61 artisan markets and pop-up shops happening in Metro Vancouver this holiday season

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      Braving the mall during Christmas is no small feat. With hoards of frantic shoppers flooding parking lots, corriders, and store after store after store, you should consider yourself lucky if you finish the day without a breakdown. Even luckier if you're able to nab every gift on your list without facing some sort of out-of-stock situation that sends you speeding to another location across town.

      But the holiday season doesn't have to be spent relaying product descriptions to sales associates or even at the mall for that matter. With so many artisan markets, craft fairs, and pop-up shops happening around town over the next month, Vancouverites have a wealth of options for gifts—ones that are one-of-a-kind, handmade, and come with a heartwarming story.

      Below, a whopping 57 holiday shopping events, which take place in Vancouver, Coquitlam, New Wesminster, and everywhere in between, to mark on your calendar.

       

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      Circle Craft Christmas Market

      From November 8 to 12 at the Vancouver Convention Centre’s West building (999 Canada Place)

      Largely considered the grand-daddy of holiday fairs, the Circle Craft Christmas Market is back for its 44th iteration this season. More than 300 artisans from across Canada—over 50 of them new to the event—will be onsite with all sorts of handmade delights, from hand-blown glassware and souvenir pillows to funky jewellery and ecofriendly apparel. Plus, find an assortment of edible treats and spirits in the Gourmet Alley; sit front-row in a VCC-produced fashion show; and learn the art of macramé with a DIY class conducted by Canadian fibre artist Sola Fiedler.

      Admission starts at $7.50 at the door and online. See event listing for details.

       

      Winter Treasures Artisan Sale

      From November 9 to December 21 at Port Moody Arts Centre (2425 St. John’s Street, Port Moody)

      This long-running holiday market sells handmade art, décor, and other items lovingly crafted by local makers. Located in the same building is the Blackberry Gift Shop + Artist Co-op’s 21st annual Christmas Marketplace, where you’ll find jewellery, paintings, pottery, and more.

      Admission is free. See Facebook page for details.

       

      The East Exchange

      December 10 at the Russian Hall  (600 Campbell Street)

      As its name suggests, the East Exchange spotlights maker from the city’s East Side, including Oona Clothing Company, the Rad Scientist, and more. Expect seasonal décor, giftable oddities, cannabis-infused topicals, and more.

      Admission is $1 at the door. See event listing for details.

       

      East Van Garage Sale

      November 12 and 26 at the Astoria Pub (769 East Hastings Street)

      A biweekly market, the East Van Garage Sale combines cheap deals with the next best thing: cheap booze. Browse vintage clothing, jewellery, records, and other one-off knickknacks and then refuel with $4.50 and what promises to be very inexpensive cans of beer.

      Admission is $2 at the door. Guests must be at least 19 years of age. See event listing for details.

       

      21st Century Flea Market

      November 12 at the Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive)

      Hunters and diggers will find much to love at the 21st Century Flea Market, where more than 175 vendors will be hawking retro furnishings, books, vintage garments, records, fine china, collectible sporting items, and more—all at bargain prices. A representative from the Canadian Personal Property Appraisers Group will also be on hand to appraise goods on a first come, first served basis spy pi cam verify if that Dior clutch—and other gems—you found at the thrift are the real deal.

      Admission is $5 at the door and free for children 12 years old and under. See event listing for details.

       

      Christmas at Hycroft

      Handpicked Pop-up Christmas Market

      November 10 and 11 at Quality Hotel & Conference Centre (36035 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford)

      Hosted by the Hand-picked Vintage Market, this seasonal pop-up will include artisans and small-business owners from around the Fraser Valley offering up goods for the closet, vanity, home, and pantry. On the docket? Handcrafted bath-and-body products, gourmet baked sweets, decorative pillows, apple-cider-scented candles, and more.

      Admission is $5at the door and free for children 12 years old and under. See Facebook page for details.

