Christmas Fairs & Markets in 2019
Stores shamelessly sneak their Christmas stuff onto the shelves well before Halloween these days. But for many Vancouver-area locals, the festive shopping season starts with a visit to a Yuletide fair, market or craft show––and November is the month to dive right in.
First out of the blocks this year is also one of the biggest and best-established: the 47th annual Circle Craft Christmas Market has hundreds of stands, which means you're almost guaranteed to find something for everyone on your gift list. Far smaller is this charming neighbourhood happening: the annual Marpole Museum & Historical Society Christmas Fair, complete with home-baked goodies, local-made crafts and a popular silent auction (we picked-up a huge gin-themed gift basket a couple of years back).
These small, hidden gem community fairs are very popular with in-the-know locals. Among those you should aim to discover this year are the Swedish Christmas Fair and the Japan Market (Christmas Edition). And we're also aiming to hit the North Shore's unique Tsleil-Waututh Nation Christmas Craft Fair in 2019. Keep your eyes peeled for other neighbourhood events around the region as well, including the Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair, Thornhill Artisan Fair and the Burnaby Christmas Craft Fair.
Over on the North Shore, the ever-popular North Vancouver Holiday Bazaar is back again this year. And the big news from the organizers behind this one is the launch of a brand new sister event in 2019: the Vancouver Holiday Bazaar, which will take place at Yaletown's Roundhouse Community Centre. Don't miss it! If you're keen to visit either of these holiday bazaar events, we have two cool gift basket prize contests on our giveaway page.
There's a full shopping list of other options to check out in the area as well this year––including several large and ever-popular options.Bring your credit cards and peruse every artsy stall at the Portobello West Holiday Market, the Make It! Holiday Show, Got Craft? and, over on the North Shore, Fall for Local.
And don't miss one of the city's most magical Yuletide market settings: Christmas at Hycroft is staged in a beautifully decorated Edwardian mansion and it's a sparkling seasonal highlight for many festive fans. But that's not all: plan ahead and schedule visits to Weirdos Holiday Market, the Eastide Flea Holiday Markets and the last-ever Shiny Fuzzy Muddy, a beloved annual event that's concluding its run in 2019 after 20 successful shows. And for that final person who’s always hard to buy for? Get them a mailbox-sized German nutcracker from downtown’s Vancouver Christmas Market––the perfect festive purchase.