Vancouver Christmas Market.
Warm And Drift, Toque Craft Fair
Corinne Aelbers, Place des Arts Holiday Artisan Shop.
IF THE FESTIVE spirit hasn’t kicked in yet, so many holiday markets are here to help bring out your inner elf. The unifying factor among them all is a focus on local makers, artists, designers, crafters, and creatives.
Inspired by the Christkindlmarkts of Germany, held each December and featuring local artisans, this wintry village comes complete with a carousel, called HolidayLife, that’s free for the riding this year (thanks to a partnership with Interac). New this season is a sky curtain made of 22,000 lights and an augmented reality (AR) experience. Glühwein, German and Austrian beers, sweet and savoury foods, and more than 80 vendors round out the holiday experience.
 
The Polygon Gallery’s Holiday Shop.

The gallery’s main floor transforms into a festive destination featuring unique, sustainably minded  gifts by indie artists and makers. Little Mountain Shop’s Holiday Pop-Up returns with its all-Canadian lineup of mostly local, women-led, BIPOC creatives. Meet the Maker events take place every weekend from 11 am to 4 pm, highlighting a different guest vendor each time, with demos and a photobooth.

Sleepy Oinky #1, Anonymous Art Show.

Back for its 19th year, the Anonymous Art Show features more than 700 unique 8″ x 8″ works by some 350 local artists. Every single piece is anonymous: the artists have signed the back of the work, so that their identity remains secret until the artwork is purchased and taken down from the wall. Whether created by a well-established artist or an emerging creator, each painting is priced at $100, with the artist and North Van Arts sharing the profit. Proceeds support North Van Arts’ ongoing programs and projects.
 
Heart to Home Holiday Market, Surrey Art Gallery Association.

Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA) proudly features pieces by artists from throughout the Lower Mainland as well as the Gulf Islands at this annual bazaar. Upcycled creations, ceramics, hand-felted and hand-knit scarves and hats, jewellery, paintings, prints, photographs, cards, homemade jams and jellies, and handmade chocolates are some of the items on offer. Long-time Surrey Art Gallery ceramics instructor Murray Sanders is doing live pottery demos, while live music comes courtesy Tess Anderson on Saturday and Ranj Singh on Sunday. 
SAGA members receive 15 percent off (people can join onsite); for those who would prefer to shop at home, SAGA’s online gift shop will offer a 15-percent discount from November 26 to December 22 (use code H2H@H at checkout).
 
Portobello West’s signature holiday market at the Roundhouse is back with more than 65 B.C. artists, designers, and producers. On the 2022 roster: Coldwell Creations’ reclaimed and repurposed handcrafted woodworking; Quilts by Belle; Covet Handcrafted leather bags; Sapphorica Creations’ art cards; Hotdogs & Dinosaurs’ paintings, Sugarplum Shortbread, Storehouse Winery wines, and tons of other cool stuff. Check out Treasure Boxes by Bob: accurately mitered boxes made from repurposed laminate flooring and crowned with natural pods, cones, crystals, or shells. Camion Café and KYU Grill food trucks will be on-site.

The annual virtual market is a celebration of local Filipino-owned businesses. Pinoy goods for gifting (or keeping) include longaniza smash burger kits, sampaguita candles, ube cake in a jar, adobo chili oil, charcuterie boxes, holiday crafts, Filipino mugs, sinigang ramen, and more. 
 
…and then again, Got Craft Virtual Market

Apparel, body care, textiles, wall art, pet accessories, home goods, chocolate, coffee, tea, baby and kids’ stuff, baked goods, candles… This is one of the biggest curated markets of local makers, designers, and small shops in B.C.

Western Front hosts this annual community event and fundraiser showcasing a curated selection of BC-based artists, craftspeople, and designers who make textiles, ceramics, jewellery, bags, stationery, and home and body products. Vendors donate 30 percent of all sales to support Western Front’s artistic program.
 
Local farmers (like Matt’s Farm Fresh Produce, K&M Orchards, Sunshine Meadows Farms and Tatton Springs Ranch) get a seat at the table alongside makers of jewellery, pottery, home décor, and then some.

The 41st annual event features everything from silver jewellery and hand-made mohair socks to embroidered aprons and Coast Salish art.
 
Motherboard, 2019, Concept piece for a work in progress. Also used for the cover of Me Tomorrow from Douglas & McIntyre by Jordanna George, appearing at Indigenous Artisans Market.

The Bill Reid Gallery hosts this market of works by more than 20 Indigenous artists from around BC. Weaving, carving, jewelry-making, beading, painting, printmaking, and other forms are featured. Entry is included with gallery admission and is free to members of the Indigenous community and of the gallery. Bannock and refreshments will be served.

