Seriously: It’s time to wrap up that holiday shopping and put a bow on it. But you can still get it done conscientiously, mindfully and locally, thanks to these last-chance markets showcasing Colorado makers, artisans and artists. We've wrapped up twelve holiday markets this weekend where you can snag great gifts for everyone on your list; keep reading for the details.
Mona Lucero Design Studio Open House
Bindery on Blake Studios, Suite 300
2901 Blake Street
Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, December 17
After RinoMade closes up shop, Mona Lucero welcomes shoppers to visit her studio/boutique at the Bindery on Blake, where you can shop her timelessly fashion-forward baby bags, handkerchief dresses, party gowns, stretchy shifts and elegantly hooded poncho tops. While you’re there, dress up using some Lucero-made props for a snapshot in the Fashion Photo Booth. Visit during open-house hours or by appointment.
Denver Punk Rock Flea Market: Holiday Edition
Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, December 17
$5 (kids under 12 free)
If you’ve just emerged from a round of smoky holiday parties and a long stretch of crowd-surfing in Denver’s music halls, you’re probably just waking up to the fact that you forgot to shop for all of your friends. Never fear — there’s a market for that. The Denver Punk Rock Flea Market is all about punk culture, with miles of vinyl records, leather bracelets, astronaut necklaces, vintage clothing, studded punk-wear for pets, patches and pins, comics, wooden casket boxes and more. Food trucks will be serving the hungry, and there will be a bar with holiday-themed cocktails. And don’t forget about your de rigueur photo op with Punk Santa.
Holiday Market by Yore
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 17 and 18
Longmont retailer Yore, which specializes in well-designed and longer-lasting practical home goods, from potato peelers to shaving brushes, brings along five more like-minded Boulder County vendors to the Source for a two-day holiday sale that will brim with good ideas and sensible stocking stuffers for modern homeowners. Along with Yore’s own pragmatic wares, you’ll find rustic wearables and pottery from Two Full Hands, essential oils by Rootfoot, food gift boxes from Colorado Crafted, letterpress cards from Brylo Studio and artisanal chocolate by Cokolada Mama. For a lark, take a moment away from the market and the hustle and bustle of the Source’s main floor, and head upstairs to the Jennifer Olson Photography studio, where you can get a portrait snapped with what might be Denver’s only Hipster Santa between noon and 5 p.m. both days. Pay $25 for a take-away digital image; $3 from each sale benefits Source-mate Slow Food Denver.
Colorado Makers Holiday Pop-Up
Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, December 17
On Saturday only, Svper Ordinary will also offer a pop-up of its own at the Source, setting aside some space for Native Nectar Botanicals, Crow Jane Jewelry and Valentich Bags, another trio of local vendors. Make a day of it at the Source, with lunch at Acorn or Comida.
Locals-Only Holiday Market
Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, December 17
Goldyn offers a last-chance holiday shop with a touch of class — and an all-Colorado lineup of vendors — that’s heavy on classic jewelry, casual chic, vintage and mindful beauty potions. Shop at your leisure while noshing on hors d’oeuvre and free beverages.
Winter Holiday Celebration
Thread Handmade Consignment
6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, December 17
Thread Handmade in the Ballpark neighborhood will wrap a late-season holiday sale into a party that celebrates both a talented stable of shop partners and consigned artisans and the boutique owner’s birthday. There’s speculation that there will be sweet goodies along with snacks and drinks while you shop. And it’s possible that some of the event will spill over into neighbor El Charrito’s pool room; if you get cozy over there, you might want to hang around for that night’s 7 p.m. comedy show with Karl Hess and Jordan Doll. Tickets are $5 at Eventbrite or at the door. If you’re just coming for the shopping party, an RSVP is appreciated.
Winter Solstice Pop-Up Market
2842 West 44th Avenue
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, December 17
Witchcraft Collective will be right at home at Missy Rhysing’s magickal shop of metaphysical supplies, crystals, tarot decks and herbal remedies. The collective’s crafters and spell-makers will round out Rhysing’s stock with prints, potions, pins and herbal posies. Can’t make it or can’t get enough? Witchcraft Collective will also close out the year with a final holiday market at the Mercury Cafe from noon to 4 p.m. December 18.
Holiday Open House
Curtice Street Art Co-op
5789 South Curtice Street, Littleton
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 17
A couple of crafty studio residents (jewelry-makers Anne Franklin and Kirsten Denbow) and a couple of guests (painter Mandy Yocom and holiday diorama master Scott Hildebrandt) will set up their merch at downtown Littleton’s Curtice Street Art Co-op for an afternoon. If you haven’t visited Curtice Street before, have a look at the space, which houses studios for four artists and offers occasional classes.
Broken Shovels Holiday Market Part II
Broken Shovels Farm
8640 Dahlia Street, Commerce City
1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, December 18
Broken Shovels Farm is a special place: An artisanal cheesery, working goat farm, animal shelter, petting zoo, concert venue and rural pocket of love, Andrea Davis’s patch of land in Adams County has a welcoming spirit that’s as simple as a jam-and-cheese sandwich grilled over an open fire. That should be enough to convince you to set a while here, and your last chance until spring is from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, December 18. At the Broken Shovels Holiday Market, Davis will have fresh cheeses for sale (she promises new, farm-exclusive items) to help you get ready for a houseful of jolly, hungry people. But more important, every purchase you make will help keep the farm and animals going over the winter months. Come out for an afternoon, snap a photo with Barley the cow, and have a good time!
Krampus Holiday Bazaar
Crimson Hilt Tattoo
2907 East Colfax Avenue
Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, December 18
If all you want for Christmas is a new tattoo, Crimson Hilt will be inking one-time, as-is flash-sheet designs priced from $50 to $150 on December 18 only. Of course there’ll be a party with food and drink, too, and, if you choose, festive holiday attire; as for the future, once the tat’s been committed to skin, your chosen design will be retired.
Last Chance Gift Fest
Boulder County Fairgrounds
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, December 18
Santa! Free hot chocolate! Kids’ train! If your idea of a dream holiday fair is old-fashioned with all the silver bells and whistles of the season, the Last Chance Gift Fest is for you. Packed with 140 vendors of art, crafts, toys, home decor, giftable foods and operating to a soundtrack of carols and Christmas music, this is an event for everyone in the family. Admission is free, so pile in.If you like holiday shopping but wish it involved more drinking, Bar Fausto has the solution. The market will offer local goods by Colorado makers, from chocolate to stationery, as well as plenty of craft cocktails and snacks. Plus, every drink and product bought nets you a raffle ticket for a drawing at the end of the night. The market runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and admission is free; check out the list of vendors at Bar Fausto's Facebook event page.
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First Annual Holiday Pop-Up Market
5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, December 18
If you like holiday shopping but wish it involved more drinking, Bar Fausto has the solution. The market will offer local goods by Colorado makers, from chocolate to stationery, as well as plenty of craft cocktails and snacks. Plus, every drink and product bought nets you a raffle ticket for a drawing at the end of the night. The market runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and admission is free; check out the list of vendors at Bar Fausto's Facebook event page.