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
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. Joyful and lively entertainment will add to the special atmosphere. Adding to the Christmas spirit are over 74 kilometres of Christmas lights strung around the grounds, so come on out November 16 – 18, 23 – 25, and November 30 – December 2, 2018. Read more about it here.
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 from November 15 – December 23, 2018 (Thursdays – Sundays). Dine with friends, enjoy live holiday entertainment, indulge in treats, and create memories with special activities. Find the very best from your favourite vendors, plus seasonal vendors, offering Yuletide gifts, food, jewellery, décor and more. There will be plenty of activities with Santa and cookie decorating, Tea with Mrs Claus, live ice carving, Santa’s reindeer, and more. Read more about it here.
If you’re Dreaming of a Nerd Christmas, then the Expo Holiday Market on December 1 and 2, 2018, 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, collectable 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. Read more about it here.
But, Wait! There Are Lots More Markets!
Splash Art Christmas Show & Sale
There is an upcoming Christmas Art Show & Sale as Neon Milkshake is proudly hosting the Splash Art Market. There will be 15 – 20 artists every weekend and 40+ in total.
When: Weekends: Saturday, November 24 – Sunday, December 16, 2018
Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Where: Neon Milkshake Art Studio
Address: 3- 7640 Fairmount Drive SE, Calgary, AB
Come down to Granary Road for the Christmas Market, running from November 30 until December 23, 2018. You’ll enjoy fun holiday activities for the whole family including fire pits, marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate, wagon rides, ice skating, snowman building, carolers, & more.
When: Fridays – Sundays from November 30 – December 23, 2018
Time: Fridays – 11 am – 7 pm; Saturdays & Sundays – 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Where: Granary Road Market
Address: 226066 112th St West MD of Foothills, AB
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! The event is in support of the food bank and admission is by monetary or non-perishable food donation to the Calgary Food Bank.
When: November 17, December 1, & December 15, 2018
Time: Nov. 17: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm; Dec. 1: 10 am – 3 pm; Dec. 15: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Marda Loop Community Association
Address: 3130 16 Street SW, Calgary, AB
Farmers & Makers Market at cSPACE King Edward – Christmas Edition
Christmas is coming to the Market for Saturdays in December for very special Christmas Market editions of the weekly year-round Farmers & Makers Market. There will be 4 floors filled with holiday magic and everything you need for your eating, gifting, and entertaining needs – and for those wish-list treats! Santa’s in the house each Saturday, along with all your favourite local farm, food, artisan, and seasonal Christmas vendors. Be sure to check out all the open studios and galleries of the resident artists, and even drop your children off for hour-long fine-art classes with Atelier Artista. Bring along your crew for a fun time out – they’ll have something new going on each week.
When: Saturdays, December 1, 8, 15, and 22nd, 2018
Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Where: cSPACE King Edward
Address: 1721 29th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
Make It Show at Deerfoot City
You’re invited to a holiday market featuring artists and makers from all over Canada. It’s at Deerfoot City from December 6 – 9, 2018.
When: December 6 – 9, 2018
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Friday: 11 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm
Where: Deerfoot City, Building N
Address: 901 64 Ave NE Calgary, AB
Market Collective’s 10 Year Anniversary + Holiday Market
Market Collective’s 10 Year Anniversary + Holiday Market will be held at the BMO Centre for the first time ever, making it the largest and most highly anticipated market to date! Visitors to the family-friendly event can anticipate two weekends of live music, interactive workshops, galleries, food and beverage, over 150 local vendors, and special surprises.
When: December 7 – 9 & 14 – 16.
Time: Fridays 4 – 9 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10 am – 6 pm
Where: BMO Centre
Address: 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB
Come to visit this annual holiday craft show with a unique twist. The Authentically Indigenous Craft Show ‘Holiday Edition’ features over 30 unique Indigenous artist vendors from the Calgary and Treaty 7 area of Southern Alberta. Here you’ll find handmade crafts, art, jewellery, food & more. This Craft Show features independent Indigenous artists, entrepreneurs, and everyday people that make great stuff! Make a plan to visit Santa and the Kids’ Zone, where kids can colour or make an ornament to take home, which sure to be a hit with the littles while you shop. Admission is $2 for adults and the kids are FREE! Plus, get free parking.
For vendor opportunities visit www.authenticallyindigenouscraftshow.com
When: November 17 & December 8, 2018
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Kerby Centre
Address: 1133 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-966-4006 or 597-889-8287
Christmas Craft Parade at St. Michael School
Free admission, huge raffle, ATM on site, fabulous food, and 40+ vendors! Come and be a part of this great fundraiser.
When: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: St. Michael School
Address: 4511 8 Ave. SW, Calgary, AB
Killarney Glengarry Christmas Market
CLA church is hosting their first annual Christmas market for the community. Vendors and entrance are booked by donation with proceeds going towards the Lighthouse Voyage organization that works to stop sex trafficking in India and Nepal. They will also have crafts for kids and the option to get family Santa photos.
Come and visit 40 different types of vendors from artists, crafters and direct marketers. FREE admission!
When: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Where: Renfrew Community Association
Address: 811 Radford Road NE, Calgary, AB
Christmas Market at Tula Art Studios
Come to the second annual Christmas Market at the Tula Art Studios! Shop from local artists and artisans while enjoying a hot beverage and snacks. They will also have free crafts for the kids and plenty of in-store promotions.
When: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Where: Tula Art Studios Inc.
Address: 10109 Hidden Valley Drive NW, Calgary, AB
Seeds of Enrichment’s 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 8 – 9, 2018
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Canmore Miners’ Union Hall
Address: 738 7th St, Canmore, AB
Haysboro Winter Market
Shop from home businesses and artisan vendors! There will be a kids’ craft area, a chance to make a holiday centrepiece, and a concession.
When: Sunday, December 9, 2018
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Haysboro Community Hall
Address: 1204 89 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
Downtown Winter and Christmas Markets
Don’t miss the Christmas Market downtown on the main floor of Gulf Canada Square. Are you looking for a truly unique and special item or gift basket for either that family member, friend, co-worker or client? This Market is for you! Bring your Christmas list and find what you are looking for!
When: Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Where: Gulf Canada Square
Address: 401-9 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Hillhurst Sunnyside Holiday Market
Come support local small businesses this winter! Hillhurst Sunnyside is hosting a Very Local Holiday Market with an extra special extended line-up of food vendors and artisans for the December 12th Holiday Edition market.
When: Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Time: 3 – 7 pm
Where: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre
Address: 1320 5 Ave NW, Calgary, AB
SHE [EMPOWERS] Christmas Market
Shop from and support the female entrepreneurs in this city! SHE [EMPOWERS] will feature a female-entrepreneur marketplace, live performances by up and coming female performers, free workshops ranging from building a 6-figure income and sustainable fashion to holiday sleep routines for your children and jewellery making classes. This is a free market, but donations for women-focused charities will be accepted at the door! Register to get exclusive discounts and coupons for the event and surrounding businesses: www.eventbrite.ca. CharBar will be offering all registered participants a free chef’s gift with orders and Cafe Rosso will be offering all registered participants 20% food, drink, and whole bean coffee bags!
4 pm: Make a meaningful gift with Alora Boutique
6 pm: Self Care for the Holidays with Stresscase
12 pm: Curating a SUstainable Wardrobe with Ally Tran
2 pm: 3 steps to Building a 6 figure Business Jenny Paul
4 pm: Marketing as a Woman Workshop with Judy Yu
12 pm: Balance the Holidays and Your Family’s Sleep with Alison McAdam
2 pm: Parenting 101: Staying Safe Over the Holidays!
Make sure you register for the workshops as space is limited.
When: December 14 – 16, 2018
Time: Friday: 4 – 9 pm; Saturday: 11 am – 7 pm; Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm
Where: St Louis Hotel
Address: East Village – 430 8 Avenue Southeast, Calgary, AB
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.