Visit as many holiday craft markets as you can and shop local this season.


Strawberry Vale Christmas Craft Fair

When: November 4 and 5

Where: Strawberry Vale and District Community Club

This will be the Strawberry Vale Christmas Craft Fair’s 33rd year selling goods made by local artisans.

29th Annual Out of Hand Craft Market

When: November 24 to 26

Where: The Victoria Conference Centre

Crafts, food, fashion, home décor and artwork created by B.C. artisans are for sale over the three-day fair.

37th Annual Dickens Fair

When: December 2

Where: James Bay Community Centre

Find gifts made by Vancouver Island artisans for everyone on your list, and have lunch at The Dickens Café after you’ve finished shopping. 

Last Chance Christmas Craft Fair

When: December 9 and 10

Where: Mary Winspear Centre

Make the drive to Sidney for this two-day Christmas craft market. If you like getting your Christmas shopping done early, there is also the First Chance Christmas Craft Fair at this venue on November 4 and 5.

Boreal Collective Winter Fair

When: December 16

Where: The Hub at Cowichan Station

A unique showcase of more than 30 makers and designers from around Vancouver Island, featuring two vendor halls, live music, creative workshops, food trucks and door prizes.

Picot Holiday Market at Sea Cider

When: December 17

Where: Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse

Sea Cider Orchard is hosting its first holiday market. As well as shopping from local artisans, Sea Cider will be offering cider flights for $7. 

This article is from the November/December 2017 issue of YAM.