Virginia Beach Christmas Market
32nd Annual Virginia Beach Christmas Market
Dates: November 29 - December 1, 2013
Hours: Friday & Saturday 10:00 - 6:00, Sunday 10:00-5:00
Pictures with Santa - daily from 11am - 3pm
Location: Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach, VA 23451.
Virginia Beach Convention Center Map and Directions
Admission: $7 Adults; $2 Children 6-12; Under 6 Free - One admission covers all three days. Plenty of free parking. ATM on premises. Receive 50¢ off admission by bringing a canned food donation for the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia. Admission is free with a blood donation to the Red Cross (See the bottom of this page for details).
Exhibitor List: 2013 exhibitor list
Be sure check out this year's sponsors
Wow, what a ride it has been! We recently celebrated our 30th anniversary of this show. Be sure to check out the article about Events Management Group in the Sept. 2011 issue of Crafts Report. A copy of the article can be found here (PDF).
The Virginia Beach Christmas Market features over 250 fine artisans and crafters from more than 25 states. This show was once again (since 1996) voted into the “100 Best Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows in the United States” by Sunshine Artist Magazine, America's premier show and festival guide. Featured artisans will offer fine arts, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, wood, toys, photography, fiber arts, thousands of Christmas collectibles and much, much more. Whether you’re searching for unique one-of-kind Christmas gifts, personalized stocking stuffers, or a stunning floral centerpiece for the holidays, you’ll find it all at the Virginia Beach Christmas Market.
Looking for a special gift, something crafty and unique?
Even in these trying economic times you can find something affordable, unique and extraordinary for every taste and budget. From whimsical to country, contemporary to casual, you will find the finest collection of affordable crafts in the region, including thousands of creatively-made gifts, fresh holiday decorating ideas and one-of-a-kind Christmas collectibles.
Not just another ordinary craft show, it's a huge holiday marketplace with over twenty-five “Taste of the Holidays” specialty food vendors offering gift-packaged gourmet fare such as almond pound cakes, holiday cookies, cheesecakes, holiday seafood mixes, gourmet chocolates, Amish breads and homemade jams and jellies. These goodies are ideal for creating gift baskets, loading up Santa’s stockings and gathering hard-to-find teacher, executive and hostess gifts.
Shop Small on Small Business Saturday - Nov. 30th
EMG is encouraging patrons to show their support and gratitude for these entrepreneurs by pledging to "shop small" on Saturday, Nov. 30th, the 3rd National Small Business Saturday. Small businesses are the lifeline of the American economy, they create jobs, boost the economy, preserve neighborhoods and a way of life. Inspired by generations before them, these artists represent what America is all about. They use their hands and skills to transform raw materials into something of value that can be admired and used for years to come.
What you won't see is handouts, bailouts or recovery packages. The only lobbyists you'll see will be patrons resting their tired feet in the convention center lobby.
New to this year's show – Vintage Alley
Vintage Alley, an exclusive showcase area with exhibitors who create functional or decorative works from vintage objects for the home, or who sell up-cycled vintage finds or vintage Christmas décor. There is always a nice treasure to be found in this section from vintage linen gifts, to vintage Santas, to shabby chic style painted furniture or jewelry, and re-purposed vintage wood gifts. Something for every taste and for every generation! Be sure to stop by the front of the hall and look for our large chalkboard sign directing the way!
2nd Annual Craft Supply Swap
Clean out your Craft Closet and Get Prepared for a Craft Supply Swap! Join other crafters who are downsizing craft supplies and swapping for their latest needs! Bring your unwanted craft supplies to the event and swap out for what you are looking for. Each bag of supplies will allow you to scavenge for that same amount in exchange. Come early for best swapping! Yes – we will already have a good supply that we have been pulling together over the last few weeks for you to work your way through!
