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North Vancouver’s Shipyards Christmas Artisan Markets

Shipyards Christmas Market

Christmas artisan markets take place in the Pipe Shop at the Shipyards in North Vancouver’s Lower Lonsdale District in November and December.

Artisan Markets in the Pipe Shop at Christmas

Lots of events happen throughout the year in the Pipe Shop at the Shipyards near Lonsdale Quay. This includes the Shipyards Christmas Markets on three weekends leading up to Christmas.

Admission to the winter holiday artisan markets is free, but donations benefiting the North Shore Neighbourhood House are greatly appreciated.

For more information about the markets, or to book a table as a vendor, see the official North Vancouver Shipyards District website.

Where and When in 2019

The Pipe Shop is located 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 they will take place on the weekend of the Shipyards Christmas Festival as well as on the Saturday and Sunday of December 12-13 (so one weekend less than in 2019).

On the Saturdays it usually runs from 10 am until 6 pm (except for on the first one, during the festival, when it runs from 1 until 9 pm). On the Sundays it’s open from 10 am until 5 pm.

Artisan Market at the Shipyards
Shipyards Christmas Market in the Pipe Shop

What to Expect

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).

Artisan Vendor at the Pipe Shop
Artisan Vendors in the Pipe Shop

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 located 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 a 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, 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. 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 structure that’s covered (so still great on rainy days) and where North Vancouver community events take place. In the winter of 2019/20 the place is open for free ice skating – so in 2020 take your skates in addition to your shopping bags when visiting the Shipyards Christmas Market!

North Vancouver Christmas Festival
Shipyards Christmas Festival (pre-tree lighting)

Other Information

For more details about North Vancouver’s winter holiday artisan fairs click Shipyards Christmas Markets.

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.

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