Holiday Arts and Crafts Markets In and Around Calgary

Pick up some holiday gifts (or treats for yourself) at one of these local markets in October, November or December.

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Markets In October

Ujamaa Grandmas Bags, Babies and Beyond

Ujamaa Grandmas holds its annual fall sale in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which supports organizations dedicated to helping people in Africa who are affected by HIV and AIDS. The market sells handmade purses, accessories, decor items and toys. If you go home with nothing else, get a felted bag — it’s what the group is known for. Note that only debit and credit transactions will be accepted at this event. The event runs from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

When: October 16 and 17, 2020
Where: Marda Loop Communities Association, 3130 16 St. S.W.
Cost: Free with timed tickets,


Beacon Original Art Annual Fall Exhibition and Sale

Beacon Original Art is holding its annual fall art sale where local artists display and sell their paintings, photography, ceramics, sculptures and more. More than 30 artists will be at the event, so don’t miss the chance to meet your favourites. The art sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When: October 17 and 18, 2020
Where: Bridgeland-Riverside Community Hall, 917 Centre Ave. N.E.
Cost: Free admission


Bearspaw Fall & Christmas Market

This market has offered fall and Christmas goodies to the community for the last 38 years. It runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

When: October 23 to 25, 2020
Where: Bearspaw Lifestyle Centre, 253220 Bearspaw Rd.
Cost: $3 admission


Palette Fine Art Show and Sale

Pick out a new piece of artwork for your home at this show and sale put on by the Calgary Community Painters Society. While you’re there, be sure to check out the “Wall of Minis” — a selection of small autumn-themed paintings. The art show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When: October 24, 2020
Where: Triwood Community Hall, 2244 Chicoutimi Dr. N.W.
Cost: Free admission


Heritage Treasures Fall Market

Make a day of it and take a drive through the countryside to check out the Heritage Treasures Fall Market. Once there, you can peruse more than 65 artisans and custom crafters and purchase some unique gifts such as re-purposed finds. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a similar market in December as well.

When: October 24, 2020
Where: MVE The Heritage Centre, 4148 Hwy 580, Cremona, AB
Cost: Free admission


Markets In November

Mini Holiday Artisan Market

Shop local for textiles, children’s toys, jewelry, skincare and more from over 15 local vendors at this artisan market. Seasonal offerings such as plants, wreaths, fresh greens and branches will also be available for purchase. This market runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays (closed Mondays.)

When: November 2 to December 24, 2020
Where: Countryside Landscapes and Garden Centre, 31, 2255 Dr. W.
Cost: Free

Markt. By Spruce Meadows 

The 20th annual Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market, presented by TELUS, is moving to a brand-new, online platform dubbed Markt. Markt. by Spruce Meadows will be a year-round, virtual platform where shoppers can browse through hundreds of locally curated vendors and products from home. And, you can still grab your TELUS holiday photo through the virtual photo booth.

When: November 1 to December 31, 2020
Where: Online
Cost: Free


Millarville Christmas Market

The 32nd annual Millarville Christmas market is sure to give you all the seasonal feelings. Visit the vendors set up indoors and outdoors to find baked goods and handmade gifts such as pottery, stained glass pieces, woodworking, apparel and jewellery. You can also spend the day enjoying food trucks, campfires, photos with reindeers and music. The market runs daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year, the Kids Only Shoppe will not be operating due to COVID-19.

When: November 5 to 8 and 12 to 15, 2020
Where: Millarville Racing and Agricultural Society, 306097 192 St. W.
Cost: $5; Free for children 12 and under


Airdrie Christmas Show

Don’t miss the 10th annual Airdrie Christmas Show. The two-day show runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

When: November 6 and 7, 2020
Where: Airdrie Town and Country Centre, 275 Jensen Dr. N.E.
Cost: Free admission


Heritage Weavers and Spinners Annual Fall Sale

The Heritage Weavers and Spinners Guild offers just one fibre arts sale per year. Browse a selection of warm, locally-made garments and learn from the pros with demos done throughout the event. With temperatures dropping and Christmas around the corner, this may be the place to find a snuggly gift for someone special. It runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

When: November 6 and 7, 2020
Where: Parkdale Nifty 50’s Founders Hall, 3512 5 Ave. N.W.
Cost: Free admission


Inglewood Night Market

The Inglewood night market is back for an indoor shopping event just in time for the holidays. The market will feature over 10,000 square feet of shopping space to showcase unique products and gifts by local artisans and makers. The event runs from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Saturday of the month and requires pre-purchased tickets. A portion of ticket sales will go towards supporting the Music Mile Revival Fund, which helps pay for local artists and technicians to put on live music shows at venues on the “music mile” of 9 Ave. S.E.

