13 Canadian Winter Markets to Visit This Season (west coast)

13 Canadian Winter Markets to Visit This Season (west coast)

October 23, 2018

Shopping local is a great way to foster the development and support the craft of the artisans living and working in your city. This holiday season, there are going to be a large variety of craft fairs and markets happening all around Canada, and I recommend checking them out. This is your chance to find a unique and truly special gift for a loved one, while also giving back to your community.

Here are some of my favourite winter markets  – many of which I’ll also be attending as a vendor (I’ve let you know which ones). 

Here Are My 13 Favourite Winter Markets in BC and Alberta:                                                            

1. Make It! Vancouver

I’m a vendor at this market! Come say hi.

Where: The PNE Forum, 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

 

When: This market takes place over 5 days:

  • Wednesday, Dec 12th -- 5pm-9pm
  • Thursday, Dec 13th & Friday, Dec 14th -- 11am-9pm
  • Saturday, Dec 15th – 10am-6pm
  • Sunday, Dec 16th – 11am-5pm

Cost: $8 at the door, kids 12 and under are free

*If you buy your tickets early, you could save 50% (that's only $4 for a ticket!)

How many vendors: Browse the work of 180 vendors!

At this market you’ll find accessories, jewelry, clothing, art, home décor, food, baby/kid items and lots of other beautifully crafted goods. 

Fun stuff: Enter their Grand Prize draw and participate in their silent auction. All the beautiful items for this have been donated by different contributing Makies from the market and 100% of the proceeds benefit the Union Gospel Mission

 About them: 

Everything at Make It is made with ♥! Feel good about what you buy, while being inspired by our Makies’ creativity. We’re told by our customers that Make It has the best energy because everyone is so excited, grateful, and happy to be there!

As always, there will be delicious food trucks and a beer garden so make sure you come hungry n’ thirsty!

Visit them at their website: http://makeitshow.ca/vancouver/

 

2. Refresh Market

I’m a vendor at this market! Come say hi.

Where: West Coast Railway Heritage Park, 39645 Government Road, Squamish

When: This is just a 2-day market taking place in November. Check it out

  • Friday, November 16th – 4pm-9pm
  • Saturday, November 17th – 10am-5pm

Cost:
Early Bird ticket: $3 until November 15th. This gets you unlimited two-day asdmission to the market.

General admission: $3 online, $5 at the door. Free for children 12 and undr.    

How many vendors: check out the work of more than 100 independent artists, makers, and shops.

At this market, you’ll find a curated selection of clothing, jewelry, ceramics, apothecary, vintage, and artisan foods. There will also be food trucks, music, and good vibes.

Fun Stuff: To get early access to this market from 3-4pm on Nov 15th (and also enjoy a complimentary cocktail and gift from Nootka & Sea and Counterpart Coffee), get their First Dibs Market Preview ticket for just $25.

About:
We are one of B.C.'s leading indie markets for locally made and curated wares. 

Established in 2011, Refresh Market was created to build a new community of local artists, makers and small shop owners. Our markets attract an average attendance of 3,000 marketgoers committed to supporting the local economy.

Visit them at their website: http://refreshmarket.ca/

 

3. Circle Craft

I will not be at this market, but I have lots of amazing vendor friends who will. You may, however, catch me browsing this one as a shopper

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West

When: This is a 5-day market taking place in November. Check them out…

  • Wednesday, Nov 7th to Friday, Nov 9th – 10am-9pm
  • Saturday, Nov 10th – 10am-7pm
  • Sunday, Nov 11th – 10am-5pm

Cost:
Adults (ages 19-64): $15
Seniors (ages 65+) and Students (13-18): $12
Groups (10 or more): $11 each 

If you go to the market with a friend after 5pm, you could take advantage of their 2 for 1 ticket. This works out to just $7.50 each.

How many vendors: explore the work of over 300 vendors from communities all over BC like Whaletown, Quathiaski Cove, North Vancouver, Vernon, Duncan, Gibsons, and Vancouver.

At this market, you’ll find work from clothing designers, potters, wood and metal workers, glass blowers, jewelers, toy makers, candle and soap makers, and more!

Fun Stuff: They’re going to have craft technique demos, and a ‘Budding Artist’ open area where emerging artists will be introducing their exciting and innovative new work.

About:
The Circle Craft Christmas Market has been a Vancouver tradition for over four decades and has traditionally began the holiday shopping season in the city. The market attracts soem 20,000 people eager to discover the creations of hundreds of Canadian artisans all of whom are july-selected based on talent and diversity. They showcase the very best of this province.

