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Vancouver Christmas Circle Craft Market

Circle Craft Market

Taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre in November, the Circle Craft Market is the best place for Christmas shopping and quality art gift ideas.

Click Circle Craft Market 2018 for Tickets. And use promo code MERRY to save $1 on regular adult admission.

Circle Craft Market

The Circle Craft Market is the largest and most impressive craft fair of the season in Vancouver. It features over 300 exhibitors selling everything from handmade jewellery to soaps, home decor, locally-made art and hundreds of Christmas present ideas you won’t find at most other places. In a typical year more than 40,000 people attend.

In 2018 the event is scheduled for November 7-11.

Circle Craft Market Tickets

Circle Craft at Vancouver Convention Centre

What’s Special about Circle Craft?

The Circle Craft Market is exceptional for a number of reasons.

  • First – it’s huge! You won’t find as many talented local BC artists, artisans and culinary creators at one place this time of year anywhere!
  • Second – the quality of the products is exceptional. This is an upscale market featuring Canadian handcrafted goods, art and artisanal products.
  • Third – Circle Craft is a BC Artist Cooperative, meaning that it’s owned and operated by artists. It’s local!

If you want to support local artists and find something unique, high quality and memorable for yourself or someone special, then this is the place to go!

2018 Vancouver Christmas Market Ad

Circle Craft Dates & Times

The Circle Craft Fair is a five-day event running from Wednesday, November 7th, to Sunday, November 11th, in 2018.

The Circle Craft Market is open Wednesday to Friday from 10 am to 9 pm, on the Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm, and on the Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Circle Craft Location

The Vancouver Convention Centre West at 1055 Canada Place is where the Circle Craft Market takes place.

Click Circle Craft Market 2018 for Tickets. And use promo code MERRY to save $1 on regular adult admission.

Tickets & Admission

In 2018 regular admission to the Circle Craft Market cost $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and youth, and free for children 12 years of age and under.

TIP: Buy your tickets online before the first day of the event and save a couple of dollars. Also, admission after 5 pm is 2-for-1 at the adult rate, or $15 per couple.

Note: Admission is good for unlimited re-entry. Tickets are non-transferable, but they are valid for the full five days and allow re-entry for the same person throughout the entire event (or at least that was the case last year). Just be sure to pick up your re-entry pass before you leave on your first visit.

Mislean Confections at Circle Craft
Milseán Shoppe at the Circle Craft Market

Circle Craft Exhibitors

Exhibitors at the Circle Craft Market include local, BC and Canadian artists and artisans. There are glassblowers, leather workers, wood and metal sculptors, fashion and jewellery designers, toy makers, chocolatiers, gourmet bakers, BC wineries and all kinds of talented artisans participating. In fact, participants typically include the following;

  • Over a dozen candle and soap makers
  • Over 30 adult fashion and kids clothing designers
  • Close to 40 fashion and fine jewellery makers
  • 20+ potters and ceramic artists
  • 20+ gourmet food manufacturers
  • Over two dozen glass, leather and metal product artisans
  • Almost 40 exhibitors offering fashion accessories
  • … and dozens of other creators of amazing  products
Lone Willow at Circle Craft Market
Lone Willow Artisan Wine & Beer Jellies at the Circle Craft Market

What Else to Expect

At the Circle Craft Market expect to see lots of people, beautiful displays of art and handmade artisanal products, festive Christmas decorations, a red carpet to walk on and friendly artist vendors to chat with and buy from.

In addition to all the many artists with their exhibits for sale, the Circle Craft Market also features live entertainment with local dancers, singers and musicians. As well, for the convenience of shoppers, there is an on-site restaurant and both coat check and parcel storage services.

For a sample of more information see the 2018 Circle Craft Show Guide.

Best Christmas Activities

Advice and Suggestions

Below are suggestions on how to make the most of your Circle Craft Market experience.

TIP #1: Don’t forget that admission is good for the full duration of the 5-day event, which is great if you find too many things to carry home in one visit. Just don’t forget to get your non-transferable re-entry pass before you leave on your first day.

TIP #2: If you like what you see then check out the Circle Craft Shop & Gallery at #1-1666 Johnston Street at the Net Loft next time you’re at Granville Island. It’s not as big and extensive as the fair, but it’s open 360 days a year and features works by many of the same artists.

TIP #3: In addition to window shopping and pampering yourself and friends with special gifts, be sure to enjoy the festive live entertainment. Also, look out for the live artisan demonstrations taking place throughout the venue over the course of the five days. Weavers, seamstresses, jewellers, leather makers, stamp artists and potters will all be demonstrating their techniques at various times.

Pottery at the Circle Craft Market
A display of pottery by artist Gordon Hutchens

TIP #4: Many of the exhibitors are themselves the artists and creators of the products you’ll see at the Circle Craft Market. Unless they happen to be totally swamped at the time with customers, chat with them and ask about their art. It’ll enhance your experience and they’ll love to tell you about their creations, how things are made and what inspires them to do what they do.

TIP #5: If you want to save a couple of dollars then don’t forget to buy your tickets online in advance. Also, if you show up with a friend after 5 pm any day then admission for the two of you combined is only $15 (so half the regular adult price).

Note: On November 11th the Circle Craft Market honors Remembrance Day with a moment of silence at 11 am and the playing of bagpipes.

Remembrance Day Weekend Activities

About Circle Craft

Circle Craft LogoCircle Craft is a local BC Artist Cooperative that has been supporting local artists since the early 1970s. Its mission is “to promote the development, recognition and success of members and their work.”

The cooperative has been running the Circle Craft Market event in November annually for over 40 years, since 1973, and also has a year-round store on Granville Island.

Other Information

For more information about the November Christmas event, check out the Circle Craft website.

For a list of other Christmas craft markets, click Vancouver Craft Fairs.

For more ideas on things to do in the Lower Mainland, see Vancouver’s November Calendar or listing of annual Festivals & Events.