Step into the fray at one of this weekend's holiday markets; we’ll be posting new lists weekly through December.
Junior League of Denver 2018 Mile High Holiday Mart
Gates Field House, University of Denver, 2201 East Asbury Avenue
Private VIP Shopping Event: Friday, November 9, 10 a.m. to noon, $40
Public shopping hours: Friday, November 9, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, November 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Sunday, November 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$10 general admission
The Junior League of Denver is no stranger to putting on a market — this one’s been around since 1980, which is a long time to hone an event that really is tailored for everyone. Close to 150 vendors will be ready and waiting to ply you with handmade jewelry, clothing and accessories, a tasting trove of small-batch food items and more, with a spread of gifts suitable for your six-year-old niece, your crotchety great-aunt, and everyone in between. Proceeds benefit the league, which supports literacy programs for kids, so you’ll also be doing a good deed by going.
Boulder Elks Lodge & Pool, 3975 28th Street, Boulder
Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This folksy fair supports the volunteer firefighters of the Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District with an old-fashioned bake sale, sixty local artisan vendors and live music; fire truck tours and free all-ages maker stations will keep the kids in line.
Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Road, Boulder
Saturday, November 10, 1 to 6 p.m.
Shopping at Boulder’s Rayback Collective comes automatically with flowing taps, good eats from an armada of food trucks and a backyard party atmosphere. But for at least one afternoon, Rayback will also welcome holiday shoppers inside the gate to hunt for curated treasures and wares from a band of local makers. Bring the family.
The Kitchen Denver, 1560 Wazee Street
Saturday, November 10, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Free, RSVP at eventbrite.com
Children are the twinkling stars (and eventual gift recipients) of the Starlight Market. Bring them with you for hands-on holiday crafts and complementary noshes courtesy of the Kitchen, and shop on the sly for cute-as-a-button kids’ clothing, girly hair bows and snuggly handmade cotton animal dolls. Things might get a little tight in the Kitchen; organizers request that you leave strollers at home and wear your baby in a carrier inside.