       

      Pre-loved Clothing & Artisan Pop-Up Market

      November 12 at Beaumont Studios (316 West 5th Avenue)

      Hosted by the Bazaar Closet, this ecofriendly market will feature racks of vintage and secondhand wears—all starting at a mere buck—from brands like Givenchy, Rag & Bone, and hometown favourite Aritzia, plus locally produced bling by artists Schmall Creative, Chakraas Jewels, and more. Organizers will also be collecting clothing and monetary donations for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre onsite.

      Admission is $2 at the door. See Facebook page for details.

       

      Poppy Barley Pop-Up

      From November 15 to 18 at Little Mountain Shop (4386 Main Street)

      After a month-long appearance at Gastown’s now shuttered Nicole Bridger (R.I.P.) this summer, ethical footwear company Poppy Barley returns to Vancouver for another pop-up—this time on Main Street. Shoppers can expect to see a selection of the Edmonton-based brand’s leather boots, Oxfords, and loafers for men and women, plus its winter collection, which includes leopard-print mules and comfy, memory-foam pumps. It’s a rare chance to try the online-first label’s shoes before you buy. 

      Admission is free. See website for details.

       

      Christmas at Hycroft

      From November 16 to 19 at Hycroft Manor (1489 McRae Avenue)

      An annual tradition, Shaughnessy’s Hycroft Manor will be transformed into a winter wonderland for four days this month, where 25-plus artisans will be hawking all sorts of giftable goods. The three-level mansion will be decked out in holly, tinsel, and stockings, complete with a visit from Santa and his helpful elves. Small bites and live entertainment will also be on hand throughout. 

      Admission is $15 at the door and free for children 12 years old and under. See website for details.

       

      Christmas Boutique at Place des Arts

      November 17 at Place des Arts (1120 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam)

      Local arts-and-music centre Place des Arts is once again expanding its in-house artisan shop to host an annual Christmas Boutique. In addition to the Coquitlam-based spot’s year-round stock of handcrafted ceramics and jewellery, you’ll find all sorts of giftable treats fit for stockings and under the tree. Sales support the area’s artists and the nonprofit’s events and programming. 

      Admission is free. See event listing for details.

       

      Cabin + Cub

      Refresh Market

      November 17 and 18 at West Coast Railway Heritage Park (39645 Government Road, Squamish)

      Over 100 vendors will convene in Squamish for the annual Refresh Market, where you’ll dicover an expertly curated selection of quality homewares, jewellery, vintage apparel, and more. Among the available items will be beaded wrap bracelets by Bluefish Bohemian; woven wall hangings by Saige and Skye; and laser-cut earrings and cufflinks by Cabin + Cub. Enjoy edible treats from a number of vendors and food trucks, too.

      Tickets are $5 at the door or $3 in advance online. Children 12 years old and under get in for free. See event listing for details.

       

      Britannia Christmas Craft Fair

      From November 17 to 19 at Britannia Community Centre (1661 Napier Street)

      East Van’s 34th annual Britannia Christmas Craft Fair is back for three days this year, where you can shop an assortment of locally produced art, homewares, textiles, and other giftable knickknacks in support of programming for inner-city kids. St. Nick will also be conducting selfies and photo sessions by donation.

      Admission is $2 and free for children 12 years old and under. See event listing for details.

       

      West Coast Christmas Show & Artisan Marketplace

      From November 17 to 19 at Fraser Valley Trade and Exhibition Centre (1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford)

      Celebrating a decade in operation this year, the West Coast Christmas Show & Artisan Marketplace will boast over 200 vendors—many of them artisans—offering a range of gifts, holiday décor, and seasonal treats. Perfect for those who broke out the tinsel as soon as the clock struck midnight on Halloween, the three-day event will also feature a twinkling Christmas tree display, an ugly sweater contest, and a model train display, plus caroling and a “Home for the Holidays” stage where local chefs will share festive recipes.

      Admission is $8 at the door or $7 in advance online. See event listing for details.

       

      Eastside Flea Holiday Market

      Every weekend from November 17 to December 17 at the Ellis Building (1024 Main Street)

      Vancouver’s popular Eastside Flea typically runs every other weekend, but it’s amping up its schedule in anticipation of the most wonderful time of the year. Beginning mid-November, you can browse over 50 vendors stationed on Main Street every weekend, plus food trucks, live music, and artisan showrooms that will be open for curious shoppers. Succulents, jewellery, vintage records, and small furnishings are just some of the things you’ll find.

