The holiday season is here. If you’re starting to shop for the perfect gift or looking to support local businesses, there are a number of markets and fairs you need to visit this festive season.
Kansas City is full of local designers, artists and entrepreneurs who can help you fill your pre-holiday shopping lists. Whether it’s a Strawberry Swing Market or a children’s fair, there are tons of options to choose from. The best part is that each of these events will help support Kansas City area makers.
“It’s more important than ever to buy local,” Strawberry Swing owner Katie Mabry van Dieren said in a statement, adding that local markets are also a way to give back to your community this holiday season.
Along with all the big vendors and performers who will be selling merchandise at events on the subway, there will also be a few appearances from Santa Claus himself.
Here are 12 holiday markets to check out this season:
Holiday swing at the city market
20 E. 5th St.
The Holiday Swing is a Strawberry Swing Market in conjunction with City Market and will feature over 250 Kansas City-owned small businesses over four weekends.
Nov. 25-2: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
3-4 Dec. : 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 10-11: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
and 17-18 Dec. : 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Electric Park Holiday Night Market
2700 Guinotte Avenue
This night market is also made possible by Strawberry Swing and J. Reiger & Co. There will be seven rotating vendors over the three weekends in December.
2-3 Dec. : 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
9-10 Dec. : 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
16-17 Dec. : 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Holiday Market Night at the Kansas City Hotel
1228 Baltimore Ave
This pop-up holiday market is organized by Strawberry Swing and Hotel Kansas City. It will feature local artists, businesses and drinks for people to enjoy.
Nov. 30: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tis the season for the arts and crafts fair
520 Murray Road NW, Lee Summit
This craft fair will have over 100 booths for guests. There will also be an appearance by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 3.
2 Dec. : 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Dec. 3:10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cafe Ca Phe
916 E 5th Street
This party and holiday market will feature local gay-owned businesses, raffles and prizes.
3 Dec. : 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Santa’s Soul Holiday Market
Gregg Klice Community Center
1600 E. 17th Ter.
Organized by Art Garden KC and The Soul of Santa “Do Good”, this art fair will bring together vendors, artists and makers selling everything from jewelry to home decor. There will also be hot drinks and a heated outdoor market.
2 Dec. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
3 Dec. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
4 Dec. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Holiday Kids Designer Market
Want to hang out with the youngest entrepreneurs in the Kansas City area? Check out this Kid Makers Market in Lenexa. The event is sponsored by KC Homemade Goods and will feature over 35 children’s vendors.
8750 Penrose Lane, Lenexa
KC Vacation Shop
600 College Blvd., Overland Park
This festive market will also feature hundreds of local artists and vendors at the Overland Park Convention Center. This market has an entry fee of $13. To buy tickets, go here.
Nov. 5:10 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Nov. 6:10 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Nov. 19: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Nov. 20: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Holiday Art Market
104 Crooked Ave.
This holiday market is hosted by Michael Schliefke’s studio and there will be tons of original artwork including paintings, screen prints, t-shirts and more.
Nov. 30 – Dec. 18 Wed-Fri, 10am-7pm Sat: noon-7pm Wed.
Lenexa Holiday Farmers Market
17201 W. 87th St. Parkway
If you’re looking for the perfect ingredients for your holiday meals, the Lenexa Holiday Farmer’s Market should be your next stop. There will be two holiday farmers’ markets, one before Thanksgiving and another in time for Christmas.
Nov. 19: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
December 17: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Holiday pop-up shop
101 W 151st St., Olathe
This pop-up market is hosted by Anthology of Olathe, a community of senior citizens. In addition to vendors, there will also be a food drive. The drive-thru will accept canned goods, rice, dog and cat food and hygiene items.
Nov. 19: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Winter Wonderland Extravaganza
19310 E 50th Ter., Independence
This extravaganza will take place at the EPIC Sports Lodge in Independence. There will be local crafts and vendors and Santa will make an appearance from 12pm to 2pm
Nov. 26: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
KC Arts Winter Market
106 Southwest Blvd.
The Art KC Winter Market will host over 40 artists and designers. This will be the organization’s very first winter market and it will be free to the public.
2 Dec. : 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
December 3: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
9 Dec. : 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
December 10: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Santa’s Workshop and Holiday Gift Market
3189 Mercier St.
In addition to vendors, this market will have a carpentry workshop. Children will be encouraged to make their own wooden toys and Santa Claus will even stop buying them to help them. This event is hosted by the Carpenters Guild of Kansas City and is free to the public.
Nov. 19 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nov. 20 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cookie Walk and Holiday Market
9555 N Oak Trafficway
Hosted by the Good Shepherd Church, this market will have over 50 vendors and a selection of 40 pastries to try.
December 10: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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