Shopping Meets Festive Fun: The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Craft Fairs and Markets In and Around Calgary

Christmas Markets (Family Fun Calgary)

Ah, Christmas: twinkling lights, cocoa by the fireplace . . . and fighting hordes of people at the mall. This Christmas season, forget the mall . . . do your shopping and enjoy a festive holiday experience at the same time! Christmas markets and craft sales are a fun and affordable way to get into the holiday mood and tick some “to do’s” off your list.

Top Picks for Christmas Craft/Market Events in Calgary

Calgary is – happily! – awash in Christmas craft fairs and markets, but here are a few that really stand out.

Spruce Meadows Christmas Market

Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market 

Every year the Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market gives Calgarians a shopping experience filled with entertainment, delicious food, and unique gift buying opportunities. This year there will be 250+ vendors spreading Christmas Spirit in the indoor comfort of the Spruce Meadows Riding Hall, Equi-Plex and visit the Gallery on the Green, Reindeer Alley and Candy Cane Lane. Joyful and lively entertainment will add to the special atmosphere — listen to choir and instrumental performances, and view magical dance displays. Adding to the Christmas spirit are over 74 kilometres of Christmas lights strung around the grounds, so come out Nov. 17 – 19, 24 – 26, and Dec. 1 – 3.


Festival of Crafts (Family Fun Calgary)

 Festival of Crafts 

The Festival of Crafts is one of Canada’s biggest holiday handcrafted shopping events, showcasing the very best that the Canadian handmade community has to offer. For four days (Dec. 7 – 10), the BMO Centre at Stampede Park transforms into a magical marketplace featuring over 250 of Canada’s most talented artists, artisans, and designers showcasing their beautiful works and interacting with shoppers, making this event a truly unique experience. Adult tickets are $7, and ages 17 and under get in free!


Calgary Christmas Market (Family Fun Calgary)

Calgary Christmas Market

Calgary Farmers Market is continuing the holiday tradition and will be transforming into the premier destination to find everything for on the table and under the tree this upcoming holiday season. Dine with friends as live holiday entertainment fills the market, indulge in treats while you find the perfect gift, and create memories with special activities. There is free parking and no admission fee, so come out from Nov. 16th – Dec. 23rd (Thursdays – Sundays) from 9 am – 5 pm!


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November Christmas Markets:

Curated. Holiday Market YYC

Some of the most amazing handmade makers and curators will be at Deerfoot City this year, for a holiday shopping event! Each weekend will host 85 DIFFERENT makers/curators from all over Western Canada and is your one-stop shop for all of your holiday shopping needs. Admission is $4 at the door and 12 and under are FREE. There will be free workshops for your littles, as you wander around the market, with 25 spaces in each workshop, at 1 pm each day. Plus, Santa will be there for photos (for a fee through Deerfoot City)!
When: November 24 – 26 & December 1 – 3, 2017
Time: Friday 1 – 9 pm; Saturday 11 am – 6 pm; Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
Where: Deerfoot City
Address: 901 – 64th Ave, NE, Calgary, AB
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St Teresa of Calcutta School Christmas Market

St Teresa of Calcutta School is having their 1st Christmas market to raise funds for a new playground. There will be tons of amazing vendors, babysitting for the kids while you shop, pre-booked Santa photos so you don’t have to wait in a long line ($10/pose), gingerbread making, and so much more! All proceeds raised will go to build a new playground for the kids as theirs was removed last year. Admission is only $2 for adults and kids 12 and under are free.
When: November 24, 2017
Time: 6 – 9 pm
Where: St Teresa Of Calcutta School
Address: 121 Midlake Blvd SE, Calgary, AB
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Email: brittneyrusso3@gmail.com

Little Modern Market – Holiday Edition

A modern + local market in the suburbs – lots of great vendors. Admission $5 at the door; kids 14 and under get in free.
When: Saturday, November 25, 2017
Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Where: Rally Pointe
Address: 11511 35 Street SE, Calgary, AB
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Rocky Ridge Ranch Holiday Market

This holiday market is a great place to find homemade items such as jewelry, baked goods, crafts, and decorations, and to connect with home-based businesses for their great products. Admission is free!
When: Saturday, November 25, 2017
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Where: Rocky Ridge Ranch Homeowners Associaiton
Address: 10709 Rocky Ridge Blvd NW, Calgary AB
Website: www.rrrha.ca

Bearspaw Christmas Market

Come to the Crazy4Crafts Bearspaw Christmas Market. Admission is $2 (14 and under free) and
photos with Santa are from 12:30 – 3 pm. One dollar from each paid admission is donated to the Calgary Food Bank.
When: Saturday, November 25th, 2017
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: RockPointe Church – Bearspaw
Address: 255024 Lochend Road NW, Calgary, AB
Website: www.crazy4crafts.ca

Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo presents the Expo Holiday Market

If you’re Dreaming of a Nerd Christmas, then the Expo Holiday Market is the festive shopping extravaganza that you’ve been looking for! Deck the Halls with Boughs of Starships or enjoy Walking in a Nerdy Wonderland as you peruse aisles of comic book vendors, toy dealers, collectible retailers and more! Santa Claus will, of course, be Coming to Town to make a personal appearance as you celebrate The Most Wonderful Time of the Year geek-style.
When: November 25 – 26, 2017
Time: Nov. 25: 10 am – 6 pm; Nov. 26: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: BMO Centre, Stampede Park, Halls B & C
Address: 20 Roundup Way, SW, Calgary, AB
Website: www.expoholidaymarket.com

Christmas Bazaar at the Church of the Good Shepherd

Join in for some pre-yule merriment at the Good Shepherd’s Annual Christmas Bazaar. Featuring baking and homemade goods, a tea room, door prizes, fantastic raffle baskets to be won, and a cake walk for the kids. Also featured are several outside vendors, including Stella and Dot jewellery. Free admission!
When: Saturday, November 25th
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Where: The Church of the Good Shepherd
Address: 408 38 Street SW, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-246-8123
Website: www.anglicangoodshepherd.ca

Scenic Acres Christmas Craft Sale

Come and shop local artisans and crafters to find unique Christmas gifts and decor! Admission is free. Baskets full of crafters’ products will be raffled in support of a local charity. Come support your local community and get some shopping done!
When: Saturday, November 25, 2017
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Scenic Acres Community Association
Address: 8825 Scurfield Drive NW, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-547-9589
Website: www.scenicacresca.ca

Canmore Christmas Artisans’ Market

Join over 80 artisans and artists from Canmore and surrounding areas for the Bow Valley’s premier market of handcrafted items. Jewelry, photography, pottery, paintings, furniture, body products, clothing, fine foods, and so much more … you’re sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list — including you! Stay for a snack or lunch; several food vendors will be serving up sweet and savoury treats.
Admission in support of the Canmore Preschool Society.
When: November 25 & 26, 2017

Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Canmore Collegiate High School
Address: 1800 8th Ave, Canmore, AB, T1W 1Y2
Website: www.canmoreartisansmarket.com

Shawnessy Christmas Craft Fair

Come and experience two floors of unique, hand-crafted items, as well as very select direct sellers – all here for your holiday shopping pleasure! We have some great new vendors joining us this year along with those returning, all with fantastic items for every style and budget! You won’t want to miss it! Entry is free with a donation to the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank.
When: November 25 – 26, 2017
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Shawnessy Barn
Address: 224 Shawmeadows Road SW, Calgary, AB
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Cochrane Christmas Artisan & Gift Market

At the market, you will find 30+ artisans and small businesses (handmade and non-handmade) brimming with amazing gift ideas and treats for everyone on your shopping list! Enjoy yummy treats, handmade jewellery, cozy leggings, and perfect kitchen gadgets to make this season just right. Free admission & please bring a donation for the Food Bank.
When: Saturday, November 25, 2017
Time: 9 am – 2 pm
Where: Frank Wills Hall
Address: 405 1st Street East, Cochrane AB
Websitewww.cochrane-tourism.ca

Marda Loop Christmas Market

This market features a variety of vendors offering handmade items and representing home-based businesses. Shop local to help keep our economy and entrepreneurs strong! Admission is by monetary or non-perishable food donation to the Calgary Food Bank. Last year, this market raised just over 1000 pounds of food for the food bank and they’re hoping to do even more this year!
When: November 25 & December 2, 2017
Time: Nov. 25: 10 am – 4 pm; Dec. 2: 9 am – 4 pm
Where: Marda Loop Community Association
Address: 3130 16 Street SW, Calgary AB
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December Christmas Markets:

Market Collective Cheer

Market Collective Cheer returns for the first three weekends of December! The annual holiday market will see Inglewood’s historic Yellow Warehouse transform into a warm, cozy winter wonderland. Check out the MC Choir, exciting interactive features, a food truck alley, live music, and shopping from over 150 amazingly talented members of the local creative community.

Help spread the holiday cheer at Market Collective by supporting local non-profits! Visitors can drop off non-perishable goods for the Calgary Food Bank, write Christmas cards to the homeless for Make It Merry, and donate a piece of winter clothing to Project Warmth for a chance to win a $150 gift card each weekend.

Admission is just $5 each weekend with free entry for kids under 12. Furry friends are welcome at this pet-friendly event! Parking is available at Market Collective designated lots.

