If you aren’t getting your holiday gifts from local artists, craftspeople and entrepreneurs, you aren’t really trying. Again this weekend, there’s a host of opportunities to buy local and direct from an artist or business owner at holiday markets across the region including a couple of biggies where you can most likely find something for even the hardest to please people on your gift list.
The Cleveland Bazaar, which now sponsors many smaller markets throughout the year, has its flagship Christmas Market this weekend, once again taking place at 78th Street Studios, where you’ll find a multitude of vendors throughout the vast building. It’s the longest running, most established such market in the region, and it’s free. It runs Sat 12/9 & Sun 12/10 @ 10am-6pm.
The Cleveland Flea is back at its 2017 holiday season location, the former Unique Thrift Store in Ohio City, where it held two November markets. The popular market runs this weekend and next. It features an early-bird pop-up party on Fri 12/8 @ 6-10pm, then runs Sat 12/9 & Sun 12/10 @ 10am-5pm. Except for Saturday 10am-1pm which has a $10 entry fee, it’s free.
Loftworks Gallery in AsiaTown wraps up its three week pop-up show with work by artists who have shown there in the last year, plus additional artist-creating items, including painting, prints, photography, rock and roll caricatures, leather goods, glass ornaments and more. It’s open Fri 12/8 @ 4-8pm, Sat 12/9 @ 2-8pm and Sun 12/10 @ 1-4pm.
The Beachland Ballroom’s annual Holiday Flea Market contains a plethora of vendors selling records, posters, T-shirts and other clothing, jewelry, vintage collectibles and other items that will appeal to the rock & rollers on your gift list. They’ll also be serving brunch in the Tavern and DJs will be spinning music to set the mood. It’s on Sat 12/9 @ 10am-4pm.
The Coventry Village Holiday Festival, Sat 12/9 @ noon-11pm, has a packed day of activities planned to draw shoppers to this strip of smaller, mostly locally owned shops. They include free photos with Santa, kids crafts and cartoons, hot chocolates and stories at the Coventry Library, book signings at Mac’s Backs, ice carving, community caroling, live music performances and more. You can even vote for your favorite merchant window! Most activities are free.
Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice host their annual holiday festival and bazaar at Tremont’s Pilgrim Church Sat 12/9 @ 10am-4pm. You’ll find cards, calendar, poinsettias and gift items offered by various organizations and nonprofits supporting social justice causes as well as artists. Homemade food will also be available including chili, soup and baked goods. It’s free.
The Hudson Holiday Art Hop, Fri 12/8 @ 5-8pm encompasses 10 local galleries, studios and shops where you can find original art, handmade gifts, holiday ornaments and refreshments.