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Why it's not too early to think about Christmas in Port Coquitlam

The City of Port Coquitlam is looking for makers of hand-crafted goods for a Winter Artisan Market that will be held Dec. 2 at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre.
Port Coquitlam is holding a Winter Artisan Market on Dec. 2, 2023.

Is it too early to think about celebrating the winter holiday of Christmas?

Not if you're a vendor, crafter or artisan in the Tri-Cities.

The City of Port Coquitlam is putting out a call for vendors for its Winter Artisan Market, which will be held Dec. 2 at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre.

The Winter Artisan Market provides local businesses with an opportunity to showcase their products and services to the hundreds of people who attend the annual Winter in the City - Christmas in the Square event.
Held from noon to 8 p.m., the market-style event encourages the community to shop local for their goods and services.
According to a press release this week, the city is seeking market vendors who sell high-quality handcrafted items, or independently made products.

Vendors will be selected based on a variety of factors.

Those selling prepared food products must follow proper Fraser Health guidelines and all vendors are required to have a minimum $2 Million of Commercial General Liability Insurance.
The vendor fee to participate for businesses is as follows:

  • $25 Port Coquitlam non-profit businesses
  • $50 Port Coquitlam businesses

Non-Port Coquitlam businesses

  • $75 Non-Port Coquitlam Non-profit businesses
  • $100 Non- Port Coquitlam businesses

All participating businesses will also be promoted on the city website and advertised online.

As space is limited, early registration is recommended to secure a spot by Oct. 31. Successful applicants will receive an information and acceptance package in early November.

Here's what's happening
Entrance to the Winter Artisan Market is free to the public and includes interactive displays, free giveaways and prizes.

The market will be located at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre (PCCC) gymnasium as part of the Christmas in the Square event on Dec. 2, with live entertainment, displays, free family activities, beverage garden and more.

For more information about the Winter Artisan Market and to register, visit or email

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