As soon as Halloween ends, the Christmas tunes start playing and the holiday excitement begins!
Luckily all of Victoria seems to follow suit since right on the first weekend of November, you already see Christmas craft fairs popping up. There's something about the atmosphere that us Victorians seem to LOVE as there is no other Canadian city (that ChatterBlock is in anyway) that has even half of the craft fairs we do.
So whether you just want to browse and chat with the local artisans, sample some tasty treats, or find a unique gift for a loved one, we have the spots for you!
We have tracked down as many as we could possibly find happening around Greater Victoria, and so far for the season have a complete list of over 25 Christmas craft fairs on our site.
Here, we feature some of our annual favourites.
Come, enjoy a day with family and friends at the Mary Winspear Center, in Sidney as First Chance Christmas Craft Fair celebrates it’s 29th year with an array of creative inspirations from 80+ talented local West Coast artists and artisans. A unique opportunity to meet and purchase directly from the vast selection of artisans who have lovingly created their handmade wares. It connects and reconnects artisans and buyers providing direct contact for a much more intimate transaction.
Held at the Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney
Nov 3-4, 2018 from 10am-5pm
$4 admission for the full weekend. Children under 12 are free.
One of Vancouver Islands largest and most popular fairs, the Annual Creative Craft Fair showcases over 125 professional exhibitors from all over British Columbia. Shop for beautiful Christmas gifts, including specialty food, stained glass, jewelry, woodwork, pottery, fine arts, photography, clothing, candles, handmade soaps & lotions, herbal products, art cards, home and garden décor, children’s items, sewing, knitting, music, high quality imports and much more. Over 100 continuous draw prizes will be given away and free live demonstrations.
Held at Pearkes Arena, 3100 Tillicum Road
Nov 9-11, 2018, hours are Friday 11-7pm, Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 10-4pm
$6 admission per day, or $6.50 for all 3. Children under 12 are free.
The 8th annual Vintage Holiday Fair is back in the heart of the Vic West neighbourhood! You will find over 35 local vendors of vintage & retro clothing, jewelry, decor, festive collectibles & much more. It will feel like you're stepping back in time, a fun all ages show where you can share the joys from your childhood with your kids. Come & find your one-of-a-kind, or a truly unique gift for someone special.
Held at Leonardo da Vinci Centre, 195 Bay St, Vic West
Nov 9-10th, 2018 from 10am- 4pm
$4 admission. Children under 12 free.
Step back in time and experience what a traditional craft fair used to be like at the Highlands Winter Craft Fair! Enjoy hot apple cider and fresh baking while browsing through a great selection of work from local artisans. We're showcasing new vendors and ones you've grown to love. Take a Sunday drive up into the hills to our ever-so-charming, late 1800s heritage buildings. This is an event not to be missed.
Caleb Pike Heritage Park, 1589 Millstream Rd, Highlands
Sunday Nov 19, 2018 from 10am-4pm
Victoria's only holiday fair for kids has unique handmade and upcycled gifts just for babes, kids and teens. You'll find waldorf inspired fabric and wooden toys, colourful knits and clothes, dress up gear, decor and more. There will even be live music and free craft workshops!
Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Ave, Victoria
Friday Nov 23, 2018 from 6pm-10pm & Saturday Nov 24 from 10am-5pm
$3 Admission. Seniors and kids free.
Victoria’s most prestigious artisan fair, the Out of Hand Fair has a well deserved reputation for presenting fine crafts, artisan food and one-of-a-kind fashions. The Crystal Garden, once a salt water pool under glass, provides a spectacular backdrop for this professional show. There will also be a fashion showcasing fashions, accessories and jewellery that are unique, eco friendly, locally designed and produced, and are totally fabulous.
Held at the Crystal Gardens, 713 Douglas St, Victoria
Nov 23rd-25th, Friday 10-9pm, Saturday 10-6pm, Sunday 10-4pm
$9 admission, kids under 12 free.
The first Touch of Saltspring Craft & Art Show originated on Saltspring Island in 1991. As the show gained popularity with many artisans coming on-board, the event was moved to the Panorama Recreation Center in North Saanich. Today with over 230 crafters and artisans, it is the largest attended arts & crafts show on Vancouver Island. If you are looking for unique and thoughtful gifts for the holiday season, make a point to come see the show. These folks know how to put on a show!
Panorama Recreation Centre, 1885 Forest Park Dr
Nov 30-Dec 2, Friday 10am- 8pm, Saturday & Sunday from 10am- 5pm
$5 admission for all 3 days
A James Bay tradition! This is the 39th annual Dickens Fair and still going strong with over 70 local artisans attending this year. As a bonus, there's a cafe on-site to relax and enjoy a warm drink and tasty treats, PLUS a children's play area to keep them happy.
James Bay Community School Centre, 140 Oswego St, Victoria
Saturday Dec 1, 2018 from 10am- 4:30pm
$2 Admission. Children under 12 free.
Entry and draw prize is absolutely free for this wonderful holiday market! Hyper local and celebrating local families with small businesses, you'll find jewelry, samosas, baking, tupperware, knitting, batch mobs, and more.
Luxton Fairgrounds, Sooke Rd & Happy Valley Rd
Friday November 30th, 2018 from 5:30pm - 8pm
Over 80 vendors offering locally-made crafts, cards, art, clothing, jewelry, household items, PLUS winter vegetables, apple cider and much more! A personal favourite, as I love that it sprawls different rooms, even with some vendors outside. Bundle up and enjoy!
Farfield Community Centre, 1330 Fairfield Rd, Victoria
Dec 9-10, Saturday & Sunday 10am- 4pm
We especially love this one because it's hosted by youth! Growing over the last 3 years, it's still not the biggest of them all but has grown to over 20 wonderful vendors. Support your local community and local youth and find things like dog treats, cards, jewellery, baked goods, hot apple cider, door prizes, more.
Quadra Village Community Centre, 901 Kings Rd, Victoria
Saturday December 8th, 2018 from 10am-2pm
Well, we started with the First Chance Christmas Craft Show, so it only makes sense to end on this and come full circle. If you missed it the first time around (Nov 3rd is still early and sometimes Christmas isn't on our minds) then you are in luck! Once again held at Sidney's Mary Winspear Centre is the 80+ vendors with beautiful handcrafted gifts. Deckled with live music, door prizes, and food, this is a great way to get in the holiday spirit!
Held at the Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney
Dec 9-10, hours are Saturday 10-5pm & Sunday 10-4pm
$4 admission. Children under 12 are free.
Don't worry, this was just a teaser!
Head to our full list of 25+ craft fairs happening around Vancouver Island.
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