The holidays are officially HERE! With only a small window of time to capture all the holiday spirit, I’ve rounded up some holiday markets in the cities and beyond, so you can plan ahead for your holiday season!
Most all of these feature local vendors and makers so we really can celebrate small businesses and support local this season! Read on for my top picks and scroll through for over 50 additional markets happening too! Happy Holidays!
EDIT! All Top Picks with a * are happening on December 16 weekend and/or into January!
Lizanne’s Top Picks
*The Dayton’s Project – Downtown Minneapolis – Every day starting November 17th – January 13th – Shop 65 local retailers and makers in downtown style that showcases the true heritage of Minnesota.
*The Northern Express – Excelsior– Weekends starting December 3rd- December 18th – Back for their second year, this immersive holiday festival is located in Excelsior! They’ll feature Santa’s workshop, llamas, festive bars, and shopping local. Tickets required.
MN Xmas Market – Isanti – Nov 19th-20th – An Annual pop-up market that features homegrown brands and makers. 7% of all sales from the event go back to a local charity that fights for Kids in the Twin Cities. Catch this market in Isanti, or at their mini Xmas Market Popup at the Northern Lights Festival in Rochester starting in December! Use code LIZANNE for $1 off an MN Xmas Passport to Isanti or LIZANNE for $2 off your ticket to the Northern Lights Festival!
Off the Rails – Brainerd – December 9th-10th – A pop-up market in the Brainerd Lakes Area at the historic Northern Pacific Center, this event carefully curates Minnesota’s best makers and brands who have a vision for providing uniquely sourced and handmade goods.
*Field & Festival – Minneapolis– Every Weekend in November & December – Minneapolis Craft Market & Wagner Garden Centers join forces where vendors create a bustling and festive hub of farmers, food makers, and artisans. Free to attend and vendors change daily!
*The Winter Markets at Viking Lakes – Weekends November 19th-December 18th – Viking Lakes is hosting its first-ever Winter Markets to kick off the holiday season. Join 20+ market vendors for live music, food trucks, specialty holiday cocktails, and various other activities on campus perfect for kids and adults.
*European Christmas Market – St. Paul – Weekends starting Nov 25th – Dec 18th – Shop for handmade European crafts or unique gifts from local vendors, drink Glühwein (spiced mulled wine), and taste European-inspired delicacies during four weekends in November and December.
Duluth Winter Village – Duluth – December 3rd & 4th – The Duluth Winter Village is a free, two-day festival where local small businesses sell their goods out of wooden cabins. In addition to shopping, visitors will enjoy food and beverages, campfires by the lake, live animals, carolers, and more.
Julmarknad Handcraft Market & Festival – Minneapolis – December 2nd-4th – Shop handmade goods from more than 60 regional artists at booths inside the American Swedish Institute and out in the courtyard. Browse exceptional items from ASI’s own Jul Shop, alongside distinctive artisan glass, clothing, wood, jewelry, ceramics, and textiles.
Additional Holiday Markets + Events!
in order of date 🙂
Christmas at the Courthouse – Stillwater – November 19-20
Holi-Go-Fabulous – Edina – November 19-20
Hmong Arts & Crafts Fair – Maplewood – November 19
Holiday Market at Keg & Case – St. Paul – Weekends in November 19-December 23
Richfield Winter Market at the Tree Lot – Richfield – November 19, December 3 & 17
A Handmade Holiday Market – Lakes & Legends Brewing – Weekends in November & December
Holiday Market At North Shore Winery – Lutsen – November 25
Holiday Shop Pop-up at Pop-Up North – Baxter – November 25-27
Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt – Excelsior – November 25-27
Hollidazzle – Minneapolis – Loring Park, Minneapolis – Weekends November 25-December 18
Made by Hands – Bau Haus Brew Labs, Minneapolis -November 25-26
Shop Small Y’all – Moth Oddities, November 26
Lake + Irving Market – Minneapolis – November 26
Homespun Holiday – Waconia – November 26
NE Neighborhood Makers Market + Bar Hop – Tattersall Distillery, Mpls – November 26
Porch Pot Pop Up & Holiday Market – Hugo – November 26-27
MN Made Christmas Market – Bold North Cellars – Alexandria – November 26
Christmas Market at Pinewood – Cambridge – November 27
Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar – Landmark Center, St. Paul – December 1-3
Junk Bonanza Christmas Show – Cantebury Park, Shakopee – December 2-3
Winter Market at The Chateau – Rochester – December 3
Four Seasons Christmas Market – Four Seasons Hotel, Minneapolis, December 3-4
Julebyen Christmas Village – Knife River – December 3-4
Nordic Julemarket – Utepils Brewing – Minneapolis – December 2-4
Winterfest – Downtown White Bear Lake – Weekends in December
Handmade Christmas Indie Maker Market – Austin – December 2-3
100 Miles of Christmas – Driftless Region/Great River Road – December 3-4
Over the River Holiday Festival – Fergus Falls – December 3
Holiday Makers Market – La Dona Cerveceria, Mpls – December 3
Old St. Anthony Holiday Bazaar – Machine Shop, Mpls – December 4
Christmas Market at the Four Seasons – Minneapolis – December 3-4
The Nightmare Before Christmas Holiday Market – Northeast Minneapolis, December 3 & 10
No Coast Craft-O-Rama – Midtown Global Market, Mpls – December 3
How Bazaar! Holiday Market – Eastlake Brewery, Mpls – December 4
Winter Walk – Northfield, December 8
#ShopNewUlm at Night – Downtown New Ulm, December 8
December Gift Market at the Arboretum– Chaska – December 9-10
Northeast Winter Market – Minneapolis – Second Saturdays
Holiday Market at Malcolm Yards – Minneapolis – December 10-11
Holiday Maker Market – Forgotten Star – Mpls – December 10
ALMA Holiday Market – Alma – Mpls – December 10
Maker’s Market – Tonkadale – Minnetonka – December 10
Holiday Craft Market – Number 12 Cider, Mpls – December 10
BIPOC Holiday Market – Arbeiter Brewing, Mpls – December 10
The Black Market – St. Paul – December 10
Holiday Craft & Gift Show – Stillwater – December 10-11
Local Women’s Artist Market – Grand Marais – December 11
December 15-18 and Beyond
Queer Holiday Market – LUSH, Mpls – December 15-16
The Depot Great Hall Marketplace – Duluth – December 17
Final Countdown – Larissa Loden – December 17-18
Last Minute Gifts – St. Paul – December 17
Holiday Vintage Market @ FOOD BUILDING/ Kierans Kitchen – Minneapolis December 18
Minny & Paul Warehouse Sale – Roseville, December 22nd
Keg and Case Holiday Market – Keg & Case, St. Paul now through 12/23
Extra Drippy Holiday Pop Up – The Dripping Root, Minneapolis December 17th
Honest Studios Holiday Market – Minneapolis, December 17th
MPLS Craft Market at Holidazzle – Loring Park, Minneapolis, December 16-18
Handmade Holiday Market – Lakes & Legends Brewing, Minneapolis, December 17