      Admission is $3 at the door or $5 for a weekend pass. See Facebook page for details.

       

      Crafty Affaire Holiday Market

      November 18 at Ocean Park Community Hall (1577 128 Street, Surrey)

      Join over 20 artisans at Crafty Affaire’s Surrey market, where you can shop hand-knit toques from Lolerfly, repurposed paperback-cover notebooks from Dragonscales Journals, gemstone earrings by Last Leg Jewelry, and more. For the kitchen, the event will also stock shrubs from Thirsty Whale Elixirs, artisan cookies from Sable Shortbread, and sips from Rocky Creek Winery. Free swag bags will be available for the first 25 guests.

      Admission is $2 at the door and free for children. See Facebook page for details.

       

      VINTAGE AND HANDMADE SOCIETY

      Funky Finds Holiday Market

      November 18 at Albion Fairgrounds (23448 105 Avenue, Maple Ridge)

      Whimsical hand-blown ornaments, freshly baked meat pies, and screen-printed textiles are just some of the items you can expect to peruse at the Funky Finds Holiday Market. Featuring over 40 local artisans, the event promises everything from one-of-a-kind apparel and candles to home décor, preserves, and beauty products.

      Admission is $3 at the door and free for children 10 years old and under. See website for details.

       

      Crofton House Winter Bazaar

      November 18 at Crofton House School (3200 West 41st Avenue)

      An annual tradition, Crofton House School opens its doors to the public this month for a day of festive shopping, DIYing, and munching. Design your own holiday wreath, take part in some seasonal baking, and shop deals on books, clothing, sporting goods, and more. Proceeds go toward KidSafe, a local nonprofit that supports vulnerable inner-city youth over the holidays.

      Admission is $2 at the door. See event listing for details.

       

      Vintage and Handmade Society Pop-up

      November 18 and December 2 and 16 at the Woodwards Atrium (128 West Cordova Street)

      Vancouver’s Vintage and Handmade Society is hosting a series of holiday pop-ups ahead of Christmas. Stop by on one of three dates and you’ll find natural skincare, Metis art, vintage clothing, and even accessories for your four-legged friends. Partial proceeds will benefit the Canadian Disability Resources Society.

      Admission is free. See Facebook page for details.

       

      North Vancouver Holiday Bazaar

      November 18 and 19 and December 2 and 3 at Carson Graham Secondary (2145 Jones Avenue, North Vancouver)

      Featuring a lineup of over 100 vendors, this is one of the North Shore’s largest seasonal craft markets. Visit during one of two weekends and you’ll be able to shop upcycled bags from Itchyichi, vintage planters from succulent + air, sketchbooks and journals from Bitter Melon Bindery, and more. Salvaged wood furnishings, locally produced spirits, and small-batch jams are among the other products that will be on display. A raffle will support Backpack Buddies, a Vancouver-based nonprofit that delivers food to children in need.

      Admission is $3 at the door and free for the first 100 guests and children 12 years old and under. See event listing for details.

       

      Krafted Market

      November 19 at the South Delta Recreation Centre (1720 56 Street, Tsawwassen)

      “All handmade, all the time” is the m.o. at Tswassen’s Krafted Market, where you’ll discover everything from children’s apparel and Christmas décor to decorative crochet and vegan soy candles for the holidays. Among the items available will be knit scarves from Orme Soft Goods, greeting cards from 128 Market Street, and bead bracelets from Wildflower Designs.

      Admission is $3 at the door and free for children 12 years old and under. See website for details.

       

      Provence En Couleur

      Ridgeway Holiday Craft Fair

      November 19 at Ridgeway Elementary (420 East 8 Street, North Vancouver)

      Handcrafted toques, gourmet pesto-stuffed olives, and sparkling pendants are just some of the things you can expect to see at the North Shore’s Ridgeway Holiday Craft Fair. In total, more than 35 local makers will be present, as well as an onsite photography studio where you can snap a festive family portrait. Partial proceeds benefit Ridgeway Elementary’ s Parent Advisory Committee. 

