A Market Collective workshop at last year's holiday event
Market Collective celebrates its 10th anniversary this season | Photo: Courtesy of Market Collective

Holiday Show & Sales

Get your shopping done and support local makers and artists

Amy Jo Espetveidt

As Calgary heads into this busy season of mingling and planning, we all know holiday shopping also needs to happen. Luckily, arts and crafts take centre stage between now and mid-December with over 80 shows, sales, and markets taking place in and around the city.

And the best part? Shopping at these sales helps support local makers of all kinds and drives our local economy—a total win-win!

Festival of Crafts

November 1 – 4, 2018
BMO Centre, Stampede Park (20 Round Up Way SE)

One of Canada’s biggest holiday handcrafted shopping events, this marketplace features over 250 artists, artisans, and designers. Look for locally and nationally sourced handmade goods including fashion, jewellery, home decor, sculptures, glassware, body care, and gourmet treats.

Greek Ladies of Philoptochos Annual Fall Bazaar

November 2 & 3, 2018
Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church (1 Tamarac Crescent SW)

Featuring Greek food and desserts alongside crafts and household items for sale, proceeds from the profits go to local charities and you get a cookie and regular coffee with entry.

Calgary Night Market

November 2, 16 & 30 and December 7 & 14, 2018
Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW)
Free admission

With five upcoming markets, be on the lookout for unique items including jewelry, pottery, clothing, wood work, handmade soaps, vintage gifts, and much more.

Christmas in the Country Art Sale

November 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 2018
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville)
Free admission

With two weekends of Christmas cheer in Alberta’s Foothills, find 1,000 pieces of fine craft and unframed artworks by local artists. It’s the perfect time for getting a head start on purchasing gifts. With beautiful decorations, festive treats, and the home’s historic ambiance, this special event is always a memorable part of the season.

Art Exhibit & Sale

November 3, 2018, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Brushed by The Spirit Studio (39 Cimarron Meadows Bay, Okotoks)
Free admission

Jeanette Sthamann is opening her studio to share her creative works including original paintings, fine art prints, and note cards, as well as some other sweet gifts. Light refreshments provided.

Mount Pleasant Potters’ Guild Fall Pottery Market

November 4, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Triwood Community Association Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW)
Free admission

Get a head start on your Christmas shopping and support the Mount Pleasant Potters’ Guild at this annual market. Featuring a huge selection of unique, hand-made functional and decorative pottery at excellent prices, it’s arguably the largest pottery-only event in Western Canada.

Poster for the Mount Pleasant Potters’ Guild Fall Pottery Market

greenC Holiday Night Market

November 9, 2018, 3:00 – 8:00pm
Hounsfield Heights Briar Hill Community Association (1922 14th Ave. NW)

An environmentally-minded market, find local, sustainable Christmas gifts, art, jewellery, honey, baked goods, and more. Hosted by greenC, a consulting operation in Calgary, you can even enjoy hot chocolate and shortbread while you shop.

Heritage Weavers and Spinners Annual Fall Sale

November 9 & 10, 2018
Artpoint in Inglewood (1139 11th St. SE)
Free admission

Get to know the Heritage Weavers and Spinners at its annual fall sale. Featuring weaving, spinning, and fibre art, all made locally by group members, this is a great chance to pick up a unique gift and see demonstrations.

Foothills Holiday Roadshow

November 9 – 11, 2018
Multiple locations

Get out of the city and hit up not one but two holiday affairs with this awesome road trip! Check out the Millarville Christmas Market with 260 vendors and then head over to Okotoks for its Christmas Festival with more than 175 vendors. This year’s pass also offers holders great savings at several shops in Okotoks.

Southern Alberta Art Alliance Fall Art Show

November 10, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Holy Cross Anglican Church (2828 19th St. NW)
Free admission

Swing by as local artists from the Southern Alberta Art Alliance present new work at the group’s annual show. Featuring original works in varied mediums and styles, you can meet the artists, ask them questions, and find out their inspiration.

