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Vancouver’s Hycroft Christmas Market

Hycroft Manor at Christmas

Christmas at Hycroft is a fundraising craft fair at Vancouver’s University Women’s Club in November featuring artisan market vendors in a heritage building.

It’s actually the longest running Christmas fair in Vancouver, and one of our absolute favourites.

 

Christmas at Hycroft

If you like beautifully decorated heritage buildings and higher-end Christmas craft and artisan markets, then you’ll love Christmas at Hycroft. In 2019 the event ran from November 14th to 17th. The in-person market was cancelled for 2020 because of COVID-19, but an online market took place instead. Hopefully the Hycroft Christmas Market will return in its normal format in 2021.

 


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Location and Cost

Christmas at Hycroft takes place at 1489 McRae Avenue in Shaughnessy – one of Vancouver’s fanciest neighbourhoods – and the event is one of the Lower Mainland’s most upscale Christmas markets.

Admission is usually free for children and $15 for folk age 13+ with proceeds going to the Hycroft Heritage Preservation Foundation. Tickets can typically be purchased online or at the event. In previous years, valet parking was available for an additional $10 or so.

 

Hycroft Manor at Night
1489 McRae Avenue at Night

 

Market Dates and Times

In 2019 Christmas at Hycroft happened from November 14th to 17th. It ran from 11 am to 9 pm on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 11 am to 6 pm on the Sunday.

The 2020 online shop accepted orders from November 9th onwards, and customers were able to pick-up their items between November 19th and December 13th.

2021 dates and details are to be confirmed.

 

About the Christmas Market

Christmas at Hycroft is an upscale Christmas market event featuring fine artisan products. There are gourmet treats and baked goods, lots of jewellery, handmade clothing, beautiful pieces of art and all sorts of interesting items for sale. Most years also feature live entertainment at different times each day, refreshments served in a tea room area, and a silent auction (which is usually on the top floor).

The venue is amazing! It’s beautiful, historic and very large. The manor has large stately rooms as well as hidden nooks and crannies. The house is fun to wander around. You can admire both the building and all the artisan products while you explore all the different rooms.

Do you like markets and wonder what a beautiful Edwardian mansion looks like all decorated for Christmas? Then Christmas at Hycroft is a good place to visit in normal years. The products are high quality and it’s a fundraising event for a heritage preservation organization, so it’s a fun place to do your Christmas shopping while supporting both local artisans and a good cause!

 

French Desserts Vendor at Hycroft Manor
A macaroon vendor at Hycroft Manor

 

Christmas Market Entertainment

In addition to dozens of vendors, Christmas at Hycroft also features live entertainment in years when there isn’t a pandemic. Regular performers most years include the Hycroft Singers, crooner Bobby Bacchus and various other groups.

Most performances take place in the Drawing Room, but some also outside in the Courtyard.

 

2019 Hycroft Entertainment Schedule

Below is the 2019 schedule of performers. 2021 details may be comparable.

 


Thursday, November 14th, 2019


 

  • 11:00 am – harpist Elisa Thorn performs in the Library.
  • 11:30 am – Carol Diamond plays Upstairs.
  • 12:30 pm – harpist Elisa Thorn performs again in the Library.
  • 1:00 pm – Carol Diamond plays again upstairs.
  • 2:30 pm – Brockhouse Kerrisdale Bell Ringers entertain in the Drawing Room.
  • 3:00 to 5:00 pm – jazz group the Van Django Trio perform in the Lounge.
  • 4:00 pm – Rosemary Mallory plays in the Drawing Room.
  • 6:00 pm – Pat Stark performs in the Drawing Room.
  • 6:30 pm – guitarist Ruel Morales plays in the Lounge.
  • 7:30 pm – harpist Josephine Lee entertains in the Drawing Room.