Visit them at their website: http://www.circlecraft.net/

 

4. East Side Culture Crawl
A Visual Arts, Design & Crafts Festival

Myself and my studio mates (Carli Sita and Kolton Babych) are part of the crawl this year, sharing our work from our new studio space – Calli Or.

Where: All over Vancouver. Here’s their crawl map.

When: This is a 4-day market taking place in November. Check it out

  • Thursday, Nov 15th to Friday, Nov 16th – 5pm-10pm
  • Saturday, Nov 17th to Sunday, Nov 18th – 11am-6pm

Cost: This is a free event!

How many vendors: Over 500 artists, crafts people and designers.

You’ll have the opportunity to meet and explore the work of local painters, jewellers, sculptors, furniture makes, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, and glassblowers.

About:
The Eastside Culture Crawl officially began in 1997 with 45 visual artists in 3 Strathcona area studio buildings and was attended by a few hundred people. Since that time the event has grown to include over 500+ artists, crafts people and designers attracting an audience of more than 35,000 studio visits. The organization itself has evolved to represent the heart of the East Van creative community.

They have a vision to transform community through the visual arts.

Visit them at their website: https://culturecrawl.ca/

 

5. Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair

I am very excited to be returning as a vendor at this market for the second time. Come say hi!  

Where: Dunbar Community Centre, 4747 Dunbar Street

When: Just 1 day! Visit them Saturday, Nov 24th from 10am-5pm.

Cost: $4 in advance and $5 at the door.
Free for children under 12.
*Their advance tickets go on sale Sept 27th!

How many vendors: This market features over 140 local artisans!

Fun Stuff: There will be live entertainment, raffle prizes, and food trucks (Tacofino and Japadog).

About:
This is their 36th annual craft fair! With over 2,000 visitors attending this market, this is known among craft fair aficionados as one of Vancouver’s best. 

Visit them at their website: http://dunbarcentre.org/dunbar/events-news/dunbarholidaycraftfair/

 

 6. Make It! Calgary

I’m a vendor at this market! And very excited to be checking out their new venue. Come say hi. 

Where: Dearfoot City, 901 64 Ave NE, Calgary

 

When: This market takes place over 5 days:

  • Thursday, Dec 6th to Friday, Dec 7th – 11am-9pm
  • Saturday, Dec 8th – 10am-6pm
  • Sunday, Dec 9th – 11am-5pm

Cost: $5 at the door, kids 12 and under are free

*Buy your tickets early to save $2 on admission.

How many vendors: over 130 of Canada’s top artists, makers, and crafters.

This market features clothing, art, home décor, gourmet goodies, baby and kid items, and other unique treasures.

About:
Everything at Make It is made with ♥! Feel good about what you buy, while being inspired by our Makies’ creativity. We’re told by our customers that Make It has the best energy because everyone is so excited, grateful, and happy to be there!

 Visit them at their website: http://makeitshow.ca/calgary/

 

7. Market Collective
Ten Year Anniversary & Holiday Market

I’ve never participated but some of my maker friends from Calgary and Vancouver, and they all talk about how great this one is.

Where: BMO Centre, 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary

When: Taking place over two weekends, Dec 7th-9th and 14th-16th

  • Fridays: 4-9pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays: 10-6pm

Cost: $5 for the weekend
Kids under 12 get in for free.

How many vendors: this market features over 200 unique artists and designers, plus over 50 food vendors.

Fun Stuff: The Choir Collective will be performing a number of holiday classics every Sunday at the market.

About:
Founded by Angela Dione and Angel Guerra, Market Collective was among the first to bring an artist market to Calgary that met the demands of growing entrepreneurs. Our first market was held in the historic Carpenter’s Union Hall in Kensington, and we have now occupied many unique spaces across the city’s landscape. 

To date, Market Collective has worked with thousands of local creatives, ensuring that these artists keep 100% of sales as a sustainable support for their practices and small businesses.

Visit them at their website: http://marketcollective.ca/

 

8. TOQUE: Western Front’s Annual Fundraiser & Craft Fair

I’ve never attended this market, but I’ve heard many great things from artisan friends. Check it out if you can!

Where: Western Front, 303 E 8th Vancouver

When: This is a 3-day long fundraiser/market. Check them out…

  • Friday, Nov 30th – 6-10pm
  • Saturday, Dec 1st to Sunday, Dec 2nd – 11am-5pm

Cost: by donation.

How many vendors: featuring 24 local artists, designers, and artisans.

At this market, you’ll find art publications, ceramics, jewelry, artisanal caramels, children’s books, and eco-fasion.

