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.
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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: 2015 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. 26th 

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. 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.  


Vintage Alley Returns with a Flair!

Vintage Alley returns this year with some fantastic new exhibitors! Come take a stroll down memory lane and check out all the old that has been made NEW! We are excited to announce that Richmond's own Tony Turner from Feathernesters will be joining us this year with some really fun creations! Liea Spano-Bailey from Rusty Cottage will be back as will Michelle Clouser from Vintage Candle Company, and of course a favorite long time exhibitor Debbie Berube of Holiday Traditions who always brings a wonderful arrany of antique mercury glass ornaments!  Newcomer Jacqueline Griffith of A Primitive Glow makes holiday candles with a primitive aged appearance, and Janet Murphy always has a few beautifully artistic pieces of vintage painted furniture with touches of whimsy or garden designs.   Be sure to stop by and pick up a piece of holiday nostalgia!  Look for the signs to the left of the entrance to the show.

New, noteworthy and returning exhibitors:

Tony Turner FeathernestersTony Turner - Feathernesters Tony Turner, display and merchandising genius, owner of Feathernesters, (a design studio and vintage retail business) and creator/promoter of Richmond's Vintage Home Market joins our show this year debuting many original designs made from vintage Christmas decorations that will take you down memory lane! Come over to Vintage Alley and check out his wonderful assortment of hand-painted holiday signs, mercury glass wreathes, and other assorted creative home goods made from antique materials. You can find Tony in booth 357 Located in Vintage Alley.

Shiroko Lifer PotteryShiroko Lifer - Shiroko Lifer Pottery - Newcomer Shiroko Lifer is a fantastic potter with wonderful vessels of all sizes and shapes and we are happy she is exhibiting with us this year! Check out her work - to see more of her hand-built original pottery, visit Shiroko in booth #459.




Scarfie Hats Laurie Spiegl & Jode Watkins from Scarfie Hats have a passion for keeping everyone warm and snuggly! Her original designed combination scarf and hat is the perfect gift for those who enjoy the outdoors in winter and need to stay warm! Come see the Scarfie-hat for yourself in booth #670.


Luciano Photography Award winning conservation fine art photographer Zsuzsanna Luciano will be joining us for the first time this year with a beautiful selection of her photography both framed and on large gallery wrapped canvas. Most of Zsuzsanna's work appears to be three dimensional with unique depths and bold color. Her favorite places to shoot are Venice, Amalfi Coast, Positano, Cinque Terre, Florida Everglades, Bryce Canyon, Grand Tetons and Yellow Stone. Come enjoy traveling the world through Zsuzsanna's lense and see her work in booth #365.


Tighty Whitey Soap & Candle Co. You will giggle just as we did when you see their booth. Harron Eloso of Tighty Whitey Soap & Candle Co. creates soaps and candles with manly themes and a sense of humor. With these guys it's all about good grooming without synthetics or dyes. The man in your life will enjoy these no-fuss, simple and basic products like Activated Charcoal Soap, Kona Coffee Scrub & Pumpkin Souffle candles! A perfect stocking stuffer or gift for your guy! Come check them out in booth #421.

Jiri Kalina Born in the Czech Republic, Jiri Kalina learned his trade from his father and grandfather, both professional woodworkers in his homeland. Once he immigrated to the U.S., Jiri began Jiri Kalina Home & Kitchen creating beautiful wood pieces for the home. His wooden spoons, cutting boards, ladles, spoons and salad tongs are all hand carved with a beautiful finish, fitting perfectly in the hand! Visit Jiri in booth #463.

Returning Favorites

Gail Paolino - Daffydills We are SO excited to announce that Gail Paolino from Daffydills will be returning to the show after many years! Gail participates in our spring show quite often with her beautifully hand painted resort-wear, but recently she designed a line of cool weather clothing perfect for the holidays and she says it is flying off the shelves! Come on over next week and welcome Gail back! Booth #487.

Savell Art Clocks Mixed Media Artist Pia Savell always knows what time it is. This artist's booth is chock full of clocks and you get get a bit dizzy watching all those funky pendulums swing! These are great gift ideas and come in an array of subjects including coastal themes, dogs, cats, gardening, coffee-time, owls, art, and just plain colorful and crazy! Be sure to stop by to see Pia in booth #593 to SEE what time it is!

Charlene Herzins - The Bling Doctor! Come and get “blinged” by The Bling Doctor! Charlene Herzins returns with her line of original jump ring and crystal jewelry. A favorite at our shows, Charlene's designs are just the bling you need for your new holiday outfit! Charlene and her sweet husband Frank will be waiting to greet you in booth #583

Creekwater Alpacas - Nancy & Joe Sturm of Creekwater Alpacas return this year with a beautiful like of alpaca knitted clothing, hand loomed scarves, alpaca socks and for those DIY'ers – they sell their hand dyed alpaca yarn! You will find them in booth #522.


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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