Looking for alternative ideas for last-minute Christmas shopping? Don’t fret if you missed last weekend’s “Got Craft? Holiday Edition” Christmas craft market, there are still plenty to come in these last days till Christmas! Over the next 10 days there are going to be an abundance of Vancouver christmas markets filled crafts, lots of real vintage goods, hand-made gifts and artisan foods. Check them all out!
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1. The Vancouver Christmas Market - Ongoing daily until December 24th (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton Street)
This market is back for its third year! Stroll through romantic rows of little wooden huts decorated in pine branches and illuminated with strings of little white lights. Taste delicious traditional German food items and find your unique Christmas gifts. Enjoy seasonal music and a great entertainment program of authentic folk groups. Get your hands on a warm glass of mulled wine or cider and get in the Christmas spirit.
2. Blim Annual Holiday Market - Saturday December 15th (12-6pm)
Chinese Cultural Centre (50 East Pender St.)
Blim, the beloved arts and crafts studio is hosting an indie holiday fair features handmade, vintage, and socially conscious goods, an in-house cook, and a DJ. Attendees can also get a chance win an early Christmas present by entering the free door draw for one of three $25 gift certificates towards Blim’s merchandise or workshops. The draws will happen at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm on the day of the event.
3. Vancouver Farmers Market’s Holiday Market - Saturday December 15th (10am – 4pm)
Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive)
The 17th annual market featuring over 85 vendors who will bring you their best and finest selection of food, art, craft and home accessories for your gift-giving pleasure. Support Vancouver’s Farmers Markets by purchasing a reusable shopping bag, travel mug or market t-shirt at this market. The have the perfect gifts for the “local-vore” in your life! Come early for best selection.
4. Third Annual DTES Christmas Craft Fair - Saturday December 15th
Woodward’s Building (126 West Hastings)
The Community Christmas Craft Fair is a unique experience to support low-income women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Crafts are affordably priced, vendors are part of a supportive community that the public is welcomed into, and the event has no cost to vendors which means all proceeds go directly to the artists. Not only that, but submission to the fair is restricted to low-income residents in the DTES, many of whom are involved in drug and alcohol treatment and employment training programs.
5. The Great Canadian Craft Fair: Holiday Edition! - Saturday December 15th – 16th (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
The Salt Building (85 West 1st Avenue)
Highlights include over 150 of some of today’s best + brightest indie makers, local vendors, face-painting, visits with Santa, and a food drive. Look out for a cozy holiday craft village full of today’s brightest + best indie makers from The Lower Mainland and beyond, as well as hands-on workshops, music, food, hot-cocoa, and more!
6. 19th Annual Women’s Winter Faire - Saturday December 15 – Sunday December 16 (11 a.m – 6 p.m.)
Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street)
Browse through the work of resourceful women who use upcycled, recycled, and new materials to create art in wood, glass, textiles, and metal. There is an in-house cafe and over 50 booths of creative, funky, beautiful, ecologically-sound and diverse gifts. A $3-5 donation at the door will benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Patio of Market by Jean-Georges (128 West Georgia)
The Christmas Market will take place again Sunday, December 16th with an expanded list of vendors as Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver puts a modern twist on the traditional European Christmas markets that have brought people together since the 14th century. Expect gourmet food, exquisite crafts and jewelry and even a classical piano performance.
Launch of the new community market where you can buy original clothing, high-quality vintage items, handmade jewellery, art prints, beauty products, aromatherapy products, home decor, food, and children’s toys. Other highlights include a full brunch menu, holiday drinks, DJs and music, and a screening of Bad Santa in the Tiki Bar.
9. Gifts-a-Go-Go - Sunday December 16th (11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Performing Arts Lodges (581 Cordova Street)
Find one-of-a-kind artisanal gifts and stocking stuffers. Christmas Pop-Up Shop promises great artisan gifts, stocking stuffers and fine finds.
10. Christmas Boutique Fine Craft Market at Place des Arts - Daily until Friday, December 21st
Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam)
Monday – Fri: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Annual craft market offers finely crafted, handmade artisan wares by local artists. For the holiday season, Place des Arts’ Artisan Shop expands into a fine craft market:The Christmas Boutique. Offering holiday shoppers a veritable Aladdin’s cave of glittering bobbles and delightful seasonal gifts, the Christmas Boutique is the perfect place to find alternatives to mass-produced goods shipped from across the globe.
11. Last Chance Christmas Craft Fair - Sunday, December 23, 2012 (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Croatian Cultural Center (3250 Commercial Drive)
A one-day extravaganza right before Christmas! A perfect opportunity for vendors to sell the last of their holiday stock before the end of the season. It’s also the best time for avid shoppers to ring in on the best vendor discounts.