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 six pop-up markets are the go-to places for your season’s shopping this year.
Through December 31, 2017: Winter Holiday Fest Marketplace
Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is hosting a Marketplace from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 3 at the War Memorial Auditorium. Local artisan vendors will be selling everything from handmade candles to fabric art. Enjoy live music and specialty food and drinks while shopping! For information and tickets: tpac.org/shows/WinterHolidayFest
December 3-4: City Farmhouse Holiday Pop-Up Fair
Held at The Factory at Franklin, City Farmhouse Holiday Pop-up Fair will feature antique and vintage goods from more than 30 hand-selected vendors. There will also be gift items, including upcycled clothing, handcrafted jewelry, handmade art and repurposed pieces, perfect for holiday shopping. General admission tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $12 and can be purchased online or at the door. Hope in your car and head to this seasonal pop-up fair! cityfarmhousefranklin.com/popupfairs
December 4, 2016: Scratch Made
Scratch Made is The Nashville Food Project holiday marketplace and open house event! Shoppers will find handmade products and home goods including The Nashville Food Project’s herb salts, herbal salves, loose teas, canvas bags, aprons and more. All proceeds will benefit The Nashville Food Project. This event is free! thenashvillefoodproject.org
December 9-10, 2016: Porter Flea Holiday Market
Nashville’s favorite holiday shopping tradition is back! The Porter Flea Holiday Market returns in December to showcase hundreds of jury-picked vendors, thousands of the region’s best handmade wares, the city’s finest food trucks and, of course, a surprise or two. Shop pottery by Handmade Studio TN, sweets by Baked in Nashville, furniture by HollerDesign, art by M A J A M A D E, accessories by Seraphine Design, fresh flowers by Amelia’s Flower Truck, apparel by EMLEE Design and so much more. Well-loved vendors return and new vendors make first-time appearances. You’re sure to love them all! In its sixth year, this semi-annual market is a must-attend holiday event! Visit porterflea.com for details.
December 10, 2016: 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 10, and continues until 4 p.m. The Holiday Market offers goods from 100 local craft artisans. Learn more at musiccitywinterfest.com.
December 16-17, 2016: Night Market and Holiday Fest 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 on Friday, December 16 and Holiday Fest on Saturday, December 17. During 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. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. Learn more at nashvillefarmersmarket.org.
Happy (local) shopping!
Looking for more local holiday events, check out the Happenings in the SB App (it is free!).