The fairs offer wonderful Christmas shopping opportunities, provide inspiration and creative ideas for people, and support local craft entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations. Or at least they do in years when there isn’t a pandemic and live in-person craft fairs can take place!
CRAFT FAIRS & COVID-19
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, far fewer Christmas craft fairs are happening in 2020 compared to other years. Major events like the Vancouver Christmas Market and the Circle Craft Market have been cancelled. A couple of markets are still planning to go ahead (maybe), and others, like Christmas at Hycroft, are hoping to at least offer something online.
As of late November, 2020, most Lower Mainland Christmas Attractions aren’t able to operate until at least December 8th. Hopefully they’ll be able to open after that. And only a small number of craft fairs are happening at all in 2020, at least in live formats.
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 took place last year. It’ll give you an idea of what to expect in 2021 (all things going well). After each entry we also note whether the event is still hoping to happen in 2020 and in what format.
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 15 to 17, 2019 (Friday to Sunday) (Friday to Sunday) – the WEST COAST CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW usually takes place at TRADEX 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. (Note: This is an online event in 2020.)
- 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). In normal years it 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. (Happening online in 2020.)
- December 5, 2019, to January 4, 2020 – GLOW CHRISTMAS is a winter holiday festival-style attraction. In 2019 it took place at the Tradex Centre over 26 different days. It features amazing holiday lights, family-friendly activities and an artisan market. (The event is happening as a drive-thru event in Langley in 2020, but without an artisan market.)
- November 29 & 30, 2019 (Friday & Saturday) – KICKOFF TO CHRISTMAS MAKERS MARKET took place in the Ag Rec Building at 32470 Haida Drive in Abbotsford. The market featured over 120 vendors and 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 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 be confirmed for 2021.)
Burnaby Craft Fairs
- November 16 & 17, 2019 (Saturday and Sunday) – the HOLY CROSS CHRISTMAS MARKET happened 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. In years when it does take place, admission is free and the event features 40 or so artisan vendors, a cafe and raffle baskets. (To be confirmed for 2021.)
- 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 typically live music and craft activities for children. Admission is free when the event happens, as is parking. Around 1800 people usually attend. (Happening as an online bake sale on November 21 in 2020.)
- November 16 & 17, 2019 (Saturday and Sunday) – the JAPANESE CRAFT & BAKE FAIR takes place at the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre at 6688 Southoaks Crescent from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm depending on the day. Admission is free. (The event was going to happen in 2020 in a revised format on November 27 to 29, December 4 to 6, and December 11 to 13. In the end though, the event got completely cancelled because of COVID-19.)
- 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. In 2019 the event ran 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. (This event was CANCELLED for 2020.)
Chilliwack Craft Market
- November 15 to 17, 2019 (Friday to Sunday) – the CHILLIWACK CHRISTMAS CRAFT MARKET featured over 175 artisans at Chilliwack Heritage Park at 44140 Luckakuck Way. 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 are free. Parking is by donation. (CANCELLED for 2020.)
- December 6 to 8, 2019 (Friday to Sunday) – the ALL ABOUT CHRISTMAS GIFTS EXPO is usually a large Christmas market with over 175 vendors at Chilliwack Heritage Park. Until it got cancelled, admission to each floor in 2020 was going to be $3 for those over the age 5. Scheduled hours of operation were 9 am to 9 pm on the Friday, 9 am until 7 pm on the Saturday, and 9 am until 5 pm on Sunday. (Happening online in 2020.)
Coquitlam Craft Fairs
- November 15, 2019 (Friday) – the festive opening reception for the CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE took place at Coquitlam’s Place des Arts at 1120 Brunette Avenue from 7 until 9 pm. The free event included displays of fine art, refreshments, artisan products for sale and live music. There was also a cash bar. The Christmas Boutique ran until December 21st and featured finely handcrafted ornaments, decorations and gifts for sale. (Happening online and by appointment in 2020.)
- December 6 to 8, 2019 (Friday to Sunday) – the COQUITLAM CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR celebrated its 39th season in 2019 and took place at 618 Poirier Street at the Poirier Forum. At this event over 100 vendors sell handmade creations including ceramics, clothing, glasswork, woodwork, jewelry, healthcare products, housewares, food items and more. Admission was $4 for adults and $2 for seniors while children 12 and under were free. The event was open on the Friday from 4 to 9 pm, 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and on Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. (This event was cancelled for 2020.)
- December 22, 2019 (Sunday) – the COQUITLAM CHRISTMAS NIGHT MARKET was 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 free, as is the parking. The event is also right by a SkyTrain Station and Lights at Lafarge! (Not happening in 2020.)
Fort Langley Craft Fair
- November 17, 2019 (Sunday) – the FORT LANGLEY CHRISTMAS MARKET celebrated its 7th year at the Fort Langley Community Hall at 9167 Glover Road from 10 am to 5 pm in 2019. The indoor market featured over 30 vendors and admission was by donation (minimum of $2 per person). The event is hosted by the Think Generously Society which helps families in need. (To be confirmed for 2020, but likely not happening.)
- December 13 to 15, 2019 (Friday to Sunday) – the CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE event is a 3-day artisan fair with traditional Christmas food, gifts, music and a kids zone that takes place 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. (To be confirmed for 2020.)