The Arts Council of New Westminster hosts the holiday version of its ongoing market, with goods by local crafters, artisans, and makers. 

Stɑlə̓w̓ Arts & Cultural Society and Museum of Surrey present this market with everything from jewelry to plant medicine jam. 
  
Presented by the City Centre Artist Lodge X Ice Cream Truck Live, this two-day community festival combines an open-studio art sale with live music and food trucks. Located in an iconic mid-century low-rise motel in the heart of Mount Pleasant, City Centre Artist Lodge home to 79 temporary low-barrier artists’ studios, the units being managed by The Narrow Group in partnership with Vancouver Mural Festival. The open studio art sale is a chance to view artists’ work, learn about their influences and creative process, and purchase art. 
Ice Cream Truck Live was launched in 2020 by producer Roberto Richards as a response to the devastating impacts of the pandemic on the local musicians. It has since hosted over 20 pop-up shows in unique outdoor spaces. During the CONNECT X-Mas Market & Music Festival, the signature Neapolitan-coloured ice cream truck will be onsite alongside two stages, with performances by the likes of Dakota Bear, Naduh, Sadé Awele, Ludic, DK Kookum, to name just a few.
 
The Best of CandyTown.

Live ice sculpting, roaming holiday characters, a holiday gift market, a candy station, and a self-guided cocktail tour are some of the highlights of this 10th annual free, family-friendly event presented by the Yaletown Business Improvement Association.

Stocking stuffers, hot sauce, cocktail mixers, small-batch spirits, custom accessories for e-bikes, and hand-stitched leather goods are some of the items on offer this year at the boutique artisan market with 20 vendors—all with views of the Fraser River.
 
Griffin Art Gallery teams up with Mónica Reyes Gallery, Unit 17, Wil Aballe Art Projects, and Montreal’s Galerie Hugues Charbonneau from Montreal for this second annual event, where people can connect with gallerists to find out more about the emerging and established artists they represent. New this year is a book fair featuring exhibition catalogues, limited edition publications, and other selections
 
More than 25 artists, makers, and designers of sustainable, thoughtful goods, from clothing to jewellery, are taking part. 
 
West Coast Macabre, Black/Blue Butterfly with Silver Pentagram, Weirdos Holiday Market.
All things kooky, curious, creepy, upcycled, one-of-a-kind, and ultra cool are at this annual market made up of hand-picked artists. Sword-swallowing master Neil E Dee will be onsite with his Danger Thrill Show; so will Punk Rock Pastries and readings by Wicked Bliss Tarot. New this year are Friday-night markets for weirdos aged 19+.
David Lloyd, Kyusu Teapot wood-fired.

Fibre, wood, felt, stone, and glass are some of the materials that PoCo artists are working with this year; there’s also everything from hand-beaded and -sewn Barbie dresses to miniature sculptures to printed pillows. 
 
The 9th annual Winter Treasures Artisan Market features dozens of B.C. artists, while the Blackberry Artists’ Society is Port Moody’s local artist’s collective, which operates the only artist-run gift shop in the Tri-Cities area. Mixed media, photography, basketry, ceramics, painting, drawing, and other artforms are featured.  
Dina-Radvinsky, Gnome. Place des Arts Holiday Artisan Market.
Gail Johnson is a Vancouver-based journalist who has earned local and national nominations and awards for her work. She is a certified Gladue Report writer via Indigenous Perspectives Society in partnership with Royal Roads University and is a member of the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards judging panel.
Live pottery demos, Indigenous art, anonymous artworks, and more can be found at so many festive fairs
Senior artist also cofounded the artist-run Western Front
The artists behind hundreds of original 8” x 8” works are only revealed once a purchase is made at this fundraiser for North Van Arts
Superb singing carries a show that is polished to the last detail

This edition brings together the 2022 France/Canada Curatorial Residency Program, Gastown’s Jules Bistro, and Château Pesquie Ventoux Terrasses Rouge
The acclaimed choir celebrates light, hope, and connection in Christmas with Chor Leoni
Ghazal Azarbad and Amanda Sum talk dolphin squeaks, dastardly villains, and the need to subvert the messages in the 1989 cartoon
The Eastside Art Society’s artistic and executive director describes the moment the fest starts as “surreal and exhilarating”
The re-imagined fest features everything from pop-up flamenco to Persian jazz
Blending technology, sustainability, and old hand traditions, lines by Loudly Insecure, FELT à la main with LOVE, and Nico Gruzling explore new frontiers in fibre art
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