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

 

November 22-23: ‘Joy!’ – the 2014 OVCC | Artisans @ Archives Christmas Market 
Featuring the work of some of the best artists and artisans from across the Ottawa Valley. Our shows are renowned for bringing an exciting variety of art, crafts, designs and artisan foods together in a unique venue, and Joy! will be no exception. 75 participating vendors are selected for their unique style, quality of work and originality of design. Visit us between 9 am and 4 pm on the main floor of the Library and Archives Canada building on Wellington Street.

Third Annual West End Christmas Craft ShowNovember 22-23: Capital Artisans Guild 3rd Annual Christmas Craft Show
Don’t settle for cookie-cutter gifts again this Holiday season! Avoid the press of the shopping malls, and come to the 3rd Annual Christmas Craft show presented by the Capital Artisans Guild. The event features 50 of the area’s best artisans offering unique and beautiful hand-made items. The show takes place on November 22and 23 at Sir Robert Borden High School, 131 Greenbank Road in Nepean.

Huge Craft Fair Dec 6December 6: MAC FAIR “CHEER” – Christmas Edition
From original home décor, luscious eco-friendly body products and stunning fashion through to handcrafted jewelry, unique paintings and scrumptous treats, there’s no telling what products you might find! We will have 100 local makers of quality, hand-made crafts under one roof! There will be some new and exciting artisans joining us this year, and of course we’ll have many well-loved favourites returning too. At Immaculata High School, 140 Main Street.

 

More local craft shows

Date/TimeEvent
Friday, November 7 - Saturday, November 29
All Day
Fair Trade Festival Sale - every Friday and Saturday in November
Ottawa Mennonite Church, Ottawa On
Sunday, November 16 - Sunday, December 7
11:00 am
Shop & Brunch
Mambo Restaurant, Ottawa Ontario
Saturday, November 22 - Sunday, November 23
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
'Joy!' - the 2014 OVCC | Artisans @ Archives Christmas Market
Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa Ontario
Saturday, November 22 - Sunday, November 23
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Capital Artisans Guild 3rd Annual Christmas Craft Show
Sir Robert Borden High School, Nepean Ontario
Saturday, November 22 - Monday, November 24
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Watson's Mill Christmas Market
Watson’s Mill, Manotick
Sunday, November 23
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Shop Your Local Talent Craft Sale Ottawa South
Sunnyside Fire Hall, Ottawa South, Ottawa ON
Sunday, November 23 - Tuesday, November 25
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Watson's Mill Christmas Market
Watson’s Mill, Manotick
Sunday, November 23
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Ukrainian Christmas Bazaar
Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Ottawa ON
Thursday, November 27 - Friday, November 28
11:00 am - 5:30 pm
LE MARCHÉ DE NOËL DU MUSÉE CANADIEN DE L'HISTOIRE/ THE CANADIAN MUSEUM OF HISTORY'S CHRISTMAS MARKET
Musée canadien de l’histoire, Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau Qc
Thursday, November 27
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Immigrant Women's Art Exhibition & Sale
HUB Ottawa, Ottawa ON
Friday, November 28 - Sunday, November 30
All Day
Nepean Fine Arts League 50th Anniversary Fall Show and Sale
Ukrainian Banquet Hall, Ottawa Ontario
Friday, November 28 - Sunday, November 30
12:00 am
The Ottawa Guild of Potters Holiday Sale
Lansdowne Park, Ottawa
Friday, November 28 - Saturday, November 29
11:00 am - 5:30 pm
LE MARCHÉ DE NOËL DU MUSÉE CANADIEN DE L'HISTOIRE/ THE CANADIAN MUSEUM OF HISTORY'S CHRISTMAS MARKET
Musée canadien de l’histoire, Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau Qc
Saturday, November 29
12:00 am
Blackburn Lodge Seniors Residence Christmas Bazaar
Blackburn Lodge Seniors Residence, Ottawa
Saturday, November 29
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Arts and Crafts by the Rideau in Overbrook
Overbrook Community Centre, Ottawa ON
Saturday, November 29
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Beckwith Township Christmas Craft Show
Beckwith Public School Gym, Carleton Place
Saturday, November 29
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
GROW Christmas Market
Christian Horizons, Ottawa ON
Saturday, November 29
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
McNabb Christmas Craft Fair
McNabb Community Centre, Ottawa Canada
Saturday, November 29
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mutchmor Holiday Craft Fair/Bazaar
Mutchmor Public School, Ottawa
Saturday, November 29
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
St Barnabas Christmas Bazaar
St Barnabas Church, Ottawa
Saturday, November 29 - Sunday, November 30
11:00 am - 5:30 pm
LE MARCHÉ DE NOËL DU MUSÉE CANADIEN DE L'HISTOIRE/ THE CANADIAN MUSEUM OF HISTORY'S CHRISTMAS MARKET
Musée canadien de l’histoire, Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau Qc
Sunday, November 30
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Finders Keepers One of a Kind Trunk Show
Carleton Place Canoe Club, Carleton Place
Sunday, November 30
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market
Goulbourn Museum, Stittsville
Sunday, November 30
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ottawa Farmers' Market: Grand Opening Christmas Market
Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa Ontario
Sunday, November 30 - Monday, December 1
11:00 am - 5:30 pm
LE MARCHÉ DE NOËL DU MUSÉE CANADIEN DE L'HISTOIRE/ THE CANADIAN MUSEUM OF HISTORY'S CHRISTMAS MARKET
Musée canadien de l’histoire, Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau Qc
Saturday, December 6
All Day
Fisher Park Christmas Craft Show & Sale
Fisher Park Community Centre, Ottawa Ontario
Saturday, December 6
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
MAC FAIR "CHEER" - Christmas Edition
Immaculata High School, Ottawa
Saturday, December 6
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Urban Craft Market
Glebe Community Centre, Ottawa Ontario
Sunday, December 7
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Magic Forest Celtic Yule "Tree of Life" Psychic, Arts and Crafts Fair in support of Ottawa's Animals in Need
Bronson Centre, Ottawa
Thursday, December 11 - Sunday, December 21
12:00 am
Originals Ottawa Christmas Craft Sale
Ernst & Young Centre, Ottawa
Saturday, February 14 - Monday, February 16
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Red and White FlagFest
Giant Flagpole and Memorial Fields, Brockville Ontario

Melissa Patterson

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

6 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

    http://www.noelwakefieldmarket.com/

  4. Natalie says:

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

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