New Westminster Craft Fair
- December 7 & 21, 2019 (Saturdays) – the NEW WEST CRAFT MARKET features over 40 craft and artisan vendors and live music outside City Hall at 6th Street and Royal Avenue. Free admission. (Cancelled in 2020.)
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 in 2019 ran from 10 am until 4 pm and admission was $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.) (This event was cancelled for 2020.)
- November 23, 2019 (Saturday) – the SILVER HARBOUR CHRISTMAS MARKET usually features handmade arts and crafts, baked goods and “vintage attic treasures” 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 each year, 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. (Scheduled to happen in 2020 as a pop-up shop on weekdays starting November 2nd.)
- November 16 & 17, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday) – 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 and admission last year cost $3 online and $5 at the door. Kids under 13 were free. (To be confirmed for 2021.)
- 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 ran from 10 am until 4 pm. (To be confirmed for 2021.)
- November 24, 2019 (Sunday) – the ETSY HOLIDAY POP UP MARKET included craft vendors set up in North Vancouver’s Shipyards at the Pipe Shop at 115 Victory Ship Way. Admission for the public last year cost $3 in advance or $5 on the day at the door. (This event takes place online on November 21 & 22 in 2020.)
- 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 took place on the Saturday, but the market continued on the Sunday too. The market usually features over 4 dozen vendors in the Pipe Shop at Shipbuilders’ Square. Admission both days is free. (The market is cancelled for 2020.)
- 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). (This event was cancelled for 2020.)
Richmond Craft Fairs
- November 23, 2019 (Saturday) – the STEVESTON VILLAGE CRAFT FAIR took place at 4111 Moncton Street at the Steveston Community Centre in Steveston Village last year. 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. (To be confirmed for 2021.)
- December 7, 2019 (Saturday) – the annual HERITAGE CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR was 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. (To be confirmed for 2021.)
Squamish Winter Market
- November 15 & 16, 2019 (Friday & Saturday) – 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. Admission in 2018 was $3 online or $5 at the door. It 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. (Happening online in 2020.)
Surrey Craft Fairs
- November 16, 2019 (Saturday) – the ALEXANDRA NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE CRAFT FAIR ran 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. (To be confirmed for 2021.)
- 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. (To be confirmed for 2021.)
Vancouver Craft Fairs
- November 14 to 17, 2019 (Thursday to Sunday) – CHRISTMAS AT HYCROFT is usually 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 at around 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. (Happening as an online event in 2020.)
- December 7 & 8, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday) – the GOT CRAFT Christmas market usually takes place at the Croatian Cultural Centre at 3250 Commercial Drive in Vancouver from 10 am until 5 pm both days. Admission is $5 at the door or about $3 online most years. (Happening as an online event in 2020.)
- 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 usually $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. (To be confirmed for 2021.)
- November 23, 2019 (Saturday) – the DUNBAR HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR ran from 10 am until 5 pm at the Dunbar Community Centre at 4747 Dunbar Street. The fair features over 140 vendors in multiple rooms and attracts over 2000 shoppers each year. Admission is about $5 or so. (Cancelled in 2020.)
- November 23 & 24, 2019 (Saturday and Sunday) – the WEST END HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR featured about 60 vendors and ran from 10 am until 4 pm at the West End Community Centre at 870 Denman Street. Admission is free and around 1000 or so shoppers attend over the course of the weekend. (This event didn’t happen in 2020.)
- December 4, 2019 (Friday) – ITALIAN CHRISTMAS MARKET – a Christmas market 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. Free admission. (To be confirmed for 2021.)
- November 22 to 24, 2019 (Friday to Sunday) – the BRITANNIA CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR took 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). 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. (Happening in 2020, hopefully, on December 12.)
- December 11 to 15, 2019 (Wednesday to Sunday) – 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 and children 12 and under are free. Last year the event ran from 5 to 9 pm on the Wednesday, 11 am to 9 pm on the Thursday and Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm on the Saturday and from 11 am to 5 pm on the Sunday. (Cancelled for 2020.)
- 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 usually open daily from 11:30 am until 9:30 pm and admission costs around $10. (This event was cancelled for 2020).
West Vancouver Craft Fairs
- November 2 & 3, 2019 (Saturday, & Sunday) – formerly called the CRAFT MARKET, the FALL ARTISAN MARKET took 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.) (To be confirmed for 2021.)
- November 23 & 24, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday) – celebrating its fifth year, the NV HOLIDAY BAZAAR moved from Carson Graham Secondary School (its former location for many years) to the West Vancouver Community Centre at 2121 Marine Drive. It was still open from 10 am until 4 pm each day and admission was free. It’s a great market and features over 50 artisan vendors. (To be confirmed for 2021.)
- November 30, 2019 (Saturday) – the GLENEAGLES HOLIDAY ARTISAN FESTIVAL featured over 30 vendors at the Gleneagles Golf Clubhouse at 6190 Marine Drive in West Vancouver between 10 am and 3 pm. (To be confirmed for 2021.)
White Rock Market
- November 30, 2019 (Saturday) – 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 usually takes place at the White Rock Community Centre at 15154 Russell Avenue from 10:00 am until about 4:00 pm. (Not taking place again until November 27th in 2021.)
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.
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 usually 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.
This attraction was unfortunately cancelled for 2020 but will be back again in 2021.
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 was on Saturday, November 30th, between 12 and 7 pm. 2021 details are to be confirmed.
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 2021.
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.