The fairs offer wonderful Christmas shopping opportunities, provide inspiration and creative ideas for people, and support local craft entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations.
Some great upcoming Christmas markets include the Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market (November 23-24), Kickoff to Christmas Makers Market (Nov. 29-30) and All About Christmas Gifts Expo in the Fraser Valley (Dec. 6-8). There are also the NV Holiday Bazaar (Nov. 23 & 24) and Shipyards Christmas Markets (Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14 & 15) on the North Shore, and the Vancouver Holiday Bazaar (Dec. 13-15) in Yaletown. And just before Christmas, there is the Coquitlam Christmas Night Market (Dec. 22).
Of course there is also the Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza (which in 2019 starts on November 20 and runs until Christmas Eve), and the market at Glow Abbotsford (Dec. 5, 2019, until Jan. 4, 2020).
Vancouver Christmas Fairs
Below is a list of some of the best and most popular Christmas craft fairs and markets in the Lower Mainland.
Note: Craft fair details may change so check event websites for exact information.
Click on the following cities for details about Christmas craft fairs in specific parts of the Lower Mainland, or scroll down for information about them all.
Abbotsford Craft Show
- November 23 & 24, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday) – THE OLDE FARMHOUSE is an exceptional market featuring antiques, vintage items, farmhouse furniture and one-of-a-kind knick-knacks that make perfect and unique holiday gifts (for yourself or to give away). It takes place in the TRADEX building beside the Abbotsford Airport between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm on the Saturday and from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on the Sunday. Admission for folk ages 12+ costs $6 per day or $8 for the weekend.
- November 29 & 30, 2019 (Friday & Saturday) – KICKOFF TO CHRISTMAS MAKERS MARKET takes place in the Ag Rec Building at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford. The market is open on the Friday from 5 to 9 pm and on the Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (with Santa Claus in attendance for breakfast sittings at 9:30 and 10:30 am). Admission ranges from between $3 and $4 for general admission and up to $30 for breakfast and photos with Santa for the family. In lieu of the $4 cash payment at the door, attendees can instead bring a toy or non-perishable food item that will be donated to charity. Also, all proceeds from general admission and the breakfast with Santa benefit the Abbotsford Christmas Bureau (which is another reason why we love this event)!
- December 5, 2019, to January 4, 2020 – GLOW ABBOTSFORD is a Christmas festival-style attraction at the Tradex Centre over 26 different days. It features amazing holiday lights, family-friendly activities and an artisan market. It promises to be one of the Lower Mainland’s top winter holiday attractions, both at its Abbotsford location as well as at its second location in downtown Vancouver (by False Creek). Click Glow Gardens Christmas Lights for more information.
Burnaby Craft Fairs
- November 16 & 17, 2019 (Saturday and Sunday) – the HOLY CROSS CHRISTMAS MARKET happens in the gymnasium at Holy Cross Elementary School in North Burnaby on the Saturday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm and on the Sunday between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. Admission is free and the event features 40 artisan vendors, a cafe and raffle baskets.
- November 16 & 17, 2019 (Saturday and Sunday) – SWEDISH CHRISTMAS FAIR – 30 or so vendors offered a selection of traditional Swedish goods and food items (including Swedish glögg) at the Scandinavian Community Centre at 6540 Thomas Street from 11 am to 4 pm. There is also live music and craft activities for children. Admission is free, as is the parking. Around 1800 people typically attend over the two days.
- November 22 to 24, 2019 (Friday to Sunday) – the DEER LAKE CRAFT FAIR takes place at the Shadbolt Centre at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue in Deer Lake Park. The event is sponsored by the Burnaby Arts Council and showcases the work of local artists, craftspeople and artisans including potters, wood artists, clothing designers, glass work artisans and jewelry makers. Live entertainment and a variety of food options are also available. There is also a Santa’s workshop where kids can find activities such as face painting and cookie decorating. Admission to the fair and parking are both FREE and the event runs from 11 am to 7 pm on the Friday and from 10 am to 4 pm on both weekend days. 3500 people attend on average each year.
Chilliwack Craft Market
- December 6 to 8, 2019 (Friday to Sunday) – the ALL ABOUT CHRISTMAS GIFTS EXPO is a massive Christmas market with over 175 vendors at Chilliwack Heritage Park. Admission is $5 for the entire weekend, with children 10 and under free. Hours of operation are from 4 to 9 pm on the Friday, 10 am until 6 pm on the Saturday, and 10 am until 4 pm on Sunday.
