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10 Local Holiday Markets You Must Shop This Year

Nov 19, 2018 9:47:00 AM / by Local First

Round up your recycled shopping bags, grab your Santa hat, and put on your best ugly sweater because the holiday season has arrived!

Holiday markets are a wonderful way to find unique gifts while supporting local artists and businesses. Grand Rapids and surrounding communities are filled with talented artists and businesses that offer one-of-a-kind gifts, making holiday markets a perfect destination for shopping.

If you’re looking to make holiday shopping plans, make sure you check out one (or two or three) of these holiday markets around Grand Rapids and the Lakeshore.

Golden Age Artist Market
nStop by Golden Age above Creston Brewery for unique gifts created by local artists and enjoy local entertainment while you shop.

When: Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 at 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
nWhere: Golden Age, 1504 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids

Indie Flea Market
nExplore more than 40 local vendors making a positive impact in our community at Wealthy Street Theatre. You can also enjoy refreshments, live entertainment and product demonstrations, and there will be activities for kids.  

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
nWhere: Wealthy Street Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids

30th Annual Holiday Artists Market
nShop for beautifully crafted art and goods from dozens of regional artists, including jewelry, home goods, fine art, holiday cards, accessories and toys. Enjoy music and local food and beverage vendors while you shop for handmade gifts for your friends and family.

When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, 10 a.m.  – 5 p.m.
nWhere: Steelcase Town Hall, 901 44th St. SE, Grand Rapids

342 Artists' Holiday Market on Market
nSupport local artists by shopping from a dozen local artists, from painters to photographers to potters and more.

When: Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1-4 p.m.
nWhere: 342 Market Ave. SW, Floor 2, Grand Rapids

Lights On Creston
nExplore the Monroe North, Creston and Cheshire business districts during Lights On Creston. There will be a scavenger hunt, food, beverages, music, giveaways and more festive activities.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 4-9 p.m.
nWhere: Creston, Grand Rapids

Uptown Holiday Shop Hop
nThis is a holiday tradition you don’t want to miss. Take shuttles between four Uptown business districts – East Fulton, East Hills, Eastown and Wealthy Street – to shop at local boutiques, clothing stores and more!

When: Thursday, Dec. 6 at 4-10 p.m.  
nWhere: Uptown, Grand Rapids

Christmas Shopping Boutique at Great Legs Winery
nHead over to the Lakeshore for a day of holiday shopping in Holland where you can find gifts from local artists and businesses. Stay energized with a coffee bar and free chair massages during the event!

When: Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 at 9 a.m. – 3 p.m
nWhere: Great Legs Winery, 332 East Lakewood Boulevard, Holland, Michigan 49424 

Artist Demo & Boutique Pop Up Shop
nStop by LaFontsee Galleries in Grand Rapids to see artists create artwork before your eyes and purchase unique artwork that normally isn’t in the gallery throughout the year.  

When:  Saturday, Dec. 8 at noon – 4 p.m.
nWhere: LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids

Last Chance Holiday Art Market
nCalling all last-minute holiday shoppers! Swing by the Pyramid Scheme to shop from over 35 local vendors and artists the day before Christmas Eve.

When: Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018 at 4-8 p.m.
nWhere: The Pyramid Scheme, 68 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids

And while you’re out and about, don’t forget to stop by these shops that are offering specials!

Black Friday at Le Fleur!
nJoin Le Fleur for its second annual Black Friday event! Doors open early for access to markdowns and sales throughout the store.
nWhere: Le Fleur, 746 Wealthy St. SE
nWhen: Friday, Nov. 23 at 6-9 p.m.

Byron Center Meats
nGive the meat lovers in your life a personalized gift box filled with steaks, fish and other proteins from Byron Center Meats. Check out their holiday offerings.

This holiday season we encourage you to shop locally for gifts. Remember, when you make a purchase at a local business, those dollars stay in our community.  For additional shopping ideas, be sure to check out our business directory.

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