Let the holiday (craft) shopping begin!

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Yes, it is that time of year where thoughts of ghosts and goblins give way to candy canes and sugar plum fairies and the holiday gift shopping season begins.

Vancouver Christmas MarketMore and more people are looking for unique and special gifts for family and friends and Vancouver has an abundance of great artisans and crafters who turn out to a growing number of annual Christmas and winter craft markets. Some are long time major players, like the nearly four decades old Circle Craft, or relative newcomers like the Vancouver Christmas Market (photo right).

Here’s a list of some of the upcoming markets for the 2012 season:

Circle Craft
November 7 – 11. Vancouver Convention Centre West – $12

Make It Show
November 8 – 11. Croatian Cultural Centre – $5

Christmas At Hycroft
November 15 – 18. University Women’s Club at Hycroft – $13

Britannia Christmas Craft Fair
November 16 – 18. Britannia Community Centre – $2

Eastside Cultural Crawl
November 16 – 18. Various Locations East Vancouver – Free

Dunbar Holiday Fair
November 24. Dunbar Community Centre – $3

Renfrew Craft Fair:
November 24. Renfrew Creek Community Centre – Free

Urban Artisans Craft Fair
November 24 – 25. Roundhouse Community Centre – $1

Portobello West Holiday Market
November 24 – 25. Creekside Community Centre – $2

Vancouver Christmas Market
November 24 – December 24. Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza – $5

Kensington Holiday Craft Fair
December 1. Kensington Community Centre – Free

Toque 2012
December 7 – 8. Western Front

Got Craft?
December 8 – 9. Croatian Cultural Centre – $3

Vancouver Farmer’s Market Holiday Market
December 15. Croatian Cultural Centre

About Jay Minter

Jay MinterAs a marketing executive in the hospitality and travel industry in Vancouver, Jay is a strong supporter of local tourism and attractions.

Outside work hitting the gym, watching music and arts are high on his activity list. Particularly passionate about live music, on many nights of the week he can be found at concerts and events around Vancouver. While Jay finds most live sports entertaining, he is especially a soccer fan and a loyal supporter of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Norwich City FC.

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