It's time to make your list, check it twice and start shopping for holiday gifts for your loved ones. To make this more of an experience and less of a chore, we highly recommend the holiday markets and unique shopping experiences that are popping up all over the Triangle this season. Not only can you browse goods from a ton of different vendors (often local makers, artisans and small businesses!), you'll get to enjoy some serious holiday cheer.
Check out some of our favorite markets for 2018 below—we'll keep this updated as we learn about more great shopping opportunities! See something we missed? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
Over 60 local makers bring their wares in handcrafted pottery, woodwork, jewelry, mixed media and more to one of the largest holiday craft fairs in the area. Bonus: NC State students get in free, meaning more money for presents!
This monthly Durham craft market is back with a two-day holiday spectacular. Shop from a new set of vendors each day, enjoy eats and music while you browse and get your gifts wrapped on site!
Fill your holiday home with art from local artists. This ever-popular student sale is perfect for gifts for family or just snagging great works for yourself.
Revel in the holiday spirit in one of Raleigh's oldest neighborhoods while shopping. This unique event is back for its 26th year with local artists on the porches and lawns of Boylan Heights homes.
Sip on a hot cup of cocoa, chow down on a delicious churro and shop around the handmade pottery and polymer clay jewelry. Proceeds will go to Student Action with Farmworks.
Cozy up by the fire or knock out that shopping list at food-filled, local maker extravaganza
Shop for all the vintage-lovers in your life at this upscale flea market, featuring art, antiques, wearables, home goods and so much more.
This new market is bringing local, hand-made goods to Motorco! Best of all? Unlike many markets, they have a bar! Grab a holiday cocktail and get all your shopping done.
Maintaining shopping stamina won't be a problem at this food-filled bazaar
Grab a local brew and some local gifts at this pop-up market at the Clouds Front Street Taproom. Not only do you get your goods, but so do local kids: 60% of proceeds will go to Toys for Tots. Cheers!
Get gifts for the geeks you love! This market is like Comic Con meets Etsy, and is the perfect place to buy some totally nerdy, totally handmade presents.
Thanksgiving shopping can be an absolute nightmare. Carrboro Farmer's Market is here to make it a little easier and a whole lot more local.
Start your holiday shopping off with a bang at this festive block party. You'll get to enjoy aerialists and performers on every corner, a real snow slide and more. Plus you could win serious goodies!
Pizza and presents—what could be better?? This market is really a party in disguise, with DJs, pizza and cocktail specials and plenty of fun while you gather your gifts.
Handmade gifts are the best gifts, but we don't all have the time! Buy some homemade crafts at this holiday art show, held at FRANK and hosted by the Orange County Artists Guild.
Get your holiday shopping done early at some of Raleigh's hottest independent shops. These tours will take you around to some of your favorite (or soon-to-be-favorite!) downtown shops to check everyone off your list.
Kick off the holiday season in downtown Durham with this art lovers experience. There will be festive fine arts and crafts, local artists, live music and world-class restaurants.
Handmade gifts are the best gifts, but we don't all have the time! Buy some homemade crafts at this holiday art show.
Join in the last Handmade Market of the season! Over 50 artists, designers, and makers were selected to join in this event, so head down to 21Marbles and shop around for some local wares.
Shop for the animal lovers, environmental activists and health-conscious folks in your life while enjoying local vegetarian and vegan goodies at this unique Durham market.
Time to get hygge with it! Celebrate the cozy Christmas traditions of the Nordic countries at this popular yearly fair. Not only can you shop Scandinavian goods, there are also plenty of treats!
Enjoy some European holiday vibes at this renovated warehouse near Central Park. Sample independent food and beverage producers while shopping from local makers!
Buy your holiday gifts from local artists at Artspace's holiday market. Browse the vendors or just come check out art being made by one of the 35+ studio artists working out of the space.
Vert & Vogue is hosting their second annual Holiday Bazaar! Swing by and shop around top local designers and makers. As always, drinks are one the house!
Shop through dozens of Black-owned businesses from around the region. The Black Market helps these businesses gain exposure, and provides an alternative to the big box businesses.