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Holiday craft show roundup 2016!

By Hannah Manning on November 3, 2016

Everywhere you look in Ottawa there are signs that the holidays are fast approaching. Our first snowfall has come and gone, decorations are up in the malls, and your annual Apartment613 holiday craft show roundup is live!

Here are some picks (in chronological order) for local, handmade gifts and decorations. Be sure to check our Events calendar for more fun holiday events!

Christmas Craft Show

November 3 to 6, check website for times

Nepean Sportsplex (1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Nepean)

Go big or go home, right? Start off your holiday craft show circuit with a trip to the Nepean Sportsplex where an astonishing number of talented artisans, artists, and designers will be selling their creations including clothing, jewelry, and Christmas decorations.

Cheerfully Made Holiday Market

November 5 and 6, 10am-4pm

Almonte Old Town Hall (14 Bridge Street, Almonte)

Cheerfully Made is the handmade hub for local area makers and the people who love them. Learn more about this awesome business in a special Apartment613 guest post, part of our Support Local series, and then head out to Almonte for their Holiday Market.

Photo from the Cheerfully Made Holiday Market Facebook Page.

Photo from the Cheerfully Made Holiday Market Facebook Page.

613Christmas at Lansdowne Park

November 12, 10am-5pm

Horticultural Building at Lansdowne Park (1015 Bank Street, Ottawa)

From the fine folks behind 613Flea comes a special holiday edition – 613Christmas! Join them for a magical makers’ marketplace to start your holiday shopping!

Photo from 613Flea's website.

Photo from 613Flea’s website.

Finders Keepers Holiday Show 2016

November 12, 10am-3pm

Carleton Place Canoe Club (179 John Street, Carleton Place)

Who doesn’t like free stuff? Swag bags will be handed out to the first 50 shoppers at the Finders Keepers Holiday Show so get there early! The show borrows its concept from the hugely popular trunk shows in Europe and will have vendors displaying their goods in vintage suitcases, trunks or toolboxes.

Photo from the Finders Keepers website.

Photo from the Finders Keepers website.

Glebe Craft & Artisan Fair

November 18-20, check website for times

Glebe Community Centre (175 Third Avenue, Ottawa)

Hosted by the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group, this show has been running for over 35 years and continues to be an amazing success. This fundraiser provides money for their subsidy program, which is open to all members of the greater Ottawa/Gatineau community.

Hintonburg Artisan Craft Fair

November 19, 10am-4pm

Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington Street, Ottawa)

Hosted by the Hintonburg Community Association, this annual event features a bake sale (with homemade chili!), a silent auction, and over 50 local vendors. All proceeds to go support the community association.

Idle Hands Art, Craft and Vintage 2016

November 27, 10am-5pm

St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall (523 St. Anthony Street, Ottawa)

Ottawa’s longest running indie sale is back again. Featuring unique local arts and crafts as well as vintage clothing, you’ll be sure to find something special for everyone on your list.

Art & Parcel: A Holiday Art Sale

Opening reception November 29, 7pm. Sale runs November 1 until December 31

Ottawa Art Gallery (2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa)

The Ottawa Art Gallery rentals and sales is once again holding its annual holiday sale. You can shop for original photographs, paintings, drawings, ceramics, cards, jewelry and textiles, all priced at $400 or less.

Photo from the Art & Parcel Facebook page.

Photo from the Art & Parcel Facebook page.

Canadian Museum of History’s Christmas Market

December 1 to 4, check website for times

Canadian Museum of History (100 Laurier Street, Gatineau)

With views across the river to Parliament, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more picturesque venue. Enjoy the view and the shopping as more than 90 exhibitors fill the Grand Hall with unique handmade treats and gifts.


December 3, 10am-4pm

Knox Church (120 Lisgar Street, Ottawa)

Conveniently located on Elgin Street, you can chat with local artisans who will be selling their goods. Browse through knits, glass works, jewelry, prints, cards, geekery, baby items, ornaments and more! Admission is free and donations will be accepted for the Knox Presbyterian Church’s Out of the Cold Program.


December 10 and 11, 10am-3pm

Library and Archives Canada (395 Wellington Street, Ottawa)

Hosted by the Ottawa Valley Crafts and Collectibles Guild, this show celebrates the work of some of the best artists and artisans from across Ottawa, the Valley and The Outaouais.

Capital Pop Up! Handmade Show

December 17, 10am-3pm

Glebe Community Centre (175 Third Avenue, Ottawa)

A portion of your $2 admission goes towards Ottawa Therapy Dogs, one of many charities Capital Pop Up! has supported through its events. Visit the show and find handmade food items, clothing, toys, home décor, body products and vintage goods.