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Victoria Holiday Market Guide 2016

Posted on November 23, 2016


That's right, the time for annual holiday markets has come! So put on that Santa hat, grab a cup of hot chocolate 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.


The 2016 Holiday "Pop Up" Market at Bastion Square

When: November 26 - December 21
Bastion Square

There is always something exciting to look at and artisans to meet at the Bastion Square "Pop Up" Market. Many artisans work on site and are available to chat about their art and innovations. Stop by and rediscover this quaint, high-quality market. Find out more> 


28th Annual Out of Hand Holiday Artisan Fair

When: November 25 - 27
Where: Crystal Garden (across from the 
Victoria Conference Centre)

The prestigious Out of Hand Holiday Artisan Fair has a well-deserved reputation for presenting fine crafts, artisan food, and one-of-a-kind fashions. Here, you will find an eclectic mix of food, fashion, home décor and art. Find out more>


Christmas Craft Beer Show

When: December 2 & 3, 2016
Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

What better way to kick off the holiday season than with a cold, freshly-poured pint of local beer?The Christmas Craft Beer Show at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre will allow Victoria's multitude of fantastic local micro-breweries to gather and display their seasonal products as well as their brewery favorites to both beer lovers and food and beverage professionals ahead of the holiday season. Find out more> 


Ogden Point Light Up and Christmas Market

When: December 3
Where: Ogden Point - Pier A

The Ogden Point Light Up and Christmas Market will include a Santa's workshop, a local Christmas market, food trucks, kids' crafts and holiday music. Stay warm with some hot chocolate and watch the IEOA Lighted Truck Convoy as they roll by. Bring your non-perishable food items and cash donations to support of the Mustard Seed and local food banks. Find out more>


36th Annual Dickens Fair

When: December 3
Where: James Bay Community Centre

The 36th Annual Dickens Fair is a festive, seasonal market and craft event hosted by the James Bay Market Society. It features handmade and homemade items from over 70 quality vendors. A children's craft space, music, a café and artisanal food products complement this traditional event. Find out more> 


Little Gems 2016: Holiday and Art Craft Fair

When: November 19 - December 18
The Bay Centre

The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria is pleased to host another instalment of Little Gems: Holiday Art and Craft Fair in The Bay Center. It is a festive event that connects local artists getting in the holiday spirit with their community. Find out more> 


Christmas at the Victoria Public Market

When: November 26 - December 24
Victoria Public Market at the Hudson

When it's Christmas at the Market, you'll find everything you need for under the tree and on the table. Meet and shop from many local artisans, listen to live music, bask in the festive decor and take advantage of gift-wrapping by donation. Santa will be visiting the Victoria Public Market on December 3, 10 and 17 from 12-3pm. Find out more> 


The Owl Designer Holiday Fair

When: December 2 and 3
Where: Fernwood Community Centre

Victoria's most creative holiday fair is turning ten this year! All items at The Owl Designer Holiday Fair are handmade or upcycled by local artists and designers, and include handmade soaps, fine woodworking, leather goods, handmade jewellery and home decor. This event will also feature live music and free craft workshops. Find out more>


Nerdy Days of Christmas Craft Fair

When: December 4
Ambrosia Centre

Visit the Ambrosia Centre in downtown Victoria for the 3rd annual Nerdy Days Of Christmas Craft Fair on December 4. Here you will find geeky, cool stuff made by local artisans. Pick up gifts and stocking stuffers or maybe a little something for yourself. Kids get in free. Find out more> 


First Annual Sooke Winter Night Market 

When: December 9 & 10
Where: Sooke Region Museum & Visitor Centre 

Visit the Sooke Region Museum on December 9 & 10 and take part in the first annual Sooke Winter Night Market. You'll enjoy arts, crafts, live music and beverages as you shop for handcrafted items and enjoy a festive ambiance. Find out more> 



Mctavish Academy Creative Fair

When: December 3
Where: Mctavish Academy

The Mctavish Academy Creative Fair will showcase local artisans, creative vendors, food trucks and more. It's a great opportunity to shop local and support makers in the community. Find out more >


Pretty Things Craft Fair & Fundraiser for MS

When: December 3
Where: MS Society Building (Fernwood)

The Pretty Things Craft Fair and Fundraiser for MS returns to Fernwood this holiday season. Shop from over 40 fantastic designers and vendors, enjoy a bake sale, food trucks, BBQ and more. A gently suggested $2 donation will support the MS Society. Find out more > 

If you're still looking for great gift ideas, read more about boutique holiday shopping in Victoria. You can also check out our online Christmas event calendar to see what's happening around town this season. Happy holidays!