If your shopping list is stressing you out or you simply wish to support local artists instead of corporate mega stores this holiday season, these holiday marketplaces are for you. Each one will feature countless vendors with unique and handmade goods that will make even those hard-to-shop for relatives happy.
The illustrious Crafeteria by Frances is making its return on Friday, December 4. The 10th annual market will feature more than 40 local artists and refreshments by Urban Cookies, Short Leash, Mustache Pretzels, and Cartel Coffee Lab. The sale will take place at Frances' parking lot in uptown Phoenix from 6 to 10 p.m. There will also be live performances by Tommy Connell and duo Josh and Paula. Entrance is free. For more details, check in with the market's Facebook page.
WestWorld in Scottsdale will facilitate the three-day Wonderland Market from December 4 through December 6. More than 80 artists, local and otherwise, will set up shop to help attendees with their holiday shopping. Vendors will specialize in home decor, clothing, jewelry, crafts, and gourmet snacks. There will also be appearances by local chefs, including Robert McGrath of Check Please! Admission is $16, and a portion of the proceeds will go to charities. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days. Find more information at the Wonderland Market's website.
Shopping with Purpose
The shopping at New City Studio's annual holiday market will be as diverse as the art the studio displays. Everything you purchase from New City Studio's Shopping with Purpose event will benefit both local artists and charity organizations from the Valley and around the world. Vendors include Rufus Salvaged Goods, Orchard Africa, Dangriega Project, and more. The market will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 4, and go until 9 p.m. Find more information at newcitystudio.org.
Since the Middle Ages, Christkindlmarkt has been a meeting place of shopping, snacking, and entertainment. Hosted by the Arizona Center for Germanic Cultures, the seventh annual holiday marketplace will take place on Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Heritage Square. Local artists and vendors will sell toys, ornaments and other crafted goods. Strudel, Schnapps-spiked coffee, sugar almonds, and more German, Austrian, and Swiss foods will be available to all those present at Christkindlmarkt. Admission is free.
Phoestivus is such a big holiday market that you can't see it all in one day. You'll need two. On Thursday, December 10, and Thursday, December 17, Phoenix Public Market will host the sixth annual Phoestivus open-air market. It will feature fresh and locally-grown goods and produce, plus handcrafted gifts from your favorite local artists like B. Luxe, Zen Bird, Practical Art, and more. There will also be a beer garden to keep your spirits up and an assortment of food trucks. Visit the market's Facebook page for more information.
Swoon Winter Boutique
Shop all things local and handmade at the annual Swoon Winter Boutique on Saturday, December 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. With more than 70 vendors, you'll be sure to find something sweet for the holidays. Find the boutique at 1155 S. Lyn Rae Square in Mesa. Check the event's Facebook page for more information and a full list of vendors.
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Jackalope Art and Craft Fair
With more than 200 local artists selling their work at the Jackalope Art and Craft Fair, you'll breeze through your holiday gift list — and likely find a few things to take home for yourself. The fair will be at Steele Indian School Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 12 and December 13. It's open to the public and free to attend. Visit Jackalope Art and Craft Fair online for more information and a full list of vendors.