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Christmas Craft Fair Roundup 2014

November 28 - 30, 2014 

Royal Bison Craft & Art Fair
What: Edmonton's favourite indie art and craft fair is back featuring all amazing Edmonton-based vendors! Two rooms of toys, art, apparel, music, zines, plants, woodworking, wood working and jewelry.
Where: 8426 Gateway Blvd (Just North of the Old Strathcona Farmer's Market), Edmonton
When: November 28- 30 AND December 5 -7. Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 11-5pm

Admission: $2, children free

Fort Saskatchewan Christmas Marketplace
What: Artists, authors, pottery, wood working, jewelry and more. Meet Santa Friday from 3pm-6pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.
Where: Dow Center, 8700 - 84 Street (in the soccer field), Fort Saskatchewan
When: Friday November 28, 2pm-6pm and Saturday 10am-5pm.
Admission: $2, children under 12 free


Just Christmas
What: This festive pop-up market features charitable and not-for-profit vendors selling ethically-sourced quality art, crafts, food and other goods from all around the world. Live entertainment and free parking.
Alberta Avenue Community Centre, 
9210 118 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5G 0N2
When: November 29, 5:30-9pm and November 30, 9:30am – 4pm. 
Admission: By donation.


Silver Bells Winter Market
Over 85 exhibitors and a visit from Santa (2pm – 4pm)
Where: 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, Alberta
When: November 29, 2014. 10am – 5pm
Admission: Donation to the Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch.


Crafters Christmas Sale
Seasonal handmade crafts from the bounty of the Garden! Wreaths, centerpieces, dried floral arrangements, potpourri, candles, cards, unique gifts, cookbooks and much more. Products are handmade by members of the Devonian Botanic Garden’s Crafters Association.
Devonian Botanic Garden, Hwy 60 – 5km north of Devon.
November 28, 1 – 4pm. November 29, 10am – 4pm. November 30, 1 – 4pm.
No admission to attend the sale.


Waldorf Winter Fair
Great hand-crafted and homemade items from local vendors. Additional children’s activities include Storytelling Woodland, Candle-Dipping, Handcrafts, Fishing Hole, Crystally Cookie Cave and Maple-Taffy Making. ($2 each)
Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton, 7114-98 Street, Edmonton.
Saturday, November 29. 12 – 4pm.
$4 per adult.


Santa's Little Helpers Christmas Shopping Extravagana
140 vendors on display - there is something for everyone - home décor, gourmet food, baby/children's products, beauty products, clothing, kitchenware, jewelry and accessories.
River Cree Resort and Casino Marriott Hotel Ballrooms
Sunday, November 30. 10am – 4pm.
$2. 50% of proceeds goes to the Christmas Bureau


December 5 – 7, 2014

On The Spot Pop-Up
Locally made art and craft show that is juried. Bring a donation of gently used or new jackets, mitts, toques, blankets or cash to be entered to win a $250 basket of made local items. Donations go to the Bissell Centre.
Latitude 53, 10242 106 Street.
December 6 – 7, 2014. 10am – 4pm.
Free admission.


Christmas Artist & Craft Market and Workshops
Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts features crafts and artwork plus sign up in advance for workshops for torte making, card making, wheat weaving, and sviat vechir.
St. John's Cultural Centre, 10611 110 Avenue.
Saturday, December 6, 2014. 10am – 4:30pm.


Butterdome Craft Sale
What: Over 240 of Canada's best artists, artisans and designers, all together for four days only, in one festive marketplace.
University of Alberta Butterdome, 87 Avenue and 114 Street.
December 4 - 7, Thursday and Friday 10am-10pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm
Admission: Adults $7, Seniors (65+) $5, Youths (13-17) $5, Children 12 and under free 


December 14-15, 2014

On The Spot Pop-Up
Locally made art and craft show that is juried. Bring a donation of gently used or new jackets, mitts, toques, blankets or cash to be entered to win a $250 basket of made local items. Donations go to the Bissell Centre.
Latitude 53, 10242 106 Street.
December 14. 10am – 4pm.
Free admission.


Which craft and art shows have I missed? Please add them below. Happy shopping and thanks for supporting local crafters, artisans and entrepreneurs. 


What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | November 14 - 16, 2014

Photo by Elizabeth Pfaff via flickr

With the snow and the Christmas lights up downtown it’s definitely feeling more like Christmas. This weekend marks the start of all the holiday events – arrival of Santa, light-ups, craft shows. 


Christmas on the Square Holiday Lightup
Live music, carolers, balloon artists and at 6:30pm Santa waves the magic wand to light up the giant spruce tree. A fantastic fireworks display follows. Bring a donation to the Edmonton Food Bank to help fellow families.
Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton
November 15, 4:00–7:00pm


Books 2 Buy
What: Cuddle up with a Book! Edmonton Public Library’s famous book, DVD and CD sale is back. Hardcover books and DVDs are $2. Paperbacks, kids' books and CDs are $1. Cash only.
Where: Stanley A. Milner Library - Lower Level, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square. 
When: Friday, November 14 – Sunday, November 16, 2014.


Reel Family Cinema: Ratatouille
In one of Paris’ finest restaurants, Remy, a determined young rat, dreams of becoming a renowned French chef. Torn between his family’s wishes and his true calling, Remy and his pal Linguini set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside down.
CommonSense Media rates
Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 Street.
Saturday November 15 at 2:00PM


BMO All Day Sunday: Stamp it!
What: Special activities for kids that are inspired by the AGA’s current printmaking exhibit 90 x 90: Celebrating Art in Alberta.  Explore the galleries then try your hand at print making with various materials. All activities are included with regular admission to the AGA
Art Gallery of Alberta, 100 Street and 102 Avenue
When: Sunday, November 16, 2014. 12 – 4pm.


