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Vancouver and Lower Mainland Christmas Craft Fairs

Vancouver Christmas Craft Fairs

Christmas craft fairs and winter holiday artisan markets take place in November and December at various venues in Metro Vancouver.

The fairs offer wonderful Christmas shopping opportunities and provide inspiration and creative ideas for people. They also support local craft entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, far fewer Christmas craft fairs happened in 2020 compared to other years. Many returned in 2021 though, which was great to see! Artisan and Christmas-themed markets that took place included the Vancouver Christmas Market, All About Christmas Gifts Expo and New West Holiday Market. On the North Shore there was the Shipyards Artisan Market and Ambleside Holiday Market. In Burnaby there was also Holidays on the Block near Brentwood Mall.

 

Christmas Gifts Expo

 

Vancouver Christmas Fairs

Below is a list of some of the best and most popular Christmas craft fairs and markets in the Lower Mainland that take place most years. Some of them took place in 2021, but not all of them. Hopefully more craft fairs take place in 2022. Exact details for each, however, are to be confirmed.

 


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 | Burnaby | Chilliwack | Coquitlam | Fort Langley | New Westminster | North Vancouver | Port Moody | Richmond | Squamish | Surrey | Vancouver | West Vancouver | White Rock | Other Markets


 

Shipyards Christmas Market

 

Abbotsford Craft Fairs

Craft fairs in Abbotsford in recent years have included the West Coast Christmas Craft Show, Old Farmhouse and Kickoff to Christmas Market.

 

West Coast Christmas Craft Show

The West Coast Christmas Craft Show usually takes place at the Tradex Centre at 1190 Cornell Street in Abbotsford. In normal years the trade show-style event features an artisan gallery, ugly sweater contest, kids’ activities, cooking demonstrations, a model train, numerous trade show vendors and all kinds of Christmas-y things to see and buy.

In 2021 the event was going to happen on the weekend of November 19th to 21st. It got cancelled, however, due to COVID-19.

See our article about the West Coast Christmas Craft Show to learn more about the event.

 

The Old Farmhouse

The Old 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 you yourself or to give away).

In normal years this event takes place in the Tradex building beside the Abbotsford Airport. Admission for folk ages 12+ in previous years cost $6 per day or $8 for the weekend.

In 2021 the event was going to happen on the weekend of November 13 and 14, but then got cancelled. The organizers hope to host a market in the spring of 2022 instead.

To learn more see our article about The Old Farmhouse.

 

Kickoff to Christmas Market

The Kickoff to Christmas Market usually takes place in the Ag Rec Building at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford in years when it happens.

In its last year before COVID, the market featured over 120 vendors on the last weekend in November. It was 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 a couple of years ago ranged 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 could instead bring a toy or non-perishable food item that would be donated to charity. Also, all proceeds from general admission and the breakfast with Santa benefited the Abbotsford Christmas Bureau (which is another reason why we love this event)!

To learn more about this event see our article about the Kickoff to Christmas Market.

 

Burnaby Artisan Markets

 

All About Christmas Gifts Expo

Holidays on the Block is an event that happens over a number of days in December. It features about half a dozen food trucks and 20 or so artisan vendors (but as many as 40 vendors on the busiest days)! The event also features holiday light displays and photo opportunities with Santa Claus.

In 2021 Holidays on the Block took place on select dates between December 9th and December 24th. Admission was $5 (unless you donated a warm item like a blanket or jacket for their Giving Tree which benefited people in need).

To learn more see our article about the Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival (which is the organization behind this event).

 

Holidays on the Block

Holy Cross Christmas Market

In normal years, the Holy Cross Christmas Market happens at the Holy Cross Elementary School’s gymnasium. The venue is located at 1450 Delta Avenue in North Burnaby. In 2019, the market took place on the weekend of November 16th and 17th. On the Saturday, the market ran from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. On the Sunday, it ran from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm.

In years when it does take place, admission is free and the event features 40 or so artisan vendors, a cafe and raffle baskets.

The market didn’t happen in 2021. Hopefully it can again in 2022. For more information about the event in general, click Holy Cross Christmas Market.

 

Swedish Christmas Fair

The annual Swedish Christmas Fair took place on Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17th in 2019. In years that the fair takes place, there are 30 or so vendors offering a selection of traditional Swedish goods and food items (including Swedish glögg).

The fair was held at the Scandinavian Community Centre at 6540 Thomas Street from 11 am to 4 pm in 2019. There is often live music and craft activities for children. Admission is usually free, as is parking. Around 1800 people attend in normal years.

In 2020, the event happened as an online bake sale on November 21st. In 2021 the market took place on the Saturday and Sunday of November 20th and 21st. For the latest details about the market, visit the Scandinavian Community Centre website.

 

Japanese Craft Market

The last Japanese Craft Market happened on November 16th and 17th in 2019. The event takes place at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre at 6688 Southoaks Crescent each year.

Unfortunately, the event was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. Dates for the event in 2021 were November 21st and 22nd, with the market running from 10 am until 5 pm on both days. Admission cost $5 for folks between the ages of 12 and 65.

For the most up-to-date details regarding the event, visit the Nikkei Museum website.

 

Deer Lake Craft Fair

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 in normal years at this event. In addition, there’s Santa’s workshop where kids can find activities such as face painting and cookie decorating

In 2021, the event ran from November 19th to the 21st, so from Friday to Sunday. Hours on Friday were from noon until 5 pm. Hours on the Saturday were from 10 am until 7 pm and on the Sunday from noon until 4 pm. Admission to the fair and parking were both free. Approximately 3500 people attend the event each year.

For more details about the fair in general, see our Deer Lake Craft Fair article.

 

Chilliwack Craft Markets

Christmas-themed markets in Chilliwack include the All About Christmas Gifts Expo and Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market.

 

All About Christmas Gifts Expo

The All About Christmas Gifts Expo happened in an online format in 2020, but as a full in-person event in 2021. It happened last year on the weekend of December 10th to 12th at Chilliwack Heritage Park.

It was a huge Christmas-themed market with over 225 vendors. Admission cost just $5 for those over the age of 5. Scheduled hours of operation were 1 pm to 9 pm on the Friday, 10 am until 6 pm on the Saturday, and 10 am until 4 pm on the Sunday.

With this event most years, if you take a non-perishable food donation you’ll get a chance to win some great door prizes. The donations benefit the local food bank.

For more information about the event click All About Christmas Gifts Expo.

 

Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market

In years that the event takes place, the Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market usually features over 175 artisans at Chilliwack Heritage Park at 44140 Luckakuck Way.

In 2019, the impressive event ran from noon until 8 pm on the Friday, 10 am to 6 pm on the Saturday, and 10 am to 4 pm on the Sunday. Admission was $5 and children 10 and under entered for free. Parking was by donation.

The event was cancelled in 2020, but the plan was for it to return on the weekend of November 19 to 21 in 2021. Because of flooding in the Fraser Valley the week before, however, the 2021 event was cancelled too.

To learn more about what to expect, see our Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market article.

 

Coquitlam Craft Fairs

Craft fairs in Coquitlam during the winter season include the Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair and the Coquitlam Christmas Night Market.

 

Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair

The Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair takes place at 618 Poirier Street at the Poirier Forum. The event happened on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of December 3rd to 5th in 2021.

At this event over 100 vendors sell handmade creations including ceramics, clothing, glasswork, woodwork, jewelry, healthcare products, housewares, food items and more. Admission for its 40th season in 2021 was $5 for adults and $3 for seniors while children 12 and under got in for free.

In 2021, the event was open on the Friday from 4 to 9 pm, 10 am to 6 pm on the Saturday and on the Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. The 2020 fair was cancelled due to COVID-19, but it took place in 2021. Hopefully it also happens in 2022.

For more information about the event in past years, see our Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair article.

 

Christmas Boutique

The festive opening reception for the Christmas Boutique happens at Coquitlam’s Place des Arts at 1120 Brunette Avenue.

The free event includes displays of fine art, refreshments, artisan products for sale and live music in normal years. In 2019, there was also a cash bar. The Christmas Boutique ran until the third week of December in 2019, and featured finely handcrafted ornaments, decorations and gifts for sale. In 2020, the fair happened online and by appointment due to COVID-19.

In 2021, the festive opening reception happened on Friday, November 12th from 7 to 9 pm. For more details visit the Place des Arts website.

 

Coquitlam Christmas Night Market

The Coquitlam Christmas Night Market last happened on Sunday, December 22nd in 2019.

In years that the event takes place, it’s an artisan market at the Evergreen Cultural Centre featuring over 30 vendors at 1205 Pinetree Way. A number of things make this event extra special most years 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 usually free, as is the parking. The event is also right by a SkyTrain Station and Lights at Lafarge!

Unfortunately, this event didn’t happen in 2020. It probably didn’t happen last year either. Hopefully the event takes place in 2022. See our Coquitlam Christmas Night Market article for more information.

 

Fort Langley Craft Markets

Two popular craft markets in Fort Langley are the Fort Langley Christmas Market and Christmas in the Village.

 

Fort Langley Christmas Market

The Fort Langley Christmas Market celebrated its 7th year on Sunday, November 17th in 2019. The event took place at the Fort Langley Community Hall at 9167 Glover Road from 10 am to 5 pm.

The indoor market featured over 30 vendors and admission was by donation (minimum of $2 per person). The event is usually hosted by the Think Generously Society which helps families in need.

The market may or may not happen in 2021. For more information about the event in the past, visit the Fort Langley Christmas Market event page.

 

Christmas in the Village

The Christmas in the Village event is a 3-day artisan fair at 9025 Glover Road.

In 2019, the event took place from Friday, December 13th until Sunday, December 15th. The fair featured traditional Christmas food, gifts, music and a kids’ zone that happened indoors at the Fort Langley Community Hall at 9167 Glover Road. In 2019 it ran between 10 am and 6 pm each day. Admission is usually by donation.

Dates and details for the 2022 fair are to be confirmed. For more details, see the Christmas in the Village Facebook page.

 

New Westminster Craft Fair

 

New West Holiday Market

The New West Holiday Market is an artisan market featuring close to 8 dozen artisan vendors and food trucks. Hosted by the New Westminster Farmer’s Market, it takes place outside the City Hall in New Westminster. Its hours of operation in 2021 were from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Admission was by donation (with $5 being the suggested minimum).

Click New West Holiday Market to learn more.

 

New West Craft Market

The 2020 New West Craft Market was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2019 market happened on December 7th and 21st in 2019 outside City Hall. The market typically features over 40 craft and artisan vendors, as well as live outdoor music. Admission is free each year.

The 2021 event was scheduled to take place on the Saturdays of November 6th and 20th, and then again on December 4th and 18th. However, it happened at the River Market instead of City Hall, so at 810 Quayside Drive. Market hours each day in 2021 were from 11 am until 4 pm.

For more information about the event, visit the New West Craft Facebook page.

 

North Vancouver Craft Fairs

North Vancouver offers several craft fairs during Christmas season including the Silver Harbour Christmas Craft Market, STA Christmas Craft Fair, the Fair Trade Christmas Market, the Etsy Holiday Pop Up Market and the Shipyards Christmas Market.

 

Silver Harbour Christmas Market

The Silver Harbour Christmas Market usually features handmade arts and crafts, baked goods and “vintage attic treasures”. It takes place at the Silver Harbour Centre at 144 East 22nd Street (which is just behind the Harry Jerome Rec Centre on Lonsdale Avenue).

All artisan products are made on site, over 1000 shoppers visit in normal years, and there are also books and vintage items for sale. Admission is usually free and the market runs from around 10 am until 3 pm.

In 2019, the market happened on Saturday, November 23rd. It was scheduled to happen in 2020 as a pop-up shop on weekdays starting November 2nd. In 2021 the market took place on Friday, November 26th, from 1 to 3 pm, and on Saturday, November 27, from 10 am to 2 pm. See our article about the Silver Harbour Christmas Craft Market to learn more.

 

Silver Harbour Christmas Craft Market

 

Shipyards Christmas Festival

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 took place on Saturday, November 30th, but the market continued on the Sunday too. Admission was free both days. The market usually features over 4 dozen vendors in the Pipe Shop at Shipbuilders’ Square.

The market was cancelled in 2020 due to the global pandemic, but it did happen in 2021! Its dates were December 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th. The actual festival, meanwhile, was scheduled for Saturday, December 4th.

Click Shipyards Christmas Festival to learn more about North Vancouver’s official “start of the season” event.

 

Shipyards Christmas Market

 

Shipyards Christmas Market

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).

The event happened on December 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th in 2019. Due to COVID-19, it didn’t return in 2020. However, it did happen on December 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th in 2021.

For more information about the event, see our Shipyards Christmas Market article.

 

STA Christmas Craft Fair

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 in 2019 ran on Sunday, November 3rd from 10 am until 4 pm. Admission was $5 for adults, $2 for seniors and free for both elementary and high school students.

The event was cancelled for 2020 and 2021. 2022 dates and details are to be confirmed. To learn more see our article about the Saint Thomas Aquinas Christmas Fair.

 

Fall for Local Holiday Market

The Fall for Local Holiday Market usually 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 in normal years. The 2019 market took place on the weekend of November 16th and 17th. Admission cost $3 online and $5 at the door. Kids under 13 entered for free.

2022 dates and details are to be determined. For the latest news about the event, visit the Fall for Local Market Facebook page.

 

Fair Trade Christmas Market

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. The products are brought to Canada by Ten Thousand Villages. In 2019 the market ran from 10 am until 4 pm on Saturday, November 23rd. The market didn’t happen in 2020 because of COVID-19.

The status of the 2022 market is to be confirmed. For details about the event from a couple years ago, see our Fair Trade Christmas Market article.

 

Etsy Holiday Pop Up Market

In normal years, 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. In 2019, the event happened on Sunday, November 24th. Admission cost $3 in advance or $5 on the day at the door.

The 2020 event took place online on November 21st and 22nd. In 2021, the event happened online once again from Friday, November 12th to Sunday, November 14th. For more details as they become available, see our Etsy Holiday Pop Up Market article.

 

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Port Moody Craft Fair

 

Port Moody Christmas Craft Fair

The Port Moody Christmas Craft Fair celebrated its 6th year at Port Moody City Hall on Saturday, November 27th in 2021.

The event featured more than 30 vendors and it took place in the Galleria at 100 Newport Drive in Port Moody. Hours of operation were from 10 am until 4 pm. Admission was by donation and proceeds from admission benefited the SPCA and Pet’s Matter.

Visit the Port Moody Craft Fair website for more details about the event.

 

Port Moody Station Museum Holiday Festival

The Port Moody Station Museum hosted an artisan market in 2021. It was called the Port Moody Station Museum Holiday Festival, but it was more just a market. It had live music though, and people could visit the museum while they were there.

The market was set up inside a giant tent, which made it good for rainy days.

To learn more see our article about the Port Moody Station Museum.

 

Richmond Craft Fairs

 

Steveston Village Craft Fair

In 2019, the Steveston Village Craft Fair took place on Saturday, November 23rd. The event happens 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 typically by donation of cash or non-perishable food items.

Dates and details for the 2022 Steveston Village Craft Fair are to be confirmed. For the most up-to-date information, visit the City of Richmond‘s website.

 

Heritage Christmas Craft Fair

The annual Heritage Christmas Craft Fair takes place at Britannia at the Seine Net Loft, the Chinese Bunkhouse and the Murakami Boatworks at 5180 Westwater Drive in Steveston Village.

In 2019, the fair happened on Saturday, December 7th from around 11 am until 4 pm. Admission is typically free. Dates and details for the 2022 event are to be confirmed.

For more information as it becomes available, visit the Britannia Shipyards website.

 

Christmasland Artisan Market

Lavenderland is a lavender farm in Richmond. It opened to the public in 2021. In the summer people who want to pay admission can wander around the garden, admire the flowers and buy lavender-themed souvenirs.

In December of 2021 the farm hosted an artisan market which they called Christmasland. It ran from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm each day. Admission was by donation with proceeds benefiting the Orange Shirt Society.

To learn about the venue, see our article about Richmond Lavenderland.

 

Squamish Winter Market

 

Refresh Winter Market

The Refresh Winter Market is a giant market which features locally-made and curated goods. It usually takes place at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park at 39645 Government Road in Squamish.

In 2019, the event was on the Friday and Saturday of November 15th and 16th. Admission is typically $3 online or $5 at the door. The market is usually open from 4 to 9 pm on the Friday and from 10 am to 5 pm on the Saturday. As many as 3000 people attend the event each year.

The Refresh Winter Market happened online in 2020 and it looks like this was the case again in 2021. Hopefully the event can return to its normal format in 2022. Click Refresh Winter Market for more details.

 

Surrey Craft Fairs

 

Alexandra Neighbourhood House Craft Fair

The Alexandra Neighbourhood House Craft Fair takes place at Surrey’s Crescent Beach. Admission is free (or at least it has been in past years). The exact location is 2916 McBride Avenue. More than 50 vendors typically participate.

