Events & Festivals

Winter Craft Fairs and Artisan Markets in Kelowna

a painting of a christmas market with people shopping in the snow and a christmas tree in the foreground

As winter wraps Kelowna in its chilly embrace, the city comes alive with a heartwarming array of craft fairs and artisan markets. These events, brimming with local talent and festive cheer, offer many unique gifts and experiences. From handcrafted goods to holiday-themed festivities, each market is an example of the lively community spirit and artistic flair that define Kelowna's winter season.

Craft Culture Holiday Market at Prospera Place

From December 1st to 3rd, 2023, the Craft Culture Holiday Market transforms Prospera Place into a winter wonderland of local craftsmanship. This event, the largest of its kind in the Okanagan, showcases over 200 vendors. Visitors can expect to find an eclectic mix of items ranging from whimsical housewares to imaginative children's toys, each piece a labor of love and creativity. The bustling aisles, filled with the buzz of holiday excitement, are perfect for discovering that one-of-a-kind gift that captures the essence of the season.

Downtown Kelowna Winter Street Market and Light Up

The Downtown Kelowna Winter Street Market and Light Up, scheduled for December 2nd, is a celebration that radiates joy and community spirit. Held in Stuart Park, this free, family-friendly event combines the magic of a traditional Christmas market with the excitement of a holiday light-up of the giant tree ceremony. Beyond shopping, the market offers an array of festive activities, including ice skating, and Santa that promise fun for all ages.

A Variety of Local Markets

Tree of Dreams Kelowna Christmas Market

On December 4th and 5th, the Manteo at Eldorado Resort welcomes the Tree of Dreams Kelowna Christmas Market. This market, set against the backdrop of the beautiful resort, invites visitors to indulge in the festive atmosphere while browsing a selection of artisanal crafts and gifts.

Holiday Market at Priest Creek Family Estate Winery

The Holiday Market at Priest Creek Family Estate Winery, taking place on December 3rd, offers a unique blend of winery elegance and festive market charm. There will be talented local artisans and crafters showcased and the Spot Food Truck will be open and cooking up some delicious bites to be enjoyed on the patio. It's an ideal spot for those looking to pair their holiday shopping with a taste of Kelowna's renowned wines.

Living Nativity 2023 at Willow Park Church

Experience the enchantment of the Living Nativity at Willow Park Church on December 8th. This event, more than just a market, is a journey into the holiday spirit, combining shopping with a touch of spiritual reflection.

A Reel Christmas Market

Rustic Reel Brewing Company hosts the A Reel Christmas Market on December 15th and 16th. This market infuses the traditional Christmas shopping experience with the cozy ambience of a local brewery, offering a unique setting to find artisan gifts.

Christmas At The Hills - Holiday Market Raffle Entry

On December 16th, Sandhill Wines hosts the Christmas At The Hills - Holiday Market Raffle Entry. This event melds the joy of holiday shopping with the excitement of a festive raffle, all within the elegant setting of one of Kelowna's premier wineries.

Other Notable Markets and Events

The Market at Light Up

The Market at Light Up, hosted at Westbank Lions Community Centre on December 1st, offers an evening of festive shopping and community cheer, marking the start of the holiday season in Kelowna.

Three Moons Three Souls Christmas Market

The Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites becomes a festive marketplace on December 16th with the Three Moons Three Souls Christmas Market. This event is a celebration of local artisans and their diverse talents.

The Barbershoppe Christmas Art Gala

On December 15th, the Kelowna Film Studio transforms into a glamorous venue for The Barbershoppe Christmas Art Gala. This black-tie event is a fusion of art, elegance, and holiday spirit.

The Night Market

The Night Market at Lake Country Art Gallery on December 15th invites visitors to a unique evening shopping experience, showcasing the creativity of local artists under the starry winter sky.

Winter Wonderland at JoeAnna's House

Finally, JoeAnna's House hosts its inaugural Winter Wonderland on December 17th. There will be a smores station, beer gardens, crafts, cookie making and food trucks. This event promises to be a delightful conclusion to Kelowna's festive market season, offering a cozy and heartwarming atmosphere for last-minute holiday shopping.

As the winter season unfolds, Kelowna's craft fairs and artisan markets stand as a shining example of the city's culture and community spirit. Each market offers not just goods, but stories and memories, making them the perfect destination for those seeking to experience the true essence of Kelowna.