      Admission is free. See event listing for details.

       

      Vancouver Christmas Market

      From November 22 to December 24 at Jack Poole Plaza (1075 Canada Place)

      An old-fashioned carousel, walk-in Christmas tree, and mugs of mulled Glühwein may be the big draws at the Vancouver Christmas Market, but the seasonal fete also boasts over 75 food and gift huts that give you a chance to cross a few names off your list. Hailing from countries such as Germany, Austria, and France, this year’s vendors include Nepal Winter Wear, which makes knit hats, mittens, and coats; Provence en Couleur, producer of handcrafted kitchenware; and EcoFair Trading, which offers items such as woven baskets and hand-dipped candles, all sustainably made around the world.

      Admission starts at $5 online and at the door. See event listing for details.

       

      StoryTold Pop-Up Shop

      From November 23 to 25 at Little Mountain Shop (4386 Main Street)

      The second annual StoryTold pop-up will share the charm, tales, and character in its artisans’ products that aren’t often found in mass-produced items. During the three-day event, shoppers will be able to browse locally made wonders like tote bags, bespoke jewellery, and laser-cut décor objects, while meeting the people behind them. 

      Admission is free. See Facebook page for details.

       

      Deer Lake Craft Festival

      From November 24 to 26 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby)

      A curated lineup of 60-plus artisans awaits at the Deer Lake Craft Festival, where glass blowers, sculptors, potters, and more will have works on full display. Seasonal baked goods are also a draw: think Christmas cakes, jellies, jams, and more, plus live entertainment, a virtual-reality experience (yes, really!), and a cookie-decorating station for the tots. Prizes will also be given away to a few lucky attendees.

      Admission is free. See event listing for details.

       

      Charity Craft Fair

      November 25 at Woodwards Atrium (333 Abbott Street)

      Taking place for the fifth year, the Charity Craft Fair carries an assortment of handcrafted delights from local charities, small businesses, and makers with 100 percent of proceeds going toward this season’s designated nonprofit, the B.C. Fire Fighters Burn Fund. Shop upcycled greeting cards from Coast Cards, adorable pet dishes by Yvonne Ceramics, and ecofriendly food wraps and bags by textile designer Alisa Yao.

      Admission is by a suggested donation of $4 at the door. See event listing for details.

       

      BLOOM HOLIDAY MARKET

      Kimono and Japanese Gifts Christmas Sale

      November 25 at Creekside Community Centre (1 Athletes Way)

      Organized by Pac West, a local seller of traditional Japanese apparel, this holiday event will offer attendees a rare chance to nab beautifully crafted kimonos, tabi socks, geta sandals, and other wearables. Accessories such as hair combs, keychain charms, and jewellery will also be available.

      Admission is free. See event listing for details.

       

      Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair

      November 25 at the Dunbar Community Centre (4747 Dunbar Street)

      An annual tradition now in its 35th year, the Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair features more than 140 makers hawking everything from apparel and home décor to small-batch food items and stationery. In addition, the event promises live entertainment, snacks, and door prizes that will be awarded to lucky attendees.

      Admission is $5 at the door or $4 in advance online. Children 12 years old and under get in for free. See website for details.

       

      Strathcona Winter Craft Fair

      November 25 at the Strathcona Community Centre (601 Keefer Street)

      East Van artisans are the focus at the Strathcona Winter Craft Fair, which returns for its seventh iteration this year. Stop by to shop a wide range of hip and sustainably produced products—many of them benefiting great causes—like fuzzy toques by Equal Monsters that aid trans youth and braille greeting cards by Blind Beginnings that raise awareness of blindness. You can even get your pic snapped and developed on a metal plate by the Tintype Trike, a tricycle that comes equipped with a built-in darkroom.

      Admission is $2 at the door and free for children 12 years old and under. See Facebook page for details.

       

      Bloom Holiday Market

      November 25 and 26 at Fort Langley Community Hall (9167 Glover Road, Fort Langley)

      The Bloom Market runs a few times a year and, for its annual holiday iteration, will feature an array of giftable goods handmade by nearly 30 artisans from around the Fraser Valley. What’s part of the selection? Chunky knit scarves by Make More Happy, vintage gift tags by Firefly Notes, glossy ceramics by Three Corners Artisan, and more. Ticket proceeds go toward a local charity.

