Twenty-five Holiday Markets in Denver in Early December

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Fancy Tiger Holiday Pop-Up Fancy Tiger Crafts 5 to 7 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 5 through 20 Free

The craft side of Fancy Tiger is celebrating the season with a series of craft-centric trunk shows touting favorite yarn and fiber lines, project bags and other handmade gifts for people who like to make things by hand. And while you're there, you can finish up a lot of shopping for your craftiest friends -- Fancy Tiger's staff has even devised an online gift guide to set you in the right direction.

Holiday Miniatures Show Abend Gallery Fine Arts December 5 through 31 Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. December 5

Abend's miniatures show has been a standard for the local affordable representational art community since the East Colfax Avenue gallery opened, nearly twenty-five years ago. More than 500 works by 100 artists, none larger than ten by ten inches square, will fill the gallery walls; drop by from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, through December 20, and you'll get live artist demonstrations, too. If you're a serious shopper, brush up before you go at the online show preview.

Winter Market & Holiday Fair Smedley Elementary School 4250 Shoshone Street 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. December 6

This popular annual neighborhood market in its fifth year is exceedingly family-friendly, with local craft vendors, professional photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, craft stations and food-truck fare by Mobile Meltz. Also, find sweet deals at a concurrent pre-owned toy and book sale to benefit Valdez Elementary School, all under the same roof at Smedley, where Valdez students are learning temporarily while their building undergoes renovations.

Winterfest on South Pearl Street Old South Pearl Street 5 to 9 p.m. December 5 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 6 Free

If an old-fashioned Christmas in the city with a rosy-cheeked Father Christmas and festive wagon rides is your bag, you'll find it on Old South Pearl's Winterfest. Enjoy merchant open houses and live music, hot chocolate and cider as you stroll down the street; there'll also be a Christmas tree lot with greenery and garlands for your home, as well as a winter reprise of Pearl Street's farmers' market, with a focus on holiday fare.

Boulder County Farmers' Markets Winter Market Boulder County Fairgrounds 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., December 6 and 7 Free

More farmers' market fare will return to Boulder County for the holidays at the eighth annual Boulder County Farmers' Markets Winter Market, which also includes a contingent of fifty gift vendors selling jewelry, candles, artwork and even live succulents for your windowsill. Live music, product demos and activities for kids keep things lively, and gift-wrapping services will be available.

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