Festive Holiday Shopping in the Sea to Sky:
The holidays are a busy time of year, what with baking and shopping and wrapping and the like. Sometimes holiday shopping can make you feel like a bit of a Grinch, with your heart shrinking two sizes smaller dealing with all the chaos. So wouldn’t it be nice to do all your shopping in one place, and to be able to discover creative, thoughtful and locally made gifts too? That’s the beauty of the holiday market, and here in the Sea to Sky, we’ve got plenty of options for novel one-stop shopping that will get you into the joy and wonder of the holiday spirit at the same time!
November 30th 10am-7pm, December 1st 10am-5pm
Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler
Entry by donation
Whistler’s largest winter market takes over a new location at the Westin Resort & Spa with an impressive assortment of crafts, art and holiday charm. With over 100 vendors there is sure to be something for everyone on your ‘nice’ list. You can also catch the entrepreneurial kids of Bratz Biz, local live music and visits from the big man himself. Get all your shopping done in one go while enjoying a festive day out with the family!
December 6th & 7th
Audain Art Museum, Whistler
Advance: $3 admission (online only, ends December 5)
Including Audain Art Museum
Advance: $15 admission (online only, ends December 5)
Bringing the Refresh vibe up Highway 99, this year the market features a pop-up at Whistler’s Audain Art Museum. Shop clothing, art, ceramics, jewellery and more. Grab a dual ticket to explore the current exhibition Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing as well as the museum permanent collection after you shop.
Saturday December 7th, 10am-2pm
Whistler Waldorf School, Whistler
Snack on tasty seasonal treats and sip warm festive drinks as you browse local artists and craft makers. Lots of unique treasures to round out your Christmas shopping list, plus activities for the whole family.
December 7th, 10am-3pm
Pemberton Community Centre, Pemberton
Support Pemberton local artists and entrepreneurs as you shop for artisan goods while you enjoy local music and food. Their popular cookie table will be raising funds for the children’s centre. Who doesn’t love binging on holiday cookies?
November 15th & 16th
West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish
Advance: $3 unlimited two-day admission (online, ends November 14)
General 2-Day Admission: $5 (online only)
Single Day Admission: $5 at the door
Market Preview: $30 (limited admission)
One of BC’s leading indie markets, Refresh offers handmade, vintage and curated merchandise including jewellery, ceramics, art, clothing, artisan foods and skincare. A force in the craft market scene, this holiday market is one of the most anticipated in the Sea to Sky and makes for a perfect day out with the family as you shop and enjoy the atmosphere or grab a bite at the food trucks.
December 6th, 7pm-9pm
Squamish Waldorf School, Squamish
Get ready for a night of holiday adulting in the most fun way possible as you sip your way around a gathering of vendors. Wine and shopping are a match made in heaven as you check out curious local crafts and perhaps find that perfect gift. Adults only.
December 7th, 11am-3pm
Squamish Waldorf School, Squamish
Hopefully you didn’t sip and shop TOO much the night before because you can head back to the same spot the next day with the kids and enjoy a full day of Christmas merrymaking. Holiday inspired activities like ornament and wreath making, puppet shows and lots of delicious holiday treats await, and you can hit up the marketplace for an array of handmade crafts, home décor, children’s toys and jewellery.
November 17th, 10am-2:30pm
Village Hall, Lions Bay
Journeying further south, the quaint seaside village of Lion’s Bay offers a small market featuring local artisans where you might just find that special something to put under the tree.
November 23rd, 11am-4pm
Little Red Church, Collins Hall, Bowen Island
If you’ve never done a day outing to picturesque Bowen Island, perhaps a Christmas Fair might entice you. This small annual craft fair features local island artisans in a charming, festive setting. Pop over on the ferry to see loving-made crafts and gifts and enjoy the concession or holiday activities.
December 1st, 10am-3pm
Bowen Island Community School, Bowen Island
Bowen’s biggest craft fair, this is another chance to visit the island and find handmade one-of-a-kind items- everything from apple butter jam to wool socks or wreaths for your door. There is a bonus children’s craft fair from 10am-12:30pm as well as a raffle, activities for the kids and silent auction
Visit any or all of these one-of-a-kind local markets and you’re sure to find high-quality goods to make everyone on your holiday list a happy little elf. Enjoying the festive spirit and activities really brings the holidays into your heart, so visit one -or all- and watch your heart grow.
Grinches? You won’t find them here.