Christmas Craft Fairs in Victoria: Weave a Handmade Touch into Your Holiday Giving

Amidst the commercial assault of Christmas and your endless holiday to-do lists, you may be sick of Christmas before December even arrives!

But before you transform into the Grinch or Ebenezer Scrooge, make time to visit one of Victoria’s Christmas craft fairs. With hand-crafted gifts designed by local artisans, festive treats, and live holiday entertainment, we’re certain you’ll re-discover your Christmas spirit.

During your stay at the Victoria Regent Waterfront Hotel, connect with the locals and weave a handmade touch back into your Christmas giving, with unique, handmade gifts at one of these craft fairs held throughout December:

  1. The Owl Designer Fair
    • When: Dec. 5-6, 2014 (Friday 6 pm – 10 pm / Saturday 10 am – 6 pm)
    • Where: Fernwood Community Centre – 1240 Gladstone Ave. (8 min. drive)
    • What: Victoria’s finest handmade holiday affair. Find unique handmade and upcycled items made by local artists and designers (juried). Features workshops and live music by local musicians.
    • Entry Cost: $3/adult
  2. A Touch of Saltspring
    • When: Dec. 5-7, 2014 (Dec. 5th 10 am – 8 pm / Dec. 6th 10 am – 5 pm / Dec. 7th 10 am – 5 pm)
    • Where: Panorama Recreation Centre – 1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich (28 min. drive)
    • What: Unique and thoughtful gifts from 230+ crafters and artisans from Saltspring Island, BC, and Alberta. The largest attended arts and crafts show on Vancouver Island.
    • Entry Cost: $5 for a 3 day pass
  3. Central Saanich Lawn Bowls Club Christmas Craft Sale
    • When: Dec. 6, 2014 (9 am – 2 pm)
    • Where: Central Saanich Lawn Bowls Club – 1800 Hovey Rd., Saanichton (27 min. drive)
    • What: Get your Christmas baking and gifts in one shopping trip. Homemade baking, preserves, and handmade crafts.
    • Entry Cost: Free
  4. Christmas Craft Fair
    • When: Dec. 6, 2014 (9 am – 3 pm)
    • Where: Central Middle School Gym – 1280 Fort St. (7 min. drive)
    • What: 100+ vendors, raffle, food concessions by Fat Daddy’s, as well as a bake sale of delicious and home made refreshments.
    • Entry Cost: Free
  5. Pretty Things Craft Fair
    • When: Dec. 6, 2014 (10 am – 4 pm)
    • Where: MS Building – 1004 North Park St. (5 min. drive)
    • What: Food, music, 30+ fabulous designer vendors, vintage and more. Helps raise funds for the MS Society of Canada.
    • Entry Cost: Free ($2 donation suggested)
  6. 34th Annual Dickens Fair
    • When: Dec. 6, 2014 (10 am – 5 pm)
    • Where: James Bay Community Center – 140 Oswego St. (5 min. drive)
    • What: 60+ juried local vendors, live local entertainment, café, and kids’ area with crafts, cookie decorating, face painting, balloons, and giant Lego table.
    • Entry Cost: $2/adult; children 12 and under free (with an adult)
  7. Campus View Christmas Craft Fair
    • When: Dec. 6, 2014 (11 am – 4 pm)
    • Where: Campus View Elementary – 3900 Gordon Head Rd. (17 min. drive)
    • What: Crafting rooms, toys and books garage sale, crafters, direct sellers, Christmas café, and musical performances.
    • Entry Cost: $1 donation suggested
  8. Bayside Community Craft Fair
    • When: Dec. 11, 2014 (3 pm – 7:30 pm)
    • Where: Bayside Middle School – 1101 Newton Place, Brentwood Bay (29 min. drive)
    • What: Get your Christmas shopping done and help support the Boys & Girls Club and Bayside Middle School joint programs.
    • Entry Cost: Free
  9. Last Chance Christmas Craft Show
    • When: Dec. 13-14, 2014 (Saturday 10 am – 5 pm / Sunday 10 am – 4 pm)
    • Where: Mary Winspear Centre – 2243 Beacon Ave., Sidney (28 min. drive)
    • What: Indulge in an exceptional Christmas shopping experience with 25+ categories of unique West Coast hand-crafted items to choose from.
    • Entry Cost: $4/adult; free for children 12 and under with an adult (cost covers both days)