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.

Christmas in the Country Art Sale Leighton (Family Fun Calgary)

Christmas in the Country

Enjoy two weekends (November 2 – 3 & 9 – 10, 2019) of Christmas cheer in Alberta’s beautiful Foothills region! Over a thousand pieces of fine craft and unframed artworks by local artists will fill the Historic Leighton Home this November, in perfect time for getting a head start on purchasing season gifts and getting into the Christmas spirit. Beautiful decorations, festive treats, and the home’s historic ambience combine to make this special event a memorable part of your family’s season. Read more about it here.


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 (November 7 – 10, 2019), 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! Read more about it here.


Spruce Meadows Christmas Market (Family Fun Calgary)

Spruce Meadows 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 300+ vendors spreading Christmas Spirit in indoor comfort. Joyful and lively entertainment will add to the special atmosphere, along with over 74 kilometres of Christmas lights strung around the grounds, so come on out November 15 – 17, 22 – 24, and November 29 – December 1, 2019. Read more about it here.


Calgary Make It Show (Family Fun Calgary)

Calgary Make It Show Holiday Market

The Make It Holiday Season is just around the corner and the Handmade Revolution is coming to Calgary. From November 29 – December 1, 2019, you will find the Make It Show at Northland Village Mall where you will discover accessories, jewellery, clothing, art, home decor, food, baby and kid items, and lots of other beautifully crafted goods. For a limited time, tickets are 50% off.

Read more about it here.


Calgary Comic Expo Holiday Event (Family Fun Calgary)

Calgary Comic Expo Holiday Market

If you’re Dreaming of a Nerd Christmas, then the Expo Holiday Market on November 30, 2019, 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.


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.

 


But, Wait! There Are Lots More Markets!

October

YYC Alternative Fall Market

Support and shop local at the YYC Alternative Fall Market, where you’ll find a variety of unique makers, artisans, designers, artists, and small business owners. The market will feature a variety of small business owners – everything from home decor, artwork, ceramics, jewellery, and men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories. Admission is free, families and pets are welcome, plus there is plenty of parking and complimentary venue wifi.

When: October 5, 2019
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Inglewood Community Centre
Address: 1740 24 Ave SE, Calgary, AB

Spotlight Market

Christmas will be here before you know it and it’s a great time to get your shopping started. Come and visit 40 different types of vendors from artists, crafters and direct marketers. FREE admission!

When: October 12, 2019
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Where: Erin Woods Community Hall
Address: 83 Erin Park Dr, Calgary, AB
Facebook: www.facebook.com

Abbeydale Fall Artisan Fair

The Abbeydale Fall Artisan Fair will have crafts, art and décor covering fall, Halloween and a little Christmas! Drop by and shop handmade, original, upcycled, and repurposed arts, crafts, and décor. There will be rustic wood décor, fabric crafts, hand-crafted cards, glass, baking, bath products, jewellery, Tupperware, blankets, Avon, photography and so much more. Visit pause4change animal rescue who will be on hand and offering breakfast, lunch, baking, animal toys, blankets, plus have some adorable adoptable puppies. Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome at this event.

When: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Abbeydale Community Association
Address: 821 Abbeydale Drive NE, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-248-2229
Facebook: www.facebook.com

Cambrian Heights Fall Sale

The Cambrian Heights School Fundraising Society has put your favourite catalogue home-based companies under one roof for your shopping enjoyment. With over 20 vendors and free admission, you’ll get a head start on holiday shopping!

When: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Cambrian Heights Community Centre
Address: 600 Northmount Dr. NW, Calgary, AB
Website: www.facebook.com

Bearspaw Fall and Christmas Market

Christmas is coming and you’re invited to one of the first markets of the season! Come and visit over 90 vendors selling handmade wares. There will be a cash concession and an ATM on site. Entry is $3 at the door.

When: October 25 – 27, 2019
Time: Friday: 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Bearspaw Lifestyle Centre
Address: 253220 Bearspaw Road, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-239-1502
Email: programs@bearspawlc.ca
Website: www.bearspawlc.ca
Facebook: www.facebook.com

Holy Nativity Fall Fair and Tea Room

You’ll find something for all ages at the Holy Nativity’s Fall Fair and Tea Room! Crafts, collectables, books, toys, puzzles, and games will help with your holiday shopping. There will be a bake sale and silent auction, as well, and it’s all wrapped up with kids’ activities, face painting, and much more. If shopping makes you peckish, you can grab a formal or casual lunch on site. Great for the whole family!

