 25-Dec. 6
This mega Holiday Pop-Up Virtual Market features more than 60 makers and small shops from across Canada. Come together virtually this holiday season to shop small and give the gift of handmade goods. Choose from flat rate shipping within Canada and the US, and free local Vancouver curbside pick up.
The West Coast Christmas Show e-Shop
When: Details and dates TBA, check the website often
While the live show will not be able to operate at Tradex this year, this annual Christmas event will still be bringing your favourite exhibitors to you via a new e-Shop experience. Discover new gift ideas, original art, crafts, woodwork, specialty foods, home decor, clothing, furniture, jewelry, candles, soaps, and much more.
Harrison Festival Virtual Artisan Market
When: Nov. 26-29
The Harrison Festival Society presents a virtual artisan market, featuring many B.C. based artisans, artistic service providers, arts organizations and local Harrison businesses.
Christmas at Hycroft: Virtual Holiday Festival
When: The online shop opened Nov. 9, pick up will be available Nov. 19-Dec. 13
Join the fun at Christmas at Hycroft, Vancouver’s longest running Christmas fair! Even though the our event will look much different this year, there are still lots of opportunities to shop for gifts, enjoy delicious treats, and support Hycroft.
Toque Craft Fair
When: Dec. 1-6
This year Western Front’s annual craft fair Toque is being transformed into a vibrant online marketplace that can be experienced directly from your home, featuring some of the best in local, handmade goods
37th Annual Britannia Winter Craft Market
Where: Britannia Community Services Centre, Gym D, 1661 Napier St
When: Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Britannia hosts their annual Christmas Craft Fair which features a variety of hand made creations from local artists. Due to COVID, admission numbers will be regulated, so please be patient should you need to wait to get in.
West Craft Holiday Food + Artisan Market
Where: Outside in front of City Hall, 6th St. and Royal Ave., New West
When: Dec. 12 and 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Info: Admission by donation, artscouncilnewwest.org
The holiday edition of the handmade market hosted by the Arts Council of New Westminster features more than 40 food and artisan vendors. This outdoor event will happen snow, rain or shine.
Make It!: The Handmade Revolution
Due to Covid-19, all Make It! shows are postponed indefinitely, but you can still support your favourite Makies by shopping online. From pottery, glasswork, jewelry, accessories, candles, body care, and items for kids and babies, you’re sure to find that perfect gift.
Glenda’s Christmas Cottage
Where: Online, or in-store until Dec. 23, 4557 Mt. Lehman Rd., Abbotsford
At Glenda’s you will know Christmas has begun from the moment you set foot in the door. You will be greeted by the scent of hot spiced apple juice drifting through the air as the sights and sounds of Christmas usher you inside. Glenda’s specializes in everything Christmas; including ornaments, decor and collectibles.
Etsy is an e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and craft supplies. Buy directly from someone who put their heart and soul into making something special. Find things for everyone on your list while supporting independent sellers.
Vancouver Aquarium Holiday Gifts
Spread joy and do good this holiday season by purchasing gifts from the Vancouver Aquarium. Your friends, the ocean, and the animals at the Vancouver Aquarium, will thank you. In addition to the ‘ugly sweater’ face masks, the Aquarium is selling an amazing hand sanitizer made from Kelp.
Julia Piper, [email protected]