Guest post: A preview of 2014 Holiday Craft Shows in Ottawa

Photo by Glen Gower

Photo by Glen Gower

(Pro-tips from craft show aficionado Mel Patterson.)

As we sip our very first pumpkin spice lattes of the fall, another seasonal trend is upon us; the Ottawa craft scene has already begun to ramp up for the holiday season! Hundreds of talented artisans from all over Canada, take part in shows in and around Ottawa on any given weekend between now and the December holiday season to showcase their truly unique, one-of-a-kind, handmade wares.

To ensure the best possible craft fair experience here are a couple pro-tips to take under advisement before heading out:


  • Be sure to get to these shows early (i.e. before they open!) as some of them hand out swag bags that are to be coveted!
  • Bring a bottle of water. Craft fair shopping is hard work!
  • Bring a reusable bag to carry all your awesome finds.
  • If you’re bringing your wee one and are comfortable with babywearing do that instead of bringing a stroller. The shows are usually packed and a stroller often becomes more hassle than a help.
  • Bring smaller denominations of money if possible. Also, don’t forget that many vendors (but not all) can now take credit cards!
  • Bring your rockin’ attitude & patience. Everyone is there to have a great time!


Featured Listings

December 13-14: 1st Annual Last Minute Christmas Craft Show

1st Annual Last Minute Christmas Craft ShowAre you looking for unique hand made gifts and worried that you’ve missed your chance to get them?  Don’t settle for cookie-cutter gifts again this Holiday season! Come to the 1st Annual Last Minute Christmas Craft show presented by the Capital Artisans Guild. The event features 40 of the area’s best artisans offering unique and beautiful hand made items. The show takes place on December 13 and 14 at St. Patrick’s High School, 2525 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa.



More local craft shows

Thursday, April 16 - Sunday, April 19
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Originals-The Spring Craft Sale
EY Centre, Ottawa Canada
Saturday, April 18
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Beaverbrook Spring Tea and Craft Sale
Kanata United Church, Kanata Ontario
Saturday, April 25 - Sunday, April 26
10:00 am - 2:45 pm
Capital Artisans Guild Spring Craft Show
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School, Orleans Ontario
Saturday, April 25 - Sunday, April 26
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Vibrant! The 2015 OVCC Artisans @ Archives Spring Market
Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa Ontario
Sunday, April 26
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spring Blooms Craft Sale
Plant Recreation Centre – Preston Room, Ottawa Canada
Friday, May 8 - Sunday, May 10
10:00 am
Festival of Quilts 2015
RA Centre Curling Rink, Ottawa Ontario
Saturday, May 30
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
BHC Community Day 2015
Bethany Hope Centre, Ottawa Ontario
Saturday, August 22 - Sunday, August 23
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Merrickville Antique Artisan Show
Merrickville Fairgrounds, Merrickville Ontario
Sunday, September 20
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
ARTISAN a fair/une foire
Shenkman Arts Center, Ottawa Ontario

Melissa Patterson

Melissa Patterson is a Kanata resident and Holiday Craft show aficionado.

8 Responses

  1. The Christmas Market at Watson’s Mill, Manotick is weekends Nov. 22 to Dec. 2 — Sat./Sun. 10 am to 4 pm.

    I KNOW – Dec. 2 is not a Sat. or a Sun. but that’s what they sent me at the Manotick Directory!

  2. Oops mistake on last comment.
    Christmas Market – Watson’s Mill is Sat.-Sun. Nov. 22 to Dec. 7.
    Should translate to Nov. 22-23, Nov. 29-30, Dec. 6-7
    … but I could be wrong. ;)

  3. Great post! We would also like to invite people to the Wakefield Christmas Market, an outdoor, European-style market in the lovely little village of Wakefield, QC. Sip on mulled wine, eat dinner in our heated tents, listen to live music, warm yourself around one of the bonfires, take a horse drawn carriage ride of the village, have your kid’s photo taken with Santa, buy last minute holiday and hostess gifts, and enjoy the magic of this very unique and special market.

    Saturday, December 13, 3-7pm
    Outside the Alpengruss, 831 chemin Riverside, Wakefield, QC J0X 3G0

  4. Natalie says:

    Thank you for the informative post! Would you happen to know where those cute marshmallow ornaments are from?

  5. Andrea says:

    Wonderful roundup of fantastic local shows!

    We would also like to invite you to Yelp’s Totally Bazaar, happening Saturday, November 29 at Algonquin College’s Student Commons from 11-3. Free snacks and drinks, face painting, and more!

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