Submitted by the Creston Valley Arts Council

Travelling down to Creston on Saturday, November 23, then on of the planned stops on your trip should be the Creston and District Community Complex for the 43rd annual Christmas Arts and Craft Market sponsored by the Creston Valley Arts Council.

With the doors open between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm the market is sure to have something for everyone.  The market is one of the most popular sales events of the year with more than 1800 coming through the doors last year. It is one of the ongoing successful accomplishments of the Creston valley arts council. As usual, it is attracting over sixty exhibitors from the Creston Valley and from throughout the Kootenay region.

Christmas markets originated in Germany, the first recorded one being in Munich in 1310. Over the next century the idea spread throughout Germany into Austria and France and then to a wider European market. The largest annual Christmas market today is held in Cologne, Germany and attracts over 4 million visitors annually. In Austria, Vienna’s December Market can be considered a forerunner of Christmas markets and dates back to 1298.

The products at this years Art & Craft Market range from potters from Creston, Canyon and Crawford Bay as well as glass work, jewellery, and woodwork ranging from driftwood art to cutting boards to signs.

There will be repurposed garden art as well as up-cycled clothing, natural dyed and hand painted silks. Also there will be fresh handcrafted wreaths and decorations.

There will be a great selection of foods and edibles from hand-made chocolates and candy to preserves, spices and home baking including gluten-free.  There will also be a selection of wines and spirits grown and crafted in the valley.

Original art works and prints will also be on sale not to mention unique sewing gifts, quilts and knitwear along with wearable art. Local soapers and herbalists have crafted a wide selection of soaps, creams and herbal remedies.

Contributing to the cultural ideals of the market will be the Creston Valley Hospital Tuck Shop with a selection of their products as well as the Creston Valley Museum. Footlighters will be selling tickets to their next show, White Christmas, based on the 1954 movie and featuring the music of Irving Berlin. This show will be staged at the Prince Charles Theatre on Nov 28 thru 30 with a show time of 7:30 pm.

In the Erickson Room will be a special art show – Home Is Where the Art Is. It will feature art from PCSS students, as well as senior Home Links students, intermediate students from the elementary schools in Creston as well as the intermediate class from Wildflower. Artists from the area are working with classes and presenting mini-workshops on watercolour, drawing, collage, and printmaking. The show will run the same hours as the Arts and Craft Market. However, it will have an opening reception on Friday Nov. 22 from 7 thru 9 pm. This show is one of a series of events throughout the last year to help the Creston Valley Arts Council celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its inauguration.

Across the parking lot at Rotocrest on Saturday will be the Images Art Show and Sale which will be open from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. This show will also be open Sunday, Nov. 24 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Admission to the Market is a cash donation to the Creston Food Bank. Vendors will be supplying items for raffle baskets so please enter the free raffle at the front door.

The Creston Valley Arts Council uses the profits from this event to support artists and arts-related groups throughout its mandated area which stretches from Yahk to Riondel. The Council would like to thank Anne Fetterley once again for her year-long dedication to organizing the market. She is assisted by a large group of willing volunteers.

Further information is available on the Arts Council’s website at

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