The mayor will cut the ribbon on Friday (Dec. 3) at 4 p.m. to officially launch the 40th year of the Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair.
And there will other special guests — and plenty of first-time fair vendors — to help celebrate the anniversary this weekend at the Poirier Forum (618 Poirier St.).
Organizers Tabitha McLoughlin and Julia Zado told the Tri-City News excitement is building for the return of the extravaganza, which was put on pause last year because of the pandemic.
The pair has received emails from regular shoppers who are eager to get back and see what’s new for holiday giving, as well as meet up with friends and family.
“For some, it’s their first time to get back together since last March,” Zado said. “They’re very grateful that the fair is returning.”
About 40 per cent of the vendors are new, Zado said, including cake maker Cassandra Curtis, winner of the Food Network’s Big Bake Show; Ronald Boersen (pottery); Hales Creations (wood); Petite Racine (linens); and Blackthorn Embroidery (home décor).
McLoughlin said she’s pleased with the turnover given that many vendors have been on the waitlist for years, hoping to sell their handcrafted wares at the popular fair.
As well, Jazzlinks Trio will entertain on Saturday (Dec. 4) from 1 to 3 p.m.
As for entry, face masks are required and provincial health orders will be followed with vendors’ booths spread out for physical distancing. Admission times will also be staggered.
Visitors with advance tickets (purchased online) will also get priority entry. The fair is open
- Dec. 3 = 4 to 9 p.m.
- Dec. 4 = 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Dec. 5 = 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pre-purchased tickets are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coquitlam-christmas-craft-fair-tickets-203567063567. Entry is $5/$3; no charge for kids under 12.
For more information, you're encouraged to visit the Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair's website.