Jump-Start Your December Shopping at These Thirteen Holiday Markets

Welcome the imminent solstice at the Witch Collective Solstice Market.
Welcome the imminent solstice at the Witch Collective Solstice Market. Katy Zimmerman
It’s not too late to buy conscientiously and local this holiday season — in fact, things are just starting to rev up. And remember: Hanukkah begins on December 12 in 2017, with Christmas, Solstice and Kwanzaa all following within the next couple of weeks after that. If you must consume, do it wisely, with joy and a sense of community. Shop your heart out this weekend at any of these great gift markets.

click to enlarge Find one-of-a-kind artworks and handmades at GRACe. - SUSAN DILLON
Find one-of-a-kind artworks and handmades at GRACe.
Susan Dillon
Art Makes a Great Gift First Friday
Globeville Riverfront Art Center (GRACe), 888 East 50th Avenue
Friday, December 1, 6 to 9 p.m.

For the First Friday in December, some of the eighty-plus artists of GRACe, a year-round hive of working creative industries, will invite the public into their studios to buy affordable small artworks and handmade gifts direct from the makers. If you haven’t been before, GRACe will open your eyes to the sheer variety of studios and small businesses staying alive under the radar. Here’s your chance to find something to take home or wrap up for a friend or loved one: Choose from jewelry, fiber art, skin-care products, photography, gift baskets and eclectica, then take a break to pose in a holiday photo booth.

Gift of Getting Show
Indyink Gallery, 742 Santa Fe Drive
Friday, December 1, 7 to 11 p.m.

Indyink is not only bringing back its popular Gift of Getting show, an annual holiday roundup of works for less than $100 from a who’s-who of Denver urban, street and print artists. But the screen-printing shop and gallery will also introduce its soon-to-be new permanent space on Santa Fe Drive. Get a sneak peek and attend opening night for the cash-and-carry free-for-all at the new spot; after that, whatever’s left over will migrate over to Indyink’s Abstract storefront at 84 South Broadway until Christmas. Indyink owner Dave Roggeman says the Santa Fe location will officially debut this spring.

click to enlarge Put a Mud Whimsy porcelain hedgehog in someone's stocking this holiday season. - MUD WHIMSY
Put a Mud Whimsy porcelain hedgehog in someone's stocking this holiday season.
Mud Whimsy
Stuff Your Stocking First Friday Micro Market
Ink Lounge, 29 South Fox Street
Friday, December 1, 5 to 8 p.m.

Ink Lounge’s Stu and Nikki Alden like to keep it small, but potent, for their First Friday Micro Markets, by bringing together a select group of local makers to each party. At the holiday edition, the focus is on stocking-sized gifts, such as gorgeous jewelry by Crow Jane, bars of Cultura Chocolate, Red Camper jams, pet goodies from Bare Bones Barktique and hand-worked wooden spoons by Tim’s Woodworking. Wash it all down with a free hot whiskey drink mixed by Bear Creek Distillery, and go home later to wrap up your market finds prettily in wrapping paper you printed yourself at Ink Lounge (drinks are first-come, first-served, and the printing workshop is from 6 to 7 p.m.; your generous tips for both will be donated to Urban Peak, the event’s beneficiary). Visit Ink Lounge online for a complete Micro Market rundown and more info on how you can help Urban Peak.

click to enlarge Hitch a horse-and-carriage ride with Box Elder on Old South Pearl Street. - WINTERFEST ON SOUTH PEARL STREET
Hitch a horse-and-carriage ride with Box Elder on Old South Pearl Street.
WinterFest on South Pearl Street
WinterFest on South Pearl Street
South Pearl Street, between Buchtel Boulevard and Evans Avenue
Friday, December 1, 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Like your shopping old-school, complete with an Old World Santa, hot chocolate, cider, caroling, fresh pine garlands, and horse and wagon rides? Old South Pearl Street has got you covered with its double-barreled WinterFest celebration, which begins on Friday with a frosty evening of nighttime cheer and gives way to a street shindig on Saturday with a full open aire market and live music by Richie Castro and the Decaf Muchachos and a retro Andrews Sisters tribute group, the Denver Dolls Cabaret. Gift and food vendors will add purpose to your festing; find the perfect tree at the Pope Farms Produce & Garden Center outdoor tree lot.

click to enlarge Eat, drink and be shoppy at the Holiday Flea. - HOLIDAY FLEA
Eat, drink and be shoppy at the Holiday Flea.
Holiday Flea
Holiday Flea
Former Gart Sports Castle, 1000 Broadway
Friday, December 1, 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m
Sunday, December 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Opening Night Party: $35 (includes five drinks)
Weekend Shopping: $5 for both days

An all-purpose market for the young and hipsterish, the Denver Flea is huge, modern and fun, whatever the season, and only more so when the holidays roll around. The Holiday Flea kicks off on Friday with an exclusive first-pick shopping party with eats, drinks and music, then settles into a more public groove of vendor-browsing and flowing taps for the rest of the weekend. Immerse yourself! Tickets available in advance at Eventbrite.

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