Christmas markets are a beloved holiday tradition in Vancouver and the best way to shop local for the winter holidays. At the biggest Vancouver Christmas markets, visitors will find hundreds of artists and artisans selling an array of local- and British Columbia-made crafts, fine art objects, home decor, fashion, winter wear, toys, jewelry, ceramics, and gourmet foods. These markets are the perfect place to shop for yourself, your home, and for unique gifts that can't be found anywhere else in the world. Check out the top six Christmas and crafts markets in Vancouver and their dates for 2017.
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Also known as the German Christmas Market, the Vancouver Christmas Market recreates an authentic outdoor German Christmas market village in downtown Vancouver with more than 75 huts. The market features unique holiday shopping, lots and lots of German-style Christmas ornaments, seasonal music and family entertainment, and traditional German holiday food and drink. (Don't miss the gingerbread.)
While it's fun to browse the wares, ranging from organic baby clothes to pottery, the Vancouver Christmas Market is a fun experience, period, especially after 5 p.m., when Christmas lights brighten up the night sky. A new feature in 2017 is Canada's first Walk-In Christmas Tree, a 30-foot tree with 36,000 lights that visitors can walk inside. Take a ride on downtown Vancouver's only Christmas carousel.
The Vancouver Christmas Market will be held at Jack Poole Plaza (at the Olympic Cauldron) on the downtown waterfront from Nov. 22 to Dec. 24, 2017.
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The biggest craft fair in Western Canada, the Circle Craft Christmas Market is the granddaddy of all Vancouver Christmas markets. It takes over the Vancouver Convention Centre for five days every November and features more than 300 vendors, selling everything from glassworks and ceramics to toys, food, fashion, fine art, and jewelry. It will take two or three hours to explore this market completely.
Although the Circle Craft Christmas Market is a craft and artisan market, it is not an inexpensive place to shop. Prices are comparable to usual retail prices, though here your dollars are supporting local, British Columbian, and Canadian artists, artisans, and small businesses.
Circle Craft is open Nov. 8 through 12, 2017.
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The University Women’s Club of Vancouver's annual fundraiser, Christmas at Hycroft is a longtime Vancouver holiday tradition. Unlike other Vancouver Christmas markets, this one combines unusual gifts with abundant charm and sense of place: In addition to shopping, visitors get to tour the historic Edwardian Hycroft mansion, which is usually closed to the public, decked out in all its Christmas glory.
Christmas at Hycroft takes place Nov. 16 through 19 in 2017.
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Though not a typical Vancouver Christmas market, this hip, modern craft market is a great place to shop for interesting presents for the holidays. Dedicated to showcasing unique, ethically made goods from local and Canadian artisans, the Make It Vancouver market includes handmade gifts, paper arts, kids' clothes, fashion, jewelry, and art. It takes place at the PNE Forum Dec. 7 through 10, 2017.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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One of the best Vancouver Christmas markets, Got Craft? is a semi-annual craft fair held in May and December that showcases more than 50 local artists and artisans. Vendors' offerings include jewelry, clothing, bath and body items, paper arts, ceramics, fine art, and food. Got Craft? will be open on Dec. 9 and 10, 2017, at the Maritime Labour Centre.
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