Who needs big box retailers and corporate malls when you can buy your gifts from living, breathing Clevelanders instead? Here are a few of our favorite holiday markets and bazaars to help you get your local shop on this season.
Gordon Square Holiday Market
The folks who regularly bring you the Gordon Square Farmers Market present their annual Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop in for choice gifts from more than 20 vendors, plus take photos with Santa (who cares if you're in your thirties) and grab a cup of cocoa.
Art from the Heart
The Geauga Humane Society's Rescue Village is back for another year of Art from the Heart, featuring dozens of artisans selling everything from apparel to antiques. Over the three day event, shoppers can enjoy craft cocktails (Friday), as well as live music and a deluxe raffle (Saturday and Sunday). A portion of all proceeds will go toward the animals at Rescue Village. Art from the Heart runs Dec. 12 to 14, and hours of operation vary depending on the day.
The touring craft show formerly named Bazaar Bizarre Cleveland may have changed its name to Cleveland Bazaar, but that doesn't mean its selection of unique gifts has dwindled. In fact, over the years, Northeast Ohio's longest running craft show has only upped its quantity and quality of handmade goods. Find made-to-order chocolates, hand-stitched scarves, homemade soaps, and just about everything in between. This year's big event goes down at the West 78th Street Studios on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If you're not particularly keen on holiday shopping (gentlemen, we're nodding at you), then maybe a sip and shop event is more up your alley. From 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, get your holly jollies on at the Tremont Brewhaha Holiday PopUp Shop & Party. The event will feature more than 25 artisans and farmers market vendors, as well as live musical performance all night long. The festivities kick off at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Grand Ball Room on West 14th Street, but free trolly rides to and from other Tremont hotspots will be available all night.
Last Minute Market
If you've over indulged in holiday procrastination (we're guilty too) then head on over to the appropriately named Last Minute Market & Screw Factory Open Studio in Lakewood to wrap up all of your holiday shopping in one fell swoop. With more than 100 jury-selected artists on hand selling handcraft goods ranging from jewelry and accessories to prints and fine art, today's market, brought to you by the same folks who put on Cleveland Handmade Market, will likely be a one- stop shop. In addition to the dozens of pop-up vendors, many permanent artists who work out of the Screw Factory will offer shoppers a peek into their workspaces and an opportunity to buy their work. It all takes places on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1300 Athens Ave., Lakewood.