The Group Art Society of Calgary Fall Show & Sale

November 10, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
St Peter’s Anglican Church (903 75th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Come out for a day of art and meet the artists, this show is full of original paintings in a variety of mediums, sizes, and prices. You can even enter to win an original piece by Parin Meghani and see an acrylic painting demo by Colin Bell. Donations for the Calgary Food Bank are gratefully accepted.

Calgary Creative Arts Guild Annual Fall Art Show & Sale

November 10, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Montgomery Community Centre (5003 16th Ave. NW)
Free admission

Featuring original artwork from more than 25 local artists, this sale boasts refreshments and door prizes. All ages welcome and donations to the Veteran’s Food Bank are gratefully accepted.

Fort Calgary Artisan Fair

November 11, 2018, 11:30am – 5:00pm
Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission with a non-perishable food donation for the Veterans’ Food Bank

Join Fort Calgary for a special Remembrance Day service, followed by a market featuring over 60 talented local makers. Look for jewellery, hand-made crafts, holiday decor, photography, and more.

Riverview Artists’ November Show & Sale

November 12 – 16, 2018, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Jamieson Place (+15 level, 308 4th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Find original artwork by 12 local artists at this upcoming show and sale. Paintings are varied in style and technique, reflecting the unique creativity and inspiration of each artist.

Art Market Art & Craft Sale

November 15 – 18, 2018
TELUS Convention Centre (136 8th Ave. SE)
$8 – $12

An annual favourite in the seasonal scene, look for some of the best artisans that Canada has to offer. Art Market showcases delicate pottery, vibrant jewellery, timeless home furnishings, creative clothing, and much more.

Contextural Fibre Arts Cooperative Christmas Artisan Sale

November 16 & 17, 2018
Christ Church Elbow Park (3602 8th St. SW)
Free admission

A textile-focused sale providing the opportunity to meet the artists and makers of silk-screened, EcoPrinted and hand-dyed scarves, pillows and bags, and art pieces, swing by and grab something for someone special.

International Christmas Market

November 16 – 18, 23 – 25 & November 30 – December 2, 2018
Spruce Meadows (18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW)
$10 – $72

Enjoy over 300 vendors spreading Christmas spirit in the indoor comfort of the Spruce Meadows Riding Hall, Equi-Plex, Gallery on the Green, Reindeer Alley, and Candy Cane Lane. There are even musical performances and dance displays to check out each weekend.

Spirit of Christmas Art Market

November 16 – December 22, 2018
Okotoks Art Gallery (53 N Railway St., Okotoks)
Free admission

During the holiday season, see the Okotoks Art Gallery transform into the Spirit of Christmas, your best choice for holiday gift shopping, all crafted by local artisans. Showcasing one-of-a-kind holiday ornaments, jewelry, and cards, the walls are filled with original, local artwork for sale—all priced under $200.

Etsy Calgary’s One Stop Christmas Shop

November 17, 2018, 10:00 – 4:00pm
Golden Acre Home & Garden (620 Goddard Ave. NE)

Etsy Calgary has once again partnered with Golden Acre Home & Garden to host this special Christmas shop. Full of talented vendors and lovely home decor, this sale offers everything from great gifts for family and friends to Christmas trees and outdoor decorations.

Tibetan Fall Bazaar

November 17, 2018, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Westgate Community Hall (4943 8th Ave. SW)

A sale featuring authentic Tibetan arts and crafts, join the Tibetan Association of Alberta to find jewellery, rugs, singing bowls, and Tibetan cuisine.

Handmade Here Holiday Show & Sale

November 17 & 18, 2018, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW)
Free admission

A boutique group sale, Handmade Here returns for its 14th year and features 25 local artists and craftspeople. Look for creations in diverse mediums including painting, drawing, printmaking, fibre and textiles, blown glass, fused glass, wood, jewelry, ceramics, and more.

Bee Kingdom Holiday Glass Sale

November 17 & 18, 2018, 12:00 – 5:00pm
Bee Kingdom (427 22nd Ave. NW)
Free admission

Visit Bee Kingdom’s glassblowing studio and let them amaze you with live demonstrations. You can even shop from a great variety of glassworks that are perfectly suited for meaningful, holiday gifts. Discover scotch and wine glasses, super colourful Christmas ornaments, whimsical bowls and vases, unique art glass, and much more.

