Circle Craft Vancouver Christmas Market – Giveaway

Empress Avenue has 2 tickets to give away to the Circle Craft Christmas Market in Vancouver to some lucky readers! To enter, share this post on your social media channels and tag Empress Avenue and Pink Pearl PR (Facebook). Winners will be selected on November 8, 2017. 

In Vancouver, the holidays begin with Circle Craft Christmas Market, a city tradition for over four decades!

In 2017, over 300 artisans (more than 50 new to the Market) will take part: clothing designers, potters, wood and metal workers, glass blowers, jewelers, toy makers, candle and soap makers, and more!

Formed in 1972, Circle Craft is a BC-run artist cooperative dedicated to providing opportunities for craftspeople to connect with the community. Members of Circle Craft exhibit at the Market; they also play host to makers of fine crafts from across Canada. The first Market took place in 1973 at The Cultch.

The 2017 Circle Craft Christmas Market features artisans from coast to coast: BC craftspeople from communities such as Salt Spring Island, Mission, Vancouver, Kelowna, Shawnigan Lake, Tofino, Prince George, and Halfmoon Bay will showcase the very best of this province. Artisans will also come from as far as Winnipeg, Edmonton, Waterloo, Montreal, Hamilton, Halifax, Moose Jaw, Okotoks, and more!

archival Circle Craft Christmas Market photo - from the collection of Yetta Lees - smaller version

2017 exhibitors include long-time favourites Wee Woollies (children’s clothing), Cathi Jefferson (clay), Sophia Clay Art, Annie 50 (clothing), Chloë Angus Design (clothing), Adhesif Clothing, Les Guédines en Folie (toys), Anêmone (fashion accessories), The Fishery, and Salt Spring Island Cheese; new exhibitors include Boreal Folk Apothecary, Jumping Creek Pottery, VOILÀ Designs (clothing), Misheo (fashion accessories), Little Rock Jewellery Studio, Vintage Map Co. (pillow cases), Lennard Taylor Design Studio (clothing), Yifat Jovani (clothing), Lisa Fletcher Jewellery, Zoe Bemused Jewelry, East Van Jam, Engin&Dennis Design Studio (glass), and Illo Leather.

The Gourmet Alley’s Grapes & Grains will be back, craft distilleries and wineries, including new exhibitor, Old Order Distilling Co. of Penticton. Also returning, Haejin Lee Ceramics, winner of the 2016 Circle Craft Christmas Market Gold Award for Excellence in Craft.

Circle Craft Christmas Market attracts some 40,000 people eager to discover the creations of hundreds of Canadian artisans all of whom are jury-selected based on talent and diversity.

In addition, to round out the experience, visitors will find entertainment by local performers, craft technique demos, contests, and the “Budding Artists” open area where emerging artists will introduce exciting and innovative new work. New this year! Senior Canadian fibre artist Sola Fiedler will demonstrate and teach the craft of macramé! And, Circle Craft Market partners with Vancouver Community College’s Fashion program to produce a Fashion Show. Check out fashion exhibitors on the catwalk!

From “The Cultch” in the 70s, to “under the sails” at the Convention Centre, to the new Convention Centre West, the Market has moved around Vancouver, but it’s always retained its unique character and mandate to showcase high quality craft via the artisans themselves. Parents who went as children now take their own kids and grandchildren. Circle Craft Christmas Market is truly a Vancouver tradition.

The 2017 Market will take place at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place, November 8-12, 2017. This year, the Market runs Wednesday to Sunday.

Hours: Wednesday through Friday: 10 am – 9 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm; Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm


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