The North Vancouver Holiday Bazaar is a Christmas craft fair at West Vancouver Community Centre on a weekend in mid-November and early December.
Carson Graham Christmas Craft Fair
The North Vancouver Holiday Bazaar is the new name for what was formerly known as “The Carson Graham Christmas Craft Fair” as of 2018.
This annual event is one of the Lower Mainland’s largest Christmas craft and artisan markets. It features 50 local, handmade vendors selling items from a wide range of categories including jewellery, clothing, bath and body goods, art, wine, home decor, woodwork, children’s products and food.
Along with its new name, the Holiday Bazaar takes place in a new location as of 2018. This is at the West Vancouver Community Centre at 2121 Marine Drive in West Vancouver.
In 2018 it happens on the Saturdays and Sundays of November 17-18 and December 1-2 from 10 am until 4 pm each day.
Another change is that admission to the North Vancouver Holiday Bazaar is now FREE.
Products for sale at the event are generally of very high quality. Participating vendors have all had to apply to participate and their products have been submitted to a jury for review. Priority is given to products that are unique, handmade by the vendor, and locally produced or at least made in BC or Canada.
Examples of products you’ll find at the NV Holiday Bazaar include hand-sewn or knitted clothing, greeting cards featuring art by local artists, homemade goodies, handmade soaps, candles, glasswork and other items that make great Christmas gifts.
Some of the vendors participating in the event are professional artists, some make their products as a hobby, some are full-time local businesses, and for some it’s their first time as a craft fair or holiday market vendor. All vendor participants are creative though and passionate about what they do.
Bazaar Tips & Advice
Below is a list of suggestions and things to know to help you make the most out of your experience at North Vancouver’s Holiday Bazaar.
- TIP #1: If you’re looking for a gift for someone that’s hard to buy for, this is a good place to find it. The products are unique, handmade and from local artists and creative entrepreneurs.
- TIP #2: Note the new venue – it is NOT at Carson Graham Secondary anymore. There is plenty of on-site parking at the West Vancouver Community Centre, but you may also need to try street parking.
- TIP #3: While you’re in North Vancouver, and if the weather is good, combine your trip with a visit to other places of interest on the North Shore. For shopping there are places like Lonsdale Quay, and for nature there are dozens of world-class parks and attractions including the Cleveland Dam, Grouse Mountain, Lynn Canyon and Ambleside to name just a few. Click North Vancouver or the North Shore for more ideas on where to go.
- TIP #4: When doing your holiday shopping, try to support local! Buying from small businesses and area artists helps keep money in the local economy and benefits the community. Craft fairs like the NV Holiday Bazaar are great places to buy local!
For more information about the event at the West Vancouver Community Centre in West Vancouver, click NV Holiday Bazaar.
For a list of other similar artisan markets throughout the region, click Lower Mainland Christmas Craft Fairs.
And for a list of other seasonal activities, check out any of the following: