You’ve probably heard the warnings: This year, holiday shopping could be riddled with supply chain bottlenecks. Want to avoid headaches and support local businesses?
- Holiday markets are already taking place in the metro. Check out our list of places where you can find unique gifts this season.
OMNI Bark Markets: OMNI Brewing Co. hosts vendors, treats and puppy-themed activities on several upcoming Saturday afternoons in Maple Grove.
- November 13; December 4 – 9462 Deerwood Ln., Maple Grove.
Scandinavian cuisine and homemade crafts: All proceeds from the annual Columbia Heights First Lutheran Church Market are donated to charity.
- November 13 – 1555 40th Ave. NE, Columbia Heights.
Handmade Holiday Markets: Drink and shop at the Lakes and Legends Brewing Company bar in downtown Minneapolis. Mandatory registration, masks and proof of vaccination.
Black market : Support local black-owned vendors at these holiday themed markets.
- November 13; November 26; December 11 – 767 N Eustis St., St. Paul.
Christmas at the Courthouse Holiday Bazaar: Walk through the historic Washington County Courthouse and support the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund.
- November 20-21 – 101 Pine St. W., Stillwater.
Indigenous arts and crafts market: Local Indigenous artists will exhibit and sell their work at the Friedli Gallery and Studio in St. Paul.
- November 26-28 – 943 W 7th St., St. Paul.
Saint-Paul European Christmas Market: The popular holiday tradition returns in person at Union Depot every weekend until Christmas.
- November 26-28; December 3-5; December 10-12; December 17-19 – 240 E Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul.
Tile market: The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes will host 30 Minnesota artists, food trucks and live music. Masks required.
- November 26-27; 3-4 Dec – 12459 Elm Creek Blvd. N, Maple Grove.
Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt: The open-air market brings German Christmas traditions back to Excelsior this year.
- November 26-28; 3-5 Dec – 135 Lake Street, Excelsior.
Crochet Holiday Market 2021: The Hook and Ladder Theater and Lounge hosts a craft market, live music, and happy hours. Proof of vaccination required.
- November 27 – 3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis.
Holiday Glass Market: Shop for art at local glassblowing studios and watch live demonstrations at the Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts.
- November 27 – 2213 Snelling Ave., Minneapolis.
Feminist Book Club Holiday Market: Browse the headquarters of the Feminist Book Club and create your own set of holiday books. Masks required.
- November 27; December 11 – 2200 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis.
Landmark Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar: Wine and mulled cider are included in the $ 5 admission fee for the 43rd Annual Landmark Center Market. Masks required.
- December 2-4 – 75 5th St. W, St. Paul.
Crazy horse market: Over 100 vendors will sell equestrian-themed merchandise in the Warner Coliseum at the Minnesota State Fair.
- December 3-4 – 1784 Judson Ave., Falcon Heights.
Nordic Julemarket: Scandinavian shops and traditional dances take over the winter patio at Utepils Brewing.
- December 3-5 – 225 Thomas Ave. N, Minneapolis.
L’Express du Nord: Tanadoona Summer Camp turns into a winter wonderland for a holiday market, as well as activities like Santa tours and reindeer rides.
- December 3-5; December 10-12; December 17-19 – 3300 Tanadoona Dr., Excelsior.
Julmarknad Craft Market and Festival: The American Swedish Institute hosts more than 60 vendors, artisans and musical performances. Registration required.
- December 4-5 – 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis.
Make Christmas Gay: Shop for local LGBTQ + artists from the comfort of your sofa at the online event hosted by St. Paul-based Sick Kitty Ceramics.
Holiday home open: Stop by the German-American Institute for German Food and Products. Masks required.
- December 4-5 – 301 Summit Ave., St. Paul.
Vacation Store in Minneapolis: The city’s largest vacation showcase takes over the Minneapolis Convention Center. $ 10 per person, tickets required.
- December 10-12 – 1301 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis.