Many pre-Christmas markets, teas and celebrations are taking place in and around Williams Lake this weekend.
• The Thompson Rivers University Christmas Market is taking place, Saturday, Nov. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the gymnasium.
There will be more than 20 local vendors selling a variety of items from art, to decor, clothing and more.
In addition there will be a photographer on site to take Christmas family portraits.
• The Cariboo Potters Guild will hold their fall show and sale in the Graham Kelsey Room at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre Friday, Nov. 4 from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There will be lots of Christmas gift ideas such as tree ornaments and decorations, serving and casserole dishes and more. Participating artists this year are Jude Prevost, Barb Fraleigh, Colleen Kielman, Lesley Lloyd, Anna Roberts, Bev Pemberton, Jill Crosina and Joan Beck.
• The Williams Lake Spinners Weavers and Fibre Artists Guild is holding a market in the lower common room at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre Friday, Nov. 4 from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Carmen’s Early Bird Christmas Craft Fair: The ever popular Carmen’s Early Bird Christmas Craft Fair takes place at the Elks Hall Friday, Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be new and returning vendors with burl bowls, wooden pens and other wood crafts, fleece hats and mittens, First Nation arts and crafts, crochet, knitting, sewing, country crafts, jewellery, folding wooden tables, bannock, baking, canning, a number of home-based businesses and more. There will also be a concession on site.
• The Sacred Heart Fall Bazaar and Tea takes place Saturday, Nov. 5 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Church Hall with a full luncheon, bazaar tables and a church raffle.
• The second annual Home Based Business Fair takes place Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ramada Convention Centre. There will be about 18 vendors including Girl Guide cookies.
Donations of non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army will be accepted at the door. A concession and wine bar will be available.
• The Horsefly Historical Society is hosting its annual Christmas Craft Fair and Flea Market Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
School children will be selling poinsettias and there will be about 16 vendors selling all kinds of arts and crafts including art cards, soaps, quilts, weaving and felt work, sewing, various stocking stuffers and more. Canning, baking and jams will also be on the tables. A concession will be available.
• The Miocene Community Club is holding its annual Christmas craft market on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be about 15 vendors with homecrafted items such as sweaters, socks, mitts, Christmas tree decorations, jewellery, stuffed animal toys in the form of farm animals such as sheep, cows and horses, wood-crafted trays, door hangers, bowls, rolling pins, wooden stools and more.
There will also be live music and a table where children can make crafts. Lunch will also be available from the kitchen.
• The Lac La Hache Community Club is hosting a Christmas Craft Fair and Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.