The Best Holiday Markets in the Triangle for All Your Gift-Giving Needs
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The Best Holiday Markets in the Triangle for All Your Gift-Giving Needs

Friday, Nov 09 2018

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 erin@offlinemedia.net and let us know!

Raleigh

Boylan Heights Artwalk at Boylan Heights
Photo by @claire_metal

Boylan Heights Artwalk

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.

Sun Dec 02, 12:00p
Boylan Heights Artwalk
Free   .  Boylan Heights   .  Raleigh
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Merry & Bright at Vintage Market Days of the NC Triangle at NC State Fairgrounds - Kerr Scott Building
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Merry & Bright at Vintage Market Days of the NC Triangle

Shop for all the vintage-lovers in your life at this upscale flea market, featuring art, antiques, wearables, home goods and so much more. 

Multiple Day Event
Merry & Bright at Vintage Market Days of the NC Triangle
$5+   .  NC State Fairgrounds - Kerr Scott Building   .  Raleigh
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Holiday Pop-Up Market at Clouds Brewing at Clouds Brewery
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Holiday Pop-Up Market at Clouds Brewing

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!

Sat Dec 08, 12:00p
Holiday Pop-Up Market at Clouds Brewing
Free   .  Clouds Brewery   .  Raleigh
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3rd Thursday Guided Shopping Tours - West Side at Port of Raleigh
Photo by @dtrindependentshops

DTR Independent Shops Guided Shopping Tours

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.

Thu Dec 20, 5:15p
3rd Thursday Guided Shopping Tours - West Side
Free   .  Port of Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Scandinavian Christmas Fair at North Carolina State Fairgrounds
Photo by @nedjlas_diary

Scandinavian Christmas Fair

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!

Sat Dec 01, 10:00a
Scandinavian Christmas Fair
$7   .  North Carolina State Fairgrounds   .  Raleigh
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Durham

The Patchwork Holiday Market at Durham Armory
Photo by @daviepaperco

The Patchwork Holiday Market

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!

Multiple Day Event
The Patchwork Holiday Market
Free   .  Durham Armory   .  Durham
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Bright Spirits Holiday Market at Motorco Music Hall at Motorco Music Hall
Photo by @Kira auf der Heide

Bright Spirits Holiday Market at Motorco Music Hall

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.

Sun Dec 02, 12:00p
Bright Spirits Holiday Market at Motorco Music Hall
Free   .  Motorco Music Hall   .  Durham
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GeekCraft Expo RDU Holiday Market at Durham Armory
Photo by @string_theory_wares

GeekCraft Expo RDU Holiday Market

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.

Multiple Day Event
GeekCraft Expo RDU Holiday Market
Free   .  Durham Armory   .  Durham
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The Durham Bazaar Holiday Market at The Pinhook at The Pinhook
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The Durham Bazaar Holiday Market at The Pinhook

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.

Multiple Day Event
The Durham Bazaar Holiday Market at The Pinhook
Free   .  The Pinhook   .  Durham
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Triangle Vegfest Holiday Market  at Durham Armory
Photo by @fumikochino

Triangle Vegfest Holiday Market

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.

Sat Dec 22, 11:00a
Triangle Vegfest Holiday Market
Free   .  Durham Armory   .  Durham
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Durham Village Holiday Market at The Rickhouse
Photo by @barnway1

Durham Village Holiday Market

Enjoy some European holiday vibes at this renovated warehouse near Central Park. Sample independent food and beverage producers while shopping from local makers!

Multiple Day Event
Durham Village Holiday Market
-   .  The Rickhouse   .  Durham
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The Black Market 2018 at Durham Armory
Photo by @thepeppermillshop

The Black Market 2018

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.

Fri Nov 23, 11:00a
The Black Market 2018
Free   .  Durham Armory   .  Durham
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Chapel Hill

12th Annual UNC Print+Art Sale at Hanes Art Center
Photo by @thejayded9

12th Annual UNC Print+Art Sale

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. 

Sat Dec 08, 11:00a
12th Annual UNC Print+Art Sale
$$   .  Hanes Art Center   .  Chapel Hill
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Carolina Inn Holiday Market at The Carolina Inn
Photo by @thecarolinainn

Carolina Inn Holiday Market +201 fire icon

Cozy up by the fire or knock out that shopping list at food-filled, local maker extravaganza

Weekly
Carolina Inn Holiday Market
$$   .  The Carolina Inn   .  Chapel Hill
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Feast at Family-Friendly Holiday Bazaar at 140 W Franklin St Plaza
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Maintaining shopping stamina won't be a problem at this food-filled bazaar

Sun Dec 02, 12:00p
Feast at Family-Friendly Holiday Bazaar
Free   .  140 W Franklin St Plaza   .  Chapel Hill
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Deck the Walls at Holiday Art Show  at 201 S Estes Dr
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Deck the Walls at Holiday Art Show

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.

Fri Nov 23, 1:00p
Deck the Walls at Holiday Art Show
Free   .  201 S Estes Dr   .  Chapel Hill
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Support Small Businesses at Rumors Holiday Market  at Rumors
Photo by @rumorsnc

Support Small Businesses at Rumors Holiday Market

Handmade gifts are the best gifts, but we don't all have the time! Buy some homemade crafts at this holiday art show.

Sat Nov 24, 12:00p
Support Small Businesses at Rumors Holiday Market
Free   .  Rumors   .  Chapel Hill
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Past Experiences

NC State Annual Holiday Crafts Fair 2018 at The Crafts Center at NC State University
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NC State Annual Holiday Crafts Fair 2018

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!

Past
NC State Annual Holiday Crafts Fair 2018
$3   .  The Crafts Center at NC State University   .  Raleigh
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Churros, Chocolate, & Cerámicas at Cocoa Cinnamon
Photo by @kristenmcgill

Churros, Chocolate, & Cerámicas

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.

Past
Churros, Chocolate, & Cerámicas
Free   .  Cocoa Cinnamon   .  Durham
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Stock Up at the Pre-Thanksgiving Market at 301 W Main St
Photo by @thereallstew

Stock Up at the Pre-Thanksgiving Market

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. 

Past
Stock Up at the Pre-Thanksgiving Market
$   .  301 W Main St   .  Carrboro
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Cameron Village Holiday Open House at Cameron Village
Photo by @raleighwhatsup

Cameron Village Holiday Open House

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!

Past
Cameron Village Holiday Open House
Free   .  Cameron Village   .  Raleigh
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Durham Art Walk Holiday Market 2018 at Durham Arts Council
Photo by @happyunicornstudio

Durham Art Walk Holiday Market 2018

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.

Past
Durham Art Walk Holiday Market 2018
Free   .  Durham Arts Council   .  Durham
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The LAST Handmade Market at Marbles Kids Museum
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The Handmade Market

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.

Past
The LAST Handmade Market
$5   .  Marbles Kids Museum   .  Raleigh
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Vert & Vogue Holiday Bazaar at Vert & Vogue
Photo by @littleblogofdurham

Vert & Vogue Holiday Bazaar

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!

Past
Vert & Vogue Holiday Bazaar
Free   .  Vert & Vogue   .  Durham
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The Best Holiday Markets in the Triangle for All Your Gift-Giving Needs
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