      Admission is $2 at the door and free for children 12 years old and under. See event listing for details.

       

      West End Holiday Craft Fair

      November 25 and 26 at West End Community Centre Association (870 Denman Street)

      Over 50 vendors are expected to set up shop at this neighbourhood fair, where you’ll find a wide assortment of one-off apparel, toys, foodstuffs, and everything in between. Arrive early for the best selection.

      Admission is free. See website for details.

       

      Maggie Boyd Ceramics

      Portobello West Holiday Market

      November 25 and 26 at Creekside Community Centre (1 Athletes Way)

      Taking place on the same day—and in the same building—as Pac West’s Kimono and Japanese Gifts Christmas Sale, the Portobello West Holiday Market is the local pop-up’s biggest of the year. Featuring over 90 artisans, this season’s iteration offers everything from pretty ceramics and conscious cosmetics to prints, pins, and greeting cards. There will also be food trucks, live music, and a photobooth onsite.

      Admission is $2 at the door. See website for details.

       

      River District's Winter Craft Fair

      November 26; December 3, 10, and 17 at River District Centre (8683 Kerr Street)

      Vancouver’s burgeoning River District is hosting a weekly craft fair this holiday season that will feature a rotating selection of vendors offering everything handmade jewellery and toys to gourmet hot dogs and baked goods. Check out minimalist fig-scented candles by Lightwell Co., watercolour greeting cards by Pajama Cats, knit accessories by MaraMinka, and more.

      Admission is free. See website for details.

       

      Scandinavian Craft Fair

      November 26 at the Scandinavian Community Centre (6540 Thomas Street, Burnaby)

      Hosted by the Vancouver Finlandia Club, this Scandi-themed market spotlights traditional crafts from Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. There will also be baked goods and treats from the Scandinavian Deli onsite. Like what you hear? Be sure to mark the community centre’s Swedish Christmas Fair, taking place on November 18 and 19, on your calendar, too.

      Admission is free. See event listing for details.

       

      Got Craft? Holiday Edition Pop-Up

      From November 27 to December 3 at Little Mountain Shop (4386 Main Street)

      A warmup to its holiday extravaganza, the Got Craft? pop-up in Riley Park will feature dozens of vendors hawking handcrafted teas, stationery, bow-ties, and other one-of-a-kind delights. Pop in for a preview of what to expect at the event’s annual Christmas show, which takes place on December 9 and 10 in East Van, or get a head-start by shopping early and with zero admission charge.

      Admission is free. See website for details.

       

      Alexandra Neighbourhood House Craft Fair

      November 28 at Alexandra Neighbourhood House (2916 McBride Avenue, Surrey)

      Surrey’s Alexandra Neighbourhood House is holding its fifth annual craft fair this season, which will highlight locally produced objects, as well as coffee and baked treats, from 50-plus talented makers. Proceeds will help fund children’s programming at the resource centre.

      Admission is free. See Facebook page for details.

       

      Coquitlam Christmas Market / Michele Mateus

      Toque Craft Fair

      From December 1 to 3 at the Western Front (303 East 8th Avenue)

      A fundraiser for local artist and music venue Western Front, Toque is consistently one of the season’s most anticipated and well curated craft fairs. Featuring over 25 designers, potters, metalsmiths, and more, this year’s iteration features returning faves like Maggie Boyd Ceramics, Erin Templeton, and Woodlot, plus newcomers Collage Collage, New Look, and Petit Villains, who will be offering up calendars, DIY kit, children’s wear, and other delights. A limited-edition tea towel adorned with illustrations by Katie Lyle and Jacquelyn Ross will also be available.

      Admission is by donation. See event listing for details.

