Shopping Meets Festive Fun: The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Markets and Craft Fairs 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. (If you want to get started early, we’ve included some fall markets, as well.)

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Calgary is – happily! – awash in Christmas craft fairs and markets, and we’re working on a few that really stand out.


Calgary Christmas Farmers 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 from November 14 – December 22, 2019 (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. There will be plenty of activities with Santa and cookie decorating, Tea with Mrs Claus, Santa’s reindeer, and more. Read more about it here.


Saskatoon Farm Christmas Market. (Family Fun Calgary)

The Saskatoon Farm Christmas Market

The Saskatoon Farm hosts their annual indoor Christmas Market from December 7 – 8 and 14 – 15, 2019. But it’s more than a special place to get some shopping done! Enjoy the twinkling lights and the sounds of carolers. Enjoy marshmallow roasting and warm, mulled wine while you listen to music and entertainment. The cafe will be open for more delicious treats, too. Come visit this Christmas wonderland this season! Read more about it here.

 


Granary Road Christmas (Family Fun Calgary)Granary Road Christmas Market

Come out for Granary Road’s Christmas Market on weekends this December (Fridays to Sundays, December 6 – 22, 2019). The spectacular permanent vendors will be offering wonderful Christmas merchandise and gifts, perfect for the holiday season. You can also get pictures with the Alpacas and have an adventure in Santa’s Workshop

Read more about it here.

 


Noel Festival (Family Fun Calgary)

Noel Christmas Light Park and Market

It’s time to start a new holiday tradition, celebrating the magic and sparkle of Christmas. Noel Christmas Indoor Light Park and Market is a family-friendly holiday event running from November 28 to December 31, 2019. It’s the perfect Christmas event, with one of the world’s largest indoor light parks and market, bringing you delicious food, warm beverages, unique gifts, and of course, Santa and his elves. Stay warm inside! Read more about it here.

 


But, Wait! There Are Lots More Markets!

December

Wildflower Art Salon & Sale

Wildflower Arts Centre is very pleased to invite you to the 9th annual Art Salon & Sale. Visitors will get a chance to chat with the talented people who work at the Wildflower Arts Centre and shop for one of a kind artwork directly from artists. There are more than 20 artists showing ceramics, paintings, drawings, mixed media, felt, glass, and photography.

When: December 1, 2019
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Wildflower Arts Centre
Address: 3363 Spruce Drive SW, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-249-3773
Facebook Event: www.facebook.com

Foothills Alliance Church Christmas Market

Shop a wide variety of vendors offering handmade items, jewellery, and home-based businesses, and enjoy refreshments and an inspirational program at 10:45 am. There will be childcare for preschoolers available from 9 am – 12 pm; the drop-in rate is $7 per family.

When: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Time: 9 am – 1 pm
Where: Foothills Alliance Church – Women’s ministries
Address: 333 Edgepark Blvd, NW, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403 241-9777 Carla Olsen Draper, Pastor of Women’s Ministries
Website: www.foothillswomen.ca

Harvest Hills Alliance Church Christmas Craft Sale and Tea

Come to this annual Christmas Craft Sale and Tea with over 100 vendors, including young entrepreneurs! Get your Christmas shopping done and relax in the Tea Room with free coffee and cookies and a craft-making area for the kids.

When: December 6 – 7, 2019
Time: Friday: 4 – 8 pm; Saturday: 9 am – 3 pm
Where: Harvest Hills Alliance Church
Address: 10099 Harvest Hills Blvd NW, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-226-0990
Website: www.hhaccraftsale.com

Market Collective’s Holiday Market

Market Collective’s Holiday Market is held at the BMO Centre with family holiday fun. Visitors to the family-friendly event can anticipate live music, interactive workshops, galleries, food and beverage, over 150 local vendors, and special surprises.

When: December 6 – 8, 13 – 15, & 20 – 22, 2019
Time: Fridays 4 – 9 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10 am – 6 pm
Where: BMO Centre
Address: 20 Roundup Way SW, Calgary, AB
Website: www.marketcollective.ca

Christmas Craft Parade at St. Michael School

Free admission, huge raffle, ATM on-site, fabulous food, and 40+ vendors! Find jewellery, art, pottery, candles, and a lot more. Come and be a part of this great fundraiser.

When: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: St. Michael School
Address: 4511 8 Ave. SW, Calgary, AB
Facebook: www.facebook.com

Killarney Glengarry Christmas Market

CLA church is hosting its second annual Christmas market for the community. This market and family fun day has dozens of local vendors and free family activities to enjoy, like the kids’ craft room, a dance with Olaf,  a sleigh ride, and much more! Enjoy roasting marshmallows outside for a mid-shopping snack.

When: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Christian Life Assembly Church
Address: 3214 28th St SW, Calgary, AB
Email: danielle@clacalgary.com
Website: www.clacalgary.com

Spotlight Market

Christmas will be here before you know it and it’s a great time to get your shopping started. Come and visit the amazing different vendors who will help you start or finish your shopping. FREE admission!

When: December 7, 2019
Time: 3 – 8 pm
Where: Monterey Park Community Hall
Address: 2707 Catalina Blvd NE, Calgary, AB
Email: spotlightmarkets@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com

Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Association Holiday Craft Fair

Get in the holiday spirit with the SCA CA by shopping for unique handcrafted items and baked goods from the over 55 vendors at this one-day Christmas market. There will also be a Kids’ Fun Zone while you shop, concession should you get hungry or thirsty, roving carolers, and gift wrapping. Plus, you can meet Santa and there is free admission!

When: December 7, 2019
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Association
Address: 277 Strathcona Dr SW, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-249-1138
Website: www.scacalgary.ca

Haysboro Winter Market

Shop the Haysboro Winter Market for home businesses and artisan vendors! With free entry and parking, you can make your Christmas shopping a little easier.

