Checking out the Christmas Markets and Fairs

  Posted:a month ago

Regency Suites

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet?

We thought not… so that's why we decided to help you out by giving you an at your fingertips list of the Christmas Craft Fairs and Markets in Calgary and the surrounding area.

There were so many that we decided to include those which were on for more than one day. That way, you could make a trip out of it.

You know… come in to Calgary, check out a few fairs and markets, stay overnight at a 100% non-smoking hotel with a free breakfast bar (us … in case you were wondering), check out a few more fairs and markets… you get the picture.

Let's get started.

What: Art Market Art & Craft Show

When: November 16–19, 10 am–1 pm

More than 200 of Canada's top artists representing 50 art and craft categories (including pottery, clothing, jewelry, home furnishings)… what could be better?

What: Calgary Christmas Market

When: November 16–December 23, 9 am–5 pm

Calgary Farmers' Market undergoes its annual transformation for the winter holiday season. Enjoy the entertainment, perhaps a bite to eat, and, of course, the right gifts for your special someones.

What: Thorncliffe Greenview Craft Fair

When: November 17, 5–9 pm; November 18, 10 am–3 pm

This one's got 170 tables bursting with crafts just waiting to solve your gift-giving quandaries.

What: Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market

When: November 17–19, 24–26, and December 1–3

Annual Christmas market with more than 250 vendors. Decorated with 74 km of Christmas lights. Magical atmosphere includes live (and lively) music and dance entertainment.

What: Splash Art Christmas Show & Sale

When: Weekends, Friday November 17–Sunday December 10

Fridays 5–9 pm, Saturdays 12–8 pm, Sundays 12–6 pm

This is the 4th year for this event so it must be worth doing… and attending. Each weekend, 16 artists gather together with their offerings. If you attend on a Friday, you get a threefer: snacks, hot chocolate, and the artists themselves in attendance.

What: Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo presents the Expo Holiday Market

When: November 25, 10 am–6 pm; November 26, 10 am–5 pm

Almost every family's got one: that special person who would treasure a valuable comic book, movie action figure, or 'must-have' costume wearable… and this is the place to find your special person the perfect gift.

What: Canmore Christmas Artisans’ Market

When: November 25 & 26, 10 am–4 pm

This Bow Valley event features 80 local artisans and artists with a wide selection of holiday gifts. In addition to premier handcrafted items, there will be art, clothing, jewelry and fine foods on offer… and speaking of food, if you get hungry after all that shopping, you can grab a snack or some lunch.

What: Festival of Crafts

When: December 7–10

Into Canadian handmade goods? This is the place to find one of the largest selections with over 250 Canadian vendors.

And when you've had enough shopping for the day…

You can relax in your warm and cozy Regency room, perhaps sipping a cup of Keurig coffee, while you watch something on cable… or use our complimentary Internet to check out what's been happening while you were out on the town.

We had a lovely stay and enjoyed our room at Regency during our conference, the room was very clean, parking was great and the front desk was excellent. We even got a chance to use the exercise room!

- Janet B.