8 local holiday markets to find unique gifts this holiday season


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These events in the Denver area will help you get into the party spirit, as well as find those handcrafted tchotchkes that will make your friends ask, “Where did you find this!” ”

Satisfy your sweet tooth and shopping cravings on this festive experience, where you can browse products, from ceramics to pancakes, from 30 designers and creators. Also make sure to verify The Holiday Market concert schedule ahead of time, so you can listen to tunes from local artists, including country artist Larry Nix, while shopping for items like scented soy candles. Free entry; Sunday-Wednesday, 11 am-7pm; Thursday-Saturday, 11 am-9pm; Fillmore Plaza between 1st and 2nd avenues.

This 20-year-old authentic German and European market is one of the most trusted places to find handcrafted food and gifts from local and international vendors. In addition to shopping, be sure to sit next to your loved ones with a sweet hot chocolate or spicy glühwein, and watch the performances of groups and dancers rushing to the German polka. Keep your eyes peeled for celebrity appearances from St. Nikolaus, Krampus and Christkind. Free entry; Sunday-Wednesday, 11 am-7pm; Thursday – Saturday, 11 am – 9 pm (with a few exceptions); Civic Center Park, 101 14th Avenue.

This annual market draws massive crowds. But that doesn’t mean you’ll have to worry about all those people blocking your view of the festivities: thanks to the 100ft LED Mile High Christmas Tree (the largest electronic tree in North America), you and your family will definitely be able to enjoy the show and take some photos. Of course, you can also check out the market vendors who hand out handcrafted holiday gifts and delicious food. Free entry; Weekends, November 20, 21, 27, 28, December 4, 11, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 16th Street Shopping Center, between Welton Street and Glenarm Place

With over 100 curated craft and fashion vendors, you’ll almost feel overwhelmed by the selection of this vacation extravaganza. Don’t worry, however, the indoor and outdoor market has all the right ingredients (like a heated dining room where you can enjoy festive cocktails) to keep you going throughout your giant shopping getaway. Be sure to check out Holiday Bazaar’s other places early December too. Free entry, RSVP recommended, VIP tickets available; Saturday-Sunday, 11 am-5pm; Zeppelin Station, 3501 Wazee Street.

Put on these snow boots and walk through the Arts District in Santa Fe for the 2021 Finals First Friday Art Walk. This iconic event will be joined by a Holiday Art Market in Skylight, where you can browse local art vendors, grab a bite of food trucks, and make your memories last at the photo booth. Please note: Galleries, studios, and shops featured in the Art Walk have social distancing and mask requirements. Free entry; Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., rain or shine; Skylight, 833 Santa Fe Drive.

This quarterly manufacturers market will feature 10 artists showcasing things like jewelry, art, and herbs in Ritualcravt’s storefront. There will even be a special zest for the holidays, like Moonlight X Tattoos will provide hand flash tattoos on a first come, first serve basis. Also be sure to check Ritualcravtlarge selection of crystals, candles and other products tailored to your spiritual needs. Free entry; Saturday, 11 am-6pm; 7700 W. 44th Ave., Wheat Ridge.

Do you miss sunny Sunday mornings when you ventured out to your farmer’s market? The temperature may be a little cooler, but you may find Boulder County Farmers Market‘s frigid match at Longmont during their winter event, which features a holiday twist. With over 100 Colorado vendors, you’ll find local ingredients for your next stew or roast, and can treat yourself to items like jewelry, skin care products, and wine. Visitors can even watch cooking demonstrations or enjoy live music while your kids make their own ornaments. Free entry; Saturday-Sunday, 9 am-3pm; Exhibition building at Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road.

Between chestnuts grilled over a wood fire and horse-drawn carriage rides, you will feel transported back in time during this festival of the mountain town. Find thoughtful gifts from craft vendors, including rare books, rich wines, and even Victorian items for your home, while soaking up the vibe of this cheerful city. In other words, even Ebenezer Scrooge couldn’t play with this market. Free entry; weekends, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 600 6th Street, Georgetown.

(Read more: Your 2021 Holiday Gift Guide for Products Made in Colorado)


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