About:
Toque is Western Front’s largest annual community event and fundraiser showcasing a curated selection of designers and artists. Join us for fantastic shopping, a back deck barbecue, and bake sale. Our Holiday Membership Drive kicks off at Toque with perks and prizes for those who join or renew. 

Proceeds from TOQUE support the year-round art and music programs at Western Front.

Visit them at their website:
https://front.bc.ca/events/toque-western-fronts-annual-fundraiser-craft-fair-2/

 

9. Shiny Fuzzy Muddy 

I won’t be attending this market, but if you’re available you definitely should!

Where: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main street Vancouver

When: A 2-day show. Check them out…

  • Saturday, Dec 8th – 11am-6pm
  • Sunday, Dec 9th – 10am-6pm

Cost: $4

How many vendors: up to 30 guests are invited to exhibit and sell their work at this exclusive event. 

About:

Created as an antidote to large-scale craft fairs, they aim to present a pleasant shopping (and selling!) atmosphere. With a decided lack of holiday music and kitschy decorations, patrons can be sure to find meaningful objects to enhance the quality of their lives and to meet the designer/makers directly.

The common thread that ties the work together is the high quality of design, craftsmanship and material sensibility.

Visit them at their website: http://shinyfuzzymuddy.com/

 

10. North Shore Green Christmas Market

I’m a vendor at this market! This is an extension of the Friday Night market and a great opportunity to shop local.

Where: PipeShop Building. 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

When: First weekend of December. Check them out…

  • Saturday, Dec 1st – 3-9pm
  • Sunday, Dec 2nd – 10-5pm

Cost: this is a free event.

Fun Stuff: several activities will be taking place near the market that are worth checking out. The mayor will be lighting their Christmas tree and there are opportunities to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. Learn more.

About:

The Shipyards Christmas Festival is a community event featuring live music and an artisan market at North Vancouver’s Shipbuilders’ Square in December.

“Most years, at the Shipyards Christmas Festival there are also free lantern and Christmas ornament-making opportunities, gingerbread-decorating and face-painting stations, and a photo booth with Santa Claus. There is also usually free hot chocolate, free coffee and free tea available, plus free kettle corn, cotton candy or some other treat for the first 500 people.” (source)

Visit them at their website: http://www.northshoregreenmarkets.com/upcoming-events.html

 

11. Vancouver Christmas Market

This is a fantastic market to go with your friends and family. I won’t be a vendor for this one, but will be there as a visitor. 

Where: Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place

When: November 21st to December 24th, 11am-9pm

Cost: $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for children 7-12

How many vendors: this event features more than 80 huts of German sweets, treats, and treasures.

About:
The city's signature yuletide celebration offers its largest festivities to-date. Wander the market’s winding alleys and discover authentic German delicacies: sizzling sausages, warming Glühwein (mulled wine), old world confections, and so much more! Be dazzled by the glittering carousel, a 30-foot tall walk-in Christmas tree boasting 36,000 twinkling lights, live entertainment, and a multitude of festive family activities.

Visit them at their website: https://www.vancouverchristmasmarket.com/

 

12. Got Craft?

This is a great market with lots of talented vendors. I’ve participated in their spring market, but won’t be a vendor at the winter one. You should still check this one out!

Where: Maritime Labour Centre – 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver

When: Saturday, Dec 8th – Sunday, Dec 9th from 10am to 5pm

Cost: $3 

How many vendors: 80 handmade makers and small businesses.

About:
Created in 2007, Got Craft? showcases the best in independent craft + design. Supporting locally made goods by providing opportunities for makers to sell their work and by connecting them with savvy shoppers. They aim to bring together a community that fosters handmade and D.I.Y culture.

Visit them at their website: http://gotcraft.com/

 

13. Fall for Local

Although I’m not apart of this one, this is a beautifully curated market and you should definitely check this one out. 

Where: Shipyards – 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

 

When: Saturday, Dec 8th and Sunday, Dec 9th from 11am-5pm

Cost:

$5 at the door (cash only)
Kids under 12 get in for free.

 Get an early bird ticket online for $3, until Dec 7th

How many vendors: over 90 vendors.

Fun Stuff: If you’re one of the first 50 guests to arrive at the market on either day, they’ll give you a free canvas tote bag filled with local goodies.

About:
Fall For Local™ Market is a one-of-kind 'shop local' event, that prides itself on curating high quality modern pop-up featuring independent brands. Not only can you shop from over 95 vendors, but you can enjoy our free do-it-yourself workshops, indulge in our food trucks, and more! 

Visit them at their website: https://www.fallforlocal.com/holiday2018

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