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Sunshine Coast markets and festivals you need to know the first week of December

The holiday season is looming and our local artisans and crafters are busy at many local fairs. Here are some of the fairs and markets you need to know about this week.
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Santa Claus visited Sechelt in 2021 to join the Festival of Lights parade.

As December begins, festivals and holiday craft fairs are filling up calendars! 

Here are some seasonal events you need to know about this weekend: 

  • Dec. 3: Elves Club volunteers are raising buckets of funds for struggling families throughout the Coast! First responders will be accepting donations at various locations. The telethon will start at 2 p.m. and is hosted by Eastlink.
  • Dec. 3: Singalong Christmas Carols. The Gibsons & District Public Library invites you to raise your voice in song at their winter wonderland from 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Dec. 3: Festival of Lights returns to Sechelt. The festivities kick off with a free make and take crafts for kids from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Trail Bay Centre. Once darkness falls, the lighting of Rockwood Lodge will take place at 5 p.m. The collection of floats parade down Cowrie Street at 5:45 p.m., while Amplify the Space is from 5 p.m. to late on Wharf Ave. 
  • Dec 3: Pender Harbour Christmas Market hosted by Pender Harbour Community School. There will be a White Elephant Table, a Silent Auction, a Bake Table and local creative vendors.   
  • Dec. 3 and 4: the 16th annual Arts & Crafts from the Hood Christmas Market returns to the Sechelt Seniors Centre from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The kitchen will be open with lunch provided by Eats West as 40 vendors are on site. 

And a sneak peak at even more events later this month: 

  • Every Tuesday until Dec. 20: Fall, Winter and Spring Market at St Mary's Catholic Church Hall 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Dec 8 and 22: Sechelt Shophop. Enjoy the glowing downtown Sechelt holiday lights as you sip wine, enjoy music and shop local. From 4 to 7 p.m. See more at secheltdowntown.com.
  • Dec. 9: Tween and Teen Homemade Holiday Gifts Workshop invites kids ages 10 through 17 to make gifts this season. The workshop will guide attendees on making a sugar scrub, hot chocolate pops and a photo ornament. Bring your own small photos printed out for the ornaments. All other supplies provided. Call or email the library to register.
  • Dec. 9: The 2022 Arrowhead Clubhouse Art & Bake Sale invites all to browse and purchase original art and goodies made by clubhouse members from 12:30 through 3:30 p.m. at 5554 Inlet Avenue, Sechelt. Proceeds from each sale go directly to the artist and towards funding future art projects at the Clubhouse.
  • Dec. 10: Pender Harbour Community Club Christmas Market runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 10 and 11: the 9th annual Last Chance Christmas Market takes over Roberts Creek Community Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 30 vendors and an open kitchen for lunch.
  • Dec. 10 and 17: the Davis Bay Xmas Pop-up Market pops up in St. Johns United Church from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with handmade goods, eco-friendly crafts, hot soup and bannock and hot chocolate. Live music will play at 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. and resume at 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.
  • Dec. 17: The 2022 Halfmoon Bay Sail Pass will light up the water with decorated boats. If you would like to participate with your decorated boat, please email Lynn at hiballeraccounting@telus.net as soon aspossible.
  • Dec. 17: Light Up the Town lights the tree at Millennium Park at 5 p.m. Santa’s Workshop, food trucks, vendors, photos with Santa, music, and a licenced area for Holiday Spirits invite all from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sponsors and vendors can contact Amanda Peterson lIghtmadeirapark@gmail.com. 
  • Dec. 18: Bright Nights at Rockwood Lodge invites all to take in the festive light displays, take photos with Santa and enjoy food, drinks, music and shopping. This event requires a $5 entry fee, and will be from 4 to 7 p.m.

Don't forget to check our community calendar for lots of wonderful local events or to submit your own! 

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