Coquitlam Craft Fairs
- November 15, 2019 (Friday) – the festive opening reception for the CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE & POSITIVELY PETITE MINIATURE EXHIBITION takes place at Coquitlam’s Place des Arts at 1120 Brunette Avenue from 7 until 9 pm. The FREE event includes displays of fine art, refreshments, artisan products for sale and live music. There is also a cash bar. (Note: The Christmas Boutique runs until December 21st and features finely handcrafted ornaments, decorations and gifts for sale. This year there are three new exhibitions: Positively Petite 30th Annual Miniature Exhibition, Reflections and Staycation.)
- December 22, 2019 (Sunday) – the COQUITLAM CHRISTMAS NIGHT MARKET is an artisan market at the Evergreen Cultural Centre featuring over 30 vendors between 5:30 and 8:30 pm at 1205 Pinetree Way. A number of things make this event extra special including the fact that attendees can enjoy a free piece of chocolate and a complimentary family portrait (while supplies last). Admission to the event is also free, as is the parking. The event is also right by a SkyTrain Station and Lights at Lafarge (which is also free and one of Metro Vancouver’s best places to see Christmas lights)!
North Vancouver Craft Fairs
- November 3, 2019 (Sunday) – the STA CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR attracts as many as 1200 shoppers and over 100 vendors to their annual fundraising event at Saint Thomas Aquinas Secondary School at 541 West Keith Road. Items for sale include everything from handmade clothing to home decor, gourmet food, jewellery, children’s items and more. The fair runs from 10 am until 4 pm and admission is $5 for adults, $2 for seniors and free for both elementary and high school students. (To learn more see our article about the Saint Thomas Aquinas Christmas Fair.)
- November 16 & 17, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday) – FALL FOR LOCAL HOLIDAY MARKET takes place indoors at the Pipe Shop in Shipbuilders’ Square at 115 Victory Ship Way from 11 am to 5 pm. The market features around 80 vendors and admission cost $3 online and $5 at the door. Kids under 13 were free.
- November 23, 2019 (Saturday) – the FAIR TRADE CHRISTMAS MARKET is a smaller market at St. Andrew’s United Church at 1044 St. George’s Avenue. It features socially and environmentally-responsible products made by artisans from the developing world and brought to Canada by Ten Thousand Villages. In 2019 the market runs from 10 am until 4 pm.
- November 24, 2019 (Sunday) – the ETSY HOLIDAY POP UP MARKET includes craft vendors set up in North Vancouver’s Shipyards at the Pipe Shop at 115 Victory Ship Way. Admission for the public costs $3 in advance or $5 on the day at the door.
- November 30 & December 1, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday) – the SHIPYARDS CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL is a community event that includes live entertainment as well as a Winter Artisan Market in the Pipe Shop at Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver. In 2019 the festival takes place on the Saturday, but the market continues on the Sunday too. The market features over 4 dozen vendors in the Pipe Shop at Shipbuilders’ Square between 1 and 9 pm on the Saturday and from 10 am to 5 pm on the Sunday. Admission both days is free (although donations for a local charity are greatly appreciated).
- December 7, 8, 14 & 15, 2019 (Saturdays & Sundays) – the SHIPYARDS CHRISTMAS MARKET typically features over 4 dozen vendors in the Pipe Shop at Shipbuilders’ Square between 10 am and 6 pm on Saturdays and 10 am to 5 pm on Sundays. Admission both days is free (or by donation).
Richmond Craft Fairs
- November 23, 2019 (Saturday) – the STEVESTON VILLAGE CRAFT FAIR takes place at 4111 Moncton Street at the Steveston Community Centre in Steveston Village. It usually runs from 10 am to 4 pm, includes over 150 vendors, and features only local and Canadian handmade items. Admission is by donation of cash or non-perishable food items.
- December 1, 8 & 15, 2019 (Sundays) – CANNERY FARMERS MARKETS take place at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery every second Sunday or so in the winter. This year they happen on the first three Sundays in December. They aren’t technically “Christmas craft fairs”, but they do feature artisans selling Christmas-y things and other products that make great gifts. On days when the Cannery Farmers Market takes place, admission to both the market and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is free.
- December 7, 2019 (Saturday) – the annual HERITAGE CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR is at Britannia at the Seine Net Loft, the Chinese Bunkhouse and the Murakami Boatworks at 5180 Westwater Drive in Steveston Village from around 11 am until 4 pm. Admission is typically free.
Surrey Craft Fairs
- November 16, 2019 (Saturday) – the ALEXANDRA NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE CRAFT FAIR runs from 9 am to 3 pm at 2916 McBride Avenue in Surrey’s Crescent Beach. Free admission (or at least it has been in past years). 50+ vendors typically participate.
