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Denise Leduc handmakes garments from natural materials such as silk, cotton and linen that have been dyed with nature's inks and printed with leaves plants, flowers and other gifts of Mother Nature.

All your holiday shopping wishes come true at Artfest Christmas in the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex, December 6-9.

Aurora Light Sculptures

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Named after the aurora borealis that we see here in Canada, Aurora Light Sculptures is inspired by the that flow of light to create the lines in their lighted sculptures. Starting from a base of driftwood or antler, reed create the shape and then covered with paper to give a glow to the light.

All your holiday shopping wishes come true at Artfest Christmas in the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex, December 6-9.

Anthony Buttazzoni Art

Local scenes in watercolours by Anthony Buttazzoni Art.

All your holiday shopping wishes come true at Artfest Christmas in the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex, December 6-9.

Boreal Folk Apothecary

Born from the need to feel free and to connect with nature, Boreal Folk Apothecary crafts botanical skincare goods that have been inspired by Canada's wilderness. Raphaëlle and Mark love their nomadic lifestyle that allows them to chase seasons and wild botanicals through the ever-changing northern landscapes. They sustainably harvest plants from healthy colonies, and with their mobile wilderness lab, they create products revolving around the plants' unique properties. All of Boreal Folk's apothecary goods are handcrafted and made in the wilderness.

All your holiday shopping wishes come true at Artfest Christmas in the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex, December 6-9.

Irina Rapaport

Based in Toronto, Irina Rapaport Jewellery and Textiles is a slow fashion design studio whose mission is to create and make unique jewellery and clothing.

Carefully handmade in her studio, these wearable art objects are produced in small series of one of a kind pieces, which you will find in our online store, at her studio open house or at craft shows in and around Toronto. Each object is handmade. The charm of tiny imperfections is inherent to craftwork, such as a quirky piece of fabric or a polka dot bead made from scratch, or subtle flaws left by the work of time on old materials.

Every one of her pieces is born with particular features which make it unique, not always perfect, but definitely authentic.

All your holiday shopping wishes come true at Artfest Christmas in the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex, December 6-9.

Aeslava Photography

Alfonso Eslava dedicated his career to tropical medicine. After he retired, his attention was caught by light colours and shapes of nature. From Mississauga, Aeslava Photography works with digital media to express the beauty of our world.

All your holiday shopping wishes come true at Artfest Christmas in the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex, December 6-9.

Christmas Getaway with Artfest

Coming from out of town for Artfest Christmas? We have a weekend deal for you! Hurry only a few rooms left!

  1. Stay in Kingston's downtown Confederation Place Hotel for just $95 a night. Call Scott at the hotel at (613) 549-6300 and ask for the Artfest special rate.

  2. Stay at Travelodge for $98 per night with an onsite restaurant. Call (613) 777-3586 and use Promocode CGART2

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There's so much great holiday shopping at Artfest Christmas you'll want to come back many times. We have brought together 125 of the finest artisans in Ontario and Quebec - many of them local favorites! Plus there's a ton of things to do, including:

  • Enjoy live music from local musicians

  • There will be holiday decorating demos, displays and workshops

  • Savour gourmet delights at The Mistletoe Bistro

  • Enjoy local craft beer, wine and cider

  • Join in Christmas Caroling on Saturday

  • Take advantage of our gift wrapping service that benefits local charities

In addition, donate to assist local families through the Giving Tree and CKWS TV Snowsuit Drop Off station at Artfest Christmas.

Bring the kids

Santa will be at Artfest Christmas Friday, Saturday, Sunday. He's opened up his workshop for activities and the elves at their workstations will have giveaways for the younger set.

Be one of the first 100 visitors to Artfest Christmas and you will receive a special Gift Bag full of holiday magic.

Kingston is a beautiful city at any time of year, but especially during the holiday season. Visit Kingston has a lot of suggestions for you of things to do while visiting. Check out all the great restaurants the city has to offer. And do visit the illuminations of Lumina Borealis for a special treat.

See you there!

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Ride the Red Trolley to Artfest Christmas

Artfest is delighted to announce that Kingston’s famous red trolleys will be rolling during our Christmas Art & Craft show, December 6-9. From pick up spots around Kingston, the trolleys will take you our magical Christmas theme show at the 1000 Islands Sportsplex and, when you're ready, back home again. Kingston Thousand Islands Kingston Trolley Tours staff will be onsite all four days of Artfest Christmas and Red Trolley 704 will be parked indoors right next to Santa's workshop. It will be a great photo opportunity with Santa

We have a special loop on opening night, Thursday December 6th for Queen's and St. Lawrence students. Come out and get your Christmas shopping done before heading home for the holidays! Trolley fare of $20 includes admission to the show plus 10 Artfest dollars you can spend at any of our artisan booths. The Student Loop stops at Queen’s Athletics & Recreation Centre (ARC) and Stuart & Earl, then at St Lawrence College Resident before heading out to the 1000 Islands Sportsplex..

Thursday, December 6 Student Loop

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Pick up only 4:00 pm 4:05 pm 4:15 pm 4:35 pm
Pick up/drop off 5:15 pm 5:20 pm 5:30 pm 5:50 pm
Pick up/drop off 6:30 pm 6:35 pm 6:45 pm 7:05 pm
Drop off only 7:45 pm 7:50 pm 8:00 pm 8:20 pm
Drop off only 9:05 pm 9:10 pm 9:20 pm

Ride for FREE on Saturday and Sunday, the Trolley will visit Seniors’ homes and take passengers to Artfest Christmas at the Sportsplex. Anyone can ride the trolley from these locations and you may park your car in the parking lots of the homes. Trolley fare is free, but you will need to purchase a show pass, either online in advance or at the door.

