There are plenty of reasons to shop local: you support local entrepreneurs, you re-invest in the community, you help give the town its local flavour, and you get to check out some pretty cool stuff in the process. It’s a no brainer!
Here in Whistler, we’re proud to host the Made in Whistler Winter Market. It’s where local artisans go to showcase their talent and sell their pieces – and it’s the perfect place to pick up a distinctly Whistler memento.
Here are 6 reasons that you should check out the Made in Whistler Winter Market.
1. It’s Convenient to Get To
The Made in Whistler Winter Market takes place each and every Saturday from December 20 through to April 4. Busy this weekend? No worries – it’ll be there next week! The market runs from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, meaning you can even stop by after you spend a day on the mountain.
2. It’s Indoors
Freezing cold? Pouring rain? No need to worry about standing in the cold or wet – the market is conveniently located indoors at the Westin Resort & Spa, which is steps from the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains in the Village. You can literally go in your ski boots!
3. It’s Free!
There’s no entry cost or admission fare, it’s free to attend. Window shoppers and browsers are welcome, but be warned: you’ll probably find something you’ll want to pick up along the way.
4. There’s Tons to Choose From
Bring your re-usable shopping bags, because there’s plenty to check out. There’s anywhere from 12 to 15 vendors any given week, and you’ll find everything from jewelry and pottery to woodwork and fine art.
Hungry? Good – there’s also some freshly baked goods and artisan foods to indulge in. BYO appetite.
5. Meet the Talent
Buying from a market is way more satisfying than buying from a regular store or online. You get to meet the person who crafted the item, learning about how the product is made and how they got started in their business. At some booths you’ll even get to see the artist in action.
There’s a story behind every item at the Made in Whistler Winter Market – just ask!
6. It’s One of a Kind
Whistler’s visitors are often looking for the perfect souvenir to take home. We like to point them towards the Made in Whistler Winter Market for one of a kind pieces that you can’t get anywhere else on earth. There’s no better place to find something special that will remind you of your trip forever.
But the market isn’t just for visitors – full-time, part-time, and seasonal visitors love scoping out the booths to find the perfect touches for their homes. It’s a great place to grab a hostess gift or a treat for a special someone.
See you at the market!