ARTS WHISTLER’S HOLIDAY MARKET SERVES UP ITS BIGGEST MARKET YET
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
WHISTLER, BC – It’s beginning to feel a lot like…Holiday Market time! Arts Whistler’s Holiday Market (formally Bizarre Bazaar) returns to the Whistler Conference Centre November 26 and 27 for two days of hand-baked, hand-made goodness. Whether you’re looking for local artwork, a cozy sweater, or a delicious treat – with well over 100 vendors there is sure to be something for everyone on your “nice” list. Add live music, carols, a food court, and visits from Santa, and the market becomes a full-on festive bonanza.
Arts Whistler’s Holiday Market will feature new vendors and returning favourites for the biggest, most diverse shopping experience in the market’s history. The event has become a major facilitator of sales for Whistler’s artisans, marketing a diverse array of handcrafted and locally-produced goods to shoppers on one of Whistler’s busiest weekends of the year. Local and visiting artists and artisans will gather to showcase their handmade goods and original artwork under a banner of twinkling lights at the Whistler Conference Centre.
This year’s merchant catalogue features an eclectic mix of artisan goods including ceramics, housewares, natural bath products, jewelry, artwork, clothing, food, and lots more.
“The Holiday Market is a great showcase of our impressive Sea to Sky artisans and an opportunity to discover the talents of vendors from further afield. It’s a wonderful way to kick off your holiday shopping – with an authentic Whistler experience that offers one-of-a-kind art, crafts and goodies,” said Maureen Douglas, Arts Whistler’s executive director.
A few highlights:
Chili Thom – Chili Thom’s colourful landscapes are sold around the world and are always a fan favourite at Arts Whistler’s Holiday Market. A Whistler legend and certainly one of the most well-known visual artists in town, you’re not a “true local” until you have a Chili Thom piece hanging on your wall.
Pemberton Distillery – Spirit tasting is a new addition to the market this year. A local success story from just up the road, the Pemberton Distillery will be selling their fine spirits at this year’s market. A favourite with locals, this certified organic distillery produces award-winning Pemberton potato vodka, gin, absinthe, whisky, brandy, schnapps, and liqueurs using 100% locally grown ingredients.
Ageros Jewelry – New this year to the market is Lillooet-based Ageros Jewelry. Inspired by the semi-arid climate and powerful scenery of Lillooet, Ageros Jewelry designs and bench-crafts jewelry from sterling silver and gem-cut stones cut by local BC lapidaries.
In addition to the vendors selling their wares, Arts Whistler’s Holiday Market features live music, free activities for families, and a chance to win one of a kind, handmade goods from local Whistler and BC artisans.
Proceeds from entrance donations will go toward Arts Whistler with funds supporting programs such as the Whistler Children’s Festival and ArtWalk.
Come in your snow boots or ski boots, ski, ride your bike, or walk right on in. Set these dates aside and show some local love.
For a full schedule of the weekend’s events and the full vendor directory, visit artswhistler.com.
Saturday, November 26 11am-8pm
Sunday, November 27 11am-6pm
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ABOUT ARTS WHISTLER
Arts Whistler is passionate about Whistler, about arts, and about making arts and culture an integral part of day-to-day life. Operating out of the Maury Young Arts Centre in the heart of Whistler Village, Arts Whistler runs a variety of creative classes, showcases an exciting lineup of live shows for Arts Whistler Live!, and hosts year-round free-admission exhibits in The Gallery supporting local artists and their craft. Annual events include the Whistler Children’s Festival, Whistler Street Entertainment, Arts Whistler’s Holiday Market, ArtWalk, and Art on the Lake. Arts Whistler creates bold, inspiring, and engaging experiences and supports an arts and culture sector in Whistler that’s welcoming, accessible, and collaborative.
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