Without further ado, here’s a rundown of places for you to score the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one – or for yourself!
Holiday Artisan Market benefiting Animal Justice League
Saturday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church of Houston.
This is the perfect way to celebrate Small Business Saturday. More than 50 local artists and vendors with St. Stephen’s will be offering a blessing of the animals at their booth and they’ll also have the Kilted DJs with their “fun bus” – plus Vietnamese street food with Summer Rain Food Truck. https://www.facebook.com/events/209539423057096/.
“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.”
First Saturday Arts Market
Saturday, Dec. 1, 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.
Winter Wonderland Market
Saturday Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Love Elementary, 1120 W 13th St.
The annual Winter Wonderland Market was started by the Love Elementary PTO in 2017 as a way to spread the cheer of the season and to continue to build ties to the neighborhood community.
“Love is a dual-language HISD school in the heart of the Heights, but many families inside the zone aren’t familiar with this gem of a school,” PTO president Diana Vining said. “The PTO works to bring in a variety of local vendors for the market and will be selling beautiful, fresh poinsettias as a fundraiser at the event.”
In addition to the shopping you can see Love’s choir perform and also get a visit into Santa. Benefits go to support the PTO’s grants to teachers at Love for classroom projects and field trips. This year’s market is sponsored by Sharkey’s and by T-Shirts Etc.
St. Rose Holiday Market
Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 3600 Brinkman East/West Hall.
This benefits the St. Rose of Youth Ministry Program. More than 40 vendor booths with a wide range of items for holiday gift-buying.
Heights Epicurean Market
Saturday, Dec. 1, from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 1245 Heights Blvd.
This is a monthly market. For more information visit Heights Epicurean Market on Facebook.
Craftidote Holiday Market
Saturday, Dec. 1 from noon-5 p.m. at 729 Studewood St.
See Craftidote on Facebook for details.
Elder Street Art Market
Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1100 Elder St.
The Elder Street Art Market benefits Advent Conspiracy and Living Water International.
Holiday on 19th Street
Friday, Dec. 7 from 6-10 p.m.
Join the 19th Street vendors for this annual holiday event with live music, in-store features, cocktails, holiday shopping and real snow. Sponsors are Emerson Rose, the LIFT on 19th, Squared Away, Venus Hair Houston, Big Blue Whale, Jubilee in the Heights, Boomtown Coffee, Circa Real Estate, Fly High Little Bunny, Retropolis, Eclectic Home, CODA in the Heights, Casa Ramirez FOLKART Gallery, Bliss on 19th, Manready Mercantile, Dramatika Custom Framing, AG Antiques on West 19th, Harold’s Restaurant & Tap Room, My Cabinet Source, Vanity Salon, Jumper Maybach Fine Art Gallery, ALICE blue, Vinal Edge Records, Thread, Dr. Nataly Perez and We Olive & Wine Bar.
14th Annual Heights Holiday Market
Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at 935 Harvard St.
Organizer Dorie Kerr said 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 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. Everyone is welcome, including kids who might enjoy the leather cuff making station.
See http://www.facebook.com/houstonheightsholidaymarket for updates and a preview of some of the items for sale.
Heights Artisan Market
Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m.-7 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 craftpersons.
The Artisan Market grew from the Firehouse Art Show, which was held for seven consecutive 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. It was known that a similar event with a friendly feel and outstanding artisans could find a home here in Houston.
Artists are coming in from California and Dallas and central Texas, but most are native to the local area, with ranks expanding due to the large and accessible space.
See The Heights Artisan Market on Facebook for vendors and details.
The Market at Sawyer Yards
Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at 1502 Sawyer St. 77007.
The Market at Sawyer Yards debuted in the spring of 2016 and continues 2nd Saturdays during the holiday season. This curated market hosts a mix of artist mediums with a focus on folk art, the maker is the seller & 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.
Beers & Cheers Holiday Market: Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Sunday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Ave.
They will have many local artists and vendors bringing out some unique and awesome gift ideas.
Everyone is invited to come out and to enjoy a Saint Arnold brew, grab a bite, listen to some great music while getting your holiday shopping done. Root beer floats for the kids.
Heights Mercantile Holiday Market
Saturday, Dec. 15 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at 714 Yale St.
Come do your Holiday Shopping at their inaugural Holiday Market. They will have local vendors set up along the promenade and free swag bags inside their tenant stores for the first 200 visitors. Santa will also be making an appearance. More than 25 vendors will be offering handmade and ethically sourced items.
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.
Reader Sarah Peacock also sent in her own list: https://oftenly.org/houston-holiday-markets/
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