- November 23 & 24, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday) – the HEART TO HOME HOLIDAY MARKET is a small craft fair at the Surrey Arts Centre (at Bear Creek Park) that features the work of 20+ local artists and artisans. Admission is free and doors are open from noon until 5:00 pm.
Vancouver Craft Fairs
- November 7 to 11, 2019 (Thursday to Monday) – the CIRCLE CRAFT MARKET takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre West at 1055 Canada Place and is one of the Lower Mainland’s largest and most impressive craft shows. It features more than 300 vendors and artisans. The event costs about $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and youth (ages 13-18), and free for children under 13 years of age. This is an impressive high-end market and included works by professional artists and local artisans.
- November 14 to 17, 2019 (Thursday to Sunday) – CHRISTMAS AT HYCROFT is held at the beautiful Hycroft Clubhouse at 1489 McRae Avenue in Shaughnessy. It is open between 11 am and 9 pm daily, except for the Sunday when it closes three hours earlier at 6 pm. Admission is $15, but free for children under age 14. This is a high-end Christmas season market event in a stunning venue.
- November 20 to December 24, 2019 – VANCOUVER CHRISTMAS MARKET – the city’s most famous and longest running holiday market has a German theme and is located at Jack Poole Plaza beside the Vancouver Convention Centre. It’s not just a “craft market,” but it is lots of fun and features live entertainment, a carousel and dozens of vendors selling both locally-made and European products. The market is open daily from 11:30 am until 9:30 pm and admission costs around $10.
- November 30, 2019 (Saturday) – the KITSILANO WINTER MARKET takes place at the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House at 2305 West 7th Avenue from 10 to 4 pm. Admission is $2 per person over the age of 12. It is a small to medium-sized craft fair and includes locally-made artisan products, food, live entertainment, a small farmers market and child care.
- December 13 to 15, 2019 (Friday to Sunday) – the VANCOUVER HOLIDAY BAZAAR is a Christmas market featuring around 100 artisan vendors at the Roundhouse Community Centre at 181 Roundhouse Mews in Yaletown. It runs from 4 to 9 pm on the Friday and from 10 am until 4 pm on both the Saturday and the Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults at the door or $3 online in advance. Kids ages 12 and under are free.
West Vancouver Craft Fairs
- November 2 & 3, 2019 (Saturday, & Sunday) – formerly called the CRAFT MARKET, the FALL ARTISAN MARKET takes place at 2121 Marine Drive at the West Vancouver Community Centre on the North Shore between 10 am and 4 pm on both days. (Note: The venue is at the same place as the West Vancouver Aquatic Centre which is one of the Lower Mainland’s best places to take children for a swim. The location is also a short walk from the waterfront and seawall connecting Ambleside with Dundarave, so a great place for a post-Christmas shopping stroll.)
- November 23 & 24, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday) – celebrating its fifth year, the NV HOLIDAY BAZAAR has moved from Carson Graham Secondary School to West Vancouver Community Centre at 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver. It is still open from 10 am until 4 pm each day and admission is now FREE. It’s great market and features over 50 artisan vendors.
As well as Christmas craft markets, other great markets also take place throughout Metro Vancouver this time of year include winter farmers markets, the Vancouver Christmas Market and the one-day Candytown event in Yaletown (which usually takes place in late November).
Winter Farmers Markets
Lower Mainland winter farmers markets include Saturday markets at Riley Park near Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver and the Royal City Farmers Market in New Westminster. Sunday winter farmers markets include ones in Port Moody and Hastings Park at the PNE grounds in Vancouver, as well as the Cannery Farmers Market in Steveston Village every second week.
See Lower Mainland Winter Markets for more information.
Vancouver Christmas Market
If you like Christmas and markets, then, in addition to the above craft markets, you might also really enjoy the Vancouver Christmas Market which runs from late November until December 24th. It doesn’t feature homemade crafts, but it is a market and does offer lots of Christmas-y things to see and buy.
Click Vancouver Christmas Market for more details.
Candytown is a one-day Christmas street market event that takes place in Yaletown at around 1152 Mainland Street. In 2019 it’s on Saturday, November 30th between 12 and 7 pm.
Other Holiday Season Information
Many neighbourhood churches and schools also host great craft fairs (as well as entertaining Christmas concerts). Shopping at them is an excellent way to Christmas shop, get crafty ideas and support and connect with your local community. In addition to checking out the above major markets, keep your eyes out for advertisements for smaller events in your local area.
For a list of places to see holiday lights and enjoy other Christmas activities in the Lower Mainland, see Top Things to do at Christmas. And for other activities over the holiday season, check out the December Calendar.