This holiday season, skip the malls and make it to one of these festive markets
By Cory Schachtel | November 29, 2023
We Wish You a Witchy Christmas
The Original Edmonton Witches Market welcomes all people across its threshold into this witches market (that’s “more of a vibe than a hard fast rule”) full of crystals, unique jewellery and “creepy things” made by Edmonton artists who “believe in an alternative lifestyle” Dec. 2 and 3.
The Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Market has a different market theme each weekend until it closes for the holidays Dec. 23. Don’t miss the market’s collaboration with the Downtown Business Association on Dec. 1, the many vintage and artisan markets, or the Very Indigenous Holiday Market Dec. 16.
Have a Fall
This year, the South Clareview Community League doubles up its annual Fall Craft Market with a second! On Dec. 16, your kids can enjoy a balloon artists (and a certain celebrity festive couple) while you sneakily get them some handmade gifts.
Silver Bells Winter Market
Browse through 30 vendors displaying some products that aren’t available in stores, all from local businesses, Dec 2 in Spruce Grove.
St. Albert Indoor Christmas Market
Whether you’re looking to stock someone’s stocking or stomach, this market has a huge variety of preserves and baking, artwork and home decor, every Saturday until Dec. 16.
Hey Good Lookin’
Organizers Dori and Lindsay of Hello Pretty produce this boutique-style market full of local artisan-crafted goods “to fill a niche market for customers hoping to find beautiful products that hold meaning” and want to “shop small” at “the prettiest market in Edmonton,” Dec. 2 at Red Willow Place in St. Albert.
After 16 years of “twice-a-year-or-so” fairs, this winter will be the Royal Bison’s final season. So head just north of the Strathcona Farmers’ Market Dec. 1 to 3 to check out two rooms full of prints, books, ceramics, woodworking and “the just plain weird.”
The Signatures Butterdome Craft Sale features the works of over 220 artists, artisans, makers and designers from coast-to-coast and is a uniquely Canadian handmade marketplace. Visitors can meet passionate creatives in person, hear their stories and feel their works first hand at this annual tradition (since 1990), until Dec, 3.
A Festive Fort
With horse-drawn sleigh rides, live performances and hot food, the Edmonton Christmas Market at Fort Edmonton is more than a merry market — but it’s that too! Over 100 vendors will share their wares until Dec. 17.
Harcourt House’s Annual Art-O-Rama Art Sale Fundraiser runs Dec. 8 to 16 in the Main and Art Incubator Galleries of Harcourt House and in Harcourt’s online gallery. It offers original, small-format works including paintings, sculptures, printmaking, photography, ceramics, jewelry and more, all from leading and emerging Edmonton artists and designers.