The holiday shopping event of the season is near, with seriously Santa-approved offerings to ensure you check every name off your list (and have a little festive fun while you're at it). The West Coast Christmas Show + Artisan Market, on from November 15th to 17th, 2019, at Tradex in Abbotsford, includes a bevy of artisans and vendors (read: more than 300 exhibitors) for a holiday shopping experience like no other. Below, our top picks for new and returning features that make this the seasonal event you cannot miss! —Vita Daily
artisan marketplace. Shop more than 170 artisan exhibitors at the West Coast Christmas Show! Find local, handmade goods from local macramé, stained-glass, food and other artisans—you’ll be sure to find the perfect, personalized, one-of-a-kind Christmas gift for your loved one (and find out first-hand why these makers are so passionate about what they do). Some of our top vendor and gift picks this year include: 3 Brushes Studio for stunningly beautiful acrylic and watercolour painting by Danyne Johnston; the coolest baby bibs on the block by Langley-Based Little Freddy’s; handpainted, abstract, ocean objects (think ornaments, coasters and serving trays) from Sara’s Art Corner; and bohemian-beautiful and sensitive-skin-safe jewelry created by The Pirate + The Gypsy of New Westminster. Truly something for everyone on every list!
presentation stages. Relax or take a break from shopping by taking in the entertainment at one of three presentation stages at the show. The Home for the Holidays Stage will feature culinary and home décor presentations while the Sounds of the Holidays area will showcase performances by wind ensembles, harmony groups, fiddlers, choral groups and even fiddlers. Finally, seek out the Community Arts Stage to see local performers, including The Royal City Youth Ballet and their preview of The Nutcracker.
tonnes of trees. The show's Festival of Trees feature includes trees decorated by charitable organizations to draw attention to their cause. Vote for the best tree and help the various participating charities win cash prizes! Another "tree-riffic" feature: an on-site nursery for all your live seasonal décor needs, from trimming to festive table settings.
it takes a village. New to this year's show, now your Christmas purchases can help improve the world. Shop It Takes A Village: a gathering of community minded artisans who are committed to giving back (like IndiArts Collective, which works with South American artisans, selling their indigenous handcrafts and providing them with recognition and support). Whether the artisan's focus is to go green by limiting their use of plastic and toxic materials or empowering a community through fair-trade items, you’ll find a way to connect to your global community this Christmas.
For full show details and, of course, to purchase your discounted tickets online, visit westcoastchristmasshow.com. Ho ho ho! See you at the show! —Vita Daily
Win! A $1,000 West Coast Christmas Show + Artisan Market Prize Pack!
We have a winner! Congratulations Samantha C. of Vancouver, who won a West Coast Christmas Show + Artisan Market prize pack, including products by 16 show vendors and four show tickets, worth more than $1,000 (find the full prize list here)!