Gift buying for the holidays does not have to be a stressful event. In metro Phoenix, a number of pop-up markets are open throughout December to help Arizonans and visitors alike find the perfect presents.
Shopping at these holiday markets — which include fan-favorites Crafeteria and Phoestivus — has an added bonus of supporting local artisans and business owners in our community. Even people who are done with their gift shopping might enjoy the sights and sounds at these markets, many of which have live entertainment such as musicians, carolers, holiday lights and visits with Santa Claus.
Admission is free at most events; some have a suggested donation. Here are 10 holiday markets to check out in metro Phoenix this December.
Winter Artisan Market
The inaugural two-day Winter Artisan Market will take place at the Holland Center in collaboration with the Sonoran Arts League. Shoppers can browse and purchase original creations — from jewelry to photography and paintings — at this juried show featuring 75 regional artists.
Details: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dec. 3-4. The Holland Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale. Free. 480-488-1090, https://hollandcenter.org/winter-artisan-market.
Christmas in Catlin Court
The Historic Catlin Court Retail District in Glendale will host its inaugural Christmas in Caitlin Court event this year. On Friday and Saturday nights you can browse local boutiques and specialty shops, visit Santa Claus and a life-size gingerbread house, watch local artists’ demonstrations, listen to carolers and take in thousands of twinkling holiday lights in the district.
Pick up a walking map at the Arizona Information Center to get started.
Details: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 3-18. Arizona Information Center, 5836 W. Palmaire Ave., Glendale. Free. https://catlincourt.com.
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Crafeteria at Frances Boutique
Crafeteria is back at Frances Boutique with weekly pop-up events. Each Saturday, buyers will find a rotating selection of crafts, apparel and art in the courtyard of Frances’ parking lot. Check Crafeteria’s website for the full list of vendors each day.
Details: Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 4, 11, 18. Frances Boutique, 10 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Free. 602-279-5467, https://www.crafeteria.info.
Makers market at Nurture House
In celebration of Palabras Bilingual Bookstore’s and Wasted Ink Zine Distro’s six-year anniversaries, the businesses are hosting 40 local artisans at a two-day markers market in downtown Phoenix. There will also be a gift-wrapping station, music and drinks from Hakirí Coffee.
Details: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. 906 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. Free. 602-595-9600, https://www.palabrasbookstore.com.
Little Cholla Holiday Market
Little Cholla, a pop-up retail and food market in Tempe, will host its "biggest event yet" on Dec. 9 with almost two dozen local vendors at the Little Cholla Holiday Market.
Details: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9. 1330 S. River Drive, Tempe. https://www.instagram.com/littlecholla.
Luminarias Holiday Market at Andaz Scottsdale Resort
The second annual Luminarias Holiday Market kicks off Friday, Dec. 10. Attendees can buy gifts from 22 local artisans selling clothing, jewelry and art and enjoy 500 luminarias at the event on the Cholla lawn.
Details: 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Bungalows, 6114 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Free. 480-368-1234, https://bit.ly/AndazHolidayMarket.
Merchantile Market in Scottsdale is expanding during the winter months with an outdoor market in Tempe.
Support artisans by purchasing locally made, vintage and recycled items from vendors and picking up some food at the family- and pet-friendly event.
Details: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 11, 18. 1500 N. McClintock Drive, Tempe. Free. https://merchantilemarket.com.
The 12th annual Phoestivus celebration will return to downtown Phoenix with 150 local vendors. The event is open to the public for free, and donations for Community Food Connections are accepted at entrances.
Phreddie the Yeti, Hipster Santa, the Phoestivus Pole, phEATS of Strength and the Airing of Grievances will also be back during the two-day market. Food, drinks — including PHX Beer Co.’s Phoestivus Ale —and entertainment will be aplenty.
Details: 5-10 p.m. Dec. 15-16. 721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Free; donations accepted. https://www.phoestivus.com.
Slacker Holiday Gift Market
If you find yourself ignoring everyone’s advice to buy Christmas gifts early this year, the Slacker Holiday Gift Market is for you. Local makers and vendors will be on hand with a variety of items to complete your gift list.
Donation-based admission tickets can be reserved ahead through Eventbrite; 10% of proceeds will go to Mulligan's Manor. In lieu of buying an admission ticket, attendees can bring a gift for a teenager. Check out one-n-ten’s Queermas Holiday Gift Program at https://onenten.org/queermas for ideas.
Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 18-19. MonOrchid, 214 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. $5-$10 donation. https://www.slackermarket.com.
The Market by Junk in the Trunk
The team behind Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market has opened two pop-up stores for the holiday season. Find handmade goods and curated vintage products inside their brick-and-mortar location, The Vintage, or in the Quad off 72nd Place at Scottsdale Quarter.
The Vintage (Phoenix): 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays-Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Dec. 31. 4418 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix. https://junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com.
Scottsdale Quarter: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. 15059 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. https://junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com.
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