With all sorts of festive things to buy and see, dozens of craft fairs take place in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland each year in November and December.
They offer great opportunities to Christmas shop, get your own creative ideas and support local craft entrepreneurs.
Vancouver’s Best Christmas Craft Fairs
Some craft fairs are tiny and others are huge. Below is a list of some of the best places to see handmade Christmas crafts in the Lower Mainland in 2015. Lots of neighbourhood schools and churches also have good craft fairs, which are great ways to shop and support the community. Be sure to look out for advertisements for smaller events in your neighbourhood too.
Note: Craft fair details may change, so check event websites for the most up-to-date information.
Coquitlam Craft Fairs
- December 4-6, 2015 (Friday to Sunday): COQUITLAM CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR – In its 34th year, the fair takes place at 618 Poirier Street across from the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex by Winslow Avenue. Over 100 vendors selling all handmade creations including ceramics, glass, textiles, woodwork, jewellery, skincare products, housewares, tasty treats and more. Admission is $2.50 for adults and $1.25 for seniors and children. Open on the Friday 5-9 pm, Saturday 10-4 pm and Sunday 11-4 pm.
North Vancouver Craft Fairs
- December 12-13, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday): GOT CRAFT – At the Shipyards’ Pipe Shop at 115 Victory Ship Way in front of the Pinnacle Hotel from 10 to 5 pm both days. Cost is $5 at the door or $3 online. (This venue is a 5-minute walk from the Lonsdale Quay seabus terminal, so be sure to visit the public market while you’re there.)
Richmond Craft Fairs
- November 28, 2015 (Saturday): STEVESTON VILLAGE CRAFT FAIR – Located in the tennis centre at the Steveston Community Centre at 4111 Moncton Street, this event runs from 10 am to 4 pm and features over 160 vendors, making it reputedly Richmond’s largest winter craft event. Admission is by donation of cash or non-perishable food items. (While in the area, go for a strong along the waterfront in the village).
Vancouver Craft Fairs
- November 28, 2015 (Saturday): DUNBAR HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR – In its 33rd year and running from 10 to 5 pm, the event takes place at 4747 Dunbar Street and features over 140 vendor participants. Attracting over 2000 shoppers most years, the cost is $3 at the door and free for children under 12.
- December 3-6, 2015 (Thursday to Sunday): MAKE IT CRAFT SHOW – A major craft event with close to 250 vendors expected at the PNE at 2901 East Hastings Street. Admission is $7 for the four days with children 12 and under free.
- December 4-6, 2015 (Friday-Sunday): TOQUE CRAFT FAIR – the annual craft and fundraising event for the Western Front, an artist-run centre for contemporary art and music located at 303 East 8th Avenue near Main Street and Kingsway. Admission by donation.
In addition to holiday craft fairs, there are some great markets happening this time of year in Metro Vancouver too, with many of them running regularly over the course of the winter season or for extended periods. If you like locally-made goods, then check out the following:
Winter Farmers Markets
A number of great winter farmers markets take place across the Lower Mainland during the colder months, including at Nat Bailey Stadium on Saturdays in Vancouver and in White Rock and Port Moody on Sundays. There is also the Cannery Farmers Market in Steveston Village every second Sunday.
Click Lower Mainland Winter Markets for more details.
Other Christmas Market Events
In addition to craft fairs and winter farmers markets, other interesting venues with locally-produced and/or multiple vendors include the following:
- Christmas Market – North Vancouver’s annual Christmas Market takes place at the Shipyards in the Pipe Shop at 115 Victory Ship Way at the bottom of Lonsdale Avenue. It features close to 70 market vendors and is open on December 18 from 5 to 10 pm and on December 19 and 20 from 11 to 6 pm. Admission is by donation, with proceeds benefiting the North Shore Neighbourhood House.
- Vancouver Winter Wonderland – New for 2015 and billed as “Canada’s largest indoor Christmas festival,” the event takes place December 11-20 at the PNE at 2901 East Hastings Street and includes a giant 3-storey-tall snow globe and over 100 vendors. Discounted tickets are available online for $5.
- Vancouver Christmas Market – Vancouver’s outdoor Christmas Market is very entertaining if you like Christmas-y markets. It runs daily from 11 am until 9 pm from November 21st until December 24th and features numerous European-themed stalls selling all sorts of festive things. Admission ranges from $4 to $8 and online tickets allow multiple-day entry.