Exploring Metro Vancouver’s Christmas Markets – Ultimate Guide
As the festive season dawns, Metro Vancouver transforms into a wonderland of twinkling lights and festive cheer, with Christmas markets popping up across the city. These markets, each with its unique character and offerings, are not just about shopping; they represent the essence of community, culture, and the spirit of the holiday season in Vancouver.
From the quaint West End Holiday Craft Fair to the vibrant Vancouver Christmas Market, let’s embark on a journey through these magical markets.
The West End Community Centre becomes a bustling hub of holiday activity during the West End Holiday Craft Fair. This event, free to the public, is known for its cozy, community-driven atmosphere, where visitors can browse and buy a variety of hand-crafted items. From homemade soaps and candles to unique jewelry and knitwear, the fair showcases the talents of local artisans. It’s a perfect spot for finding one-of-a-kind gifts while supporting local craftspeople.
- Dates: November 25-26
- Location: West End Community Centre, Vancouver
Set in the heart of Yaletown, the Portobello Roundhouse Holiday Market is a haven for those seeking stylish and trendy items.
This market features an array of vendors selling everything from fashionable clothing and jewelry to contemporary art and home décor. The market is not just about shopping; it’s an experience, complete with festive music and the opportunity to participate in a prize draw for a shopping spree.
- Dates: November 25-26
- Location: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Vancouver
The Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair is a celebration of local craftsmanship and community. Held annually, this event brings together a diverse group of artisans showcasing their unique creations.
From handcrafted pottery and woodwork to artisanal foods and bespoke accessories, the fair offers a plethora of options for thoughtful and unique holiday gifts. This fair is a testament to the vibrant and creative spirit of the Coquitlam community.
- Dates: December 1-2
- Location: Coquitlam, BC
Tugboat Landing Artisan Market, with free admission, is an intimate and welcoming event showcasing boutique items from over 20 vendors. It’s a place where the community gathers to appreciate and purchase curated goods ranging from gourmet sauces and artisan chocolates to handcrafted jewelry and knitwear.
This market not only celebrates local art but also fosters a sense of community among residents and visitors alike.
- Date: December 2
- Location: Vancouver, BC
The Japan Christmas Market offers a unique cultural fusion, blending local craftsmanship with Japanese-inspired goods. This market is a must-visit for those intrigued by Japanese culture and its influence on local artisans.
Here, you can find everything from locally crafted items that pay homage to Japanese aesthetics to imported goods that offer a slice of Japan in Vancouver. The market is also a culinary delight, featuring an array of Japanese-inspired delicacies.
- Dates: December 2-3
- Location: UBC Robson Square, Vancouver
Located in the heart of New Westminster, the New West Holiday Market is a bustling hub of festive activity. With over 90 vendors, this market is a treasure trove of special handmade gifts and tasty food from local artisans.
The market also features food trucks, festive music, and live shows, making it an ideal destination for families looking to indulge in the holiday spirit.
- Dates: December 9-10
- Location: New Westminster City Hall
The Holiday Pop-Up Market is a vibrant shopping experience where you can find a variety of local and artisanal products. This market is all about the joy of discovery, as you wander through the stalls, each offering something different, be it handcrafted jewelry, unique home decor, or gourmet treats. The festive atmosphere, complete with holiday music and decorations, makes this market a delightful destination for all ages.
- Date: December 16-17
- Location: Heritage Hall
Held in the historic Pipe Shop at the vibrant Shipyards in North Vancouver, the Shipyards Artisan Christmas Market offers a diverse array of locally crafted goods and artisanal products. The market creates a wonderful atmosphere for holiday shopping, where you can find everything from hand-knitted scarves to homemade jams and jellies. It’s a great place to soak in the festive mood while supporting local artisans.
- Dates: December 16-17
- Location: The Pipe Shop, Shipyards North Vancouver
The Surrey Tree Lighting Festival and Holiday Market is a much-anticipated annual event. The festival’s highlight is the grand tree lighting, which illuminates the night and marks the beginning of the holiday season in Surrey. The accompanying holiday market offers an array of festive goods and crafts, providing an ideal backdrop for family.
- Date: November 25 – 26, 2023
- Location: Surrey Civic Plaza
Located in North Vancouver, the Silver Harbour Christmas Market is known for its warm and inviting atmosphere. This market is a gathering place for the community, offering an array of handcrafted items from local artisans. You’ll find everything from handmade jewelry and knitwear to artisanal foods and holiday decorations. The market is an excellent opportunity to find unique gifts while enjoying the festive spirit in a beautiful setting.
- Dates: November 18, 2023
- Location: Silver Harbour Centre
The Holiday Bazaar offers a delightful shopping experience, showcasing a wide range of vendors and products. This market is perfect for those looking for unique and quality gifts, featuring items such as handcrafted jewelry, bespoke home decor, and gourmet treats. The bazaar’s festive atmosphere, complete with holiday music and decorations, makes it an enjoyable outing for the whole family.
- Date: November 12, 2023
- Location: Pacific Arts Market
A highlight of the season is the Vancouver Christmas Market, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Jack Poole Plaza. This market, inspired by traditional German Christmas markets, is a festive wonderland, complete with over 80 huts offering a mixture of authentic German products and local artisanal goods. Visitors can indulge in a variety of treats like mulled wine, gingerbread, and bratwurst while enjoying live music and festive entertainment. The market’s magical setting, with its stunning light displays and holiday décor, makes it a must-visit destination during the Christmas season.
- Dates: November 16 – December 24, 2023
- Location: Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver
Why We Care
As we explore these diverse Christmas markets, it’s clear that each one contributes uniquely to the festive tapestry of Metro Vancouver.
From traditional crafts to modern artisanal products, these markets are not just shopping destinations; they are vibrant community gatherings that celebrate the spirit of the holiday season. If you want to experience these events, book a stay here in Panda Pod and enjoy the holidays.
- November 17, 2023
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