Vancouver Island has a delightful community of local makers – perfect for shopping local this holiday season. YAM has a guide of 5 Holiday Fairs to explore in the Victoria area.

Dirty Dragon Pottery from Moss Street Market.

Victorian Christmas Craft Fair
November 16 and 17, Saanich Commonwealth Place:
A celebration of unique local artisans selling their wares the old-fashioned way. 

Owl Designer Fair
November 22 to 24, Fernwood NGR: This fixture of the Victoria Christmas craft-show scene happens every year in Fernwood. Don’t miss the unique stockings by ModernFair.

Out of Hand Modern Market
November 22, 23 and 24, Crystal Garden: A highly curated selection of handmade goods featuring more than 100 of Western Canada’s most talented artists and makers. Look for ZULA Jewelry’s delicate tree-inspired pieces.

Touch of Salt Spring Craft & Art Show
December 6, 7 and 8, Saanich Fairgrounds: The first iteration originated on Salt Spring Island in 1991 and has since grown into a huge exhibition of more than 230 crafters and artisans.

Moss Street Holiday Market
December 14 and 15: The holiday edition of this popular local market features over 80 vendors offering locally made crafts, cards, art, clothing, jewelry and household items, along with plenty of tempting seasonal foodstuffs.