The holiday season has begun! When you're done decorating, head out to one of Calgary's holiday markets for the best in local and international gifts and goodies.
Market Collective Holiday Edition
With markets throughout the year, Calgarians were quick to jump on board with Market Collective. It all started in 2008, and each year has grown into a staple for local artists. This year, three weekends at the Chinese Cultural Center will see photographers, graphic designers, fibre artists, and much more behind intricately displayed booths, selling their handmade goods.
Adding to the supreme talent will be live performers, musicians, and even the Naaco food truck. If you’d like to get your hands dirty with silversmithing, soapworks, or leatherwork, sign up for one of the DIY workshops.
Admission to the market is $5 for a weekend, a small price to pay to find the perfect holiday gift. The market will open its doors on Dec 5-7, 12-14, and 19-21. Don’t forget to give a little extra cheer to your purchases at the gift wrapping station! For more information on this year’s vendors, visit the MC website.
Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market
When Christmas is near, the entire Spruce Meadows complex is transformed into a cinnamon-sweet holiday market. From Candy Cane Lane to Reindeer Alley, each aisle is themed and offers festive holiday fare, unique decorations, and artisan-made goodies. At this large scale Christmas market you can expect to find everything you need to stuff stockings and stack piles of presents under the tree.
The Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market will take place over three weekends: Nov 14-16, 21-13, and 29-30. Admission is $10 per day. To learn about the vendors or purchase a multi-day pass, visit the website.
Art Market Art & Craft Show
If you’re looking for a breadth of artists and styles, this is the market for you. Hosted at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre from November 20-23, this show features artists from across Canada as well as homegrown favourites.
Woodworkers, felters, and potters will display alongside watchmakers, jewellery designers, and sculpters. For some holiday cheer in action, functional potter Bruce Nyeste will be at the show throwing bowls, which will later be donated to the Airdrie Good Bank. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $8.00 for students.
For more details and an admission coupon, visit the website.
Krista Kehoe, Calgary real estate agent & REALTOR®