The leaves are turning and there's a chill in the air. Sounds like winter is on the way and that means the local craft and art sales are on.
But not just any craft sales. Two grand events in and around Nanaimo will get you decking your halls, trimming the tree and buying special gifts ready for wrapping before the end of November.
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Kris Kringle Craft Market Nanaimo
The annual Kris Kringle Craft Market in Nanaimo kicks off on Nov. 16 and runs over four days. This is its 23rd year and every year it keeps getting bigger and attracting more local crafters and artisans. More than 150 artisans will be at the Beban Park Centre. Go for only one day or every day which will only increase your odds of winning some door prizes - perhaps a Christmas gift to yourself.
The kids just might be the ones dragging you to the event. They can meet the Kringle family while they are at it: Kris, Karole, and the princesses. And they can also decorate gingerbread cookies and have their faces painted. Add to that carriage rides and cocoa and you've got a fun family outing.
New this year is something called the Man Cave on Saturday and Sunday. Guessing what guys like there could be everything from hot sauce to fishing lures. Local distilleries and breweries and wineries will also be there tempting everyone to linger in the cave a little longer.
Dates and Times
Thursday, Nov. 16 - Noon - 9 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 17 - 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18 - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 19 - 10 a.m- 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults $10/day or $15 and a donation to Salvation Army for a full event pass. Seniors and students $8/per day, children 12 and under attend for free.
Need to know
What: Kris Kringle Craft Sale Nanaimo offers fun for all ages. Features more than 150 artisans, kids' games and crafts and a Man Cave full of gifts for the man on your list.
When: Nov. 16 - 19
Where: Beban Park Centre, 2300 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo
Click here for more information from the Kris Kringle Craft Market
Country Christmas Tour – Cedar Yellow Point
Head to Cedar Yellow Point, the area offers a year-round retreat from the busyness of life. The best part is that it lets you get a jump on your Christmas shopping.
From Nov. 23-26, 2017, take a self-guided tour of the 18 artisans and farms in the Cedar and Yellow Point area. Every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., artisans and farms welcome you to stop by and explore. You're just as likely to find the perfect piece of re-purposed furniture or hand-made quilt as you are the best stocking stuffers. Or, pick up some alpaca wool to take up a new hobby and knit your Christmas gifts. Stop in and learn about cranberries at Yellow Point Cranberries and get fresh sauce for your turkey dinner.
Be sure to take a break over a pint or a latte at one of the eateries along the way. Take a look at the Cedar Yellow Point Artisan Association brochure and map and plan your route.
Need to know
What: Country Christmas Tour – Cedar Yellow Point. Take a road trip to discover the artists along the Yellow Point Road. Visit 18 studios, local pubs and oceanside parks.
When: Nov. 23- 26, 2017, daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Cedar, B.C.
Click here for more information about the Country Christmas Tour – Cedar Yellow Point
If You Go
Pick up a snack while checking out the crafts in Nanaimo. Did you know Nanaimo is home to the Nanaimo Bar Trail and all sorts of artisans? ? If you have time, take a self-guided adventure through the city and sample what it has to offer.
Get set for the Holidays in Nanaimo. Home to the largest shopping mall on Vancouver Island, Woodgrove Centre. As well as a terrific destination for unique shopping opportunities, including the Old City Quarter – a lovely walkable part of the city that also provides lots of yummy sustenance to keep you going. Book your weekend trip today.
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