If you're looking to get some unique gifts for those on your holiday list, Toronto's Christmas craft shows are a wonderful place to take your search. During November and December one of a kind creations by local and Canadian artists will be on sale in even greater numbers than usual - which also makes it a great time to stock up for other gift giving throughout the year... or to go shopping as a treat for yourself.
Thursday November 22 - Sunday December 2, 2012
One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale
It's the big one! The One of a Kind Show offers a huge variety of unique gifts created by Canadian artists and craftspeople.
• Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place
• $14 adults (save $2 online), $7.00 Student 13-17 & Senior 65+, free 12 years and under
Saturday November 24, 2012
EHP's Christmas Arts & Craft Show
"This show features the original designs and handmade gifts of 50 neighbouring artists and craftspeople. From toys, to jewelry, ceramics, clothing and art, this is the perfect time to pick up an excellent handcrafted gift. Admission is Free."
• Emmanuel Howard Park United Church, 214 Wright Avenue, 10am-5pm
Saturday November 24 & Sunday November 25, 2012
Wandering Winter Craft Show at The Magic Pony
"Shop Cats mission is to showcase local crafters and artists; and exhibit their locally made handicrafts and goods at one of a kind pop-up craft markets." The other stops are on December first and ninth (see below).
• The Magic Pony, 680 Queen Street West
Saturday November 24 - Sunday November 25, 2012
This year over 60 vendors will be participating in this annual community event, offering all kinds of arts and crafts. Also enjoy live music, demos and refreshments.
• Neilsen Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilsen Drive, 10am-4pm
Saturday December 1, 2012
Wandering Winter Craft Show at The Cameron House
"Shop Cats mission is to showcase local crafters and artists; and exhibit their locally made handicrafts and goods at one of a kind pop-up craft markets." The other stops are the last weekend in November and December ninth.
• The Cameron House, 408 Queen Street West
December 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 2012
The Artisans Gift Fair
Enjoy free admission to browse and buy from local crafters offering unique gifts.
• The Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue, 12pm-6pm
Saturday December 8, 2012
Nacho Mama's Craft Show
"We're crafty and caring and want to create an amazing event that:
- Supports local artists
- Celebrates creativity
- Helps the community
Visit our charity page to learn how Nacho Mama's Craft Show plans to help Toronto youth get their art on."
• Sneaky Dee's, 431 College Street, 11am-5pm
Saturday December 8 & Sunday December 9, 2012
City of Craft
While not Christmas-themed, City of Craft is still well-timed for gift-seekers. "City of Craft (the fair) is a community-based craft culture event where community-arts groups, craft based initiatives/projects, studios, and other organizations were invited to do outreach to the public alongside a curated craft fair and craft-based installations.
The City of Craft fair is a place to buy, observe, experience, chat about, share and reimagine all things handmade."
• $2 admission, The Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen Street West, 11am-6pm (Saturday), 11am-5pm (Sunday)
Sunday December 9 & Sunday December 15, 2012
Barns Holiday Art Market
"For only two weekends, the Covered Street Barn at Artscape Wychwood Barns is transformed into a holiday-themed marketplace—complete with Christmas tree and seasonal café—that features some of the city’s finest artists, craftspeople, designers and makers."
• Artscape Wynchwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, 12pm-5pm
Sunday December 9, 2012
Wandering Winter Craft Show at The Gladstone Hotel
"Shop Cats mission is to showcase local crafters and artists; and exhibit their locally made handicrafts and goods at one of a kind pop-up craft markets." The other stops are on November 24/25 and December first.
• The Gladstone Hotel (Ballroom), 1214 Queen Street West, 11am-5pm
Thursday December 13, 2012
CBC Charity Craft Sale
You can get your shopping done early AND support a great cause! The 18th Annual CBC Charity Craft Sale is supporting Unicef, "with all proceeds from vendor table fees and donations made by the public going directly to Child Protection around the world."
• Canadian Broadcasting Centre (Atrium), 250 Front Street West, 8:30am-5:30pm