Virginia Beach Christmas Market

36th Annual Virginia Beach Christmas Market

Dates: November 24-26, 2017

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: 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: 2017 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. 25th 

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. 25th, the 8th 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

Ann Carille of Coastal Creations by the Bay creates amazing artwork with genuine sea glass found along the Chesapeake Bay. She has both Christmas and Hanukkah images as well as an array of other simple images perfect for any home! Find all of Ann's creations in booth #444

 

Ruth Rau embodies all that The Virginia Beach Christmas Market is known for! She creates original organic cotton and bamboo flannel toys and has been featured in Family Fun Magazine! As Ruth says, Play is like a reset for their minds. Open ended, purposeful play with no constraints, no learning objectives, with simple toys fosters creativity and imagination. Have your child test drive one of Ruth's creations in

booth #586

 

Emily Lewin of Emily Lewin Creative fashions playful mixed media pieces combining her great photography & hand embroidery creating contemporary art work with a vintage vibe! Look for some very cool local images like The Naro Theater, The Ft Story Lighthouse, and iconic images ranging from the Statue of Liberty to the Red Rocks in Montana or the waves of Puerto Rico! Great Original Gifts! Look for Emily in booth #357

 

First-time exhibitor John Brian of J. Michael & Co. uses the old tried and true “lost wax method” top create his nautical silver pendants by carving his original design in wax, then casting it and reproducing his original images in sterling silver adding semi precious stones to some! Come check out these beauties in booth #533

 

Newcomer Jimmy Potters has lovely dinnerware created in cool coastal tones or bright clean colors that will do well in any beach home or cottage! Be sure to come by and welcome him in booth #567

 

Aaron Ragan of Mountain Artisans is one of three brothers that EMG has had a relationship with over the years. Coming from a family who all handcraft various items in Bristol VA, Aaron specializes cutting and engraving on elder wood creating switch plates, ornaments, signs, home goods and jewelry. Be sure to check out these amazing wood gifts in booth #363

 

We are so happy to have Phillip Radcliffe returning for a second year with us! His beautiful nature watercolor images and pencil sketches of military craft make great gifts for dads brothers or those hard to shop for relatives! Come see Phillips latest work in booth #312. Say hello to his wife, potter Tori Banton who is right beside them! They are a great creative team!

 

Originally from Buffalo, Cheryl Skalski is a talented decorative painter who teaches classes in this type of painting at various art conventions around the country and sells her original patterns for wood projects on-line. She now calls Virginia Beach home, so we are lucky to have her with us several times a year! Cheryl hand-cuts and machine sands each piece of her wooden creations and then adds colorful designs in acrylic paint. She also paints wonderful wine glasses and glass block! Be sure to stop by and see her large variety of wood wall hangings in booth #645

 

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 #403

 
  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  

Sally Cates & Lance McCall are the team behind Wildwood Soapworks. Having recently moved to the Outer Banks, they have returned to the Virginia Beach Christmas Market after a few years hiatus with their all natural, organic skin and body products. They create small batches of wonderful smelling, good-for-you-all-over items that will bring relief from sunburn, dry skin, and many other ailments! Be sure to stop by and try one out at booth #437

 

Richard Denchfield's Old Tradition Spice is sold around the country – but first sold here many years ago! We are thrilled to have him and this unique blend of spices packaged in individual bags for a cup of cider, or larger bags for a full gallon of cider or wine to create a delicious hot holiday beverage! Be sure to grab yours before they are gone in booth #405

 
Debbie Berube sells an array of vintage and antique Christmas Ornaments that she has been collecting for nearly a decade!  She has some of the most sought after and hard to find antique décor on the east coast – come treasure hunt in booth #351  

Liea Spano Bailey of Rusty Cottage creates unique items with a vintage twist.  Check out her creative touches using bicycle wheels, crates, baskets, birdcages and other unusual items!  Booth #395

 
What an imagination Dave Maphis from Rustic Contraptions has!  He creates all sorts of wall art and functional home pieces using odd workings of old clocks, pipe pieces, old metal gears, etc. booth #353  
Elsa Mikus & Barbara Ryan from Tempest in a Teapot create beautiful vintage silverware     wind chimes and other silverware delights – stop by booth #355   
  Don't throw out those used beer, wine & liquor bottles because Frank Keeler always finds a new and creative use for them by re-purposing them into wonderful home goods like bird feeders, lamps, and more! Be sure to check out All Bottled Up in booth #361  
  Maureen Boone loves men's dress shirts and work shirts!  She re-styles them into cute women's wear! She also has fantastic vintage inspired-jewelry that compliments these designs.  Booth # 358  

 

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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