When: November 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2020
Where: South Bank Apartment Rentals 880 9 St. S.E.
Cost: $5 timed tickets for a two-hour shopping window


Crossfield Christmas Market

Visit this annual Christmas market in Crossfield to do some shopping for the holidays. This year, there will be more than 200 vendors set up across three locations: the Crossfield Community Centre, Crossfield Baptist Church and the Collicut Siding Golf Club. All venues will be operating at the same time from 10 a.m. to 4 be sure to make time for each. Bring a donation for the food bank.

When: November 7, 2020
Where: Crossfield Community Centre, 900 Mountain Ave.; Crossfield Baptist Church, 285176 Highway 2A; Collicut Siding Golf Club, 1025 Western Dr.
Cost: Free admission; accepting donations on behalf of the Calgary Food Bank


The GiftedYYC Market

This is the first annual GiftedYYC pop-up market and is a chance to support local businesses. This market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

When: November 7, 2020
Where: Flores & Pine, 254028 Bearspaw Rd.
Cost: Free admission; accepting donations on behalf of the Calgary Food Bank


Rescue Friends Christmas Market

This annual, pet-friendly Christmas market is a chance to shop local and support animals in Alberta. This year the market is being paired with the fourth annual Remembrance Day event. The market will include 40+ vendors in addition to an online and in-person auction. And, there will be adoptable animals on site. Rescue Friends Animal Foundation is a non-profit that pairs animals with loving, forever homes. This market runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

When: November 11, 2020
Where: Vision Sports Centre, 7475 Flint Rd. S.E.
Cost: By donation


Shawnessy Christmas Craft Fair

This one-day Christmas craft fair is filling two floors with more than 30 vendors you can shop from. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When: November 14, 2020
Where: The Shawnessy Barn, 224 Shawmeadows Rd. S.W.
Cost: Free admission with a donation to the Calgary Food Bank


Lake Bonavista Christmas Craft Fair

This craft fair sells a range of products created by local artisans, including knitting and paper items. In the multi-purpose room, you’ll also find items that aren’t from crafters, like Pampered Chef and Tupperware. The market runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

When: November 14, 2020
Where: Lake Bonavista Community Centre, 1401 Acadia Dr. S.E.
Cost: TBA


Tibetan Association of Alberta Fall Bazaar

Come and shop authentic Tibetan crafts, scarves, shawls, carpets, jewellery and so much more. They’ll also be serving both vegetarian and non-vegetarian Tibetan cuisine. The sale is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

When: November 14, 2020
Where: Westgate Community Hall, 4943 8 Ave. S.W.
Cost: Adults $2 admission


Holiday Craft Fair

The Bowness Community Association will hold its annual Holiday Craft Fair across two days this year from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop from local Bowness and Calgary artisans selling items such as Christmas cards, holiday decorations, clothing and even books by local authors. More details will be released closer to the event date.

When: November 14 and 15, 2020
Where: Bowness Community Association Main Hall, 7904 43 Ave. N.W.
Cost: Free admission


Auburn House Virtual Christmas Craft and Marketplace

The Auburn House’s 13th annual Christmas market is a virtual event this year. The market will be accessible online through the Auburn Bay Residents Association. Browse a variety of vendors for uniquely handmade products, just in time for the holiday season.

When: November 21 and 22, 2020
Where: Auburn House, 200 Auburn Bay Blvd. S.E.
Cost: Free


New Brighton’s Annual Christmas Market

Get your holiday shopping done at this market by the New Brighton Residents Association, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on November 21. The market will be held in conjunction with Auburn Bay, McKenzie Towne, Cranston and Mahogany as part of the Grand South Christmas Markets and shoppers who attend all five markets have the chance to win a large door prize. Browse the wares of 27 indoor exhibitors, 40 outdoor exhibitors and 10 youth vendors for all of your Christmas needs.

