Vancouver Christmas Markets are a beloved holiday tradition and the best way to shop local for the winter holidays. At the biggest Vancouver Christmas Markets, visitors will find hundreds of artists and artisans selling an array of local- and B.C.-made crafts, fine art objects, home decor, fashion, winter wear, toys, jewelry, ceramics, and gourmet foods. These markets are the perfect place to shop for yourself, your home, and for unique gifts that can't be found anywhere else in the world.
Use this Guide to Vancouver Christmas Markets to find the best Christmas and craft markets for November and December 2012.
The biggest craft fair in Western Canada, the Circle Craft Christmas Market is the grand-daddy of all Vancouver Christmas Markets. Taking over the Vancouver Convention Centre for five days every November, this enormous market features over 200 vendors, selling everything from glassworks and ceramics to toys, food, fashion, fine art, and jewelry. Plan for two to three hours to explore this market completely, and buy your tickets online for a $2 discount.
One note: Though the Circle Craft Christmas Market is a craft and artisan market, it is not an inexpensive place to shop. Prices will be comparable to usual retail prices, though here your dollars are supporting local and B.C. artists, artisans, and small businesses.
The University Women’s Club of Vancouver's annual fundraiser, Christmas at Hycroft is a truly beloved Vancouver holiday tradition. Unlike other Vancouver Christmas Markets, this one combines unique gifts with abundant charm and sense of place: in addition to shopping, visitors get to tour the historic Edwardian Hycroft mansion (which is usually closed to the public), decked out in all its Christmas glory.
Also known as the German Christmas Market, the Vancouver Christmas Market recreates an authentic outdoor German Christmas market village in downtown Vancouver, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. The market features unique holiday shopping, lots and lots of German-style Christmas ornaments, seasonal music and entertainment, and traditional German holiday food and drink. (Don't miss the gingerbread!)
While its lots of fun to browse the wares--which range from organic baby clothes to pottery--the Vancouver Christmas Market is just a fun experience, period, especially after 5pm, when the Christmas lights brighten up the night sky!
Though not a typical Vancouver Christmas Market, this hip, modern craft market is still a great place for holiday shopping! Dedicated to showcasing unique, ethically-made goods from local and Canadian artisans, the Make It Vancouver market includes hand-made gifts, paper arts, kids' clothes, fashion, jewelry, and art. Takes place at the PNE Forum (2901 E. Hastings St.).
One of the best Vancouver Christmas Markets, Got Craft? is a semi-annual craft fair held in May and December that showcases over 50 local artists and artisans. Vendors include jewelry, clothing, bath and body, paper arts, ceramics, fine art, and foods. Takes place at the Maritime Labour Centre (1880 Triumph Street).