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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.

Artisan and Christmas-themed markets taking place in December 2022 include the Vancouver Christmas Market, Shipyards Artisan Market, Kensington Holiday Craft Fair, and Coquitlam Christmas Night Market. There is also the Christmas Gifts Expo, New West Craft Markets, Women’s Winter FaireMade in the 604 Markets and New West Holiday Market.

See below to learn about Christmas craft fairs and holiday artisan markets taking place both this year and in the past.

 

Made in the 604 Holiday Pop-Up Markets

 

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 some, 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.

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Chilliwack Craft Markets


 

Christmas Gifts Expo

The Christmas Gifts Expo happened in an online format in 2020, but as a full in-person event in 2021. In 2022 the in-person event happens on the weekend of December 9th to 11th at Chilliwack Heritage Park.

It’s a huge Christmas-themed market with over 250 vendors. Admission costs just $5 for those over the age of 5. Scheduled hours of operation are 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm on the Friday, 10:00 am until 6:00 pm on the Saturday, and 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on the Sunday.

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 Christmas Gifts Expo.

 

Vancouver Christmas Market

 

New Westminster Craft Fair


 

In 2022 a number of Christmas artisan markets happen in New Westminster including one hosted by the New West Farmers Market (on Dec. 10th & 11th) and four hosted by the Arts Council of New Westminster (on Nov. 5th & 19th and Dec. 3rd & 17th).

 

New West Holiday Market

The New West Holiday Market is an artisan market featuring more than 90 artisan vendors and food trucks, as well as live music and free activities for kids. Hosted by the New Westminster Farmer’s Market, it takes place outside City Hall in New Westminster on December 10th and 11th in 2022. Its hours of operation are from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Admission is by donation.

Click New West Holiday Market to learn more.

 

Market Vendors Outside New West City Hall
New West Holiday Market

 

New West Craft Holiday Markets

New West Craft hosts a number of winter holiday-themed artisan markets in the weeks leading up to Christmas. New West Craft is a series of markets that take place all year long on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month. The Holiday Night Market is one of them and it happens on December 3rd at the River Market at 810 Quayside Drive from 3:00 until 9:00 pm.

In addition to the Holiday Night Market, New West Craft hosts a collection of holiday markets taking place on Saturday, November 19th, and Saturday, December 17th, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at River Market. New West Craft is presented by The Arts Council of New Westminster. On December 23rd there is also a market in the Uptown district of New Westminster.

For more information about these markets, see our article about New West Craft or visit the events’ Facebook Page or the Arts Council of New Westminster‘s website.

 

North Vancouver Craft Fairs


 

Made in the 640 Markets

Holiday-themed Made in the 604 Markets take place indoors in North Vancouver at the Pipe Shop at the Shipyards on December 3rd, 4th, 17th and 18th. There are also indoor markets on November 19th and 20th as well as on December 3rd and 4th at Heritage Hall in Vancouver. Admission to all of these is free!

Note: The December 3rd market takes place on the same day as the Shipyards Christmas Festival which is a free family-friendly event. There are also other Made in the 604 Markets on the Saturday and Sunday of December 3rd and 4th at Heritage Hall in Vancouver.

To learn more about these events see our article about Made in the 604 Markets or visit madeinthe604.ca.

 

Made in the 604 Holiday Pop-Up Markets

 

Shipyards Christmas Market

The Shipyards Christmas Market typically features over 4 dozen vendors in the Pipe Shop at Shipbuilders’ Square between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm on Saturdays and 10:00 am to 5:00 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. In 2022 it takes place on the Saturday and Sunday of December 10th and 11th.

For more information about the event, see our Shipyards Christmas Market article or click northvancouvershipyardsdistrict.com.

 

Shipyards Christmas Artisan 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. 2022 dates and details are to be confirmed.

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

 

Artisan Markets at MONOVA

It’s not a “Christmas” or “winter holiday” market, but there is an artisan market in mid-November that offers great things to buy as Christmas presents. The Indigenous Artisan Market takes place at MONOVA: the Museum of North Vancouver on November 17th and 18th in 2022. There is also the Meet the Makers Market featuring about ten different vendors on December 17th between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Admission to the markets is free. To enter the museum’s main galleries, however, does cost regular admission.

 

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Vancouver Artisan Markets


 

Markets in Vancouver in recent years have included Christmas at Hycroft, the West End Holiday Craft Fair and Vancouver Christmas Market. There is also the Kensington Christmas Craft Fair, Women’s Winter Faire, Chanukah Market and Circle Craft 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.

The Vancouver Christmas Market  isn’t just a “craft” or “artisan” market. It’s lots of fun and features live entertainment, a carousel and dozens of vendors selling both locally-made and European products.

In 2022 the event takes place from November 12th until December 24th. Hours up until November 25th are from 4 to 9 pm. From November 26th to December 23rd, hours are from 11:30 am to 9:30 pm. On December 24th the attraction opens at 11:30 am and closes at 6 pm.

Admission in 2022 costs about $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $9 for youth between the ages of 7 and 17. Younger kids get in for free.

For more details about the event, see our Vancouver Christmas Market article or visit vancouverchristmasmarket.com.

 

Women’s Winter Fare

Women’s Winter Faire is a holiday market that features BC women artisans. The 27th annual edition of the event takes place in 2022 at Heritage Hall at 3102 Main Street on December 17th and 18th. It runs from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm on both days.

Admission to this market is by donation with proceeds benefiting Rainbow Refugee which is a non-profit organization that helps LGBTQ2+ refugees from abroad settle in Canada.

To learn more about the event see the Women’s Winter Faire‘s website.

 

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

In 2022 the market runs on multiple days. This year it takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between December 5th and 14th. Hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm each day.

Click Chanukah Market for more information.

 

Kensington Holiday Craft Fair

The Kensington Holiday Craft Fair takes place in Vancouver on December 3rd from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. It happens at the Kensington Community Centre at 5175 Dumfries Street (which is about 3 km east of Queen Elizabeth Park and 3 km south of Trout Lake). The event features about 30 vendors and admission is free.

To learn more about this event see our article about the Kensington Holiday Craft Fair.

 

Made in the 640 Markets

Made in the 604 Markets take place at Heritage Hall at various times of the year including on December 3rd and 4th in 2022. Heritage Hall is a beautiful building located at 3102 Main Street (at the corner with East 15th Avenue). Markets take place on the same weekend too at the Shipyards in North Vancouver, and then on the North Shore again on December 17th and 18th.

Admission to both the Heritage Hall markets in Vancouver and the ones in North Vancouver is free.

To learn more about these markets visit the official madeinthe604.ca website or see our article about Made in the 604 Markets.

 

Project EveryBODY, PEBCelebratesLive

Project EveryBODY, PEBCelebratesLive is an event celebrating people from Vancouver’s disability community. In 2022 it takes place at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown on December 2nd.

The event features a good number of artisan vendors. There is also live music and other entertainment, plus free hot chocolate. All of the artists and entertainers are persons with disabilities.

To learn more about the event see our article about Project EveryBODY, PEBCelebratesLive.

 

Project EveryBODY at the Roundhouse
Project EveryBODY at the Roundhouse

 

Holidays at Hycroft

Formerly called Christmas at Hycroft, Holidays at Hycroft is held at the beautiful Hycroft Clubhouse at 1489 McRae Avenue in Shaughnessy. In 2019, the event happened from November 14th to November 17th. The market happens again in 2022, this time from Thursday, November 17th, until Sunday, November 20th. The first day (November 17th) is for members only. The other days though the market is open to the public.

The market is open between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm daily. Admission in the past has been $15 and it’s the same again this year. It’s free though for children under 13 years old. This is a high-end Christmas season market in a stunning venue.

Holidays at Hycroft usually involves just their awesome Christmas artisan market. This year, however, it includes other great events too. On November 27th there is Brunch Around the World, on December 1st there is the Hycroft Holiday Ball and on December 4th there is a Children’s Brunch with Santa.

To learn more about the event in general, see our Holidays at Hycroft article or visit hycroftfortheholidays.com.

 

Holidays at Hycroft
Holidays at Hycroft

 

West End Holiday Craft Fair

The West End Holiday Craft Fair features about 60 vendors in 2022 and runs from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on November 26th and 27th 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 in normal years.

To read more about the event, click West End Holiday Craft Fair or visit the West End Community Centre‘s website.

 

Circle Craft Market

Vancouver’s Circle Craft Market took place at the Vancouver Convention Centre at 1055 Canada Place. 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 2022 the market ran from November 9th to 13th. Hours on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. On the Saturday the market operated from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday hours were from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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

 

North Vancouver Christmas Activities

 

Coquitlam Craft Fairs


 

Coquitlam Christmas Night Market

The Coquitlam Christmas Night Market last happened on Sunday, December 22nd in 2019. It didn’t take place in 2020 or 2021, but it’s back again in 2022. This year it happens on the Friday and Saturday of December 2nd and 3rd.

It’s an artisan market at the Evergreen Cultural Centre featuring about 30 vendors at 1205 Pinetree Way. Admission to the event is $2 for adults and free for kids. The event is also right by a SkyTrain Station and Lights at Lafarge!

See our Coquitlam Christmas Night Market article for more information.

 

Abbotsford Markets


 

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

 

West Coast Christmas Show

The West Coast Christmas Show & Artisan Marketplace takes place at the Tradex Centre at 1190 Cornell Street in Abbotsford. In normal years the trade show-style event features an artisan gallery, 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 cancelled due to COVID-19. The event returns from November 18th to 20th in 2022. Hours on the Friday are from 1:00 to 9:00 pm. On Saturday the market opens at 9:00 am and closes at 5:00 pm, and on Sunday it runs from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

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

 

West Coast Christmas Show

 

The Old Farmhouse Vintage Market

The Old Farmhouse is an exceptional market featuring antiques, vintage goods, farmhouse furniture and one-of-a-kind knick-knacks that make perfect and unique holiday gifts (for you yourself or to give away).

The Olde Farmhouse is definitely not a “craft fair” or “artisan market”. It is a market though with lots of interesting things so see and buy. Many of the vendors are also the owners of small businesses, or people who just like to restore antiques and other vintage items.

This event takes place in the Tradex building beside the Abbotsford Airport. Admission for folk ages 12+ costs $8 per day or $10 for the weekend.

This year the market happens on November 12 and 13 in 2022.

To learn more see our article about The Old Farmhouse.

 

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 Sunday ones in Port Moody and Hastings Park at the PNE grounds in Vancouver.

See Lower Mainland Winter Markets for more information.

 

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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.