Get into the Christmas spirit with exciting events and fantastic shopping ideas with Go East of Edmonton!
‘Tis the season with plenty of fun activities and shopping events in the region. Christmas is here, which means it’s that time to stock up on items your loved ones are looking for.
We’re featuring just a few of the events in the region, but you can access many more in our events calendar.
You can also find some of the wonderful stores and unique boutiques in our area where you can find just the right gift (even if it’s for yourself!)
Lloydminster – Lloydminster Christmas Craft Fair & Chamber Expo
The Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 35th Annual Christmas Craft Fair & Chamber Expo. This is the largest Christmas market in the Midwest boasting over 350 booths including handmade crafts, businesses, antiques, and food court!
It’s a full weekend of shopping in Vegreville with not 1 but 3 events on Saturday, November 18th. From crafts, gifts, art and more, you’re guaranteed to find something for everyone! Plus, don’t miss A Very Vegreville Christmas on November 24th complete with a Parade and Santa!
Sherwood Park – NOSH Food Fest
Come and support over 100 food and beverage producers from across Alberta. There is something for everyone!! Sweet, salty, savoury, saucy, spicy, vegan, gluten-free, international cuisine, and more!
Vilna Christmas Market – November 18
Lac La Biche – Festival of Trees and Shopping Extravaganza
November 23rd—26th at the Bold Centre
This is such a remarkable event, with all proceeds going to non-profits whose objective is to enhance the lives of children & youth in our local communities.
Attending the Festival of Trees is FREE! Instead, we kindly ask you to bring a non-perishable food item, new or gently used warm clothing, an unwrapped toy or stuffed animal or monetary donation.
Wainwright – Snowball Craft and Trade Show
Come shop, have a delicious lunch, and enjoy the offerings from talented vendors!
Friday, November 24 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 25 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Camrose – Camrose Midnight Madness
Bring the whole family and enjoy a festive evening with carollers, wagon rides, scavenger hunts, and more! There are also unique shopping items and plenty of other activities.
Friday, November 24 6 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.
Strathcona County – Christmas in the Heartland
Welcome in winter with a trip to the country. Christmas in the Heartland is a driving tour of unique rural venues steeped in tradition. Local halls and churches will be filled with artisans and crafters, ice carvings, nativity displays, sleigh rides, holiday music and more. Local venues will be featuring different aspects of a traditional Christmas – Good Hope Hall, Moyer Rec Centre, Bethany Lutheran Church, Brookville Community Hall, and Partridge Hill Hall.
Saturday, November 25 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Smoky Lake – Métis Crossing Holiday Market
Saturday, November 25 11 a.m. – 4p.m.
Cold Lake – Craft Show
Crafts, antiques, and a variety of other vendors will be at the Cold Lake Energy Centre Fieldhouse on Saturday, November 25 from 10am – 4pm.
Admission is free.
Check out the upcoming Excursions from the Battle River Train. Book your seats before they are gone for the Murder on the Battle River Express – Sunday, November 26 and the Train to Santa Days in Alliance – December 9.
Ready for Shopping?
Read on and check out the videos for some of the fantastic local businesses in the region. Shopping local will save you time, money and help support our neighbours. Don’t forget about the shopping events on our events calendar.
Shop Southeast of Edmonton
The Camrose region has a great selection of shops to find those one-of-a-kind gifts. See the video below to see some featured stores.
The Snowball Craft and Trade Show in on November 24 – 25, but Wainwright also has some fun shops for all ages to enjoy. Check out the video below.
Shop Northeast of Edmonton
Bonnyville – Cold Lake
The Cold Lake Craft Show is on November 25, but you can shop at many other local businesses any time of year.
See the video below for some wonderful options.
Lac La Biche Region
The Shopping Extravaganza runs from November 23 – 26, but there are even more great shops in the Lac La Biche region. Watch the video below.
Smoky Lake Region
You’ll want to take in the Holiday Market at Métis Crossing on November 25, but you can also shop at more fantastic places in the area too. See video for some local ideas.
Shop East of Edmonton
After you take in the all of the Markets, you may want to do even more shopping. See the video below for some great local shops with unique products.
The NOSH Food Fest may leave you hungering for more adventures in Strathcona County, a great time to explore the wonderful shops around the region. See the video below for some featured places.
Whenever you’re in the Vermilion area, a stop at Craig’s Cornerstone is a must. Conveniently located downtown, you will find that there’s something for everyone on your list.
For even more variety, check out the other fun shopping options in Vermilion.
Shop & Save on our Shopping Trails!
- Shopping local will save you time, money and is a lot of fun!
- Find all the shopping events on our events calendar, or browse our shopping page and find deals by region.
- There are many more shops featured on our shopping trails.
- Browse our Online Shopping Guide to find inspiration for all your gifting needs.