It's never too late to find everything from original art to lovingly handmade confections and cheeses, so don't lose hope if you haven't finished your shopping. Read on for a list of the best places to do it in style.
See also: The Night Fair Before Christmas
The artists of Fresh Art Studios, located in the rear of the building shared by the Core and Spark co-op galleries, are rolling out last-minute hot deals for collectors and gift-givers at this Friday-night open house. Pick up a whimsical watercolor by Katie Hoffman or a found-object vignette by Claudia Roulier, catch the gallery shows and -- yes! -- swill some eggnog while you're there.
Throughout the year, Share Denver helps bind the DIY craft community by providing makers with a place to work and learn. Now those artisans will have a chance to shine in the public eye at the facility's annual market, where you can enjoy a cup of hot cider and buy beautiful handmades from talented crafters.
Handmade at the Hall will bring more than sixty quality local vendors to Exdo for a flurry of last-minute shopping enhanced by food trucks and an accommodating atmosphere. Here's an idea: Don't shop until you drop. Instead, kick back and have some fun.
This ambitious event comes in two parts -- it's a family-friendly festival during the day and a party for grownups at night, offering shopping opportunities for everyone, along with live music, a chocolate fountain, a s'more bar, a magician and more for the kids, and more music and sophisticated partying after-hours. Bring your smiles to the photo booth, and prepare to shop with abandon.
Cabal Enterprises, formerly the Concoctory, brings you an alternative holiday fair, where instead of sitting on Santa's lap, you can have your picture taken with the jolly one's alter-ego Krampus (from 4 to 7 p.m.). At Cabalidays!, you'll also be able to shop under-the-radar craft items and even get a tattoo, and DJ Frank Bell will be spinning holiday kitsch.
The last market of the year at Broken Shovels will, as always, showcase the farm's growing menagerie of animals, from holiday-clad goats to pigs, turkeys, chickens and more. But the food for sale is going to be magnificent, beginning with the farm's own handcrafted cheeses and yogurts, which are to die for. Also on hand will be goat-cheese truffles from Skål Farm, vegan desserts by Pardon My French Pastries and homemade jams by RedCamper. Care for a red velvet whoopie pies with chevre filling or a salted caramel apple galette? You get the picture. And Broken Shovels will be slinging its signature grilled cheese and jam sandwiches on the grill to keep cold fingers and bellies warm.
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