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Holy Nativity Anglican Church
Address: 12707 Bonaventure Drive SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-278-0001
Website: www.holynativitycalgary.com
Event Page: www.facebook.com

The Pioneer Holiday Market

With Thanksgiving upon us and Remembrance Day and the holidays just around the corner, The Pioneer on 8th is excited to announce its first-ever holiday market! Dozens of local vendors will be showcasing their artisan jewellery, art, food, clothing, and much more. Admission is free, with the opportunity to donate to the Children’s Cottage Society.

When: October 31 – November 2, 2019
Time: Thursday, 11 am – 6 pm; Friday, 11 am – 7 pm; Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm
Where: The Pioneer Event Venue on Stephen Ave
Address: 117 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Facebook Event: www.facebook.com

November

Chestermere Christmas Craft Sale

Come to the Crazy4Crafts Chestermere Christmas Craft Sale. Admission is free with a donation to the Calgary Food Bank. Discover beautiful handmade gifts.

When:
 Saturday, November 2, 2019
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Chestermere Regional Recreation Centre
Address: 201 West Chestermere Drive, Chestermere, AB
Website: www.crazy4crafts.ca

CRLC Christmas Artisan Fair

The Calgary Rock & Lapidary Club is having a one of a kind art & craft show! Gifting season is here and so is the chance to check out the talented and varied artistry of the CRLC members. Paintings, mixed media work, jewellery, minerals, crystals and more will be available.

When: November 2, 2019
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Thorncliffe Community Hall
Address: 5600 Center Street NE, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-804-6354
Website: www.crlc.ca

Peace by Piece Christmas Marketplace

Come out to this Christmas marketplace filled with lovely handmade gifts at a curated selection of vendors, and get a jump on your Christmas shopping! Locally made and owned businesses are represented, featuring handmade giftables, home decor, health, beauty, and self-care, and tasty treats. There’s a little something for everyone to start the Christmas shopping season. Free admission and donations of a non-perishable food item to the Interfaith Food Bank are appreciated.

When: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: St Peter’s Anglican Church
Address: 903 75th Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-618-9946
Facebook: www.facebook.com/peacebypiecemarketplace

Mount Pleasant Potters’ Guild Fall Pottery Market

Get a head-start on your Christmas shopping and support the Mount Pleasant Potters’ Guild (MPPG) at the Annual Fall Pottery Market! These markets feature a huge selection of unique, hand-made functional and decorative pottery at excellent prices – arguably the largest pottery-only event in Western Canada. Come early for the best selection. The MPPG is a non-profit organization working to build a community where ceramic artists, hobbyists and students of all levels come together to learn more about ceramics, improve technical skills, and enhance our lives through creative expression. Thanks for your support!

When: Sunday, November 3, 2019
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Triwood Community Hall
Address: 2244 Chicoutimi Dr NW, Calgary, AB
Website: www.calgarypottery.com

Glamorgan Christmas Fair

2019 is the 27th year for this popular market! Come and shop; there’s a gift for everyone’s wish list. Find sweets, spices, crafts, art work, soaps, candles, jewellery, and more! There will be an ATM on site and a concession. Plus, donations will be accepted for the food bank.

When: November 8 & 9, 2019
Time: Friday, 4 – 8 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Glamorgan Community Association
Address: 4207 – 41 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-246-8218
Website: www.myglamorgan.ca

Alberta Potters’ Association Christmas Show

The Alberta Potters Association presents their annual Christmas Show. Come and join some of Alberta’s top ceramic artists to find that perfect gift for that special Christmas stocking. The potters will have a range of work to see, including tableware, structural art, mugs, teapots, bowls, and other great finds.

