The run-up to the holiday season is filled with wonderful opportunities to shop at local artisan fairs throughout the West Island. Here’s your guide to where to find seasonal bazaars and holiday markets in your community.
Dorval Salon des Artisans
When: Friday, November 17 (noon to 9 p.m.),Saturday, November 18 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Sunday, November 19 (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
Where: Sarto-Desnoyers Community Centre, 1335 ch. du Bord-du-Lac/Lakeshore Rd., Dorval
Good to know: The Salon des Artisan features handmade creations by members of the Dorval Artisans’ Guild.
Dorval Holiday Market
When: December 1 to 17.(Fridays: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays: Noon to 9 p.m. and Sundays: Noon to 5 p.m.
Where: The parking lot at the corner Tulip and Dawson Aves., Dorval Village
Good to know: Inspired by European Christmas markets, the outdoor site will showcase local artisans and products, and tasty discoveries in an enchanting atmosphere enhanced by beautiful lighting, background music, and small wooden cabins serving as booths for merchants.
Hudson Christmas Market
When: Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Where: 394 Main Rd., Hudson
Good to know: Shop local by supporting your community’s artisans.
Bring on the Holidays Craft Fair
When: Saturday, November 25 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Where: St. Michael and All Angels Church, 15556 Rue Cabot, Pierrefonds
Merry Noël Pincourt Craft Fair
When: Saturday, November 18 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Where: Pincourt Omni-Centre, 375 Cardinal Léger Blvd., Pincourt.
Good to know: A wide selection of items, including ornaments, soaps, advent calendars, knitting, quilting, wood items, etc. etc.
St. John Fisher School Annual Holiday Fair
When: Saturday, November 18 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Where: St. John Fisher School, 121 Summerhill Ave, Pointe-Claire,
Good to know: Hosted by Home & School Assoc., this features local vendors and artisans.
Valois Country Fair
When: Saturday, November 18 (9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.)
Where: Valois United Church, 70 Belmont Ave., Pointe-Claire
Good to know: This bazaar is an important fundraiser that supports church and community activities. It features meat pies, Christmas baking, jams, crafts, including handmade Christmas cards, and knitted, quilted and crocheted items. There’ll be a raffle and silent auction.
Pointe-Claire Artisan Show
When: Saturday, November 25 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, November 26 (noon to 5 p.m.)
Where: Stewart Hall Cultural Centre, 176 Bord du Lac/Lakeshore Rd., Pointe-Claire.
Good to know: This is a major annual event, featuring 30 juried crafts people who sell their wares throughout the beautiful historic Stewart Hall Cultural Centre.
Cedar Park United Church Holiday Market
When: Saturday, December 2 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Where: Cedar Park United Church, 204 Lakeview Ave, Pointe-Claire.
Good to know: More than 20 artisans, crafters and vendors, baked goods and Jamaican beef patties.
Saint-Lazare Christmas Market
When: Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Where: 1301 Rue du Bois, Saint-Lazare
Good to know: In addition to many artisans, highlights include a photo session with Santa Claus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (no reservation required), outdoor entertainment including a DJ, choir and Christmas music; and cariole rides.
Westwood Home & School Association Craft Fair
When: Saturday, November 25 (9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Where: Westwood Junior High School, 2800 du Bordelais St., Saint-Lazare
Good to know: Local artisans. Forty tables of crafts, used-books sale, raffle, café.