NEWS File Photo - Knox United Church is holding its 15th annual “Perfect Gift” Christmas Craft Fair including 80 vendors from around Vancouver Island on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Knox United Christmas craft fair returns to Parksville

Eighty vendors from across Vancouver Island to participate

The 15th annual Knox United “Perfect Gift” Christmas Craft Fair will be held on Nov. 9 in Parksville.

Organizers say the fair has become a highly anticipated event in the Parksville Qualicum Beach area. Last year, approximately 1,900 people took advantage of this opportunity to get a head start on their Christmas shopping and entertainment planning.

The craft fair has grown over the years and now offers 80 tables filling eight rooms of vendors who provide a multitude of family-orientated products, home-made food items and many unique craft selections for all ages. These enthusiastic vendors come from communities all over Vancouver Island in order to offer a huge variety of “Perfect Gift” possibilities!

A variety of crafts will be sold including sewing, knitting, photography, gift cards, wooden toys, puzzles, paintings, accessories, children’s items, Christmas decorations, pottery, candles, health and beauty products and more.

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A lunch of soup, sandwiches, chili and sweets at the large Knox Cafe, seasonal music and free admission, all add to the festive ambience of a joyful day. The fair also offers a “SOLD & HOLD” room where would-be shoppers can place their purchased items, so you may continue to browse, empty-handed.

Organizers note that there is a large parking lot adjacent to the church, and encourage patrons to park in appropriate areas only.

“Please be aware that there are various parking restrictions on the streets of the church neighbourhood. If you park on a nearby street, please be respectful of our neighbours’ driveways and properties and aware of the parking regulations by bus stops, fire hydrants, no parking zones and on bicycle routes,” said Knox United Church publicity co-ordinator Beth Brown.

Knox also strives to present a scent-free facility and appreciates the co-operation of shoppers in this endeavour. Additionally, there will be no bottled water sold at the event for environmental reasons, and the church encourages people to bring their own bags as well.

All funds raised at the fair go towards various church missions in the local and international community. Hours of the event are from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Knox United Church, 345 Pym St. For more information contact the Knox Church office at 250-248-3927, or

– NEWS Staff, submitted

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