In lieu of traditional holiday shopping stress, opt for an easy and enjoyable experience at these area holiday markets. Shop local, stand behind talented artisans and make a positive impact on your community by buying — and giving — quality handmade gifts this season. Held across town with a wide variety of vendors and goods, these eight pop-up markets are the go-to places for your season’s shopping this year.
December 4-5, 2015: Piccadilly Square Christmas Market at the Factory at Franklin
Local artisans will come together to help you celebrate the holidays during Piccadilly Square Christmas Market, held in Liberty Hall in The Factory at Franklin. Purchase a $15 VIP Preview Event ticket and gain access to Friday, December 4th’s sneak peek event from 5 to 9 p.m. You will be the first to shop and will have the opportunity to enjoy live entertainment. On Saturday, December 5, the market opens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with shopping, feasting and holiday cheer. General admission tickets are $5. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/piccadillysquaremarket/
December 4-5, 2015: Porter Flea Holiday X (NEW LOCATION!: OZ Arts Nashville, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle)
Porter Flea is back again to showcase the area’s best makers. This year’s event will be held in a new and bigger location: (Location will be updated later tonight! Apologies as it just relocated.) With more space, there will be room for the Porter Pantry and the Porter Parlour. On Friday evening, December 4, you can gain a first look at the thousands of one-of-a-kind handmade gifts at the ticketed Preview Market from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday’s Main Market on December 5 is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit porterflea.com for details.
December 4-5 & 11-12, 2015: Handmade Holiday Market at Studio BE
Twenty local artists make their way to Studio BE to showcase their art and gift items two weekends this month. The studio is open on Fridays, December 4 and 11, from 12 to 9 p.m., and on Saturdays, December 5 and 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop the fabulous items, snack, sip wine and take advantage of this opportunity to shop local, unique gifts. Learn more at cindywunsch.com.
December 5, 2015: 7th Annual Christmas on 18th Avenue Sale
Catherine Clement is opening her cottage-style home again this year to showcase unique, handmade items. The community is welcome to shop the items made by Clement and her friends, including: jewelry, acrylic paintings, pillows, children’s clothing, wreaths, calendars, soaps, prints and more. The sale has gotten so large that not only will it fill Clement’s Belmont-Hillsboro home but also a neighbors house. Stop by 2006 and 2009 18th Ave. S on Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. christmason18thavenue.com
December 5-6, 2015: WeHo Holiday Market & Art Crawl in Track One
On Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6, Track One will transform into a winter wonderland featuring art, fashion, design and vintage items. At the WeHo Holiday Market & Art Crawl you can delight in eats from Clawson’s Pub and local food trucks, indulge in libations from the Beer, Bourbon & Bloody Mary BAR or the Champagne and Classy Cocktails BAR and, of course, shop the holiday market and art crawl. Local and regional vendors will be on hand selling items that are perfect for everyone on your Christmas list. Visit wehomarket.com to learn more.
December 10-13, 2015: Santa’s Sugar Plum Market at Music City Center
Santa’s Sugar Plum Market is hitting Nashville for the first time, and we are ready to welcome the event and the 100+ vendors with open arms. In addition to shopping for children’s toys and apparel, jewelry, holiday ornaments, gourmet foods, soaps and lotions, home decor and novelty items, you can get into the holiday spirit with festive activities. Say hello to Santa Claus, try your skills on the skating rink and be entertained by live music. Tickets for the market start at $5. Visit santassugarplummarket.com.
December 12, 2015: Music City Winterfest in Centennial Park
Whether you are interested in listening to the sounds of the holidays performed live by local musicians, enjoying treats and eats from food trucks and brews from the Beer Garden, or crossing holiday gift shopping off your list, Music City Winterfest has something for everyone. The free day of fun kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 12, and continues until 4 p.m. The Holiday Market offers goods from 80 local craft artisans. Learn more at musiccitywinterfest.com.
December 18, 2015: Night Market at Nashville Farmers’ Market
Stroll the stalls of the Nashville Farmers’ Market while digging into a delicious meal, singing Christmas carols, sipping on festive cocktails and visiting with Ole Saint Nick during December’s Night Market. Restaurants and merchants stay open late so you can shop in a lively environment. Go with the gals and drink down a chocolate peppermint martini, take a date or bring the kiddos — all are welcome. The fun starts at 5 p.m. Learn more at nashvillefarmersmarket.org.
Through December 24, 2015: Gift Horse Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Sawtooth Print Shop, located on Gallatin Avenue, is home to this holiday pop-up event hosted by Pulp. Peruse the works of local makers and artists, who craft everything from ceramics to soaps. They invite you to East Nashville to shop the curated collection of handmade goods through December 24. Learn more at facebook.com/events.
Happy (local) shopping!
Looking for more local holiday events, check out the Happenings in the SB App (it is free!).