One of Whistler’s favourite annual traditions is back, and so we’ve got a few insider tips to help you do the Arts Whistler Holiday Market right!
It’s two days of handmade, hand-baked goodness and it’s headed your way Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25. With over 100 vendors selling quality, original handcrafted goods, plus festive live music, hot holiday beverages, tasty baked goods, and locally-made savory eats, as well as fun activities for the whole family, the Arts Whistler Holiday Market has lots going on. We’ve put together a list of 10 tips to help you make the most out of the market, all while having a relaxing and merry time!
*All photos by Kat Willson
Be a zero waste hero
There’s plenty of tasty holiday drinks to sip and lots of unique finds you’ll want to take home with you, but don’t forget the planet in the process – remember to bring your reusable bag and travel mug with you.
Forgot them at home? No need to fret. There’s plenty of quality reusable drinkware and bags available for sale at the market to help you maintain your rep as a zero waste hero in style!
Early to rouse, early to browse
There are so many one-of-a-kind treasures to be found at the market. Ensure your pick of the widest selection and find the perfect fit by getting there as soon as the market opens.
Just can’t get enough? Remember to grab the contact cards of your favourite vendors where possible to connect with them after the market is over.
Check out the vendor lineup
This year’s Arts Whistler Holiday Market plays host to a wide variety of local vendors, including returning favourites and fresh newcomers. Whistler and the Sea to Sky are bursting with brilliant artisan makers, so it’s no surprise that the market is the place to be to find high-quality handcrafted goods that make giving the perfectly unique gift a breeze.
Check out the full lineup before you go to make sure you don’t miss your faves when you get to the market! A link to the full roster can be found at the end of this article.
Bring a friend
The holidays are better when shared with friends and family, and so is the Arts Whistler Holiday Market! Grab your partner, mom, or best pals and spend the day exploring the market together. Enjoy a drink, browse, and get into the holiday spirit with your nearest and dearest.
Psst.. plus, you can find out the items your market buddies really flip for, then get then double back and get them the perfect gift when they’re not looking! You sneaky little thing.
Keep the holiday spirit stoked with the right fuel
There’s lots going on at the market and so many amazing artisan vendors to check out, so it’s important to keep your energy up. This year, Portobello will be at the market offering tasty eats and beverages to make sure you’ve got the fuel (and the caffeine) to make the most of the market.
Plus, check out the vendors to get your hands on delicious baked goods, cheese, chocolate, coffee, kombucha, honey, sauces, syrups, spirits and much more. Take a browse the vendor lineup located below to see the wide range of food vendors the market has to offer this year.
Spin that wheel
Take home some Arts Whistler swag or amazing handmade goods generously donated by our talented vendors just by spinning Santa’s Wheel of Wonder. No lumps of coal of coal here – Every spin is a win!
Each spin is only $5, and all proceeds support Arts Whistler’s year-round community arts programming.
Take in the holiday cheer and live festive tunes
Be sure to check out the festive live music that will be performed throughout the weekend at the market. Let it help you get into the spirit of the season as you browse and enjoy all the event has to offer. The lineup includes, RaDuo, Whistler Harp, Dana-Marie Battaglia, Whistler Children’s Chorus and Whistler Singers, Evan Kennedy, and Mark Woodyard
Check out the schedule below for more detail on the live music you can expect to hear and when!
Keep tabs on Ol’ Saint Nick
If you’re bringing the little ones with you to the Arts Whistler Holiday Market, a visit with Santa is a must. Check out the schedule below to find out exactly when the big guy will be at there.
Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the moment!
Saturday, November 24
- 11:00 – 11:45am
- 1:00 – 1:45pm
- 3:00 – 3:45pm
- 5:00 – 5:45pm
Sunday, November 25
- 11:00 – 11:45am
- 1:00 – 1:45pm
- 3:00 – 3:45pm
Schedule doesn’t line up with the big guy’s? The youth entrepreneurs of Bratz Biz will have a letter writing station set up so your kiddos can still get their requests into Santa – or even send a helpful follow-up reminder letter after their visit!
Check out the youthful talent at Bratz Biz
Letter writing isn’t all Bratz Biz is about. They’re back at the market again this year with over 30 local youth vendors.
These talented students from the Sea to Sky corridor will be offering up their handmade goods, and inviting you to get creative yourself with the Bratz Biz craft station. Make sure to check out these awesome young artisans!
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We can’t wait to see you there!
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