Get your holiday shopping done early (or not) at these area craft shows

Craft shows and holiday bazaars are in full swing this month around Greater Cincinnati.
Craft shows and holiday bazaars are in full swing this month around Greater Cincinnati.

Calm down. There's still time to find presents for those special people on your list, and where better to uncover the perfect, unique gift than at a craft show? Not only will you be able to get your holiday shopping completed, but you are also helping support our local artists and charities. Here's a look at what's coming up this month.

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Thursday, Dec. 1

Downtown: Christkindlmarkt, 4-10 p.m. Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Schmidlapp Lawn, adjacent to Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way. Features food, drinks and seasonal items from open-air stalls. Traditional choral music, lighted decorations and more. Runs Nov. 25-Dec. 31. Open Christmas Eve 11 a.m.-6 p.m., then 4-10 p.m. daily Dec. 26-31. New Year's Eve celebration. Free admission.

Lawrenceburg: Fair Trade Marketplace, 4-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Agner Hall, Dearborn County Fairgrounds, 351 E. Eads Parkway. Shop more than 50 fair trade organizations from around the world. Clothing, housewares, toys, journals, jewelry and more on offer. Free admission.

Friday, Dec. 2

Hamilton: Christkindlmarkt, 5-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Butler County Fairgrounds, 1715 Fairgrove Ave. More than 50 vendors, traditional German food and drinks, live music and entertainment. Santa visits Saturday from 2-4 p.m. and there’s a kinderfest area for kids. $1 admission, free ages 12-under. Free parking.

Maysville: Pickers and Grinners Christmas Market, 4-9 p.m., Second Street. Coincides with Twilight Christmas Parade. Market features live music, handmade arts and crafts, baked goods and food vendors. Parade starts at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Alexandria: Campbell County Band Boosters Craft & Vendor Show, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Campbell County High School, 909 Camel Crossing.

Batavia: Holiday Maker’s Market, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Nakama Studio, 600 Kilgore Ave. Variety of local businesses visit. Food trucks, kid crafts and activities and more. $3 admission.

Blue Ash: Holiday Craft Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road.

Burlington: Little Britain Art Fair, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Little Britain Carriage House, 5307 Idlewild Road. Indoor art fair includes painting, photography, pottery, jewelry and more. Light refreshments for sale in cafe.

Clifton: Holiday Pottery Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Clifton Recreation Center, 320 McAlpin Ave. Handmade pottery from local artists. Marty's Waffle Truck visits.

Colerain Township: Small Business Holiday Shopping Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Willow Event Center, 7881 Colerain Ave. Shop dozens of small businesses with unique gifts.

Corryville: Ohio Holiday Market, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Corryville Recreation Center, 2823 Eden Ave. Shopping, music, door prizes. Ugly sweater contest at 2 p.m. Meet Santa 1-3 p.m. Free admission.

Downtown: Market Bleu Winter Quarter Show, 6-10 p.m., Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St. Artisans and artists showcase and sell products. Free admission.

Mariemont: Showcase of Arts, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, The Barn at Woman's Art Club of Cincinnati, 6980 Cambridge Ave. Features knits and woven items, jewelry, pottery, paintings, baked goods, soaps, woodwork, glass and more by local artisans. Fresh wreaths, food truck. Free admission.

Mason: Holiday Beers & Cheers Market, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sonder Brewing, 8584 Duke Blvd. Shopping and experience stations. Free admission.

Maysville: Frontier Christmas, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Old Washington Historic District. Handmade arts and craft vendors line the streets of Old Washington, and local shops and museums will be open with holiday activities for all ages.

Milford: Milford Athletic Boosters Craft Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Milford High School, 1 Eagles Way. This is a craft-only event with no manufacturers' representatives or consultants permitted. Nearly 300 crafters. $3 admission.

North Bend: Cookie Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Joseph, 25 E. Harrison Ave. Ladies Society of St. Joseph Church hosts sale in hospitality room in lower level of church. Handmade ornaments and craft items. Homemade cookies and candy. $8 per pound. Free parking and admission.

Over-the-Rhine: Winter Market, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Washington Park, 1230 Elm St. Runs weekends Nov. 25-Dec. 18.

