Ready to get a jump on all of your holiday shopping, but don't want to frequent the same tired stores you always visit? A holiday craft market and fair is the perfect answer. You'll find an assortment of handmade treasures crafted by local artisans that will make unique gifts for everyone on your list. Check out these markets around town.
Photo courtesy of Sugar Plum Market
Sugar Plum Market - Stafford
The brainchild of Fort Bend Junior Service League, the Sugar Plum Market debuted in 2000 and has been one of the top holiday markets in Houston since, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for Fort Bend County charities. With over 100 vendors selling everything from apparel to home decor to children's items and more, you're sure to find everything you need for the holiday season at this shopping extravaganza.
The Velvet Stocking Christmas Market - Webster
Hailed as one of the longest-running Christmas bazaars in the Houston Bay Area, the Velvet Stocking Christmas Market is known for having a plethora of one-of-a-kind items handcrafted by local artisans.
CyFair Mistletoe Market - Cypress
This one-day shopping extravaganza is one you definitely want on your schedule. The CyFair Mistletoe Market has over 150 vendors selling women's and children's clothing, gourmet food, jewelry, and a variety of other novelty items that make perfect holiday gifts. And to top it all off it's also free of charge.
Photo Courtesy of Fulton Davenport/Nutcracker Market
Nutcracker Market - Inner Loop
With over 280 merchants, the Nutcracker Market is one of the largest holiday craft festivals in Houston, making it your one-stop-shop for unique holiday pieces. You'll find novelty items, apparel and shoes, toys, accessories, and more at this market. Proceeds from admission tickets and 10 percent of merchandise sales benefit the Houston Ballet Foundation, its Academy, and Sponsorship Programs.
Dickens on Cypress Creek Christmas Market - Spring
For a holiday market with a Victorian flair, check out Dickens on Cypress Creek Christmas Market. The sixth annual Dickens Market is sponsored by the Cypress Creek Community Chorale and has over 75 indoor and outdoor booths with crafts, clothing, collectibles, and more. Proceeds benefit the Chorale and allow them to provide free concerts to the public.
Winter Holiday Art Market - West Loop
Art lovers unite at the 11th annual Winter Holiday Art Market. The festival features local artists exhibiting and selling their art, DJs and live music, local food vendors, and even free beverages while supplies last. This is a great way to give back to the community and support Houston's art scene while picking up unique artwork, clothing, hand-made gifts, jewelry, and a variety of other local treasures.
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Home for the Holidays Gift Market - Katy
The Home for the Holidays Gift Market is touted as the largest gift market in Katy, with over 200 vendors joining forces each year to bring you everything you need for a festive, fun-filled holiday season. This year, the Market is even hosting a complimentary Christmas party for teachers on Friday and Saturday of the show. Teachers who show a valid badge are granted free admission to the party, along with food, drinks, door prizes, and a discount shopping card.
Vintage Market Days: Home for the Holidays - Rosenberg
Vintage Market Days happens several times a year in various communities, and this holiday season it's coming to Southwest Houston with a Home for the Holidays twist. The three-day event offers a little bit of everything, including seasonal favorites, antiques, handcrafted items, and more.
Tomball German Christmas Market - Tomball
The Tomball German Christmas Market boasts 175 different merchants ready to supply all of your holiday needs, and that's just the start of the fun. There's also four different music stages, a petting zoo, street performers, ethnic and festival food, and much more to enjoy.
Top photo courtesy of Kathy Haas/Tomball German Christmas Market