When: December 1 – 3, December 8 – 10 & December 15 – 17, 2017
Time: Fridays 4 – 9 pm, Saturdays & Sundays 10 am – 6 pm
Where: Inglewood: The Yellow Warehouse
Address: 1390 17th Ave SE, Calgary AB
Websitewww.marketcollective.ca

Craft Sale and Music Night

Come Friday night from 5 pm to 9 pm to peruse the crafts and listen to great bands and solo artists. Come back on Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm and bring your friends to buy all your unique Christmas gifts!
When: Friday, December 1, 2017 | 5  – 9 pm & Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Northside Bible Fellowship
Address: 2911 Edmonton Trail NE, Calgary, AB
Event Page: www.facebook.com
Vendor inquiries: NBFcraftsale@gmail.com

Holy Craft! It’s a Christmas Market!

Holy Craft! This is a curated two day Christmas market showcasing handcrafted works by local artists. Vendors will be displaying and selling handcrafted work, including decadent natural perfumes, contemporary paintings, shimmering examples of fine handcrafted jewellery and beautiful, functional woodwork! Of course, there is much more to see, so be sure to stop by and check out the full selection. The Friday night will feature a cash bar so you can get your sip ’n’ shop on!
When: December 1 & 2, 2017
Time: 6 – 9 pm on December 1; 10 am – 5 pm on December 2
Where: Above The Apothecary in Inglewood
Address: 921 9 Ave. SE Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-453-0313
Website: www.facebook.com

Season’s Greetings Craft and Home Party Sale

Come celebrate the spirit of the season with a varied collection of artisan and home party vendors that will fill the venue with handmade crafts and product from today’s most popular independent distribution companies. Admission is free. While you’re here, have lunch at the Craft Sale Cafe, with sales going to the church youth program! If you are a vendor interested in the event, contact the coordinator, Steve Colle, at scollets@gmail.com for information on table rentals.
When: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time: 9 am to 2 pm
Where: Holy Nativity Anglican Church
Address: 12707 Bonaventure Drive SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-816-5474
Website: www.holynativitycalgary.com
Event Page: www.facebook.com

Haysboro Winter Market

Shop from home businesses and artisan vendors! There will be a kids’ craft area and a concession.
When: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Haysboro Community Hall
Address: 1204 89 Avenue SW, Calgary AB
Websitewww.haysboro.org

Wildwood Christmas Artisan Market

20+ vendors will be featuring their very best hand-crafted gifts. Also, soak up the festive holiday season with holiday entertainment, hot soap, cocoa and cookies.
When: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Time: 11 – 4 pm
Where: Wildwood Community Hall
Address: 4411 Spruce Drive SW, Calgary AB
Facebook: Event Page

Century Downs 3rd Annual Weihnachtsmarkt

Meet in the barns for this traditional Christmas Market on Sunday, December 3rd from 11 am to 3 pm. Shop local artisans and craft vendors, enjoy hayrides around the track and indulge in traditional German street food and mulled wine!
When: Sunday, December 3, 2017
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Century Downs Racetrack and Casino
Address: 260 Century Downs Drive, Rocky View County, Calgary, AB
Phone: 587-349-7777
Website: www.cnty.com/centurydowns

Urbi et Orbi Christmas Market

On December 9th, 2017, come visit the Urbi et Orbi Christmas Market. You will find beautiful and distinctive art pieces, jewelry, home goods and great eats! This market features all handmade and handcrafted items from local emerging artists, artisans, and designers, and they’re perfect for gift giving!
When: December 9th, 2017
Time: 11:40 – 7:30 pm
Where: Meadowlark Park Community Association
Address: 623 58 Ave SW Calgary, AB
Event Page: www.facebook.com

Christmas Craft Parade at St. Michael School

Free admission, huge raffle, ATM on site, fabulous food, and 40+ vendors!
When: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: St. Michael School
Address: 4511 8 Ave. SW, Calgary AB
Facebook: Event Page

Seeds of Enrichment’s 2nd annual Christmas Market

Put a little African beat in your Christmas rhythm as you shop at the various vendors and pick up something for everyone on your list!
When: December 9 – 10, 2017
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Canmore Miners’ Union Hall
Address: 738 7th St, Canmore, AB
Website: www.seedsofenrichment.ca

Lake Bonavista Kids’ Christmas Craft Fair

This one is for the kids! All items will be $10 or under. Children will go in and purchase gifts for their families and the helpers will wrap them to send home!
When: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Where: Lake Bonavista Community Association
Address: 1401 Acadia Drive SE, Calgary AB
Websitewww.lakebonavistacommunity.com

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