Get your calendar out and start planning
I know, it’s hard to believe it’s that time of year already! But don’t worry, with all the wonderful Christmas craft markets in the Valley, at least shopping for gifts will be a breeze.
Numerous options exist – so let’s start listing them, so that you can start planning!
Christmas at the Lodge and Holiday Market
Go back in time and join the folks at the Filberg Lodge for a classic Christmas in the Park. Your seasonal shopping will be done in a jiff as you check out a host of fine artists and plenty of gourmet gift ideas. The event takes place over the last weekend of November on the 30th and December 1st, and entrance is FREE. Enjoy festive treats, baking, music and Christmas tree decorating. Fun for all ages, kids’ activities will be available each day and Santa may even be stopping by. There is light lunch fare, seasonal treats along with wine and beer will be available in the “Summer Kitchen.” With more than 30 vendors, food and entertainment, there is sure to be something to please everyone.
As one of the only juried markets in the Comox Valley, they take great pride in having a fabulous array of artisans. In fact, there are 50 of them! The Stagnhare Christmas Market is a boutique curated market full of amazing local artists and crafters. This year, there is a ticketed VIP event on the Saturday night featuring a glass of champagne/mulled wine, charcuterie from Tria Fine Catering, cupcakes and a market tote bag for all your shopping goods! Tickets are $20 and available at www.stagnhare.com. Sunday hours are 10-4 for the public market, which includes a drink ticket for Coffee/tea/or hot cocoa. Kids 12 and under are free.
Gnarly Little Christmas Craft Fair
Come see the great stuff youth are making and selling! Tackle your Christmas shopping Sunday, December 1 at the 11th Annual Gnarly Little Christmas Craft Fair. Courtenay Recreation’s LINC Youth Centre is hosting the fair at the Native Sons Hall from 10 am - 2 pm. Every year the craft fair showcases talented youth aged 9 -19 years. Many vendors will be selling their wares including baking, art, crafts, woodwork, jewellery, stocking stuffers and more. For more information, or to register a table (ages 9-19 years), call the Courtenay Recreation Lewis Centre at 250-338-5371.
Fiesta World Craft Bazaar
This is a Valley favourite! Held at Courtenay’s Filberg Centre, this year’s annual market takes place on November 16th & 17th from 10 am to 4 pm both days. For only $2 admission, you can support more than 50 local and global organizations and businesses selling fair-trade products. These vendors work directly with artisans in Africa, Asia and Central and South America. From Christmas ornaments to Tibetan carpets, books and posters, games and toys, clothing and jewellery, plus the opportunity to eat some delicious ethnic food, there is plenty to enjoy!
Country Craft Market Trail
Occurring on Saturday, November 30th, head up Highway 19A and follow the country trail and hit four markets along the way. With so many delightful crafts from numerous vendors, your Christmas shopping will be done in a day!
Big Yellow Merville Hall Christmas Craft Fair at 1245 Fenwick Road from 9 am to 2 pm.
Grantham Hall Yuletide Craft Faire at 6040 N Island Hwy, 10 am to 2 pm.
Black Creek Winter Market at 2001 Black Creek Rd, 10 am to 4 pm.
Halbe Hall Christmas Bazaar 8369 N Island Hwy, 9 am to 2 pm.
Denman Island Christmas Craft Fair
Another crowd-pleaser, this market happens November 30 and December 1 from 10 am to 4 pm. Free admission plus a free shuttle make this worth the effort. Over 75 vendors will be taking up space in two halls. Enjoy this feast for the senses that celebrates community and offers a proud alternative to mass production. Innovative newcomers mix with world-class artists, including some of the original founders, now seasoned artisans who inspire, teach and mentor the up-and-coming generation.
Oh, and then there is the regular Comox Valley Farmers’ Market, which takes place at the Native Sons Hall on Saturday mornings up to Christmas.
So many places to choose from! Why decide? Hit them all!