Christmas artisan markets take place in the Pipe Shop at the Shipyards in North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale District in December.
The Shipyards Christmas Artisan Market took place during the holiday season in 2021. It happened on the weekends of December 4th & 5th and 11th & 12th.
In 2022, the market is scheduled to return on December 10th and 11th. Click Shipyards Christmas Markets for the event’s official website.
Artisan Markets in the Pipe Shop at Christmas
Admission to the winter holiday artisan markets is free, but donations benefiting the North Shore Women’s Centre are greatly appreciated.
Where and When
The Pipe Shop is by Shipbuilders’ Square at 115 Victory Ship Way near the bottom of Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver. Coming from Lonsdale Quay, the Pipe shop is just on the other side of the Tap and Barrel Restaurant.
The Pipe Shop is a large restored heritage building that’s used for various community events. It can also be rented for private use.
In 2019 the Shipyards Christmas Markets took place in the Pipe Shop on the weekends of November 30-December 1, December 7-8 and December 14-15.
In 2020 the market was cancelled altogether. It returned in 2021 and took place on the Saturdays and Sundays of December 4-5 and 11-12. On the Saturdays it ran from 10 am until 6 pm. On the Sundays it was open from 10 am until 5 pm.
What to Expect
In years when the event does happen, expect to see dozens of vendors selling high-quality crafts and artisan products at the Shipyards Christmas Markets. The Pipe Shop is a pretty big venue and it fills up with shoppers and tables full of all kinds of art and handmade products.
At the markets you’ll likely find homemade preserves, fancy soaps and artisan liquors. There are also hand sewn clothes and plush toys, handcrafted jewellery, organic chocolates, scented candles, original paintings, unique gift cards, vegan delicacies and all kinds of interesting things you’d never find at a shopping mall.
At the Shipyards Christmas Markets there are usually four dozen or more vendors, all of which sell products of a fairly high quality. In most cases, the people selling the items are the people who make them (or at least related in some way).
What Else to do in the Area
If you want to check out the Shipyards Christmas Markets and you’re not from North Vancouver, it’s good to know what else is in the area so you can combine your trip with other activities.
The Pipe Shop is in the heart of the Lower Lonsdale and Shipyards District of North Vancouver. In the neighbourhood there are a number of really Good Restaurants. There is also Shipbuilders’ Pier to walk down and a Public Market to explore. The SeaBus terminal connecting downtown Vancouver with the North Shore is also just a 5-minute walk away.
There are often special events at the Shipyards on weekends most years, especially in the summer, but also sometimes in the late fall and winter. This includes the Shipyards Christmas Festival which took place on Saturday, November 30th, in 2019.
At the Shipyards Christmas Festival there is the lighting of the City of North Vancouver’s official Christmas tree, plus live music and family-friendly activities. The Shipyards Christmas Market is an important part of the Shipyards Christmas Festival each year that it occurs. Whereas the festival is just a one-day event though, the market happens on both the Saturday and the Sunday.
New as of 2019, the Shipyards is also home to the Lower Mainland’s newest, biggest and best outdoor ice skating facility. Shipyard Commons is a new outdoor covered structure (so still great on rainy days) where North Vancouver community events take place. In the winter of 2019/20 the place was open for free ice skating.
For more details about North Vancouver’s winter holiday artisan fairs click Shipyards Christmas Markets.
Organized by the same people as the Shipyards Christmas Market, the North Shore Artisan Market is a similar event that happens at various times of the year.
For more information about the community event marking the official start to the holiday season in the City of North Vancouver, see our article about the Shipyards Christmas Festival.
To learn more about the surrounding neighbourhood and other things to do in the area, check out any of the following:
- Lonsdale Quay
- Lower Lonsdale District
- North Vancouver
- Vancouver’s North Shore
- North Vancouver Bars and Restaurants
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s Best Christmas Activities
- Vancouver’s Top Christmas Things to Do
- Lower Mainland Craft Fairs
- Vancouver’s November and December Calendars