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2018 Holiday Markets Guide

Posted on November 8, 2018

That's right, the time for annual holiday markets has come! So grab a friend or two and get ready to shop local. Whether you're looking to shop for friends and family or simply to treat yourself, Victoria's unique holiday markets won't disappoint. Here are a few of our faves.


9th Annual Vintage Holiday Fair | November 9-10

Fri 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sat 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Da Vinci Centre

Find unique one-of-a-kind gifts and treasures at the Vintage Holiday Fair. Discover two floors of vintage shopping in the Da Vinci Centre. Bring your friends and pose in the photo booth, enjoy the entertainment and nibble on yummy treats.


41st Annual Creative Craft Fair | November 9-11

Friday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday  & Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m./4:00p.m.
Pearkes Rec Centre

A true extravaganza of creatives are congregating! 125 exhibitors will be presenting crafts, fine art, jewellery, woodwork and so much more! 


Sooke Arts and Crafts Christmas Show | November 16-18

Friday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 
Sooke Community Hall

Find handcrafted and meaningful gifts for everyone on your list at the Sooke Arts and Crafts Show. It’s also another opportunity to snag your picture with Santa! From weaving to skin care products to jams & jellies, there’s a little something for everyone here.


Vintage, Retro & Collectable Sale | November 18

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Mary Winspear Centre

Find all things retro and vintage at this extravaganza in Sidney, B.C. Featuring vintage collectables and antiques, visit over 120 vendors at one of the largest events of its kind on the Island.


Esquimalt Farmers Christmas Market | November 18

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Esquimalt Rec Centre

Find a large selection of locally grown produce and ethically raised meats, fresh baked goods and local liquor, as well as work by talented artisans. With over 60 vendors, make sure you bring your holiday shopping list! Pictures with Santa will also be taking place from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


Winter Fair Stop & Shop | November 17-18 

Sat 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  | Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tillicum Centre

Presented by the Magic of Christmas Craft Fair, this holiday fair will wind its way through the halls of Tillicum Shopping Centre. Fifty handmade vendors and local island businesses will be selling everything on your list from crafts to clothing.


Victorian Christmas Craft Fair | November 17 – 18

Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saanich Commonwealth Pool

Catch the holiday spirit at the Victorian Christmas Craft Fair. Find handmade decorations, contemporary pieces, handcrafted jewelry and treats here.


Out of Hand Modern Market | November 23- 24

Fri 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Sat 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Sun 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Victoria Conference Centre

Out of Hand Modern Market is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. It is bigger and better than ever with a curated selection of beautiful goods made by hand by 125 of Western Canada’s most accomplished and talented artists and makers. Buy directly from the creators of stunning jewellery, pottery, fashions, food, wine and spirits, décor and more. Live music and onsite bistro make for a wonderful holiday shopping experience.


Merridale Christmas at the Farm | November 23 

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Merridale Cidery & Distillery

Head to Merridale Cidery & Distillery for a one of a kind Christmas experience. Walk under thousands of twinkling lights, enjoy a long table farm-to-fork dinner, get some holiday shopping done and watch the 1996 classic “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” on their outdoor covered deck. This is a magical experience you won’t want to miss.


The Owl Designer Fair | November 23-24

Friday 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fernwood Community Centre

Come for the one of a kind vendors and stay for the live music, food trucks and free craft workshops. 

Abeego’s Makers Market | November 23- 24 

Friday 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  |  Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Abeego Studio and Warehouse

Head to the neighborhood of Rock Bay for a family-friendly event! Participate in an interactive scavenger hunt around the neighborhood and compete for awesome prizes. Stop by and shop some of Victoria’s favourite makers and take part in floral and photo workshops.


Uptown Winter Market | November 24

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Experience a one of a kind shopping experience this holiday season. Crafted Farmhouse Market and Uptown have partnered to host a winter market where you can discover local artisans, taste-makers and curators.


Saanich Craft Fair | November 24 – 25

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saanich Fairgrounds 

Peruse more than 140 vendors and shop handcrafted and repurposed wares to help you complete your holiday shopping. 



VIDEA Fair Trade Fair | November 24

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
First Metropolitan United Church Hall

Put an ethical spin on your holiday shopping this year. Head to this community event to find over 30 Fair Trade vendors, live music, refreshments and delicious food. 


4th Magic of Christmas Craft Fair | November 24-25  

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Eagle Ridge Centre

Find over 100 vendors with everything from artisan goods to jewelry to home furnishings. Held over two days, this is a great place to get some serious holiday shopping completed. They even have a kid’s area and concession so you can take some well-earned shopping breaks.


Christmas Craft Beer Show | November 30 - December 1

Friday 5:00 p.m.  |  Saturday 1:00 p.m.
Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre

Craft beer lovers, this event is for you! Held over two days, sample over 45 confirmed breweries.  Jump on these tickets for yourself or give the beer fanatic in your life an early Christmas gift. 


Little Gems Art & Craft Fair | November 29 - December 1 

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Victoria Arts Council

Hosted by Victoria Arts Council, Little Gems is a holiday fair that features a wide variety of local artists and artisans. This event makes art accessible to all buyers. 


Indie Arts Market Craft Cartel | November 30 – Dec 1

Friday 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  |  Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Da Vinci Centre

Find over 50 vendors from top designers to artists from across the Island. Come for the awesome exhibitors, stay for the live music and beer. 


Oaklands West Coast Market | December 1

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Oaklands Community Centre

Complete with live music, a concession stand, food trucks, artisans, farmers, kid-vendors, and so much more, this is a local market you won’t want to miss! 


The Nerdy Days of Christmas Craft Fair | December 1 - 2

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Market Square

The only craft fair on the Island for geeks! Come nerd out in Market Square for this two-day event.


Victoria Etsy Artisans Holiday Market | December 15

9:30 a.m. – 5:00p.m. 
Tillicum Centre

Your local Etsy Artists are showcasing their shops for a community market. This is your last chance to shop local and find handcrafted gifts made with love for everyone on your list.


Looking for even more activities to enjoy this holiday season? Find more holiday markets & events here.