10 Best Christmas Markets in Western Canada
‘Tis the season for holiday craft fairs with food trucks and Christmas music galore … but which markets to choose?
There seems to be an endless supply of Christmas markets to attend, each with its own unique charm. But it’s impossible to attend all of them, so narrow down your holiday shopping stops with this list of 10 of our favourite craft fairs happening this season in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.
When: Dec. 3-4 and 9-11
Where: Les Amis du Fromage, 843 E Hastings
Artisan Edibles teams up with French trained Chef Ann Kirsebom for a two-weekend culinary event. For sale are gourmet jellies, chocolates, cheeses and more, making this pop-up the perfect gift stop for the foodies in your life.
When: Nov. 25 – Dec. 31
Where: 1st and Crowe Street, between Cambie Bridge and Olympic Village
Admission: $14.95 – Youth, $19.95 – Adults
The main attraction here is the 55,000 square feet of lights and sculptures—the world’s largest light maze. Along with it comes a market with more than 40 local artisans and food and drink vendors galore—the perfect combination for an enchanting holiday evening.
When: Nov. 26 – Dec. 31
Where: 1055 Canada Place
Admission: $4 – Youth, $8 – Adults
This 7th annual German-inspired Christmas market is based in European traditions and as such, takes place in the closest thing we have to a public square. It features traditional folk music performances, activities for kids (and playful adults) such as a Christmas carousel and DIY craft booths, and authentic German cuisine (sausages! spaetzle!) prepared on site.
When: Dec. 8 -11
Where: PNE Forum, 2901 E. Hastings
Featuring almost 300 vendors, Make It is a craft fair with contemporary personality. It includes live entertainment, food trucks and a full-service beer garden along with its impressive range of artists.
When: Dec. 10-11
Where: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street
Shiny Fuzzy Muddy has been around in Vancouver since 2003 and unlike many other craft fairs, makes an effort to remain small. Up to 30 vendors are invited to the event to showcase their work and promote craftsmanship and handmade creativity.
When: Nov. 26
Where: Rally Pointe, 11511 35 St. SE
A sweet and simple affair: the Little Modern Market runs for only one day and features almost 100 vendors. They aim to create a friendly, modern atmosphere for local artists and shoppers alike.
When: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Nov. 25- Dec.18
Where: Chinese Cultural Centre, 197 1 St. SW
This holiday market is the last of the several yearly shows that this Calgary craft collective puts on, focusing on community-building and promoting local artists, designers, and musicians. It goes on for four weekends, with some artisans appearing only once – check the full list to make sure your favourite vendor will be there when you are.
When: Dec. 8-11
Where: BMO Centre, Stampede Park
Admission: $5 – Youth, $7 – Adults
This four-day event features artists from all over Canada, from home décor to sculpture to handmade gourmet food and desserts. With over 250 booths in a dozen categories, you might need to take the whole weekend to see everything.
When: Nov. 24-27
Location: Northlands EXPO Centre, 7515 118th Ave. NW
Just like Make-It Vancouver, but this show takes place in Edmonton and features 25 additional Alberta-only artists.
When: Dec. 1-4
Where: University of Alberta, Butterdome
Admission: $5 – Youth, $7 – Adults
Glassblowers, potters, hatmakers, chocolatiers, woodworkers and more have been showcasing their work at the Butterdome market for the past 25 years. Newly added is the prizing program, which automatically enters all visitors in a raffle to win a craft-market shopping spree or items donated by some of the nearly 300 artisans.