Virginia Beach Christmas Market
35th Annual Virginia Beach Christmas Market
Dates: November 25-27, 2016
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: Be sure to sign up for the door prize or fill out the contact information on the coupon or flyer. We send $2 off postcard coupons to past customers as a reward for their continued patronage.
$8 Adults; $2 Children 6-12; Under 6 Free - One admission covers all three days. One discount per person. Receive $1 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). Plenty of free parking with shuttle buses available. ATM on premises.
Exhibitor List: 2016 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. 26th
EMG is encouraging patrons to show their support and gratitude for these entrepreneurs by pledging to "shop small" on Saturday, Nov. 26th, the 7th 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.
New, noteworthy and returning exhibitors
Gael Kronenberg of Green Silver Fashions recycled steel into beautiful metal pendants that holds his hand cut bamboo scarves in place. It is a fascinatinig concept and makes for a unique gift! Both jewelry and a scarf in one gift! Booth# 685
|Well known local illustrator Terre Ittner brings her original “Banner-in-a card” greeting cards that can be hung as holiday or other occasion banners. Another unique concept that will make a stunning presentaiton in the mail! Be sure to stop and see Terre in booth# 494|
|Jake Beavers is a young man with a plan! Jake is our youngest exhibitor, at 15 years, and is enthusiastic about his wood hobby of carving and cutting wood into coffee mug holders, Candle holders made of logs, cutting boards and ornaments. Grandson to longtime favorite The Doll Dresser (Nell Hooks), Jake has also been bitten by the “craft show circuit bug” and we can't wait to see his wood crafts! Come meet Jake in booth#344|
|Vicky Murza AKA Miz Vickster takes paper and ink and creates amazing works of art in the form of greeting cards, gift tags, gift boxes, art journals and planners! A very nice teacher gift or something special for your sitter or dog walker! Be sure to check out her original designs in booth#315|
|Anthony Macias with The Virginia Candle Company creates soy wax candles based on popular Virginia location! Some of our favorites are Apple-Maple Bourbon, Macintosh Apple, Manassas Man Cave and Nautical Laundry! Come by booth #604 to choose your favorite candle|
|Don and Laura Saddlemire always know which way the wind is blowing with their handcrafted copper weathervanes! This is a timeless gift that can adorn a new home, or give an existing one an added bit of character! They also create recycled copper ornaments and wall hangings all with a seaside motif! Visit Don and Laura in booth#552|
|It is always fun to see the origins of some of our favorite things! John Pattendon of Patent Artwork takes old patent drawings of iconic images such as a Gibson Les Paul guitar, the Toilet Raper roll, the Rubiks Cube, the Riddell Football Helmet and with mixed media techniques creates them into works of art! Other popular subjects include: tools, motorcycles, nautical items, air and space inventions, cameras, home-making machines and many more. His website says it all: “Bringing Art to Innovation, and Innovation to Art.” Come check out your favorite icon in booth# 387|
|Jaron Reeser of Wind & Fire Chimes will make your garden sing! Jaron has been metal-smithing for 20 years working with his wife Katherine Weisinger in creating her natural flower jewelry, but he was all along crafting another idea with metal that has become a sensation. Jaron crafts upright copper n the form of cattails that when placed in your garden, “sing” in the wind. This is a favorite among those shopping for that person that has everything! Now you can make their garden sing! Booth# 660|
|Laurie Spiegl of Scarfie-Hat made a wonderful debut last year. She has designed a hood that can be worn with almost anything, adding a natural barrier to the wind and cold that looks reall fashionable. Virginia Beach is certainly not the coldest location - but last year that did not matter when Laurie's scarfie-hats flew off her shelves! Be sure to get yours in booth# 612|
|Anne and Aaron Vaughan with Anne Vaughan Designs return this year with an all new line of vintage inspired fall and holiday jewelry fused into colorful designs. Always a crowd pleaser and it seems like they have something for everyone! Look for Anne and Aaron in booth# 595|
|Teresa Thibault of Heart Gifts is a talented artist who has designed her own line of illustrated glass ornaments that have gone around the world! Teresa originally was just making ornaments for her own family tree in 1992 when a businesws was born! Since then she has travelled all over the country and now creates ornaments exclusively for Dillards, Dollywood, Paula Dean, The Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Bronners in Michigan – and the list goes on! We are always blessed to have Teresa here with us – and her designs are as heartwarmng now as they were 20 years ago when she began exhibiting with us! Come pick yours out and get it personalized by Teresa in booth# 823|
|YUM! for Pecan Yummies! Amy Yule of Pecan Yummies has created this crunchy sweet treat that you will not be able to get enough of! This gluten free baked pecan treat will surely put a smile on the Grinch in your life! Be sure to get your fill of YUM at booth# 605|
|True Blue Collection is BACK! Shengzhu and Gene Bernardin are returning after a few years with their indingo hand dyed cotton accessories. From purses to wallets to cute little cell phone bags to nice roomy weekender bags, they create beautiful pattered fabric for each that is always in style! Come welcome them back in booth# 539|
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 $1 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!