Love it for the excuse to eat or drink pumpkin-spice anything, or hate it for the fact it means summer is gone, the cold weather is upon us!
That’s right Edmonton — time to pull out the scarves and mitts, get those tires changed, and hunker down with a hot cup of cocoa.
But while you’re waiting for that Halloween candy to go on sale (minus the candy corn — you are not human if you consider this to be candy), might I suggest checking out one of the best parts of this cozy season — the holiday markets!
The best way to spend your weekends leading up to Christmas is by grabbing a friend, a wad of cash, and heading down to check out one of the many local craft markets. (It’s also one of the best ways to get some early Christmas shopping done). Because, let’s face it, any outdoor strolls on the weekends are becoming a bit too brisk anyways.
But with so many markets to choose from, it can be hard to know which are worth leaving the comfort of your fireplace for (the TV channel fireplace can be equally as cozy, we know). Here are our top picks for holiday markets worth checking out around Edmonton this year:
October 15 | The Royal Glenora Club, Edmonton
Admission: $5 (14 & under go free)
November 16 – 19 | The Enjoy Centre, St. Albert
Admission: $5 (17 & under go free)
November 18 | Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton
Admission: Free! (accepting non-perishable food donations)
SANTAAAAAAA!!!! This is the perfect holiday market if you have little ones wanting to meet the big jolly guy while you peruse the many tables of local crafters. Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food donation.
November 18-19 | Prince of Wales Armouries, Edmonton
Didn’t get your market fix at Glenora Gift and Craft Sale? Be sure to check out Curated — a sure-to-be great little market located inside the historic Prince of Wales Armouries. Offering plenty of unique handmade gifts, you can start checking off that Christmas shopping list!
November 23-26 | Northlands Expo Centre, Edmonton
Admission: $8 (12 & under go free)
Arguably the largest makers market in YEG, Make It returns to Edmonton with more than 265 crafty vendors. Take a break from all the treasure hunting, and grab a refreshment from the beer garden or one of the drool-worthy food trucks.
(Pssst… visit their website and sign-up for their newsletter to receive $2 off your admission!)
November 25 | Terwillegar Community Church, Edmonton
As the one-month countdown to Christmas begins, Hand2Hand brings their Christmas market to Terwillegar. From scrapbooking supplies to cozy knits, find exactly what’s on (or isn’t, but should be) your Christmas wish list!
November 24-26 & December 1-3 | 8426 Gateway Blvd, Edmonton
Admission: $2 (kids go free)
Featuring the best crafts and design from Edmonton-based artists, the Royal Bison Art & Craft Fair is great for pondering exhibits and installations, while also finding a souvenir (or two) to take home.
November 30 – December 3 | Universaide Pavilion (Butterdome), Edmonton
Admission: $7 (17 & under go free)
Returning for its 27th year, the Butterdome Craft Sale features some of Canada’s most talented artisans all under one roof (and an iconic one, at that!). Interact face-to-face with artists and designers at the UofA Butterdome during this four-day sale.
Don’t forget to let us know if you visit any of these markets, and tell us which ones you loved the best! Post a comment below, or send us a message!