The 2019 craft fair ran on Saturday, November 16th from 9 am to 3 pm. Dates and details for 2022 are to be confirmed. For the event’s most up-to-date status, visit the Alexandra Neighbourhood House website.

 

Vancouver Artisan Markets

Markets in Vancouver in recent years have included Christmas at Hycroft, the Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair, the West End Holiday Craft Fair and the Vancouver Christmas Market.

 

Vancouver Christmas Market

 

Vancouver Christmas Market

The Vancouver Christmas Market is the city’s most famous and longest running holiday market. It has a German theme and is located at Jack Poole Plaza beside the Vancouver Convention Centre.

In normal years, it’s not just a “craft market,” but it’s lots of fun and features live entertainment, a carousel and dozens of vendors selling both locally-made and European products. The market is usually open daily from 11:30 am until 9:30 pm and admission costs around $10 (plus or minus).

In 2019, the event took place from November 20th until December 24th. It was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. The 2021 market ran from November 13th to December 24th.

For more details about the event in general, see our Vancouver Christmas Market article.

 

Vancouver Chanukah Market

The Chanukah Market isn’t a “Christmas” event, but it is a holiday-themed artisan market. Chanukah is the same as Hanukkah which is the Jewish Festival of Lights. Hannukah is the more commonly used name. Chanukah, on the other hand, is the more traditional.

This market takes place outdoors at the Jewish Community Centre at 950 West 41st Avenue in Vancouver. The event features artisan vendors, live music and family-friendly activities. Admission is free with a donation to the Jewish Food Bank.

The 2021 market happened on November 28th. 2022 details are to be confirmed.

Click Chanukah Market for more information.

 

Circle Craft Market

Vancouver’s Circle Craft Market takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre at 1055 Canada Place. In normal years, it’s a large craft fair with over 300 vendors selling an impressive variety of items including, jewellery, art and decor. An average of over 40,000 people check out the event each year.

In 2019, the event ran from November 7th until the 11th. After skipping 2020 due to COVID-19, the market returned from Wednesday, November 10th, until Sunday, November 14th in 2021.

For more information about the event, see our Circle Craft Market article.

 

Christmas at Hycroft

Christmas at Hycroft is usually held at the beautiful Hycroft Clubhouse at 1489 McRae Avenue in Shaughnessy. In 2019, the event happened from Thursday, November 14th to Sunday, November 17th.

It’s normally open between 11 am and 9 pm daily, except for the Sunday when it closes at around 6 pm. Admission is $15, but free for children under 14 years old. This is a high-end Christmas season market in a stunning venue.

The market happened as an online event in 2020 thanks to COVID-19. To learn more about the event in general, see our Christmas at Hycroft article. 2022 details are to be confirmed.

 

Got Craft

The Christmas market took place on the weekend of December 7th and 8th in 2019. The market’s location is usually the Croatian Cultural Centre at 3250 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, and the event runs from 10 am until 5 pm on both days. Admission is $5 at the door or about $3 online most years.

In 2020 and 2021, the event happened in a virtual format. The 2021 market took place online between November 17th and November 28th. Check out the Got Craft website for the latest news.

 

Kitsilano Winter Market

The Kitsilano Winter Market takes place at the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, which is located at 2305 West 7th Avenue. Admission is usually $2 per person over the age of 12. It is a small to medium-sized craft fair that includes locally-made artisan products, food, live entertainment, a small farmers market and child care.

The 2021 market was going to take place on Saturday, November 27th, between 10 am and 4 pm. However, the event was cancelled. For more information, visit the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House website.

 

Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair

In 2019, the Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair ran on Saturday, November 23rd from 10 am until 5 pm. The event happens at the Dunbar Community Centre at 4747 Dunbar Street in normal years. The fair usually features over 140 vendors in multiple rooms and attracts over 2000 shoppers. Admission is about $5 or so.

The fair was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, the event didn’t happen in 2021 either. Hopefully it returns in 2022. For more details about past years, see our Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair page.

 

West End Holiday Craft Fair

The West End Holiday Craft Fair featured about 60 vendors in 2019 and ran from 10 am until 4 pm at the West End Community Centre at 870 Denman Street. In years that the event takes place, admission is free and around 1000 or so shoppers attend over the course of the weekend.

This event took place on the weekend of November 27th and 28th in 2021. To read more about the fair, click West End Holiday Craft Fair.