West Chester: St. John Christmas Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 9080 Cincinnati Dayton Road. Shop 100 unique crafters in three buildings. Lunch is available, as well as a bakery booth and raffle.

West Price Hill: Holiday on the Hill Craft & Art Show, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Elder High School, Schaeper Center, 4005 Glenway Ave. Free admission.

Craft shows are popular holiday events in December.
Craft shows are popular holiday events in December.

Sunday, Dec. 4

Amberley Village: Chanukah Bazaar, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Adath Israel Synagogue, 3201 E. Galbraith Road. Shop local artists and food vendors for your Chanukah needs.

Florence: Ultimate Holiday Craft Expo, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Hilton Cincinnati Airport, 7373 Turfway Road. More than 50 crafters and vendors of one-of-a-kind gifts, home decor, holiday inspiration, jewelry, children’s toys, clothing, sweets and more. Free parking and admission.

Ludlow: Ludlow Flea & Craft Fair, 11 a.m., Bircus Brewing Co., 322 Elm St. Around 20-30 local artisans and makers. Takes place indoors and outdoors.

Maineville: Holiday Market, noon-4 p.m., Church Venture, 3187 Western Row Road. Holiday shopping and free kids activities provided by Strive Academy.

Mount Lookout: Holiday Market, 3-7 p.m., The Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Ave. Shop jewelry, soap, art, home decor and more.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Fort Thomas: Holiday Market, 3-7 p.m., Mess Hall, Tower Park, 801 Cochran Ave. Artists, crafters and more.

Friday, Dec. 9

Mount Adams: Holiday Market, Friday-Sunday, Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive.

North Avondale: Halle-Bration, 4-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, New Vision UMC, 4400 Reading Road. Mask required. Unique vendors, entertainment, workshops, kids craft workshop and Taste of Halle-Bration. First 300 kids receive free toy from Santa. Meet Icky Woods at 11 a.m. Saturday as part of the Teen Summit Workshop. Free shuttle to and from Mercy Health 3:30-8:30 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Information: 513-961-4817.

Saturday, Dec. 10

East End: Zinger Presents: A Jerry Christmas Arts and Craft Fair, 4-11 p.m., Riverfront Live, 4343 Kellogg Ave. Shop unique artist and vendors. Enjoy the music of the Grateful Dead performed by Deadcentric. Free admission.

Edgewood: Dixie Craft Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Dixie Heights High School, 3010 Dixie Highway. Diverse group of crafters and vendors selling wares.

Green Township: Craft Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Christ Fellowship Church, 5000 W. North Bend Road.

Independence: Christmas Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ralph Byrley Center, 11875 Taylor Mill Road. Handmade gifts and festive treats.

Middletown: Brunch with Santa & Holiday Craft Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Central Connections Community Center, 3907 Central Ave. Brunch with Santa available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. that includes children's activities. Adults $12, ages 12-under $8. Information: 513-423-1734.

Oakley: Santa Paws is Coming to Town, noon-3 p.m., MadTree Brewing, 3301 Madison Road. Shop local pet businesses. $10 donation includes digital photo of your dog with Santa. Benefits League for Animal Welfare.

Over-the-Rhine: Winter Market, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Washington Park, 1230 Elm St. Runs weekends Nov. 25-Dec. 18.

Sunday, Dec. 11

Over-the-Rhine: Art on Vine Holiday Gifts Sale, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St. Free admission.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Fort Thomas: Holiday Market, 3-7 p.m., Mess Hall, Tower Park, 801 Cochran Ave. Artists, crafters and more.

Saturday, Dec. 17

Over-the-Rhine: City Flea Evening Holiday Market, 4-9 p.m., Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. Early bird mini-market starts at 11 a.m. Free admission.

Sunday, Dec. 18

Blue Ash: Holiday Blitz Shopping Festival, noon-3 p.m., Fretboard Brewing Co., 5800 Creek Road. Local businesses and experience stations. Free.

Over-the-Rhine: City Flea Holiday Market, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Washington Park, 1230 Elm St. Free admission.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Holiday shopping, gift ideas: Cincinnati craft shows in December 2022