       

      Object Handmade

      From December 1 to 3 at the Aviary (637 East 15th Avenue)

      After a brief hiatus, object + handmade returns to Vancouver with an inspired lineup of artists from around North America in tow. The tightly edited market will include names like Evelyn Alarcon, a New Mexico–based potter who produces whimsical bowls, planters, and tumblers; Artifact Skin Co., a Hamilton-born line of luxe natural skincare; and Vancouver’s own Ana Isabel Textiles, who crafts beautifully delicate fine-silk wall hangings.

      Admission is free. See Facebook page for details.

       

      Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair

      December 1 to 3 at Poirier Forum (618 Poirier Street, Coquitlam)

      More than 100 artisans from around B.C. will meet in Coquitlam for the region’s annual Christmas market, where everything from birthday-cake-flavoured fudge and streamlined mugs to upcycled purses and vegan soaps await. Holiday ornaments and décor should also be expected.

      Admission is $3 at the door and free children 12 years old and under. See website for details.

       

      East Van Holiday Bazaar

      December 2 at Kingsgate Mall (370 East Broadway)

      Hit Vancouver's wackiest mall—and perhaps the only one with an unaffiliated Twitter account dedicated to it—for the East Bazaar's holiday edition. There, you'll find one-of-a-kind and wonderfully weird goods fit for everyone on your list. Think a curated blend of textiles, plants, prints, vintage reworks, organic foodstuffs, and more, all handmade in the city.

      Admission is free. See Facebook page for details.

       

      Kensington Holiday Craft Fair

      December 2 at Kensington Community Centre (5175 Dumfries Street)

      The Kensington Community Centre celebrates a decade of craft fairs with a whopping 70-plus vendors this year. Browse jewellery, knit accessories, hand-poured candles, artwork, and more, and enjoy refreshments and door and raffle prizes.

      Admission is free. See Facebook page for details.

       

      Oni + Bau

      Kitsilano Winter Market

      December 2 at the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (2305–2325 West 7th Avenue)

      For the second year, the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House is hosting a holiday-oriented event boasting one-of-a-kind and locally and sustainably produced wonders. Expect items for the home, closet, kitchen, and more, plus green workshops, live music, and an onsite farmers market.

      Admission starts at $3 at the door. See event listing for details.

       

      The SHIFT Handmade Holiday Remix 2.0

      December 2 at West Langley Lions Hall (904 208th Street, Langley)

      This ain’t your “Gramma’s craft fair”, promises Langley’s SHIFT, which features more than 25 artists hawking goods from the local community. Among the items on deck will be macramé plant handers from Tart Textile Arts; wrap bracelets from Coastal Dreamer Designs; and adorable food-shaped plushies from Plush Off.

      Admission is $3 at the door and dree for children 12 years old and under. See event listing for details.

       

      New West Craft Christmas Night Market

      December 2 at Upstairs River Market (810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster)

      New West Craft understands the formula to a great event: an eclectic mix of local vendors, live music, food, and plenty of beer and wine. The shopping soiree will feature more than 50 local makers like Ahoy Soap Company, White Fox Collective, and Canvas Candle Company selling natural body-care, jewellery, and more.

      Admission is free. See event listing for details.

       

      Burnaby Christmas Craft Fair

      December 2 and 3 at the Bonsor Recreation Complex (6550 Bonsor Avenue, Burnaby)

      One of the largest craft fairs in Burnaby, this fourth annual event will feature a wide array of artisans offering homewares, clothing, artwork, seasonal décor, and more. Other attractions include live music, raffle prizes, and refreshments. Proceeds at the door will go toward the Burnaby Central secondary school's music department.

      Admission is by donation. See Facebook page for details.

       

      The Modern Localist Holiday Pop-up

      December 2 and 3 at 163 West Pender Street

      Organized by a group of like-minded entrepreneurs, the Modern Localist pop-up will boast everything from small-batch skincare and décor objects to handcrafted apparel and jewellery. Among the vendors will be wicker homewares from Oni + Bau, plant-powered beauty remedies from Loa Apothecary, and delicate drop earrings from Keltie Leanne Designs.

      Admission is free. See Facebook page for details.

       

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      Deck the Hall Fair

      December 2 and 3 at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street)

      This annual event brings together more than 50 artisans, who will be selling handmade items such as jewellery, ceramics, toys, and more. Upcycled objects and edible treats such as gourmet sauces and candy will also be available.