When: November 21, 2020
Where: The New Brighton Clubhouse, 2 New Brighton Dr. S.E.
Cost: Free


Century Hall Christmas Market

This year, the Cranston Residents Association is holding a virtual and in-person market for shoppers. The virtual event will be hosted on the Cranston Residents Association website and its social media channels. Times vary for in-person shopping.

When: November 21 to 27, 2020 (online), November 21, 23 to 27 (in-person shopping)
Where: Cranston Century Hall, 11 Cranarch Rd. S.E.
Cost: Free


Crafts and Christmas Baking Sale

Come to this annual Christmas market and you’ll find artisans selling unique crafts and gifts such as candles, pottery and handmade wood products. There will also be a huge bake table where you can buy homemade jams, jellies and baked goods. New this year is that some vendors will have pictures of their items displayed on the Westminster Church website, and some will have items for purchase at the market. Pre-assigned shopping times will be scheduled and there will be the option of curbside pickup. This market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

When: November 21, 2020
Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 290 Edgepark Blvd. N.W.
Cost: Free admission


Noel Indoor Light Park and Christmas Market

Canada’s largest indoor light park and Christmas market will be running in Calgary for over a month and into the new year. Attractions will include an interactive light park, food trucks, craft beer and spirits, Santa’s Village, an artisan market and more.

When: November 26, 2020 to January 3, 2021
Where: BMO Centre, 20 Roundup Way S.E.
Cost: TBA


Cochrane Artisan Christmas Market

The second annual Cochrane Artisan Christmas Market is happening on two Saturdays and is a great option for grabbing gifts and holiday needs. There will be over 60 artisan vendors selling hand-crafted giftware, and you can enjoy a bite to eat as A La Caret Catering will be on-site. This market runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When: November 28, 2020 and December 5, 2020
Where: Lions Club Event Centre, 109 Fifth Ave., Cochrane, AB
Cost: Free admission


Calgary Farmers’ Market Christmas Market

The Calgary Farmer’s Market is transforming into a Christmas Market this year, adding some festivities to regular market offerings such as the sale of fresh Christmas trees and Christmas gift bags. Dine in the food hall, cozy up in front of the fireplace and browse the rows of unique and thoughtfully crafted goods. Seasonal vendors will be offering holiday-themed gifts and people like Santa, the Grinch and a reindeer crew will also make an appearance. This market runs from Thursday through Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

When: November 13 to December 23, 2020
Where: Calgary Farmers’ Market, 510 77 Ave. S.E.
Cost: Free admission; pre-sale timed tickets required for a Santa visit and virtual photo


Peak to Prairie Market

The first Peak to Prairie market will feature over 60 local vendors and makers offering baby items, clothing, accessories, decor and more curated gift options. This market runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

When: November 14, 2020
Where: Winsport, 88 Canada Olympic Rd. S.W.
Cost: Timed tickets are $8.45 for a one-hour shopping window


Let Us Move You Art Show and Sale

Stop by the Calgary Italian Cultural Centre to view and purchase original artworks by seven artists. This market runs on Friday from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

When: November 20 and 21, 2020
Where: Calgary Italian Cultural Centre (Main Hall), 416 1 Ave. N.E.
Cost: Free admission


Balzac Christmas Market 

The Balzac Christmas market has a spacious location this year to feature a wide variety of handmade gifts and decor. Browse between woodworking, women’s and children’s apparel, baking, knitting, jewelry, accessories and more items. This market runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When: November 21, 2020
Where: Gym 4031 (adjacent to St. Mina Coptic Orthodox Church), 292120 Wagon Wheel Blvd.
Cost: Free admission


Contextural Christmas Market

The Contextural fibre arts collective is featuring the works of 11 of their textile artisans at its annual Christmas market this year. Find local items that have been weaved, printed, painted, dyed, embroidered and more. This market runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

When: November 21, 2020
Where: Alexandra Dance Hall, 922 9 Ave. S.E.
Cost: Free admission


Handmade Here Boutique Christmas Sale

The Handmade Artists Collective is hosting its 15th annual boutique Christmas show and sale. The event, which is always limited to 25 established and emerging artists, is returning this year with two halls of vendors and visual artists for you to find all of your glass, jewellery, fibre and woodwork art pieces and more. This market runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

