The season for gift giving and shopping local is here! There are a multitude of creative talents sharing their crafts and creations with holiday markets all around Vancouver. From kiddie toys and photography to sweet smelling candles and tasty treats – there are gifts for everyone in the family! By visiting these festive markets and buying local, we’re strengthening our local economy, reducing environmental impact and supporting the incredible community of small businesses in our neighbourhoods. Also, no shipping delays! Enjoy shopping all things creative, fun and festive at some of our favourite holiday markets.
Chanukah Market at the J
When: Sun Nov 28 11am – 5pm
Where: JCC Parking Lot
950 West 41st Ave. Vancouver
Tickets: Donation to the food bank
Celebrate the beginning of Chanukah with live music and family entertainment at the Jewish Community Centre. This market features latkes and Chanukah cookies, dreidels, Chanukah candles, greeting cards, art, food trucks, a book exchange and more fun gifting options. There will be a bouncy castle for kids, as well as raffles. A candle lighting event takes places at 5pm. All are welcome to this holiday market and event!
Tugboat Landing Artisan Market
When: Sat Dec 4 11am – 4pm
Where: Habour Master Club
2010 East Kent Avenue, Vancouver
Tugboat Landing Artisan Market is a curated boutique artisan market where the fire will be lit and Christmas music will be playing. Hot and cold treats served by donation will benefit the Wildlife Rescue Association. This family-friendly shopping experience features chocolate, cute handsewn bags in fun designs, knitting, children’s books, beauty and bath products, jewelry, and lots of other goodies!
When Sat Dec 4 10am-4pm
Where UBC Robson Square
800 Robson Street, Vancouver
Tickets $3 (kids under 12 free)
Japan Market presents over 35 vendors of Japanese inspired products, made by Japanese crafters. This female-led market offers jewelry, health and beauty, clothes, accessories, handmade crafts, chocolate, tea, sweets and much more! Shop unique gifts and enjoy tasty treats.
When Sat Dec 4 – Sun Dec 5 and Sat Dec 11 – Sun Dec 12 10am – 6pm
Where The Venables Hall
1739 Venables Street, Vancouver
Tickets $4 (kids under 12 by-donation)
For those hard-to-buy-for, find the perfect gift at the Weirdos Market. Vibrant vendors and artists share unconventional gifts from the quirky and unusual to the strange and bizarre. Curious kids will love exploring the rare and fun, often upcycled collections on display. Find taxidermy, collectibles, jewelry, textiles, one of a kind art, scientific interest and more. You can also enjoy the spooky author’s table, tarot card readings, Punk Rock Pastries, music, hot chocolate and some grown-up beverages.
Gift and Gather Market
When: Sat Dec 11th – Sun Dec 12th 10am – 6pm
Where: One Space Odlum
1187 Odlum Street
Tickets: $5 (kids under 12 free)
It’s the first year for the Gift & Gather Market at our favourite co-work and childcare space. This intentionally curated market features local brands and artists with a mix of adult and children’s offerings. All vendors are local and female identifying and many are Vancouver Moms themselves! Here you’ll find a fantastic mix of adult and children’s offerings from vendors like Mi & Bear, City and She and Skwálwen Botanicals. Enjoy the food truck and festive beverages in addition to a raffle benefitting ShEvalesco and a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.
Got Craft? Holiday Market
When: Sat Dec 18 – Sun Dec 19 10-5pm
Where: Croatian Cultural Centre
3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: $5 (kids under 12 free)
This curated marketplace showcases the best in independent craft and design. Shop gifts like jewelry, ceramics, clothing, artisan food, drink, and paper goods all with an emphasis on handmade. With 80 local makers and small shops there’s something for everyone on your list. Highlights include kid and family vendors such as Raising Humans Co, GingerSnap’s Crochet, Roxypop, and new creative art DIY kits by Chu Chu. Back by popular demand, is the mini makers area with kidpreneurs aged 5-13 years old selling their own handmade creations.
Vancouver Christmas Market
When: Nov 14- Dec 24 11.30 am – 9.30 pm
Where: Jack Poole Plaza
1055 Canada Place
Tickets: $12.99 (Kids under 6 free, kids 7-17 $6.99)
It’s back! Vancouver Christmas Market, a holiday favourite, returns to downtown Vancouver. To celebrate they’re offering all visitors, young and old a free ride on the HolidayLife Carousel. Let the kid’s pick family gifts at the Ugly Sweater & Sock Shack and don’t miss Da Bomb Goodies for tasty chocolate sweets, and delicious vegan options. Be sure to check out the oven-bake clay kits from 4Cats Arts Studio for your little artist before enjoying a pretzel and some mulled wine for the grown-ups.
Jenn Wint is a writer, communications strategist and a public relations specialist. She is passionate about storytelling and community. Jenn lives in East Vancouver with her husband, 3yo son and 1yo daughter. You’ll find them hanging around Vancouver’s playgrounds, water parks, coffee shops and anywhere that bakes fresh cookies in-house!