      Admission is $2 at the door and free for children. See Facebook page for details.

       

      Hastings-Sunrise Holiday Arts & Crafts Market

      December 3 at the Kiwassa Neighbourhood House (2425 Oxford Street)

      A fundraiser for the Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, this holiday market will feature locally crafted items such as handmade polymer jewellery from the Perching Beads and Vancouver-themed colouring books and calendars from the Chinatown-based Pender Gai Books. Refreshments and a slate of activities fit for the entire brood will also be available with all proceeds supporting vulnerable kids, families, and seniors in one of Vancouver's most vibrant neighbourhoods.

      Admssion is $3 per person or $5 for families at the door. See Facebook page for details.

       

      Local Love Holiday Pop-Up

      December 3 at the Old Mill Boathouse (2715 Esplanade Street, Port Moody)

      West Coast–inspired jewels, gourmet, marshmallows, and pumpkin-spice-scented candles are just some of the things you’ll find at Port Moody’s Local Love pop-up, though there will be a strong emphasis on modern, locally crafted kids’ clothing and accessories. Swag bags will go to the first 30 attendees and ticket proceeds will benefit the Share Family and Community Services’ food bank.

      Admission is $2. See website for details.

       

      East Side Best Side Holiday Pop-Up Market

      December 3 at the Russian Hall (600 Campbell Street)

      Running for the second year, the East Side Best Side pop-up will showcase an eclectic mix of East Van vendors hawking handcrafted soaps, syrups, vintage threads, canned goods, and more. In addition, a beer garden will pour drinks while local shop Hey, Dumpings! will serve up pelmeni. Door proceeds will benefit the Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation.

      Admission is $2. See event listing for details.

       

      The Fort Finery’s Handmade Pop-Up

      December 3, 10, and 17 at Speakeasy Salon (152 East 8th Avenue)

      The Fort Finery, a boutique in Langley, is taking over Mount Pleasant’s Speakeasy Salon, where you’ll find jewellery, art, ceramics, and other handmade curiosities produced by a rotating group of makers. Among the lineup? Patsy Kay Jewellery, Northern Knits and Purl, Abbey Lane Farm, and more.

      Admission is free. See event listing for details.

       

      Make It! Vancouver

      From December 7 to 10 at PNE Forum (2901 East Hastings Street)

      One of the biggest—and most beloved—craft markets in the Lower Mainland, Make It! regularly features items from 250-plus “makies” in a laidback and decidedly un-Christmassy environment. Discover hand-stitched leather bags from DiG Leather Co., trippy, cat-themed artwork by Andrea Hooge, bamboo-charcoal soap from Beauty Secrets of Japan, and more. Refuel with beer and lunch from an impressive lineup of food trucks. A live auction will benefit the Union Gospel Mission.

      Admission is $8 at the door and free for children 12 years old and under. (Discounted tickets are available online.) See event listing for details.

       

      Got Craft?

      Coquitlam Christmas Farmers Market

      December 9 at Poirier Sport & Leisure Centre (633 Poirier Street, Coquitlam)

      Locally grown foods aren’t the only thing you’ll find at the Coquitlam Farmers Market’s Christmasion edition. The seasonal event features a group of local makers offering jewellery, beauty products, ceramics, and wooden goods, plus food trucks, kids’ crafts, and carollers that should keep the whole brood entertained.

      Admission is free. See website for details.

       

      Port Moody Christmas Craft Fair

      December 9 at Port Moody City Hall (100 Newport Drive, Port Moody)

      Over 40 local makers will convene at the Port Moody Christmas Craft Fair, where you can expect a wide range of home, fashion, and food items, as well as snacks and entertainment. Raffle prices will also be available with proceeds benefiting Share Family and Community Services, a nonprofit serving communities in the Tri-Cities.

      Admission is free. See Facebook page for details.

       

      Got Craft? Holiday Edition

      December 9 and 10 at Maritime Labour Centre (1880 Triumph Street)

      Billed as Vancouver’s largest indie craft market, Got Craft? presents more than 80 local artisans selling items like sustainably produced party supplies, experimental wall hangings, and punny stationery. This year’s roster includes vendors Five15, Fait Pour Toi, and East Van Jam, plus you can take home a swag bag if you’re one of the first 50 people through the door.

