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Christmas Comes Early in Lions Bay

Updated: Nov 24, 2023

Gift Giving Made Easy at the Christmas Craft Fair

Editor's Note, added November 24:

Event organizer Ute Philips offers The Watershed a post-event update. "We raised $656 on the sale of banners, so Lions Bay Arts will match that and donate $1,312.00 to the Squamish Food Bank," she says, adding this surpasses last year's donation of $1,000.

For residents who were unable to attend, many of the vendors still have goods available for sale. Click the artist's name to be directed to their website:

Philips also noted that 2024 Lions Bay Arts Calendars are still available at $12 each or $10 each if you buy .three or more. To order, contact


The spirit of giving marks this year's Christmas Fair, to be held this Saturday at the Village Hall, and organized by Lions Bay Arts. There will be hand-crafted jewellery, art, wooden bowls, blown glass, candles, cards, hemp bags, wreaths and hanging baskets to buy, along with a wide selection of food stuffs including Lions Bay's famous Red Couch pies, home baking, granola and Mama Jazz relish. Representatives of Lions Bay Bird Friendly and Historical Societies will be on hand too, for those who'd like to learn more about these active community groups.

The first Christmas Fair was held in 2014, and according to Lions Bay Arts Chair Ute Philips, this year's event will be better than ever. "We always have a craft table for the kids, and this year it will be manned by a group of young volunteers, overseen by Robin Spano. There will be cookies and drinks, and the Bird Friendly group will be selling coffee as a fundraiser."

Lions Bay 2024 Calendars will be for sale, as well as village banners from prior years. The proceeds will be matched by Lions Bay Arts and donated to the Squamish Food Bank. Philips notes that after the sale of the 50th Anniversary banners last year, Lions Bay Arts donated $1000 to the food bank.

The fair runs from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, and local singer/songwriter Dan Pocock will provide live seasonal music to put attendees in the holiday mood.

Lions Bay Arts Christmas Fair, Saturday November 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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