You’re making a list and checking it twice – and heck, even if they were a little naughty, you’ll get them something nice. Head just a little west of Edmonton to Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Parkland County to find farmer’s and craft markets packed with handmade art and fresh baked treats.
Spruce Grove’s long-running indoor market
Every Saturday for 35 years, the Spruce Grove indoor market has been a fun and festive place to buy home grown, home baked and home made goodies. The market is open 9:30 am – 1:30 pm at 120 Railway Ave until Dec 21. You’ll find locally raised free range meat, fresh baking and handmade knit wear – plus Ukrainian food, birdhouses, jams and jellies, candles and lots of country crafts.
Stony Plain’s art and artisans
The town of Stony is full of artists, so expect to find lots of handmade gifts at the farmer’s market. Visit the full two level community centre each Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm until Dec 21 for the Stony Plain Farmer’s Market. This is where you’ll find Dad’s sheepskin slippers, hand made cards and candles, woodcarvings and homemade brittle for Papa and soft made-with-love baby clothes.
Festival of Trees market, Nov 29 – Dec 1
Besides all the sparkly, glittering decorated trees, the Tri-Community Festival of Trees will feature a craft sale from Friday, Nov 29 to Sunday, Dec 1. Be one of the first 100 shoppers on Friday and you’ll get a chance at the door prizes donated by the artisans. And come back again on Sunday for the senior and family tea at 1 pm. While you’re making headway on your list, you’ll also be supporting the Westview Health Centre and community health programs.
Just for kids Christmas store, Dec 6 – 7
The Alberta Parenting for the Future Association is running their 8th annual Christmas Store in Stony Plain on Dec 6 & 7. Kids ages four to ten, browse the store to pick out and wrap up presents for mom and dad, all new and donated by local businesses. And get this, meanwhile the folks are having a blissful moment of quiet in the coffee room – maybe the best gift of all. After shopping, they’ll come get you to go visit Santa, decorate cookies and make crafts together. The $7.50 ticket proceeds go to help APFA run parent education, support programs and their family resource centre in the Tri-region west of Edmonton.