When: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Haysboro Community Hall
Address: 1204 89 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
Websitewww.haysboro.org
Facebook Event: www.facebook.com

Triwood Christmas Market

Looking for that perfect gift for your loved ones? Wanting to avoid the chaos of the mall? Come out to the Triwood Christmas Market and help support local handcrafted vendors. Entry is by donation to the Alzheimer’s Society. While you shop, enjoy a nice warm drink and some cookies, then stop and get a picture in the winter wonderland.

When: December 7, 2019
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Triwood Community Association
Address: 2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW
Phone: 403-282-2677 ext30
Website: www.triwoodcommunity.com

Tuscany Resident’s Association Holiday Craft and Bake Sale

Over 40 craft and baker vendors under one roof. Free admission to the public. Come and find some unique holiday gifts and yummy baking.

When: December 7, 2019
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Where: Tuscany Club
Address: 212 Tuscany Way NW, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-249-1138
Facebook: www.facebook.com

West Hillhurst Holiday Craft Sale

Get your holiday shopping finished with 50 tables full of fun festive decorations, gifts, treats and much more. Enjoy socializing with like-minded artisans and attendees, while taking in some seasonal Christmas music. This event is FREE to attend with donations for the Mayors Food Drive gratefully accepted at the door!

When: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: West Hillhurst Community Association
Address: 1940 6th Ave NW, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-283-0464
Website: www.westhillhurst.com

East Balzac Craft Market

New Horizon Mall & Century Downs Racetrack have joined together to celebrate the holidays with a weekend of unique craft vendors and FREE entertainment! Live music, pet costume contest, pictures with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides and more!

When: December 7 – 8, 2019
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Where: New Horizon Mall & Century Down Racetrack
Address: 260300 Writing Creek Cres. & 260 Century Downs Dr.
Phone: 403-452-7050
Facebook Event: www.facebook.com
Website: www.newhorizonmall.com

Seeds of Enrichment 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 7 – 8, 2019
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Canmore Miners’ Union Hall
Address: 738 7th St, Canmore, AB
Website: www.facebook.com

Authentically Indigenous Craft Market Pop Up at Grey Eagle Hotel Ballroom

The Authentically Indigenous Craft Market is back by popular demand with a second holiday date – a Pop-Up shopping experience at the beautiful Grey Eagle Hotel Ballroom. There will be over 40 different unique and creative vendors selling handmade goods, beaded items, jewellery, art, paintings, crafts of all kinds, holiday crafts, ribbon skirts, moccasins, bannock, and frybread! All who attend can be entered into the hourly door prize draws – with items from the artisans and great raffle baskets people.

When: Sunday, December 8, 2019
Time: 10 am – 6 pm
Where: Grey Eagle Hotel Ballroom
Address: 3777 Grey Eagle Dr, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-614-4608
Website: www.authenticallyindig.com

Downtown Christmas Market

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: December 10, 2019
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Where: Gulf Canada Square
Address: 401-9 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-203-9243
Website: www.facebook.com

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. There will be 40 vendors, including your weekly regulars, summer favourites, and even some hyper-local vendors right from your community! There will also be live music, cookie decorating, photo booth and more. This event is free, open to everyone and is accessible to all abilities. The vendors will have everything you need to make sure your holiday feast is fresh and delicious – from soups to stuffing, turkey to treats and beyond. A special performance by the Hillhurst School Choir at 4:15 pm on the Sweet Beet Stage will bring the holiday vibes, and the hot chocolate bar will warm your body and heart with all proceeds going to the Fresh Food Basket Program- a weekly drop-in food access program for anyone having difficulty accessing the food that they need for a healthy life. You can shrink your holiday footprint even more and have your presents gift-wrapped the eco-friendly way with the Kensington Clean-up Club! Whether you’re searching for an exceptional gift, seeking out a unique ingredient for that new recipe, or just looking to warm up and have some holiday fun, you will find it at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market: A Very Local Holiday.

When: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Time: 3 – 7 pm
Where: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre
Address: 1320 5 Ave NW, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-283-0554 ext 248
Email: heather.r@hsca.ca
Website: www.farmersmarket.hsca.ca
Facebook Event:
www.facebook.com
Instagram: @hsca.farmersmarket

Calgary’s Last-Minute Holiday Market by Curated Markets

Some of the most amazing handmade makers and curators will be at Bowness Community Association this year, for a holiday shopping event! There will be 70 amazing handmade makers in a two-day event, with some of the best makers and curators the prairies have to offer. Enjoy entertainment, prizes, food trucks, and SHOPPING!

When: December 13 – 14, 2019
Time: Friday: 5 – 9 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Bowness Community Association
Address: 7904 43 Ave NW, Calgary, AB
Facebook: Event Page

Spotlight Market

Christmas will be here before you know it and it’s a great time to get your shopping started. Come and visit the amazing different vendors who will help you start or finish your shopping. FREE admission!

When: December 14, 2019
Time: 11 – 3:30 pm
Where: Marda Loop Community Hall
Address: 3130 16th St SW, Calgary, AB
Email: spotlightmarkets@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com

Heritage Treasures Christmas Market

Plan a day for Christmas in the country at the Heritage Treasures Market. It’s free, festive, and fun! You can finish your shopping with treasures from the talented vendors, visit Santa and the kids’ corner, go skating, and enjoy a hayride. Donations are welcome to benefit the Mountain View Christmas for Seniors.

When: December 14 – 15, 2019
Time: Dec. 14: 12 – 8 pm; Dec. 15: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: MVE The Heritage Centre (BIG Red Barn)
Address: 4148 – Hwy 580 Cremona, AB
Phone: 403-991-7993
Website: www.facebook.com

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