On the hunt for the perfect holiday gifts? Vancouver has no shortage of malls and markets to do your digging in, but if you’re looking for some off-the-beaten-path options, SAD Mag has you covered. Scope out our selection of recommended holiday markets below:
3rd Annual Musqueam Holiday Craft Fair
Dec 8th + 9th, 10-4pm
6777 Salish Drive
Held at the Musqueam Community Centre, the 3rd Annual Musqueam Holiday Craft Fair has been so successful that this year’s iteration is newly expanded to two days! Join them from 10am-4pm December 8th and 9th and shop for wares from over 50 vendors with Indigenous handmade crafts, medicines, jewelry, photos, artwork, and much more. Entry is by donation, with proceeds going to the Musqueam GOV Youth Group.
Federal Store’s Holiday Pop-Up Series
Saturday Evenings 4pm-8pm – Dec 8th, Dec 15th
Thursday Evenings 5pm-9pm – Dec 13th and Dec 20th
The Federal Store - 2601 Quebec St.
The Federal Store’s Holiday Pop-Up Series features a rotating roster of local designers selling clothing, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, prints and more!
Designers: Julia Mior Rugs, Erica Leal Jewellery, Lindsey Hampton Ceramics, Lacar Jewellery, Bronze Age, Kate Metten Ceramics, Kinda Sleepwear, Caitlin Prince Ceramics, Noon Jewellery, Amanda Marie Ceramics, Mila Zovko, BrickBrick Ceramics, Muraco Wolfe jewellery and vintage, Julia Ceramics, The Planet Sun, Lisa Warren Ceramics, Felt for Friends, and Soak Botanicals
Dec 6-8th, various times.
1345 Clark Drive
OH Studio and Strange Fellows Brewing have come together to host a three-day holiday market full of old world-inspired fun to “light up the dark season.” Featuring a photoshoot with Krampus, an Artisan Market, and Artisan-led Seasonal Workshops. A prize will be given for the best selfie taken with the famed holiday baddie.
Weirdos Holiday Market
Dec 8+9th, 11-6pm
THE HALL at 1739 Venables St
The Weirdos Holiday Market is back again to cater to “those unsatisfied by the everyday gift.” If that’s you (or the people you’re shopping for), head on down to check out a hand-curated selection of Vancouver’s most outlandish local artists and vendors. You’ll find everything from witchy wares to anatomical curiosities, rogue taxidermy to collectibles, jewelry to textiles, and one of a kind art, as well as other unconventional craft fair offerings, including tarot card readings, DJs, games, food, performances, a bar, and more!
Wild Things: An Outsiders Holiday Market
Dec 10th, 6-9pm
What Lab - 1814 Pandora Street
Wild Things: An Outsiders Holiday Market at What Lab is a little holiday market created to make space for vendors & people who have been excluded from, or don’t feel at home in, larger market spaces. Come get cozy and support local artists/crafters/creators/weirdos/pals. Entry by donation, and nobody is turned away for lack of funds.
1st Annual Red Gate Holiday Market
Dec 15th, 11am-7pm
1965 Main Street
Not your average grandma holiday sale. Sip on some hot apple cider and get your: Band merch (tapes, shirts, and more), Red Gate stuff, Vancouver mix tapes, art, pickles, grandma things, totes, food, cute gift stuff (who knows)