Twenty-five Holiday Markets in Denver in Early December

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Celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe, Christmas Mercado and Fair Trade Market Chicano Humanities and Arts Council December 5 through 23 Opening reception: 6 to 10 p.m. December 5

Denver's Chicano arts stronghold CHAC does La Navidad right, with riot of folk art, jewelry, photography, pottery, paintings and even a separate fair-trade market taking over the galleries for holiday shopping. But at the center of it all is the annual Virgen de Guadalupe showcase, featuring stunning religious imagery in all sizes and mediums.

The Bibelot Show Kanon Collective December 5 through 28 First Friday reception: 5 to 10 p.m. December 5 Artists' reception: 5 to 9 p.m. December 19

Next door to CHAC, the Kanon Collective will offer its own take on the holiday exhibit with the annual Bibelot Show, a juried small-art extravanganza (full disclosure: yours truly was the juror). Bibelot is a Victorian term for a bauble or tchotchke, and that's the kind of show you'll see: one full of whimsical sculptures, tiny groupings of photographs, collages, paintings, baskets and more. Bibelot opens with a First Friday reception; meet the artists at a second reception on December 19.

Fashion Design Center December Holiday Market Fashion Design Center Denver 5:30 to 8 p.m. December 5

Meet the designers -- all local and creating couture clothing, hats and accessories right here in the metro area -- and pick up something beautiful for yourself or someone you love at Denver's fashion central: The Fashion Design Center in RiNo. Expect an event that's a little bit ritzy and little bit laid-back, where people might be dressed to the nines, but no one will feel left out. Come as you are -- or as you'd like to be.

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