Looking for a unique gift? Something uber local that can’t be found at the mall? Well craft fair season just kicked off with the big mama, Circle Craft, and keeps on going until the third week of December. Here are 16 super local craft fairs where you can pick up hand-made gifts and consumables. Think East Van jam, local honey, printed bags, jewelry, paintings and so much more. Plus all craft fairs have delicious home-made treats (and now food trucks!) and entertainment to please the littlest shopper.
Holiday craft fairs in Vancouver you’ll want to check out!
Circle Craft Christmas Market
Nov 7-11 2019 Vancouver
Over 300 artisans (60 new this year) will gather to show their wares: fine artistry and modern design via wood, clay, textiles, metal and more! A Vancouver tradition for over four decades, the Market kicks off the holiday shopping season in the city.
>> Circle Craft
Portobello West Holiday Market
November 9 & 10 2019, Vancouver
Find 70+ local artisans for unisex sustainable slow fashion, hand soldered & forged jewelry, hand painted illustrations & home decor, organic skincare, locally made cider, beer & wine, gourmet treats and much more. Plus live music and food trucks. Admission is $5 – kids under 12 are free.
Christmas Craft Fair at Kids Market
Sunday November 10 2019 Vancouver
Kids Market is hosting its first ever Christmas craft fair featuring amazing handmade items from local kids.
Christmas at Hycroft
November 14 to 17, 2019 Vancouver
This long-running annual holiday fair and fundraiser at the beautiful Edwardian mansion features a huge variety of live entertainment, local artisans, unique boutiques, traditional treats and Santa visits too.
November 15 & 16 2019 Squamish
Refresh Market returns to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park! Shop the selection of clothing, ceramics, jewelry, dry goods, vintage and more from 100 local designers, makers and shops. Plus, take in food trucks, music and good vibes in a carefree community environment. Be one of the first 50 on both days to receive a Refresh Market swag bag.
The Collective Winter Market
November 15, 16 2019 Pitt Meadows
Support local this holiday season a this one-of-a-kind event that features local small shops and emerging brands. Shoppers will enjoy live music, a holiday lounge, giveaways, a photowall from Pretty Little Flower Wall and more! Don’t miss the Friday VIP Sip Shop from 4 pm-6 pm.
Christmas Boutique at Place des Arts
November 15 to December 19 2019 Coquitlam
Each November and December, Place des Arts’ Artisan Shop expands into a fine craft market: The Christmas Boutique. Offering holiday shoppers a veritable Aladdin’s cave of glittering bobbles and delightful seasonal gifts, the Christmas Boutique is the perfect place to find beautifully handcrafted, locally made artisan wares.
Surrey Tree Lighting Festival & Market
Saturday November 23, 2019 Surrey
Make your list and check it twice at the new Holiday Market at the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival, featuring local vendors with one-of-a-kind gifts for purchase.
Vancouver Etsy Collective Holiday Pop Up
November 24 2019 North Vancouver
The Etsy Holiday pop up market has moved to the stunning Pipe Shop Venue! This one day only market features a curated selection of Vancouver’s most talented independent brands, artists, designers and Etsy sellers. Find one-of-a-kind gifts and delicious holiday treats.
>> Etsy Market
Vancouver Christmas Market
November 20 to December 24 2019 Vancouver
Discover unique treasures to stuff into stockings or tuck under the Christmas tree at one of the more than 80 artisan huts offering handcrafted gifts for everyone on your list. Festive foodies can sample Glühwein (mulled wine), a selection of German and Austrian beers, and a variety of sweet and savoury epicurean delights.
November 29 – December 1, 2019 Vancouver
Curated selection of designers and artists. Join them for a unique gift selection, back deck barbecue, and yummy bake sale. Oh and loads of hipsters!
Kickoff to Christmas Makers Market
November 29 & 30, 2019 Abbotsford
Kick off your Christmas shopping this season at a craft fair that gives back to the community and features locally make items. All proceeds from donations, entry tickets, Breakfast with Santa tickets go to the Abbotsford Christmas Bureau.
Got Craft Holiday Edition
December 7 & 8, 2019 Vancouver
Got Craft? returns to East Vancouver with over 95 local artists, makers, and small shops! Think clothing, baby + kid items, jewelry, artisanal food, paper goods, ceramics, textiles, and more! Tacofino and Kafka’s Coffee will be on-site to keep you fueled all weekend long. Also, new to this year is the Mini Makers section for budding entrepreneur.
Shiny Fuzzy Muddy Farewell
December 14 & 15, 2019 Vancouver
Sadness. This is the final year for this Main St mainstay, which features a lovely collection of curated fine craft, art + design at Heritage Hall in the heart of the hip and local craft scene.
December 11-15 2019, Vancouver
Join the homemade revolution! The Make it! market at the PNE boasts clothing, accessories, art, home decor, gourmet goodies, baby and kid items and other unique treasures. Plus, food trucks and a beer garden to get you in the festive spirit. Sold!
>> Make it!
Portabello Winter Wonderland Market
December 16-23 Vancouver
Experience a highly curated Portobello West market at the annual VanDusen Festival of Lights, a winter wonderland with one million lights spread out over 15 acres . The Festival of Lights attracts over 110,000 visitors each year with highlights such as dancing light shows, lit carousel, Santa’s Cabin and more.
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).