Authentically Indigenous Craft Show Holiday Edition

November 17 & December 8, 2018, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Kerby Centre Gym (1133 7th Ave. SW)

Featuring more than 30 Indigenous artist vendors from the Calgary and Treaty 7 area of Southern Alberta, this show is full of amazing handmade crafts, art, jewellery, food, and more.

Poster for the Authentically Indigenous Craft Show Holiday Edition

Wreaths & Wines

November 22, 2018, 5:30 – 9:30pm
Festival Hall (1215 10th Ave. SE)

Get in the Christmas spirit with this evening that includes an indoor night market with local artisan vendors, a wine and cheese pairing, and a live jazz duo, all in support of Accessibility Renovations for Kids. There’s even a surprise gift for all attendees. Funds raised go towards renovation supplies, contractors, and labour costs for the group’s second project.

Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association Show + Sale

November 22 – 24, 2018
Alberta College of Art + Design (1407 14th Ave. NW)
By donation – $25

Check out what Calgary’s emerging artists have created during the school year at this bi-annual show. A unique public art market where you can view and purchase over 3,000 pieces of handmade works including paintings, photographs, drawings, prints, ceramics, glass, fibre, jewellery, and sculpture, all proceeds support the ACAD student body and the artists directly. And you can get first dibs at the First Night Fundraiser.

Curated Winter Market

November 23 & 24, 2018
Bowness Community Association (7904 43rd Ave. NW)

Always a good time, the Curated Winter Market returns with 70 vendors alongside entertainment and food trucks.

YYC Alternative Christmas Market

November 24, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Inglewood Community Association Hall (1740 24th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Fresh, fun, and creative, support local makers, artisans, designers, artists, and small business owners. Find booths from The Moccasin Lady, GF Crochet, Tea Life, Sweet Pea Vintage, Lulumae Creations, Ritual Donuts, Ice N Fire, Cozy Cove Treasures, Recrudescent by Meg, and many more at this upcoming market.

Let it Snow – Calgary

November 24, 2018, 7:00 – 11:00pm
Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary, cSPACE King Edward (280, 1721 29th Ave. SW)
$20 – $30

With live music, crafted cocktails, delicious appetizers, curated silent auctions, and the best of Alberta fine craft, this is your change to grab a discount of up to 35% off while supporting the Alberta Craft Council’s programming.

Deck the Walls

November 29 – December 22, 2018
Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art (730 11th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Ever evolving, Deck the Walls is always a seasonal highlight and features an entire wall of small-to-medium sized artworks, perfect for gift-giving this holiday season. A salon-inspired exhibition to entice viewers to give the spectacular gift of art for the holidays, there is always something for everyone.

Small works of art on a wall

Deck the Walls returns | Photo: Courtesy of Newzones

Calgary Expo Holiday Market

December 1 & 2, 2018
BMO Centre, Calgary Stampede (20 Roundup Way SW)
$10 – $40

With comic books, collectibles, cosplay, and holiday shopping, get the perfect gift for the nerd in your life with this holiday market. There’s even an artist alley to hit up.

Christmas Market Saturdays

December 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2018, 10:00am – 1:00pm
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission

A special Christmas market version of its weekly farmers and makers market, head to cSPACE King Edward this holiday season to find tons of things for your wish list.

Wildflower Art Salon & Sale

December 2, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Wildflower Arts Centre (3363 Spruce Dr. SW)
Free admission

Its eighth annual holiday salon and sale, this one-day-only event showcases artwork created by the professionally trained, practicing instructors of the Wildflower Arts Centre. From ceramics and fibre arts to paintings and drawing there is something for everyone on your list. A portion of all sales go to support footprints Dance Project Society programs.

Make It Calgary

December 6 – 9, 2018
Deerfoot City (901 64th Ave. NE)

A fun, upbeat experience that showcases over 130 artists, crafters, and makers from all over Canada, this handmade revolution returns to Calgary. Rounded out by good music and food trucks, its a great chance to finish your shopping.

11th Annual Under $100 Art Show

December 6 – 9, 2018
Art Spot (523 Cleveland Cres. SE)
$5 admission

See works from nearly 100 participating artists with new artwork being brought out daily. You can even check it out at the opening reception taking place from 6:00 to 10:00pm on December 6.

