Mark your calendars!

Believe it or not, the holidays are fast approaching. Just a few more weeks till cities transform into colorfully lit expeditions, yearly traditions commence, and the shopping frenzy begins.

Gift shopping can be a struggle. Sitting in traffic, trying to park, sifting through un-inspiring gifts, and waiting in long lines to check out is never fun. Not to mention, attempting to shop ethically is difficult and often expensive. We can’t promise that there won’t be traffic or long lines, but shopping at holiday markets is something we look forward to every year.

All across the globe, local artisans show up under one roof to sell their handmade goods from soaps, clothing, jewelry, vintage finds, to food and even furniture. The experience alone is worth attending. Get a warm cider or hot chocolate and peruse the beautiful trinkets and textiles. It’s a joyful and inspiring experience, but also a great place to find unique gifts for friends and family.

Tons of holiday markets will be opening soon if not already, so be sure to look up what's happening in your local area and mark your calendars! 

If you live in any of these cities, here are a few worth checking out:

 

 

Fair Trade Trunk Show
Austin, Texas
Organized by the fair-trade group Ona Mission, this Fair Trade Trunk Show is going to feature treasures made by artisans from around the world.
Admission: Free
Location: The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. MLK Blvd.
Date: November 19, 2015
Hours: 11am - 8pm
More info here.

 

Unique Markets
Los Angeles, California
This holiday market requires a ticket, but known as the largest made-in-America shopping event in the country, it’s well worth the cost. Make sure to bring a friend so that you can enjoy the free drinks and photobooth portraits.
Admission: $15 (Unlimited re-entry all weekend)
Location: The 10th Floor at California Market Center, 110 East Ninth St.
Date: Dec 3rd - 4th
Hours: 11am - 6pm
More info here.

 

Porter Flea
Nashville, Tennessee
Featuring over 125 local Nashville artisans, Porter Flea is a bustling hum of Christmas cheer and the perfect place to shop for friends and family.
Admission: $25 Ticketed Preview Dec 9th, free on Dec 10.
Location: Skyway Studios, 3201 Dickerson Pike
Date & Time: Dec 9th 6pm - 9pm | Dec 10th 10am - 5pm
More info here.

 

Downtown Holiday Market
Washington, D.C.
Now the 10th annual Downtown Holiday Market, is an outdoor shopping village in the heart of D.C. featuring more than 150 vendors.
Admission: Free
Location: Downtown D.C., 8th and F Streets NW
Date: Nov 25th - Dec 23
Hours: 12pm - 8pm daily
More info here.

 

Union Square Holiday Market
New York, NY
An outdoor arrangement of candy cane striped tents, hot chocolate at every turn, fresh spices, jewelry makers, scarfs and much more.
Admission: Free
Location: Union Square, East 14th St. Park Avenue South & Broadway
Date: Nov 17th – Dec 24th (closed on Thanksgiving)
Hours: 11am - 8pm Mon - Fri | 10am - 8pm Sat | 11am - 7pm Sun
More info here.

 

Popup Shop PDX
Portland, Oregon
For a smaller market and multiple shopping opportunities, this market hosts different designers and crafters each weekend.
Admission: Free
Location: Modern Domestic, 1408 NE Alberta St.
Date & Time: Dec 2nd 6pm - 11pm | Dec 3rd 11am - 6pm | Dec 10th - 11th 11am - 6pm | Dec 17th - 18th 11am - 6pm
More info here.

 

Denver Christkindl Market
Denver, Colorado
Denver's Skyline Park is transformed into a German village to host their annual European styled holiday market. Enjoy walking through the park to the sound of Bavarian carols while sipping on mulled wine.
Admission: Free
Location: Skyline Park, 16th St. Mall and Arapahoe St.
Date: Nov 18th - Dec 23rd
Hours: Sun - Thurs 11am - 7pm | Fri - Sat 11am - 9pm
More info here.

 

 
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PS. We would love to hear what you find at your local markets this holiday season. Whether it be a unique gift or a brand you think we should know about. Post in the comments below or email us here!