Looking for a unique or local gift for that special someone this holiday season? Then one of the Christmas markets around Vancouver is a great place to start. Whether you’re checking out a massive roundup or seeing something a little more niche, these markets are often the best spot to grab a gift for the person that has everything.
Here are the best Christmas markets to visit in Vancouver this holiday season.
First up is the super popular Circle Craft market, which will feature hundreds of artisans and craft makers from coast to coast. Jewelry, home goods, apparel, art… you name it, and chances are high that you’ll find it here. Perfect for those who want to get their inspiration while they’re shopping.
When: November 10th to 14th
Where: 1055 Canada Place
Cost: $15 for admission
Etsy is synonymous with quirky and unique gifts, and Vancouver is a hub for vendors! Browse from some of the best makers in Vancouver and around BC, without having to leave the comfort of your own home. Even better news? You can check out a lookbook before things kick-off.
When: November 12th to 15th
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This beloved open-air market is returning after a hiatus last year! This one-stop holiday shop offers food, entertainment, and of course, shopping (it’s in the name, after all). Enjoy a variety of vendors, ranging from the classics to the unique (like lamps in the shape of gourds).
When: November 13th to December 24th
Where: Jack Poole Plaza
Back to the virtual world we go! Got Craft? has long been one of the best places to find amazing local goods any time of year, but they really pull out all the stops for their holiday options. Here, you’ll find vendors from all across Canada, but with more than a few that really speak to the Vancouver lifestyle.
When: November 17th to 28th
Got a focus on art and design gifts this year? Portobello West is here for you. Hosted in Yaletown, this massive market will feature over 80 BC vendors with one thing in common- they’re going to make your home decor that much better, no matter the time of year.
When: November 20th and 21st
Where: 181 Roundhouse Mews
Don’t tell nobody, but this might just be our favourite option on this entire list. Presented by Western Front, Toque Craft Fair is a highly-curated selection of some amazing local makers, and especially those with an eye for design. Say goodbye to flannel-print mugs, and say hello to unique ceramics, jewelry and more that will look good in any space.
When: December 1st to 5th
Like the Vancouver Christmas Market, this fair is back after taking a 2 year (!!) break. The focus here, naturally, is on Japanese-inspired products ranging from jewelry to accessories to crafts and more. Find something understated, on go all out on an anime aesthetic.
When: December 4th
Where: 800 Robson Street
Vancouver is lowkey a very weird city, filled with eccentricities of all sorts. Well, one easy option for the weirdo is your life is to check out the Weirdos Holiday Market, which could be a one-stop-shop for that crazy vintage gift you haven’t even been able to find on eBay.
When: December 4th/5th and 11th/12th
Where: 1738 Venables Street
Cost: $4 for those 13+
The Eastside Flea is back, baby! This beloved collection of vintage curators and local artisans will be making a return just in time for the holidays. Not only is this a must-visit option for bargain hunters, but it’s also going to be open right up until the week before Christmas. Perfect for those looking for a last-minute gift.
When: December 4th/5th, 11th/12th and 18th/19th
Where: 550 Malkin Ave
And last but not least, we have another option that is great for the last-minute shoppers among us. Not only does Made in the 604 find vendors that really represent the city (naturally), but they’ve also picked the best venue for their market on this list. Seriously, if you haven’t been to the Pipe Shop, then that’s reason enough.
When: December 18th and 19th
Where: 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Alright holiday shoppers, that’s our roundup of the best Christmas markets to visit in Vancouver this season. Keep these in mind while you’re mindlessly browsing Black Friday deals at big box stores- the recipient will thank you.