      Admission is $5 at the door and $3 in advance online. See website for details.

       

      Shiny Fuzzy Muddy

      December 9 and 10 at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street)

      A longtime favourite among Vancouverites, Shiny Fuzzy Muddy has the three core bases of your holiday shopping covered: glittering jewellery (the shiny) from Joanna Lovett Sterling, Nicole Bigg Designs, and others; sustainably produced threads (the fuzzy) from the likes of Sinbi Collection, Winterluxe, and more; and hand-spun homewares from (the muddy) from Cathy Terepocki Ceramics, Jumping Creek Pottery, and more. Expect over 30 makers, including a healthy dose of new additions and up-and-coming artists.

      Admission is $3 at the door. See website for details.

       

      Fall For Local Holiday Market

      December 9 and 10 at the Pipe Shop Building (115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver)

      Fall For Local differentiates itself from other markets in the city by offering a platform for not just artisans but small-business owners and entrepreneurs. For its holiday event, the pop-up will spotlight more than 80 go-getters, including Alison Kent HomeAuraMay Ceramics, and Billy Would Designs. Plus, there will be free DIY classes, gift wrapping stations, and swag bags for the first 50 shoppers on each day.

      Tickets are $5 at the door and $3 in advance online. See website for details.

       

      MOTHER OF PEARL HANDMADE

      Holid-eh! Pop-Up

      From December 12 to 24 at Little Mountain Shop (4386 Main Street)

      Little Mountain Shop’s annual Holid-eh! pop-up not only boasts the cutest name in the local craft-market game, it has an all-Canadian roster of seriously talented makers to boot. Browse dreamy rope vessels from Mother of Pearl Handmade, stationery and greeting cards from Fox & Fancy, cozy wool sweaters from Tuck Shop Trading Co., and more during the almost two-week-long event, which should conveniently cover all your last-minute shopping needs.

      Admission is free. See website for details.

       

      Barter Design Co. Pop-Up

      From December 13 to 16 at 348 Water Street 

      Barter Design Co. is hosting its first pop-up shop in Vancouver this holiday season, where you’ll find an assortment of B.C.–made homewares, furnishings, and accessories. The Sunshine Coast–based biz collaborates with artists and craftspeople from around the province to produce quality objects like clay bowls and beeswax candles while putting money in these creatives’ pockets. The first 50 shoppers will nab a free sharing bowl from the Barter collection.

      Admission is free. See Facebook page for details.

       

      Crafty Affaire Market

      December 16 at Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial Drive)

      Crafty Affaire’s Vancouver iteration features an impressive 102 established and emerging vendors, including Odd Society Spirits and Green Envy Cosmetics. Modern stained-glass accessories, greeting cards, wooden bowties, and concrete planters are only a handful of the things you can expect to bring home. Free swag bags will be available for the first 25 guests.

      Admission is $2 at the door and free for children. See Facebook page for details.

       

      Women’s Winter Faire

      December 16 and 17 at Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street)

      Support a lineup of all-women makers at the 24th annual Women’s Winter Faire, where you’ll find lovingly made garments, jewellery, artisan foods, and more. An in-house café will serve up snacks and drinks and a number of local women’s organizations will also be represented. Door proceeds will benefit a local charity.  

      Admission is by a recommended donation of $3 to $5 at the door. See Facebook page for details.

       

      Weirdos Holiday Market

      December 16 and 17 at Betamax Studios (2244 East Hastings Street)

      Antiques and art and science and nature will collide at This Monkey’s Gone to Heaven’s first annual pop-up shop, where you can peruse a wacky selection of curios like lucky rabbit’s feet, voodoo dolls, stuffed mice, and more. The local shop will also welcome vendors such as Mush Appreciated and Jaik Puppyteeth, plus a photo booth, bar, tarot readings, and other activities. In the New Year, This Monkey will relocate from its Riley Park digs to this Hastings-Sunrise space.

      Admission is $2 at the door. See website for details.

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