When: November 21 and 22, 2020
Where: Triwood Community (Charleswood Hall), 2244 Chicoutimi Dr. N.W.
Cost: Free admission


Christmas Market at The Inn 

Stop by The Inn on Officer’s Garden for the first-ever Christmas market featuring local businesses and unique items. This market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

When: November 21-22 and December 12, 2020
Where: The Inn on Officer’s Garden at Currie Barracks, 150 Dieppe Dr. S.W.
Cost: Free admission


Wildflower Art Salon and Sale

The Wildflower Arts Centre is hosting its 10th annual art salon and sale that will feature 20 professional Calgary-based artists. The online art sale will include ceramics, paintings, drawings, prints, textiles and more. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Footprints Dance Project, which provides programs for youth-at-risk. Curbside pick-up will be available immediately following the end of the online sale, so make sure you snap up your original art pieces right away.

When: November 27 to 29, 2020
Where: Online
Cost: Free


Market Nights at Heritage Park

There’s a multitude of activities happening at Heritage Park’s new weekly outdoor Christmas market in Heritage Towne Square. From visiting the shops and artisan vendor booths, to getting furry photos with Santa (you can book your dog in for a Santa photo ahead of time), to roasting s’mores by the fire and more. This market runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday and Friday.

When: November 26 to December 18, 2020
Where: 1900 Heritage Dr. S.W.
Cost: Free


Holiday Market Monday’s at the Deane House

This small-scale food, drink and shopping experience is a little more intimate than other holiday markets. Have a one-hour shopping experience and browse local vendor booths, preserves sold by the Deane House and art, apparel, and other goods sold by Eat North while ordering cocktails and appetizers. Small groups of two and four can also pre-book a table to enjoy a sit-down tasting of a spirit newly launching in Alberta, Les Spiritueux Iberville’s spirits. This market runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

When: November 30, December 7 and 14, 2020
Where: Deane House 806 9 Ave. S.E.
Cost: $10 for a table of two or $20 for a table of four


Markets In December

Christmas in the Country Art Sale

This popular market is hosted by the Leighton Art Centre and features fine artworks and crafts from over 100 local artists in the historic Leighton home. New this year is the addition of an online shop and reserved early-bird shopping tickets for shopping between November 5 to 15. This market runs from Wednesdays to Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When: November 5 to December 23, 2020
Where: Leighton Art Centre, 282027 144 St. West, Foothills, Alberta
Cost: Free admission; reserved early-bird shopping tickets $10


Under $100 Art Show

This year is the 13th annual Under $100 Art Show hosted by Art Spot Calgary. The group exhibition and sale displays art under $100 from local artists, helping them sell their wares and helping buyers purchase affordable, original art. The market includes a variety of items including paintings, photography, pottery, glassware, jewelry, clothing, woodwork, leatherwork, sculptures and more. This market runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

When: December 2 to 6, 2020
Where: TBA
Cost: $5 to $20

Airdrie Market December Last Minute Shop

For the first time, the Airdrie Christmas Show is holding a last-minute shopping event in December. Head to the Airdrie Farmers’ Market to stock up on delicious baked goodies and to browse a mix of crafts and handmade gifts. This market runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When: December 5, 2020
Where: Airdrie Farmers Market, 320 Centre Ave.
Cost: Free admission


Crazy4Crafts Christmas Market at the Mall

This popular market is hosted by a group of seasoned vendors with over 25 years of experience in markets. It runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. New this year are the free door prizes of “CrazyBucks,” a chance to win $25 which can be used towards shopping on-site.

When: December 5 and 6, 2020
Where: New Horizon Mall, 260300 Writing Creek Cres.
Cost: Free admission


Heritage Treasures Christmas Market

If you missed the Heritage Treasures Fall Market, you’re in luck. With over 65 artisans, crafters and vendors, there will be tons of variety for your gift-giving list at the Christmas edition. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

When: December 12, 2020
Where: MVE The Heritage Centre, 4148 Hwy 580, Cremona
Cost: Free admission


A Very Local Holiday

The recurring Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market has invited artisans and crafters to partake in this one-day holiday edition. Pick up some fresh, local food while browsing for a special handmade gift for anyone left on your list. This market runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

When: December 19, 2020
Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association, 1320 5 Ave. N.W.
Free admission

Correction: This article originally stated that A Very Local Holiday took place on December 9 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.. We regret the error. 

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