 

Italian Christmas Market

The Italian Christmas Market takes place at the Italian Cultural Centre at 3075 Slocan Street. The event includes crafts and artisan products, but also lots of Italian foods and other items. Admission is typically free for everyone.

In 2019, the market took place on Friday, December 4th. Due to COVID-19, it did not return in 2020 and it doesn’t look like it happened in 2021 either.

For more information about the event in previous years, see our Italian Christmas Market article.

 

Britannia Christmas Craft Fair

The Britannia Christmas Craft Fair takes place in the gym at the Britannia Community Services Centre at 1661 Napier Street. Admission is usually $2 (but free for kids under 13 years of age).

The 2019 craft fair happened from Friday, November 22nd until Sunday the 24th. As many as 2000 people attend in normal years, even on days with bad weather, and in 2019 over 40 local vendors were expected to participate.

It looks like no fair was held in 2020. It also looks like the event was cancelled for 2021. For the most up-to-date details regarding the event, visit the Britannia Craft Fair Facebook page.

 

Make It Craft Show

The Make it Craft Show usually features around 250 vendors and takes place at 2901 East Hastings Street at the PNE. Admission is usually around $4 plus fees online or $8 at the door. Children 12 and under are free.

In 2019 the event ran daily from Wednesday, December 11th until Sunday, December 15th. It was open from 5 to 9 pm on the Wednesday and from 11 am to 9 pm on the Thursday and Friday. Saturday hours were from 10 am to 6 pm and on Sunday it ran from 11 am to 5 pm.

The craft show was cancelled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It didn’t happen in 2021 for the same reason. Go to the Make it Show website for more information.

 

Weirdos Holiday Market

An alternative-style Christmas craft fair is the Weirdos Holiday Market. It took place on December 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th in 2021 at Venables Hall near Commercial Drive. Admission was $4.

Some of the vendors at this market are the same as you’ll see at other places. Some of them, however, are not. In amongst the handmade cards and wood products, expect to see things made out of bones and with magical special properties.

To learn more about this event click Weirdos Holiday Market.

 

North Vancouver Christmas Activities

 

West Vancouver Artisan Market

 

Ambleside Holiday Market

The Ambleside Holiday Market takes place at the Grosvenor Ambleside Galleria at 1355 Bellevue Avenue which is between 13th Street and 14th Street in West Vancouver. The event happens in a covered plaza area which is also accessible from Marine Drive.

Between November 27th and December 19th in 2021 the market was part of the Dundarave Festival of Lights which was a free event that also ran during those dates. The market, however, also took on other weekends in November too.

Admission to the market is usually free and over three dozen vendors typically take part. The hours of operation in 2021 were from 11 am until 3 pm each day.

To learn more about the event click Ambleside Holiday Market.

 

Fall Artisan Market

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. In 2019, it ran between 10 am and 4 pm on both November 2nd and 3rd.

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.

2022 details are to be confirmed. Visit the West Vancouver Recreation website for the latest updates.

 

Gleneagles Holiday Artisan Festival

The 2019 Gleneagles Holiday Artisan Festival took place on Saturday, November 30th. It featured over 30 vendors at the Gleneagles Golf Clubhouse at 6190 Marine Drive in West Vancouver between 10 am and 3 pm.

2022 details are to be confirmed. For more information visit the Gleneagles Holiday Artisan Festival website.

 

White Rock Market

 

White Rock Christmas Market

The White Rock Christmas Market is part of the Christmas on the Peninsula event which features live entertainment and family-friendly activities at various places in downtown White Rock.

The market itself usually takes place at the White Rock Community Centre at 15154 Russell Avenue from 10:00 am until about 4:00 pm.

The 2021 market was going to happen on Saturday, November 27th. It got cancelled, however, and will hopefully return in 2022. For the latest details check out the Christmas on the Peninsula website.

 

Other Markets

Other great markets that also take place throughout Metro Vancouver this time of year include winter farmers markets 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.

See Lower Mainland Winter Markets for more information.

 

Yaletown Candytown

Candytown is a one-day Christmas street market event that takes place in Yaletown at around 1152 Mainland Street. In 2019 it was on Saturday, November 30th, between 12 and 7 pm.

In 2021 it was on Saturday, November 27th. The event ran from 12 to 7 pm.

 

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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 in 2022.

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.