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Out of Hand Fair

Browse and buy from Greater Victoria’s premier artisans at the Out of Hand Fair.

The 2012 Out of Hand Artisan Christmas Fair celebrates its 24th year at the Crystal Garden in Victoria, BC from November 23-25.  The focus of the Out of Hand Fair is new art and craft works and new artisans from the Greater Victoria area.  Thousands are expected to attend this celebration of fine crafts, artisan food & the decorative arts, the largest professional craft show on Vancouver Island, so it is advisable to make your Greater Victoria lodging plans now.

Greater Victoria Artisans, Artists & Craftspeople Display Their Works at Out of Hand Fair

The works presented by local artisans include art in a variety of mediums, fashion & accessories, jewelry, body care products, foods and much more.
Exhibitors presenting at this year’s fair include:


1001 Treasures

Amu Designs

Barry Tate Gallery


Clay Pots

Cathi Jefferson

Dirty Dragon Studio

Gordon Hutchens Pottery

Living Earth Pottery

Yunomi Studio + Gallery

Dolls, Teddies & Puppets


Give a Little Giggle


Susan Cain Puppets


Fibre Arts

Apparel & Fashion

Blackford Designs

Boogaloo Bubbywear

Cherry Blossom

derkestyle designs

Forsya Boutique

Goodnight Mouse Baby Knits

Grasshopper Kidz

Joy of Felting

K-O.ME by Kjaer

Nectar Designs

Opulence – Wearable Silk Art

priestess + deer

Rumah Kampung

Salish Fusion Knitwear



Leola’s Studio


Caledonia Silva – Woodwork & Design

Christina Hilbourne Studios


Kilnart Glass Studio

Red Room Artglass Studio

Sarah Mulligan Glass


Purple/ Yellow cups necklace

Aleita Jewelry

Brian Hoyano Design


Clutch Jewels

Cristy’s Jewelry Designs

Dragonfly Organic Art

effie baker designs

Jill Rockwell Metal & Bead Arts

Joan Tayler Design

Johnathan Designz

Mixed Metal Mimi

Metal Ice

Paprika Designs


Silver Lynx Studio

Zula Jewelry & Design

Body Care

Earth to Body

Sacred Mountain Lavender

Shea Butter Market


Aji Gourmet Products

Daksha’s Gourmet Spices


Cowichan Pasta

Lone Willow Wine Jellies

Maison Cote

Oh Sugar

Preservation Foods

Sweet Thea Cakes

Untamed Feast

Plus leather-works, metal arts, photography, sculpture and much more.

Out of Hand Artisan Fair Features a Fashion Show with Music

Fashion Show

Fashion in Action – A Girls Night Out

Enjoy a showcase of the apparel and accessories of fashion designers appearing at the Out of Hand Fair on Friday, November 23 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

A CHEK TV personality will emcee the show as professional models display these fashions and a DJ puts a unique spin on Christmas favorites.  Door prizes will be given out to attendees.  Cocktails and gourmet appetizers will be served in the bistro by Fairmont Empress staff.  Dinner will follow the fashion show.

This is a unique opportunity to view the finest selection of Christmas gifts at the fair.

Out of Hand Fashion Show Allows You to Support a Good Cause

Victoria Cool Aid Society

Victoria Cool Aid Society is dedicated to helping Greater Victoria’s homeless and others in need.

The fair organizers are partnering with Cool Aid to aid needy families.  Donate gently used coats, winter clothing or blankets for a chance to win a fabulous downtown Victoria shopping spree.

Since 1968, the Victoria Cool Aid Society has been helping to raise hope and rebuild lives and community in Greater Victoria by offering a wide array of services and programs, including:

  • Community casual labour pool connects employers with short term workers
  • Community health & dental services
  • Downtown Community Centre facility and activities
  • Emergency shelter
  • Meals, nutrition & food services
  • Mental health & employment services
  • REES Program (Resources, Education, Employment & Support)
  • Supported housing
  • Thrift shop
  • and much more.

More information about the Fair, including ticket prices, parking map and more, is available on the Out of Hand Artisan Christmas Fair website.

Choose Greater Victoria BC Lodging as Unique as an Original Work of Art

Greater Victoria Bed & Breakfast B&Bs Guest Room

Enjoy a good night’s sleep at Greater Victoria Bed & Breakfast B&Bs while enjoying the Out of Hand Artisan Fair and all the area has to offer.

Our Greater Victoria BC Bed and Breakfast inns provide personalized lodging to add to your Out of Hand Artisan Christmas Fair experience as well all the other activities the Greater Victoria region of British Columbia has to offer.

Enjoy a variety of breakfast choices along with comfortable guest rooms, and the signature service & area knowledge of the innkeepers at locations all across the Greater Victoria area.

What’s Your Out of Hand Artisan Christmas Fair Expectation or Experience?

The Out of Hand Artisan Christmas Fair has been held annually for 24 years and has grown to become the largest event of its kind on Vancouver Island.  Previously held at the Victoria Conference Centre, the fair now takes place at the historic Crystal Gardens across the street.  Does the Crystal Gardens venue enhance this great event?

Please share your plans for this 2012 event and memories of past Out of Hand Artisan Christmas Fairs.