This Japanese holiday market will feature over 70 vendors, food, and fun workshops


Shop for arts and crafts, or take part in a cultural workshop that includes instruction in calligraphy at the Japan Market Vancouver’s Christmas Fair. Photo: Japanese calligraphy/Shuttterstock

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture, get a bite of delicious food, and kick-start your holiday shopping at Japan Market Vancouver’s upcoming Christmas Fair.

This admission-by-donation event is open to everyone, and will feature over 70 vendors featuring a variety of items and services, including art, crafts, merchandise, and more.

The event takes place on Sunday, November 10, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A “VIP only” hour is available to access for ticket-holders who pre-purchase online; admission to the VIP hour is $4 for one person or $7 for two people.

Packaged Japanese foods will be available for purchase on-site.

Additionally, you can purchase tickets to any of three sessions of cultural workshops offered at 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. that include instruction in calligraphy, followed by basic Japanese language, and a culture discussion focused on Kyoto. The 12:30 p.m. session includes a unit on Yukata/Kimono dressing and is priced higher at $25; the following two sessions are each priced at $18.

Japan Market Vancouver – Christmas Fair

When: Sunday, Nov. 10 from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. (ticketed VIP shopping from 10-11 a.m.)
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
Cost: Admission by donation. VIP shopping hour is $4-7. Cultural workshops are $18-25.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom