Many of us don’t want to think about Christmas and the holidays just yet, but they’re sneaking up on us! Here are some wonderful local craft fairs and events that can help you plan your shopping, while giving back to Vancouver artisans and charitable causes:

Portobello West. This year marks the 8th Annual Holiday Market held by Portobello West. The market is a not-for-profit society with a mandate to support and showcase local Vancouver artists, crafters and fashion designers. In addition to organizing the space for artists to sell their works, the board of directors is dedicated to providing educational resources and developmental programs to help those affiliated with this popular seasonal experience. The market will be hosted by the Creekside Community Recreation Centre in Olympic Village on November 29th and 30th. Follow their Twitter here: @portobellowest

Median Fundraising’s Second Annual Craft Fair. Maria Bernardo founded Median Fundraising as a not-for-profit, second party support resource for charities looking for event planning. After losing her little cousin to pancreatic cancer, Maria set out to raise funds and awareness towards researching this terrible disease, and has branched out to help other organizations that may not have the time or resources needed to plan fundraising events. Median’s Christmas Craft Fair will be held on November 22nd at BCIT’s downtown campus. For more information, please visit the Median Fundraising website. You can also follow the craft fair on Twitter (@CharityFairVan).

Circle Craft. Perhaps the most extensive Christmas market in Vancouver, the Circle Craft Market — going on until November 16th at the Vancouver Convention Centre — hosts over 300 different artisans and their wares. This year marks the 41st anniversary of what is undoubtedly a tradition in Vancouver. Tickets for the market can be purchased at the Circle Craft store on Granville Island or through their website. Their Twitter is @CircleCraft.

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