When: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Bridgeland Riverside Community Centre
Address: 917 Centre Avenue NE, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-862-7247
Website: www.albertapottersassociation.org

Bowness Holiday Craft Fair

The Bowness Holiday Craft Fair features approximately 100 vendors local to Calgary and selling handmade items like Christmas decorations, holiday cards, clothing, jewelry, food, original artwork, photography, books, household items, and more. The craft fair is free to enter. There will be concessions for sale by Redefin’d, and photos with Santa available for purchase as well.

When: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Bowness Community Association
Address: 7904 43 Ave NW, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-288-8300
Website: www.mybowness.com

Varsity Christmas Craft Sale

You’re invited to the Varsity Christmas Craft Sale. The creative vendors and innovative artisans and home-crafters are offering handcrafted artwork, jewellery, toys, woodcrafts, photography, beauty products, candles, home decor, and so much more. Special features include BABA’s Ukrainian Food (perogies, cabbage rolls, borscht) and Girl Guide Cookies.

When: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Varsity Community Association
Address: 4303 Varsity Dr. NW, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-288-9001 ext. 14
Website: www.vcacalgary.com

Indus Christmas Market

Hosted by the Indus Figure Skating Club, the Indus Christmas Market, is a country market at it’s finest! Enjoy over 30 vendor tables, with everything from baking to homemade crafts to home-based businesses. Indus is only 15 minutes east on 22x.

When: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Indus Recreation Center
Address: 225155 RR 281A, Indus, AB
Phone: 403-969-9770
Website: www.indusrec.ca

Contextural Christmas Artisan Sale

The Contextural Fibre Artists are coming together for their annual Christmas Artisan Sale. See original textile work and meet the artists, while enjoying a hot apple cider. Contextural is a group of professional artists who meet to support each of the individual fibre practices. These artists work with fibres or textiles in many different ways, from hand-dyed clothing and home decor, to woven items, printed and painted fabrics, embroidery stitching and more. Admission is free and gold stars to all visitors who bring their own reusable bags!

When: November 15 – 16, 2019
Time: Friday, 4 – 9 pm; Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Christ Church Elbow Park
Address: 3602 8 St SW, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-470-1057
Email: info@contextural.ca
Website: www.contextural.ca

Acadia Christmas Market

Looking for unique Christmas gift ideas? There’s always a variety of local community vendors to choose from at the Acadia Christmas market.

When: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Acadia Recreational Complex
Address: 240-90th Ave SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-255-1252
Website: www.acadiarec.com

Christmas Shopping Extravaganza in Scenic Acres

It’s your turn to be Santa. Find perfect gifts for holiday giving from your favourite home businesses! It’s easy on November 16, 2019, when the best vendors gather together in one place. Some of the vendors include Norwex, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Plexus, Thirty One, and many more! Admission is free. Raffle tickets for gift baskets full of vendors’ products will be sold in support of the Calgary Food Bank.

When: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Where: Scenic Acres Community Association
Address: 8825 Scurfield Drive NW, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-547-9589
Website: www.scenicacresca.ca

Edgemont Winter Craft Sale

Bring some cash and enjoy walking around the facility where many different vendors will be showing off their handmade work! Come and check out local, homemade crafty wares. It’s perfect for Christmas gifts and decorations! Fun for the whole family and free entrance, but you are welcome to bring a food donation or a dollar donation at the door. This donation will go directly into community food security. Food and drinks are available to purchase.

When: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Edgemont Community Association
Address: 33 Edgevalley Circle NW, Calgary, AB
Website: www.edgemont.ab.ca

Holy Spirit Catholic Women’s League Craft Sale

Come and visit over 40 tables of handcrafted gifts and baking. Get your shopping going and relax in a festive atmosphere, with a concession available. Admission is $2 (seniors are $1) and kids 12 and under are free. The entry free includes a door prize ticket.

When: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Holy Spirit Church
Address: 10827 – 24th Street SW, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-281-0070
Website: www.holyspiritcalgary.com

Shawnessy Christmas Craft Fair

Come and experience two floors of unique, hand-crafted items, as well as a select number of direct sellers – all here for your holiday shopping pleasure! You won’t want to miss finding fantastic items for every style and budget! Admission is free with a donation to the Calgary Food Bank.

