Heading into the Christmas season, it's hard to find the perfect Christmas gifts at the mall. A great alternative to those pesky malls is a visit to the Vancouver Farmers Markets' 16th annual Holiday Market, where shopping isn't an errand but a festive community gathering.

Cards and prints from Sandwich Letterpress.

Shoppers can interact directly with over 90 vendors, who offer a plethora of holiday treats and crafts, some of them with cheeky names like Bad Girl Chocolates.

The event, held at Croatian Cultural Centre, draws together a community of farmers, food producers and artisans who produce an array of products from handmade chocolates and prepared oils and vinegars to silver jewelry.

Sugars by Preserved BC Sunshine


Breads and baked goods from PureBread.

The event was a one-day affair on December 17, but if you missed out, a few vendors also participate at the ongoing Winter Farmers Market, which is running throughout the winter season every Saturday at Nat Bailey Stadium on 30th and Ontario street.

For a complete list of vendors and further information, visit the Vancouver Farmers Market website.