Festive craft market extravaganza this weekend

The Chilliwack Community Arts Council's 41st annual Christmas Craft Market takes place November 20 to 22 at Heritage Park.

The Chilliwack Community Arts Council's 41st annual Christmas Craft Market takes place November 20 to 22 at Heritage Park.

It’s that time of year. Weekends are filled with unique, festive markets to shop for handmade gifts from talented artisans.

The Chilliwack Community Arts Council has been busily preparing to present their 41st annual Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market this weekend.

The three-day market extravaganza will connect guests with the very best handmade products that British Columbian artisans have to offer this holiday season.

“We are really pleased with the range of unique products available this year at the market,” said Patti Lawn, Executive Director of the Chilliwack Community Arts Council.

A variety of talented artisans will display their incredible work with art, jewelry, ceramics, toys, fashion and accessories, food, health and beauty items and much more.

Due to the success of their bustling markets in the past, guests will comfortably wander through the expanded aisles at Heritage Park to check out the juried merchandise at more than 150 booths.

Shopping at the craft market provides the opportunity to speak with the artist and understand their passion and techniques, ultimately resulting in a more special and meaningful gift-giving experience for your friends or family.

Some artisans have been participating for decades, like Chilliwack-based potter Ted Driediger or the Chilliwack Spinners and Weavers Guild. Other vendors will take part in the market for the first time, like newcomer Dragon Mist Vodka.

Guests will also have the opportunity to check out the “amazing” floral art exhibit from the Chilliwack Floral Art Club up close in the market this year.

Proceeds from the fun and festive annual market will go towards the Chilliwack Community Arts Council. “This is our big fundraiser of the year,” said Lawn. “[The proceeds] really help us continue to offer our programs and events all year.”

Attendees will also experience the Festival of Trees. Local businesses and schools have the opportunity to creatively decorate their tree, donated by Pine Meadows Tree Farms, in a theme of their choice, to be entered in the People’s Choice contest.

Enjoy an unforgettable shopping experience this weekend with live entertainment aplenty, door prizes to be won, and an exciting array of gifts worth giving.

The Christmas Craft Market will be held at Chilliwack Heritage Park (44140 Luckakuck Way) Friday, Nov. 20 from 12 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $3.00, kids age 10 and under are admitted for free.

Visit chilliwackartscouncil.com to learn more about the market.


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