Santa Claus is coming to town!
The big guy arrives at three local malls this weekend, with more mall locations following next week. 

Kingsway Mall - Santa Arrives: Saturday, Nov 15. 11am.

Southgate Centre - Santa Arrives: Saturday, Nov 15. 11:30am

West Edmonton Mall - Santa Arrives: Saturday, Nov 15. 10am


Shop local delights and hand crafted gifts 



What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | November 8 - 9, 2014

Photo by Rebecca Sims via flckr 

Rutherford House Remembers
What: Rutherford House is recognizing women’s experience during World War I who remained at home in Edmonton. See what went into oversea care packages, what type of socks were knitted for troops, read letters from war time, and even sample a war budget meal.
Where: Rutherford House, 11153 Saskatchewan Drive
When: Sunday, November 9, 2014. 12pm – 4pm.


Mom to Mom Shop and Swap
What: Fun for both parents and kids. 200 vendors in the pregnancy, baby, child and family sectors including swap tables, selling pre-loved children’s clothing and items. Plus a kiddy corner with bouncy castles, face painting, and free photos with Santa.
Admission: $5. Proceeds go to WeeHelp Foundation.
Where: University of Alberta, Butterdome 115 Street and 89 Avenue.
When: Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9, 2014. 10am – 3pm. 

Tip: Go early to get one of the swag bags and wear babies to make it easier to get around.


Canadian Finals Rodeo
What: The most hardcore cowboys, cowgirls & animals of professional rodeo ride into Edmonton.
Where: Rexall Place, 7515-118 Avenue
When: November 6 – 9, 2014.


Farm Fair International
What: Go country. Be entertained and educated with heavy horse pulls, breed shows, a large market place and a Kids Country area. Saturday is also the 4-H Day.
Where: Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515-116 Avenue
When: November 5 – 9, 2014.      


Preschool Picasso
Preschool Picasso offers creative art-making experiences in an art studio setting for children aged 3 - 5. This Saturday’s class is “Floral Art Fun” where kids will make a unique vase and flowers out of a wide variety of fabulous and fun materials. Register in advance.  Cost $10.
Where: Art Gallery of St Albert - 19 Perron St, St. Albert 
When:  Saturday, November 8, 10:30 – 11:30 am



What To Do With Kids in Edmonton This Weekend | Nov 1 - 2, 2014

Photo by Peter Lindberg via flickr

It’s a relatively quiet weekend for scheduled events, but if you need to get out of the house check out here are a few ideas:

Indoor Farmers Markets:

- Mother’s Market, 10251 109 Street. Fri, Sat & Sun.

- City Market Downtown, indoor at City Hall for the winter. Sat.

Get geared up for ski season:

- MEC Snowfest Edmonton – Gear Swap ** SUNDAY

- Snow Valley Equipment Swap & Sale ** please note that this event was two weeks ago. I had the wrong information. Very Sorry!

Catch a movie:

- Cineplex Family Favourites – Rango. $2.50 admission.

- Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, IMAX, Telus World of Science

Play Outside
This may be our last weekend without snow for 2014, so we will be riding bikes and playing in the park. Hopefully it will burn off all those yummy Halloween treats.

Daylight savings time begins on Sunday, November 2 and that means moving your clocks back one hour. Pre-kids it also meant an extra hour of glorious sleep. Now it means another early morning wakeup and a hot cup of coffee.

Have a great weekend!


What To Do With Kids This Weekend In Edmonton | October 18 - 19


WeeHelp Pop-Up Tot Shop
What: This is our favourite outgrown it sale because 100% of sales go to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation thanks to Andrea Peyton’s heart of gold and determination to help our children continue to get excellent care form the Stollery. Shope for newborn to 12 yrs clothing, toys, strollers, books, monitors, bedding, maternity clothes, bottles, bouncy chairs, parenting books, and more.
Terwillegar Community Church (1751 Towne Centre Blvd)
Saturday, October 18, 2014. 10am – 4pm 


Pirates of the Pyramids
What: A Boo-tanical bash to get in the Halloween spirit! Get dressed up in your costume and come down to the Muttart for fun crafts and activities. Search the pyramids for hidden treasure and receive some tasty treats. This event is perfect for young families looking for a less frightful Halloween celebration.
Muttart Conservatory
Sunday, October 19, 2014. 12 – 4pm.


Haunted Pumpkin Festival
The much loved Haunted Pumpkin Fest is back again this year with the pumpkin cannon, scarecrow making, live music, mazes, petting farm, wagon rides and lots of pumpkins. Over 50 activities to enjoy!
Where: Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm (25 km north of Edmonton)
When: Weekends now until end of October.

Kids Comedy Show
 The V.I.P. Kids Show combines music, comedy, and puppets into a kid-friendly production that’s packed with hilarious entertainment for young and old. You and your kids will enjoy a Variety, Improv and Puppet show all rolled into one. This 45 minute production is jam packed with music, comedy, art, puppets, and special guests.
Where: ATB Financial Arts Barns, ATB Financial Stage
Saturday, October 18, 2014. Show at 11:00 am.


Galaxyland Halloween Trick or Treat Festival
 Buy an all-day ride wristband then trick or treat for ghoulish goodies, ride the Halloween train, and participate in fun Halloween activities. Come in costume or as you are.
 Galaxyland, West Edmonton Mall
 October 18, 19, 25 and 26, 2014. 12 – 4pm.


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