With the holidays fast approaching, it’s easy to run into the nearest department store for last-minute holiday shopping or get free two-day shipping from Amazon Prime. But what if we told you there was a way you could spend the day at a fun event, eat great food, all while perusing art and handmade gifts from local artisans in one central location?
This season, Denver will play host to several fantastic holiday arts and craft shows where you can check off everyone on your shopping list while supporting local makers! We’ve curated a list of winter-themed arts and craft shows that we are the most excited for this year, so grab your bags and get ready to #ShopLocal!
November 21, 4-8 p.m. | Denver Botanic Gardens
Photo courtesy of the Denver Botanic Gardens
It’s no secret that the Denver Botanic Gardens is one of our favorite places to get into the holiday spirit due to the many trees adorned with lights, their cafe offering hot cocoa, and the gift shop perfect for picking up a holiday gift. But this year they’ll have even more to offer you, including a Winter Gift Market! You’ll find an abundance of handcrafted holiday items, including bath and body products, jewelry, specialty foods, clothing, antiques, and more.
November 22-23, Times Vary | 16th Street Mall
An annual Denver family tradition, the Denver Christkindl Market is an artisan marketplace where you can shop for locally made gifts, eat authentic German cuisine, drink hot chocolate and enjoy live music! They’ll be hosting the market across from the Clock Tower in the 16th Street Mall from November 22 to December 23—and the cost to attend is absolutely free.
November 23, 4-8 p.m. | Crazy Moutain Brewery Taproom & Beer Garden
Head to the Sante Fe Arts District this holiday season and shop for locally made gifts for your loved ones! Enjoy perusing work from talented makers, sip on some brews from the Crazy Mountain Brewery Taproom, and support a great cause while you’re at it. A portion of the proceeds go to Art Restart, Denver’s only daytime shelter for women, transgender individuals, and children experiencing homelessness or poverty.
November 23-December 15, Weekends, Times Vary | Denver Sports Castle
What was once both the Denver Flea and the Union Station Holiday Market has been rebranded into one massive holiday experience that you don’t want to miss! For three weekends this season, enjoy shopping handcrafted gifts, festive drinks, activities and so much more. Tickets cost $5 and are available here.
November 29, 4-10 p.m. | The Shops at Northfield Stapleton
Photo courtesy of Denver Bazaar
Shop, sip and mingle with some of Colorado’s most talented makers at this year’s Stapleton Holiday Bazaar! Popping up for one weekend only inside the Shops at Northfield Stapleton, this event will feature more than 40 innovative craft vendors sharing their creations. Attendees can also enjoy beer, cider, wine and spirit tastings throughout the evening. You can purchase your tickets here.
November 30-December 1, Times TBD | Highlands Masonic Temple
Everyone’s favorite holiday market is back and bigger than ever! Head to the Highlands Masonic Temple on Small Business Saturday weekend and experience hundreds of local vendors, live music, snacks and more. For more information on participating vendors, visit their website.
December 7-8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | The Cube Stapleton
Photo courtesy of The Sweet William Holiday Market
This two-day event at The Cube Stapleton will feature more than 30 vendors for shopping, live music and more! Shop until you drop for holiday gifts—including handmade goods, retro furniture, antiques and anything else you can think of. And the best part? It’s completely free to attend!
December 8, 15 & 22, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | EXDO Event Center
What better place to buy homemade gifts than our very own arts district? Mosey over to RiNo to the EXDO Event Center for a must-attend holiday event. With over 70 vendors, you won’t have a hard time finding the perfect presents for your favorite people. In addition to shopping, you’ll also get to enjoy food and fashion trucks, beer and cider tastings, bottomless mimosas, live music, and more!
December 11-15, 12-9 p.m. | Larimer Square
An eclectic Holiday Market is coming to Denver’s most historic block, Larimer Square, this December. Join in on the holiday shopping experience featuring more than 40 carefully curated local makers. Once your shopping list is complete, head into the winter-themed heated pop-up bar, where live entertainment and holiday cocktails will be keeping spirits bright all week long!
December 14-15, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Stanley Marketplace
Photo courtesy of the Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair
The Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair is perfect for those looking for a one-stop-shop for all of their holiday gifts. You can expect to find trendsetting indie goods, including original fashion and jewelry, ceramics and paper goods, innovative home decor, art, and so much more. Booths will be located on the first and second floor mezzanine of the Stanley Marketplace and tickets are not required.