Not-So-Mini Print Exchange and Exhibition

December 7, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Alberta Printmakers Gallery & Studio (4025 4th St. SE)
Free admission

Alberta Printmakers’ (A/P) annual non-juried exhibition showcases the work of local and international print artists. Raising funds towards A/P’s artistic and educational programming, it’s a perfect event for holiday gifting.


December 7 – 9 & 14 – 16, 2018
BMO Centre, Stampede Park (20 Roundup Way SW)
$5 for the weekend

With lots of room for artists new and old, as well as all kinds of interactive special installations and features, come on down for a weekend of food trucks, DJs, live music, and shopping. This holiday market also celebrates Market Collective’s 10th anniversary, so there are sure to be lots of surprises.

A vendor explains his chocolates to a shopper at MC Cheer

More than a sale, Market Collective has become a beloved Calgary tradition and its holiday shows are always some of its best | Photo: Courtesy of Market Collective

Christmas Craft Parade

December 8, 2018, 10:00am – 3:00pm
St. Michael School (4511 8th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Featuring over 40 vendors, find jewellery, art, wood crafts, knitting, crochet, candles, pottery, homemade baked goods at this craft parade in support of St. Michael School.

Flea By Night

December 8, 2018, 7:00 – 10:00pm
Southview Community Hall (2020 33rd St. SE)
Free admission

A new initiative of emergeMARKET, International Avenue, and Southview Community Association, this market features collectibles, handmade goods, new products, used items, food items, Christmas goodies, and more.

Christmas Glass Sale

December 8 & 9, 2018, 12:00 – 5:00pm
Bee Kingdom (427 22nd Ave. NW)
Free admission

Avoid the mall frenzy and kick back with a hot chocolate and enjoy glassblowing demonstrations with the Bee Kingdom. These local pieces make the perfect gift.

‘Tis The Reason Holiday Market

December 8, 15 & 22, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Paula Timm Artist + Studio, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Gift ethnically made products made by Calgary artists and swing by this fun holiday market featuring Alora Boutique, Beautycounter, Good + Wild, Stacey Walyuchow, Brittney Tough, Rick Bjerke, Michelle Dyer, and Paula Timm.

‘Tis The Reason Holiday Market

December 13, 2018, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Paula Timm Artist + Studio, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Can’t make a Saturday shop? Don’t fret and head to cSPACE King Edward this Thursday for a special edition of the ‘Tis The Reason Holiday Market alongside open studios, art exhibitions, and more.

she[EMPOWERS] Christmas Market

December 14 – 16, 2018
St Louis Hotel (430 8th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Shop from and support female entrepreneurs. she[EMPOWERS] features a female-entrepreneur marketplace, live performances by up and coming female performers, free workshops, and more. This is a free market, but donations for women-focused charities are accepted at the door.

Community Craft Sales

There are also several community sales taking place between now and the holidays. Not necessarily big or fancy, these sales often offer gems for those who check them out and are well worth hitting up.

You never know what you’re going to find!

November 3, 2018, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Bowness Community Association (7904 43rd Ave. NW)

November 3, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
St Peter’s Anglican Church (903 75th Ave. SW)

November 3, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Riverbend Community Association (19 Rivervalley Dr. SE)

November 3, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Chestermere Regional Recreation Centre (201 West Chestermere Dr., Chestermere)

November 3, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Parkland Christmas Market (14660 Parkland Blvd. SE)

November 3, 2018, 10:00am – 5:00pm
McKenzie Towne Hall (40 McKenzie Towne Blvd. SE)

November 3, 2018, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Southwood United Church (10690 Elbow Dr. SW)

November 3 & 4, 2018
Saturday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Springbank Community High School (32226 Springbank Rd. NW)

November 9 & 10, 2018
Friday night, 3:00 – 8:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Varsity Community Association (4303 Varsity Dr. NW)

November 9 & 10, 2018
Friday, 4:00 – 8:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Glamorgan Community Centre (4207 41st Ave. SW)

November 10, 2018, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Woodcreek Community Association (1991 Woodview Dr. SW)

