The Christmas Gifts Expo is a massive Christmas market featuring a wide range of artisan and other unique products at Chilliwack Heritage Park in December.
The market is one of the largest of its kind in the Lower Mainland (if not all of Western Canada). In 2021 it took place on the weekend of December 10th, 11th and 12th.
The All About Christmas Gifts Expo features well over 200 vendors each year. Most of the vendors are local artisans selling everything from handmade clothing to paintings, wood products and food. There are also a good number of vendors selling a wide variety of other unique and wonderful things too like spices, hats, imported handbags, and health & beauty products.
For details about the event see the Christmas Gifts Expo Facebook page or continue reading our article below.
TIP: While you’re in the area, especially if you have young kids, then also be sure to check out the Chilliwack Country Christmas Village. It’s a great family-friendly event in downtown Chilliwack.
Christmas Gifts Expo in Chilliwack
The Christmas Gifts Expo is a giant holiday market in Chilliwack that celebrated its 7th year in 2021. In a typical year it features over 225 vendors selling everything from toys to clothing, food, home décor and more. If you like Christmas shopping you’ll love this event!
The market is a locally-organized and managed event. The main organizers live in Chilliwack and a surprising number of the vendors are from right close by in the Fraser Valley. Many of the ones we spoke to when we went were from either Chilliwack or Abbotsford. We also met vendors from elsewhere in the Lower Mainland and a couple from Vancouver Island.
The Christmas Gifts Expo is truly a first-rate event and highly recommended. The products, their quality and the selection is impressive. It’s a fabulous place to do one’s Christmas shopping, to find unique and wonderful gifts, and to support local businesses and artisans.
What To Expect
At the Expo you can expect to see lots of shoppers and numerous vendors selling a wide variety of items.
In 2021 the market happened and with its usual 200+ vendors. It was a terrific event! Masks were mandatory for everyone ages 5 and older. Vaccine passports were also required as per BC health regulations.
Chilliwack Heritage Park is a massive place and the Expo takes up a large part of the facility. There are two main rooms full of vendor stalls selling pretty much everything imaginable.
When we went in 2021 we saw all kinds of beautiful hand-crafted wood products, homemade baked goods, and handmade jewellery. There were also locally-produced exotic sauces, canned goods, art, handmade sock puppets, candles and a million other perfect gift and stocking stuffer-type items.
Most Lower Mainland Christmas craft markets have between about 20 and 80 or so vendors. 80 is a big market. The Christmas Gifts Expo has well over 200!
The same as a couple of years ago, in 2021 folk who brought a donation of non-perishable food were entered into a draw for door prizes. The draws typically feature prizes from some of the vendors present at the event. All donations benefit the local food bank so even if you don’t win it is for a great cause! There is also a draw where you can win a range of prizes. Funds raised through the lottery ticket sales benefited the Salvation Army in 2021.
If you’re looking for holiday gifts for the whole family, the Christmas Gifts Expo is a great place to be! It’s a Christmas shopper’s paradise!
The event takes place in Chilliwack at the Chilliwack Heritage Park at 44140 Luckakuck Way. The venue is located just off Highway #1.
Dates and times for the 2021 Christmas Gifts Expo were the following:
- Friday, December 10th, 2021: 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
- Saturday, December 11th, 2021: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Sunday, December 12th, 2021: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admission to the event was $5 per person. Children ages 5 and under got in for free. Parking was by donation benefiting a local charity (which in 2021 was the Salvation Army).
For vendors wanting to participate in 2021 the cost was $125 for a 10-foot by 10-foot table for the full weekend (which was a really good deal).
2022 dates and details are to be confirmed.
For more details about this event click Christmas Gifts Expo.
The Christmas Gifts Expo is put on by All About Expos which is a small Chilliwack-based business that helps other small businesses showcase their products. They also put on events at other times of the year.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s December Calendar
- Vancouver’s Best Christmas Activities
- Lower Mainland Christmas Craft Fairs