Virginia Beach Christmas Market

38th Annual Virginia Beach Christmas Market

Dates: November 29 - December 1, 2019

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
Free Parking and Shuttle Service
Free Second day return - see the management desk at the show entrance for details

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: 2018 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.


Shop Small on Small Business Saturday - Nov. 30th 

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. 30th, the 9th 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

You have to see Matthew Klapheke’s amazing cutting boards up close!  Matthew creates cutting boards with lightening-like designs by running 12 volts of electricity through the wood and then filling it with colored epoxy.  These will make great gifts for that hard-to-shop-for person on your list!  See the Black Belt Woodoworking items in person! Booth #406
Lynn Bird  from The Tattered Hare always makes customers smile!  She creates many folk-style holiday characters with soft sculpture as well as paper clay that have the most adorable expressions.  From little creations to 24” tall, she has all sorts of wonderful holiday fascinations for you to see!  Booth #267
Steve Cone from Endless Creations returns this year after missing last year’s show to welcome his first  granddaughter!  Steve creates fragrant fresh arrangements with seasonal greens and small boxwood Christmas trees with lights!  Be sure to stop by and welcome him back in booth #303
You simply must have your dog adorned by Brenda Watkinson from ABC Petwear!  Brenda creates savvy canine attire in the form of pet collar bandannas as well as dresses and belly bands!  Make sure your dog is well dressed this season!  Stop by booth #487
Teresa Thibault with Heart Gifts is back again this year with her personalized Christmas ornaments.  Theresa and her family craft original designs by hand-illustrating every Christmas ornament, with many themes like Baby’s first Christmas, Best Teacher, Super Tennis Player, etc!  Be sure to stop and pick yours out in booth #823
If you like all things galvanized metal, farmhouse and vintage trucks – then you must visit Laurie Wakely from Seaside Country Vintage!  Lauri has a myriad of holiday home décor that will brighten your door or hearth in farmhouse style.  Visit Laurie in Vintage Alley in booth #393
Eric Winnings from Art of Sin Trading Company creates personalized white oak barrels to hold your favorite adult beverage!  He also sells home brew-making kits that are a great guy gift! Stop by and pick yours out at booth #359
Michelle Clouser from Vintage Candle Company is back this year with her line of vintage-inspired custom candles hand poured into re-purposed cut wine bottles.  These are great house-warming or hostess gifts for that upcoming holiday party you will be attending!  Booth #360
Karen Newberry and  Heather Isotolo from Sewberry Knits are two friends with a fancy for sewing and crochet.  You can’t miss them in their 1940’s attire and hair styles selling their retro aprons, and vintage hair wraps!  We dare you to buy one and wear it while waiting up for Santa!  Take a look in Booth #391
Kazuko Fuller has been participating in EMG shows for over 17 years. She is that smiling face you see as you enter the show in the first booth– standing beside her colorful quirky twisted metal jewelry and homegood designs. Originally from Japan, Kazuko now calls Hampton Roads home but travels the east coast participating in shows and exhibiting in galleries - but you can find her unique style this weekend in booth #445


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 $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!

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