When: November 16, 2019
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Shawnessy Barn
Address: 224 Shawmeadows Road SW, Calgary, AB
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Winter Greens and Festive Lights Market

This annual Christmas community market is where you’ll find something for everyone! There will be unique artisans selling local handmade products, gifts, and of course, the ever popular, huge bake table for your homemade jams and baked goods. Enjoy the fabulous “Christmas Cafe” which will be open for you to enjoy lunch, dessert, or coffee before or after you’re done shopping. Come early and enjoy the fun!

When: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church
Address: 290 Edgepark Blvd NW, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-231-1443
Website: www.wpchurch.net/events

Canmore Christmas Artisans’ Market

Join over 85 artisans and artists from Canmore and surrounding areas for the Bow Valley’s premier market of handcrafted items. Jewellery, photography, pottery, paintings, furniture, body products, clothing, fine foods, and so much more . . . they have the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list — including you! Stay for a snack or lunch, as several food vendors will be serving up sweet and savoury treats.

Admission is $4 and is in support of the Canmore Preschool Society.

When: November 16 – 17, 2019
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Canmore Collegiate High School
Address: 1800 8th Ave, Canmore, AB
Website: www.canmoreartisansmarket.com

Crestmont Christmas Market

This Christmas market, from November 16 – 17, 2019, is held at the Crestmont Hall, and typically draws from the communities of Valley Ridge, Tuscany, Bowness, Silver Springs, Scenic Acres, and of course, Crestmont. The market is well-established, with approximately 30 vendors on site. Get your shopping done early with beautiful handmade gifts!

When: November 16 – 17, 2019
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Crestmont Community Hall
Address: 12400 Crestmont Blvd SW, Calgary, AB
Email: Market@CrestmontCommunity.org
Website: www.crestmontcommunity.org

Authentically Indigenous Craft Show ‘Holiday Edition’

Come to visit this annual holiday craft show with a unique twist. The Authentically Indigenous Craft Show ‘Holiday Edition’ features over unique Indigenous artist vendors from the Calgary and Treaty 7 area of Southern Alberta. Here you’ll find handmade crafts, art, jewellery, food, and more. This Craft Show features independent Indigenous artists, entrepreneurs, and everyday people that make great stuff! Make a plan to visit Santa (at 1 pm) 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. There will be opportunites to bid on a wide array of fun holiday raffle baskets and door prizes will be drawn throughout the day.

When: Saturday,November 23, 2019
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Kerby Centre Gym
Address: 1133 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB
Website:  www.authenticallyindig.com

Scenic Acres Arts and Crafts Sale

Come and shop local artisans and crafters for unique handmade Christmas gifts and decor! There will be free admission and baskets full of vendors’ products will be raffled in support of the Calgary Food Bank.

When: Saturday, November 23, 2019
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

St Paul’s Christmas Market

Come celebrate the spirit of the season with a varied collection of artisan and home party vendors, filling the venue with handmade crafts and products from today’s most popular independent distribution companies. Admission is free. The kids’ store and craft area will keep your children busy while you shop, plus you can enjoy hot beverages and baked goods at just the right prices.

When: November 23, 2019
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: St. Paul’s Anglican Church
Address: 7 Sunmills Green SE, Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-816-5474
Website: www.facebook.com

North Haven Christmas Makers Market

Come check out the first-ever Christmas Makers Market in North Haven!

When: November 30, 2019
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: North Haven Community Hall
Address: 5003 N Haven Dr, Calgary, AB
Website: www.northhavenyyc.ca

December

Granary Road

Come down to Granary Road for the Christmas Market, running from December 6 – 22, 2019. 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. (If you want to participate, sign up as soon as possible, as spots go quickly.)

When: December 6 – 22, 2019 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday Only)
Time: 
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Where:
Granary Road Market
Address: 226066 112th St West MD of Foothills, AB
Phone: 403-453-7623
Website: www.granaryroad.com

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

West Hillhurst Holiday Craft Sale

Get your holiday shopping finished with a large variety of hand-crafted products. Enjoy socializing with like-minded artisans and attendees, while taking in some seasonal Christmas music. This event is FREE to attend and is for the whole family!

When: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: West Hillhurst Community Association
Address: 1940 6th Ave NW, Calgary, AB
Event Page: www.facebook.com

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