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The trolley should arrive approx. 10 minutes before scheduled departure time. Seats (34) are available on a first come first serve basis and open to the general public.

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RAW eco jewelry

From a tiny cabin nestled in B.C.'s Kootenay Mountains, RAW creates traditionally handcrafted metalwork jewellery infused with foraged exotic seeds, raw crystals, wild crafted bones, quills, antler and organic treasures. For the wild spirit.

All your holiday shopping wishes come true at Artfest Christmas in the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex, December 6-9.

Handmade Revolution

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Aurora Simmons of Handmade Revolution creates unique jewellery inspired by nature and handcrafted in Toronto. Aurora has been crafting all her life and has been a goldsmith since 2008. She loves to work with metal, fabric and leather. Her work includes custom engagement rings, belts and historical reproduction jewellery.

All your holiday shopping wishes come true at Artfest Christmas in the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex, December 6-9.

Gallery Côté

From eastern Quebec, Gilles Côté is a self-taught artist who is constantly looking for colors and shapes that allow him to create atmospheric paintings full of warmth and tenderness. The essence of his artistic approach is to try, through time and a balance of emotions and intellect, to represent human nature in the space that surrounds it; to capture the fiery energy of forms and colors; to juxtapose shadow and light and create a vibrant atmosphere.

All your holiday shopping wishes come true at Artfest Christmas in the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex, December 6-9.

Pepper Brew

Pepper Brew produces the highest quality hand-made, all-natural gourmet pepper sauces. Each of their three sauces are made almost entirely from fresh ingredients purchased from Ontario growers, and produce wholesalers here in Ontario. Their sauces have no artificial flavors, colors, fillers, binders or preservatives. All products are gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free and entirely plant based.

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All your holiday shopping wishes come true at Artfest Christmas in the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex, December 6-9.

Harper Pottery

From Waterdown, Ontario, Jonathan Harper has been making functional stoneware pots as his career for 32 years.He is drawn to stoneware and the rock and water contrasts you can create in it.

Most of Jonathan’s carvings are influenced by the rhythms of basketry and block printing, as well as his love of biological diversity. His decorations are robust, so his forms have tended to be simple in contrast. Nonetheless, he still plays a lot with the parts of pots and keep a sense of humour in them. All Harper Pottery is both dishwasher and microwave safe.

All your holiday shopping wishes come true at Artfest Christmas in the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex, December 6-9.

Sprucewood Handmade Cookie Company

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Sprucewood Handmade Cookie Company is your source for all natural and fabulous tasting fine food products. This young, creative and committed team of foodies manufacture high quality, small batch, handmade savory shortbread cookies and pure dessert shortbread cookies. This proudly Canadian company evolved from a highly popular 25-year old catering firm, founded by Mark Pollard. Mark loves to create and serve a variety of small batch, high quality selections to his corporate and private catering clients. Baked from scratch with the finest ingredients they can find, Sprucewood bakes with only pure ingredients, delivering all natural flavors with intense, real taste.

All your holiday shopping wishes come true at Artfest Christmas in the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex, December 6-9.

Handweaving by Heather Sherratt

With over 30 years experience in the industry, Heather Sherratt is a production handweaver who specializes in creating unique items of women's clothing. Using mainly natural fibres, Heather's pieces are vibrantly coloured and contain a variety of weaves and textures. Ranging from full-length winter coats in wool, to light, summery cotton tops, these handwoven garments will compliment any type of wardrobe.

All your holiday shopping wishes come true at Artfest Christmas in the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex, December 6-9.

Van Raay Jewelry

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For London, Ontario based Miranda Scott of Van Raay Jewelry, fashion accessories are organic, modern and a little bit geeky. A graduate of the Jewellery Arts program at George Brown College in Toronto, Miranda creates contemporary silver and gold designs, with carefully selected minerals and gemstones that have been mined and hand cut by the artist herself.

All your holiday shopping wishes come true at Artfest Christmas in the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex, December 6-9.

Therese Boisclair

Native of Trois Rivières, international award winning artist Therese Boisclair found expression in the fragility of the tissue paper and the boldness of the acrylics on canvas. She creates paintings that depict the unique atmosphere reminiscent of abstract landscapes that inspire us in the maze of our own imagination.

All your holiday shopping wishes come true at Artfest Christmas in the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex, December 6-9.

The Northern Goddess

The Northern Goddess creates natural, handmade, creative bath and body products. Give someone you love a wonderful gift of a decongesting bath soak, artisan soap, body lotion, massage oil, or hair serums.

All your holiday shopping wishes come true at Artfest Christmas in the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex, December 6-9.

Angel's Wing Jewellery

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While studying silversmithing, jewellery construction and casting, Myra Kostiw became interested in the history of jewellery and its symbolism in different cultures. With materials collected from travels to South Africa, Morocco, Thailand, Nepal and India, she began designing and constructing jewellery inspired by tribal and nomadic cultures of the world. Angel's Wing Jewellery makes a unique gift.

All your holiday shopping wishes come true at Artfest Christmas in the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex, December 6-9.

Robert Made It

Handcrafted endgrain cutting boards, cheese boards and charcuterie boards by Robert Made It are perfect gifts for the cook and host on your gift list.

All your holiday shopping wishes come true at Artfest Christmas in the Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex, December 6-9.