Bring some take some! All left over craft supplies will be donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Notable New Artists and Returning Favorites
Steven McAlpin with Canes for Courage will be bringing hand carved canes that he will customize for customers, especially those who are vets of foreign wars, carving insignias and names and dates on site. A great gift for that older uncle or grandfather! Booth 679
Leynal Arias from OneMillionRoses.com makes unique wire tabletop sculptures of just about anything! From Harley Davidsons to musical instruments to words and phrases – he has a wide variety to please every interest and does sculpture demonstrations on site. Booth 365
Linda Goldston and her husband Roland, from BBG Designs, make solid wood trunks, upholstered ottomans and beverage trays with popular colors and styles in many different designs including coastal designs. Booth 361
Paige Ford with Resting Embers Glass will be bringing hand blown glass pendants, swizzle sticks and wine bottle stoppers in a beautiful array of colors with intricate designs. Booth 669
Jordan Rosenfeld and Carol Shapiro of Teke Company have created a very hip new style in wool felted purses, cross body bags, and cases for that hard-to-shop for techie on your Christmas List. You can find them in booth 606.
Kim Stites with Give-Treat-Love creates hand baked dog treats for yummy gift giving for your animal loving friends and gives a portion of her products to local dog shelters. Booth 254
Anita Preece from Sweet Aroma Gifts will be bringing handcrafted lavender sachets and flaxseed eye pillows that she creates from vintage fabrics – a great mother or sister gift! You can find her in booth 345 in Vintage Alley!
Elaina Murphy creates wax cylinder “hurricane” lamps by infusing dried flowers and botanicals in pretty patterns that are illuminated when a candle is lit inside. Very unique and must be seen to be appreciated! She and her unique creations can be found in booth 405.
Tori Banton from Pottery Chic returns with her hand thrown functional carved pottery in wonderful hues and patterns. Our favorite is her leaf shaped soap holder and her yarn jar – knitters love these! Booth 336
Ronnie Wyatt with Pecan Jacks is coming back with her yummy pralines and caramel turtles ! Get them before they are gone! Booth 341
Amy James and Rich Tucker of Unique Pewter are a great duo, creating diochrotic glass fish pendants and hand sculptued pewter hair barrettes. Rich has ventured back into the furniture building business and now has a line of shadow box tables that display family heirlooms or beach finds nicely. Grab one for your beach cottage – a nice accent! Booth 507
Christopher Mize - "Virginia's Wine Artist" - He is a fine artist that specializes in wine themed oil on canvas pieces that would be a great addition to any home. Booth 289
Dean Kuhta - Within these magical forests and enchanted hills, you will discover artistic treasures such as fine art prints, note cards, custom name artwork, and more. Booth 338
Mom & Pop’s Vermont Maple Syrup - The Gendron family has been making pure Vermont maple syrup since 1918. In addition to the syrup they have created maple drops, maple candy, maple cream, maple sugar and pancake mix. Booth 635
Severyn - Hand printed, hand dyed shirts decorated with original, very detailed, pen and ink drawings created by artist Severyn. Booth 513
Over twenty “Taste of the Holidays” food vendors will offer gift-packaged gourmet fare such as almond pound cakes, holiday cookies, spicy salsas, fudge-by-the-pound, fruit cakes, sparkling cider and homemade jams and jellies. These tasty homemade goodies are ideal for creating great gift baskets, loading up Santa’s stockings, and gathering those hard-to-find executive gifts.
The Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia & The Red Cross need your help!
Times are tough, donations are down and people in need of help are numerous. Food banks are experiencing a critical shortage of supplies as donations drop and demand for free and discounted food continues to soar. The Virginia Beach Christmas Market holds a major food drive each year benefiting the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia by offering 50 cents off admission to attendees donating cans of non-perishable food.
Last year over 8,000 pounds of food was collected during the 3-day event. And, well over 100,000 pounds of food have been collected in the last 10 years. Side Note: The tractor trailers you see on the highway carry about 40,000 pounds.
Thank you for your generous donations! Let's break a record this year!
We will also be offering free admission to anyone that donates blood to the Red Cross. They will be on site all 3 days from 9am. - 3pm.
We hope to see you there!