 

Christmas at Hycroft

 


Friday, November 15th, 2019


 

  • 11:00 am – Pat Stark entertains in the Drawing Room.
  • 11:30 am – Stephen Bulat performs upstairs.
  • 11:30 am – harpist Colette Gariepy plays in the Drawing Room.
  • 12:00 pm – pianist John Stetch entertains in the Ballroom.
  • 12:30 pm – Craig Stevenson performs in the Drawing Room.
  • 1:00 pm – Stephen Bulat entertains in Upstairs.
  • 1:00 pm – harpist Colette Gariepy plays in the Library.
  • 2:00 pm – singer Elspeth McVeigh and pianist Angelique Po play in the Drawing Room.
  • 2:30 to 4:30 pm – musician Nina Horvath performs in the Ballroom.
  • 3:30 pm – Rosemary Mallory entertains in the Drawing Room.
  • 5:00 pm – harpist Elisa Thorn plays in the Drawing Room.
  • 6:30 to 9:00 pm – the Jeff Younger Duo performs in the Lounge.
  • 7:00 pm – singer Bobby Bachus entertains in the Drawing Room.

 

Hycroft Artisan Christmas Market

 


Saturday, November 16th, 2019


 

  • 11:00 am – pianist Enoch Daniel plays in the Drawing Room
  • 11:30 am – harpist Judy Henry performs in the Library.
  • 12:00 to 2:00 pm – pianist John Stetch plays in the Ballroom.
  • 12:30 to 3:30 pm – Sunny Qu and students perform in the Drawing Room.
  • 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm – piper Alan Walters plays Upstairs.
  • 2:00 pm – the Hycroft Singers entertain in the Drawing Room.
  • 3:30 pm – Kevin Zakresky performs with Janet Davidson and Renate Siekman in the Drawing Room.
  • 5:00 pm – singer Jocelyn Pritchard performs in the Drawing Room.
  • 6:00 to 9:00 pm – Anita Eccleston and Andrew Smith Duo entertain in the Lounge.
  • 6:30 to 8:30 pm – harpist Rebecca Blair plays in the Drawing Room.

 


Sunday, November 17th, 2019


 

  • 11:00 am – pianist Enoch Daniel plays in the Drawing Room.
  • 11:30 am – harpist Elisa Thorn performs in the Library.
  • 11:30 am – violinist Edgar Bridwell plays Upstairs.
  • 12:30 pm – singer Jocelyn Pritchard entertains in the Drawing Room.
  • 12:30 pm – piper Alan Walters performs Upstairs.
  • 2:00 pm – the Hycroft Singers entertain in the Drawing Room.
  • 2:30 pm – clarinetist Mike Brown plays Upstairs.
  • 2:30 to 5:30 pm – Carman Price and Bill Coon perform in the Lounge.
  • 3:30 pm – Kevin Zakresky performs with Janet Davidson and Renate Siekman in the Drawing Room.
  • 4:30 pm – Pat Stark entertains in the Drawing Room.

 

Christmas at Hycroft Candy Vendor

 

About Hycroft House

The Hycroft Clubhouse is a beautiful Edwardian manor normally closed to the public, although it can be rented out for private functions. It’s almost worth paying admission and going to the event just to see the building.

At Christmas at Hycroft you can wander around all three floors, admire the elegant rooms, and browse the vendor stalls scattered throughout the building.

Completed in 1911 as the residence for Alexander Duncan McRae, a prominent businessman and politician, Hycroft House today is home to the University Women’s Club of Vancouver.

TIP: Of special interest to TV fans, Hycroft House has been used in a number of movie sets and television shows including the American-Canadian drama When Calls the Heart. In that particular show the manor is the home of teacher Elizabeth Thatcher’s wealthy parents.

 


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Greeter at Hycroft Manor

 

Other Information

Accessibility Note: As Christmas at Hycroft is typically in a three-story heritage building, the venue is not wheelchair or stroller accessible.

For more information on the event see the official Christmas at Hycroft website.

For details on other seasonal markets and craft fairs, check out Vancouver’s Best Christmas Craft Fairs (of which Christmas at Hycroft should win first prize for its venue).

And for more ideas on things to do during the holiday season, check out Vancouver’s December Calendar or Vancouver’s Top Holiday Season Things to Do.

 

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