Here is a rundown of places in the area to score the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one – or for yourself.
Holiday Artisan Market benefiting Animal Justice League
Saturday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church of Houston
More than 50 local artists and vendors will attend, and St. Stephen’s will offer a blessing of the animals at their booth. The Kilted DJs will be on-hand with music and their “fun bus” – plus the Lunch Bag food truck will be on-site for breakfast and lunch, and Uncle Louie G with Italian ice and ice cream. Other sweet vendors include kettle corn, cupcakes and mini cheesecakes.
Market vendors include Red Lip Designs, Feathers + Thorns, Donna Handknits, State of Houston Co, Hive Bee Farm, Joy’s Day Care, Usborne Books & More, Burgess Mercantile, Living Lyss Jewelry, Candles From My Heart, Vanda Botanicals, Houston Yard Art, The Doggie Express, Hello Face Painting, Valenti Boutique, Lasscolt Creations, Treecycle Crafts, Kitty’s Stuff and Our Savior Lutheran eighth grade class.
See the market’s Facebook page for more information.
“We do our best to focus primarily on artists, vendors and small businesses with homemade and/or handmade products,” organizer Kim Antley said. “And many are local to our neighborhoods and The Leader’s readership area.”
Holiday on 19th Street
Friday, Dec. 6, 6–10 p.m.
This is an annual holiday event. Shoppers can stroll Houston’s Historic 19th Street Shopping District. Enjoy live music, in-store features, cocktails, Santa, holiday shopping and real snow. Sponsors include Emerson Rose, the LIFT on 19th, Squared Away, Venus Hair Houston, Big Blue Whale, Jubilee in the Heights, Circa Real Estate, Retropolis, Eclectic Home, CODA in the Heights, Casa Ramirez FOLKART Gallery, Manready Mercantile, Dramatika Custom Framing, AG Antiques on West 19th, Harold’s Restaurant & Tap Room, Vanity Salon, Vinal Edge Records, We Olive & Wine Bar, Wild Honey and Noted.
Heights Epicurean Market
Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 1245 Heights Blvd.
The Heights Epicurean Farmers Market supports all things handmade, homemade and locally homegrown. This once-monthly market invites Texas farmers who are dedicated to organic and chemical-free farming, artisans, bakers and all sorts of local food producers together in a fun block party-style atmosphere complete with crafts for the children.
St. Rose Holiday Market
Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 3600 Brinkman St., East/West Hall.
This benefits the St. Rose of Youth Ministry Program. There will be more than 40 vendor booths with a wide range of items for holiday gift-buying. This year, there will also be some new activities for the kids like building a mini snowman and throwing snowballs at the Grinch. A concession stand and mimosa booth will provide food and drinks.
Elder Street Art Market
Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1100 Elder St.
A portion of all sales goes to support the Missions of Ecclecia, building fresh water sources in communities around the globe and bringing food, necessities and TLC to those in Venezuela.
Heights Artisan Market
Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at All Saints Church Hall, 215 E. 10th St.
This invitational show and sale features woodworking, furniture, jewelry, painting, sculpture, clothing, weaving and photography by the region’s finest artists and craft persons.
The Artisan Market grew from the Firehouse Art Show, which was held for seven years following the decommission of the Heights fire station. This self-edited group of professionals formed to showcase their works in an annual holiday market, loosely patterned after similar home shows and a legacy event in Dallas at the Sons of Hermann Hall. See The Heights Artisan Market on Facebook for vendors and details.
15th Annual Heights Holiday Market
Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at 935 Harvard St.
Organizer Dorie Kerr said last year that this annual market started with a few local artists and has grown over the years. What hasn’t changed is that someone always hosts it in their home.
“It’s whoever is willing to open up their home,” Kerr said. “It’s a great shopping experience.”
There will be 20 vendors at the home of Anna Eastman again this year selling handmade goods including jewelry, visual art, baked goods, food items such as salsa, coffee and sweet-cured jalapenos and cheese straws, fiber art, candles, bath and body goods, home goods, clothes and Christmas decor.
Food and drinks will be served, but there will not be any food trucks.
See http://www.facebook.com/houstonheightsholidaymarket for updates and a preview of some of the items for sale.
First Saturday Arts Market
Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. at 530 W. 19th St.
Founded in 2004, First Saturday Arts Market is a curated monthly outdoor fine arts event featuring the works of dozens of visual artists. Located in the Historic Houston Heights, the market showcases paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry and handcrafted items. The entire family is welcome to come enjoy the great outdoors, live music and delicious fare from some of the area’s best gourmet food trucks. http://www.firstsaturdayartsmarket.com.
Craftidote Holiday Market
Saturday, Dec. 7, noon-5 p.m. at 729 Studewood St.
See Craftidote on Facebook for details.
The Heights Ironworks Holiday Market
Saturday, Dec. 14, noon – 5 p.m. at 201 W 15th (at Yale St)
A festive afternoon of shopping with twenty one artisans, wine, food trucks, and music at the newly restored Historic Heights Ironworks Event Venue. Fu +Amount (MF+A) will be performing live on the front porch. These young musicians share a passion for jazz and currently attend the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, HSPVA. See the Heights Ironworks Facebook page for more information.
The Market at Sawyer Yards
Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at 1502 Sawyer St.
The Market at Sawyer Yards debuted in the spring of 2016 and continues second Saturdays during the holiday season. This curated market hosts a mix of artist media with a focus on folk art, the maker is the seller and artisan crafts, including packaged specialty foods.
Surrounded by the highest concentration of working artists in all of Texas, the market coincides with 2nd Saturday Open Studios, when artists from The Silos at Sawyer Yards, Winter, Spring, Summer, Sabine and Silver Street Studios open their studios to the public. Arts District Houston hosts this eclectic Saturday market. For more information, see http://sawyerstreetmarket.com.
Heights Mercantile Holiday Market
Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 714 Yale St.
Pop-ups on the promenade and pet friendly. For more information visit heightsmercantileholiday2019market.eventbrite.com.
Also, don’t forget Eleanora’s Market, LLC (Eleanora’s Market, LLC on Facebook) and The Farm Stand at Petrol Station in Garden Oaks, where the markets are open every Saturday.
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