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Holiday craft fair roundup 2018

By Davis Carr on November 13, 2018

Here are some of Apt613’s picks for craft fairs this holiday season. Check our community events calendar for more and share your favourites in the comments. 

Weekend of November 17

Glebe Craft & Artisan Fair

A staple of the holiday craft circuit, the Glebe Craft & Artisan Fair has been hosted for over 40 years, and it keeps growing.

📅 Friday, November 16 to Sunday, November 18. Open Friday from 6-9pm, Saturday from 10am-5pm, and Sunday from 11am-4pm.

📍 Glebe Community Centre (175 Third Avenue)

🎟️ Free admission

Old-Fashioned Christmas and Outdoor Artisan Market

The Goulburn Museum, Ottawa’s oldest military settlement, is hosting a one-day market.

📅 Sunday, November 18 from 10am-3pm

📍 Goulburn Museum (2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville)

🎟️ Free admission


Weekend of November 24

Mistletoe & Ivy Handmade Market

Locally handcrafted goods and artisan food and drinks. Another classic.

📅 Saturday, November 24 from 10am-4pm

📍 allsaints Event Space (10 Blackburn Avenue)

🎟️ $2 admission

Holiyay Freewheeling Craft Market

Holiyay promises to transform the Makerspace North warehouse into a magical marketplace, featuring Ottawa-based makers.

📅 Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm

📍 Makerspace North (250 City Centre Drive, Bay 216)

🎟️ $3 admission; kids free

Idle Hands 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

Idle Hands is often considered the star of the holiday market circuit. Idle Hands brings in vendors from Toronto and Montréal you can’t find anywhere else, making it a must-visit for your holiday shopping (hands off the dried lavender from Crown Flora, that’s mine!).

📅 Sunday, November 25 from 10am-5pm

📍 St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall (523 St Anthony Street)

🎟️ $5 admission


Weekend of December 1

Christmas Market at the Museum of History

The Museum’s Christmas Market boasts more than 80 exhibitors in the Grand Hall, many of which you won’t find at any other craft shows, particularly those from Quebec. With free admission, it’s definitely one you don’t want to miss.

📅 Thursday, November 29 to Sunday, December 2. Open on Thursday and Friday from 11am-8pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30am-5pm.

📍 Museum of History (100 Laurier Street, Gatineau)

🎟️ Free admission

Carp Christmas Market

Spread over two buildings, the Carp Christmas Market features 75+ local Carp vendors.

📅 Friday, November 30 from 3-8pm and Saturday, December 1 from 8am-2pm

📍 Carp Farmer’s Market (3790 Carp Road, Carp)

🎟️ Free admission

613Christmas

Run by 613flea, you’ll find all of the usual 613flea staples, like antiques and vintage clothing vendors, plus a few more.

📅 Saturday, December 1, from 10am – 5pm.

📍 Carleton University Fieldhouse (1125 Colonel By Drive)

🎟️ Free admission

Dominion City Christmas Night Market

The only thing better than shopping is shopping with a drink in your hand. The folks at Dominion City will be collecting food and cash donations on behalf of the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard.

📅 Sunday, December 2, from 3-9pm

📍 Dominion City Brewing Co. (15-5510 Canotek Road)

🎟️ Free admission


Weekend of December 8

Craftalicious

Located in the basement of Knox Church on Elgin Street, a visit to Craftalicious is the perfect way to kill time after brunch.

📅 Saturday, December 8 from 11am-4pm

📍 Knox Church (227 Elgin Street)

🎟️ Free admission

Wakefield Christmas Market

Wakefield has hosted an European-style Christmas Market since 2013, featuring vendors, bonfires, live music and mulled wine.

📅 Saturday, December 8 from 2-4pm

📍 Centre Wakefield La Pêche (38 chemin de la Vallée de Wakefield, Wakefield, Quebec)

🎟️ Free admission


Weekend of December 22

Cheerfully Made Saves Christmas

Avoid the mall and do all your last minute shopping, all while supporting local makers. If you attend the Friday Night Market, you’ll receive a wish list to wander the show with and fill with your favourite finds — and then give to your loved ones so they can shop for you on the Saturday. Passive aggressive for genius?

📅 Friday December 21 from 6-9pm and Saturday, December 22 from 10am-4pm

📍 Sensplex, 1565 Maple Grove Road

🎟️ $15 admission to the Night Market; $5 admission on Saturday (kids under 16 free)


Author’s note: with special thanks to Abigail Kidd’s Facebook newsfeed; thanks for clicking “Interested” on all those events!