The Grande Prairie Legion is hosting its third annual Christmas Craft Market to give residents the opportunity to get some last-minute Christmas shopping done while supporting locals.
Event organizer Jamie Blois says the event gives craft enthusiasts a chance to show off their work without cutting into their bottom line.
“It’s something we do every year,” she says. “It’s an opportunity for vendors, we provide them with a space that’s extremely inexpensive to come in and show off their wares.”
“It’s really just a community space with lots of things for people to look at and do some last-minute Christmas shopping.”
According to Blois, around 1000 people were in attendance last year. She says the event’s popularity is due to its last-minute nature, being held on the last weekend before Christmas.
“It’s just one day, basically the last weekend before Christmas that you can shop, so lots of people like to come and check it out and see what they can find.”
Additionally, Blois credits the vendors with bringing in so many eager shoppers. She says the variety of products available ensures there is something at the market for everyone.
“It’s mainly just handmade stuff, so we’ve got chainsaw carvings, dreamcatchers, gift baskets, and crocheting/quilting.”
“We have people that do custom tumblers and t-shirts, hand-carved pens, so there’s a lot of handmade local product.”
The event is free to enter and does not require any tickets. The market will be held on Saturday, December 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.