Virginia Beach Christmas Market

34th Annual Virginia Beach Christmas Market

Dates: November 27-29, 2015

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.
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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: 2014 Exhibitor List

Exhibitor Information & Application: Are you a artist or crafter?
Find out more information about our shows and download an application here or contact us.


Be sure check out this year's sponsors



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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)

Sunshine Artist 200 Best of 2012The 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?

Do you have someone on your list that is hard to buy for? These artisans and crafters continually create high-quality, unique gifts that are sure to be a hit for years to come.

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.

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.


Shop Small on Small Business Saturday - Nov. 28th 

Shop Small - Small Business Saturdaysupport american craftspeopleEMG is encouraging patrons to show their support and gratitude for these entrepreneurs by pledging to "shop small" on Saturday, Nov. 28th, the 6th 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.  


Returning This Year, Vintage Alley

VINTAGE ALLEY is a  showcase area dedicated to upcycled gifts, re-purposed home goods, vintage and shabby chic creations, and reclaimed furniture in bright new hues and textures! Don't miss this special section for unique gift selections and décor for your home!

After a successful launch last year, Vintage Alley will return this year with a variety of vintage crafts. Vintage Alley exhibitors 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.


New and Noteworthy Exhibitors:
Karen Shonk Designs NecklaceKaryn Shonk- Kshonk Designs - Karyn creates one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings and bracelets from old vintage jewelry parts. Think shiny, think bling, think rhinestones. You don't want to miss Karyn's great way of blending old pieces into fresh styles. Booth #392.

Fresh Batch JamsKimberly Cortez - Fresh Batch Jams & More - Kim Cortez knows how to get her hands on strawberries at just the right stage of ripeness, creating fantastic fresh wholesome jams and jellies. Kim has also added homemade granola and local honey sticks making the three of these a great gift basket idea! Booth 251

Danielle Beaty of Turtle Bay Jewelry joins us this year with a fabulous selection of seaside inspired jewelry made of copper, silver, and other simple findings that are reminiscent of days on the beach treasure hunting. Visit Danielle in booth 345

Missy Heneghan of Loose Leaf Tea Company has an amazing array of flavored teas and great gift packages for the tea connoisseur! Be sure to stop by booth 509 and check out her selection for a great hostess gift or loved one that loves all things tea!
Beth and Laurel Simmons of Creations by L&B create stunning sand covered bottles that are lit on the inside, or decorated with sea glass on the outside. These would be a nice welcome along with a few evergreen boughs on the front porch to greet guests. Check out this artist mother and daughter team in booth 639 Photographer Julia Dressler of Coles Corner creates vintage-style american photography of old cars, building, historic landmarks and other vintage subjects. Available in either on stretched canvas or matted prints, her work is great for that special guy in your life! You can find Coles Corner in Vintage Alley - booth 354.
Scott Matyjaszek - Artephax 3D Photo Sculpture - Scott has come up with his own process of creating a realistic 3-D photo collage. Some of Scott's favorite images are doorways or windows, which look like miniature versions of real architectural subjects! Great giftage here! Booth 357 Michelle Clouser of the Vintage Candle Company creates "scent-sational" soy candles in small batches that she pours into up-cycled wine bottles. A great hostess gift - or to treat yourself! Vintage Alley - booth 352
For your computer-geek family members or friends, check out Motherbored in booth 355. Artist and jeweler Michelle McLaughlin takes vintage computer components and creates some wonderful jewelry and fashion accessories!  
The Sabrosa Salt Companyreturns but this time with more flavors of their balsamic vinegars and several more finishing salts. Stop bybooth 551 to try some unusual flavors like Georgia Peach balsamic vinegar with their cumin cinnamon salt or their Apple wood smoked salt with their vanilla fig balsamic vinegar.
Mike Prieto with Barrel Art creates home furnishings from aged wine barrels from France! Mike's ingenious designs are original and a creative way to use all components from a wine barrel. From custom made dog beds, to bars, to wine bottle holders - Mike has a gift idea for almost anyone you are shopping for! See Barrel Art in booth 388 in Vintage Alley.

Taste of the Holidays

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! 

Give Blood = Free Entry

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!

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