November 10, 2018, 1:30 – 6:30pm
Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd. NE)

November 11, 2018, 10:30am – 3:00pm
Scandinavian Centre (739 20th Ave. NW)

November 14, 2018, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Gulf Canada Square (401 9th Ave. SW)

November 16 & 17, 2018
Friday night, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association (5600 Centre St. N)

November 16 – 18, 2018
Friday night, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Crestmont Hall (12400 Crestmont Blvd. SW)

November 17, 2018, 9:00am – 2:00pm
Robert McClure United Church (5510 26th Ave. NE)

November 17, 2018, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Northminster United Church (3311 Centre St. N)

November 17, 2018, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Silver Springs Community Association (5720 Silver Ridge Dr. NW)

November 17, 2018, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Auburn House (200 Auburn Bay Blvd. SE)

November 17, 2018, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Holy Spirit Catholic Church (10827 24th St. SW)

November 17, 2018, 10:00am – 3:00pm
St. Margaret School (3320 Carol Dr. NW)

November 17, 2018, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Berkshire Citadel Community Church (22 Sandarac Dr. NW)

November 17, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
New Brighton Clubhouse (2 Brighton Dr. SE)

November 17, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Shawnessy Barn (224 Shawmeadows Rd. SW)

November 17, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Mahogany Beach Club (29 Masters Pk. SE)

November 17, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Bonavista Downs Community Association (1418 Lake Ontario Dr. SE)

November 17, 2018, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Scenic Acres Community Association (8825 Scurfield Dr. NW)

November 17, 2018, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Arbour Lake Residents Hall (12 Arbour Lake Dr. NW)

November 17 & 18, 2018, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Lake Bonavista Community Association (1401 Acadia Dr. SE)

November 17, December 1 & 15, 2018, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Marda Loop Communities Association (3130 16th St. SW)

November 18, 2018, 11:00am – 4:00pm
German Canadian Club of Calgary (218 37th Ave. NE)

November 24, 2018, 9:30am – 3:00pm
Marlborough Community Association (636 Marlborough Way NE)

November 24, 2018, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Rocky Ridge Ranch Homeowners Association (10709 Rocky Ridge Blvd. NW)

November 24, 2018, 10:00 – 3:00pm
Blessed Cardinal Newman School (16201 McKenzie Lake Blvd. SE)

November 24, 2018, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church (290 Edgepark Blvd. NW)

November 24, 2018, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Bridgeland Riverside Farmers’ Market (917 Centre Ave. NE)

November 24, 2018, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Queensland-Diamond Cove Community Centre (649 Queensland Dr. SE)

November 24, 2018, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Dalhousie Community Association (5432 Dalhart Rd. NW)

November 24, 2018, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Frank Wills Memorial Hall (405 1st St. E, Cochrane)

November 24, 2018, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Scenic Acres Community Association (8825 Scurfield Dr. NW)

November 24, 2018, 10:00am – 3:00pm
West Hillhurst Community Association (1940 6th Ave. NW)

November 24, 2018, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Lakeview Community Hall (6110 34th St. SW)

November 24, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
RockPointe Church (255024 Lochend Rd. NW)

November 24, 2018, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Erin Woods Community Hall (83 Erin Park Dr. SE)

November 24, 2018, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Parkdale Community Centre (3512 5th Ave. NW)

November 24, 2018, 12:00 – 4:00pm
Lloyd Hand Hall (844/848 Cantabrian Dr. SW)

November 24, 2018, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Kingsland Community Hall (505 78th Ave. SW)

November 30, 2018, 12:30 – 4:30pm
Oakridge Community Centre (9504 Oakfield Dr. SW)

December 1, 2018, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Ranchlands Community Association (7713 Ranchview Dr. NW)

December 1, 2018, 10:00am – 3:00pm
North Glenmore Park Community Association (2231 Longridge Dr. SW)

December 1, 2018, 10:00am – 5:00pm
SCA Community Centre (277 Strathcona Dr. SW)

December 2, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Triwood Community Association (2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW)

Have a show that’s not listed above? Email us at events@calgaryartsdevelopment.com or fill out this form.