When shopping for someone for the holidays, you can always check their Amazon Wish List. But where is the fun in that?
Many holiday markets — like the 10 we’ve compiled here — will give you the opportunity to give something special, meaningful, and made by someone right here in Utah.
Buying local means your dollars are going into local pockets instead of big business, after a pandemic has hurt many small businesses.
“This year, we know that small businesses need our support more than ever,” the US Small Business Administration says on its website, “as they navigate, reorganize and pivot from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.” .
Usually the artists themselves will be on the other side of the table, so you can meet the likes of Megan Hindman, Jazmin Gallegos and Lexi Dowdell – all of whom have shared their approaches to art with The Salt Lake Tribune. (Click here to read them.)
So enjoy the hunt this Christmas season and let this list of Utah holiday markets guide you.
Wheeler Holiday Market
The Wheeler Holiday Market at Wheeler Historic Farm has become so popular that this year it has been expanded to two buildings and will also include food trucks and a visit from Santa on Friday, November 25. Local makers, foodies and artists will sell their wares Friday through Sunday, November 25-27.
After browsing the market, stroll or snowshoe (weather permitting) the grounds of Wheeler Farm, greet the animals or enjoy the deep winter quiet of the woods.
November 25 is also one of the farm’s Festive Fridays, when visitors can take a magical light-up wagon ride for $3 per person. Festive Fridays continue on December 2, 9 and 16.
Wheeler Historic Farm, 6351 S. 900 East, Murray, Nov. 25, 5-8 p.m.; Nov. 26-27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Santa Hours: Nov. 25, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Free admission.
Small Business Party at Copperhive Vintage
South Salt Lake vintage store Copperhive Vintage will be hosting a Small Business Bash on Saturday, November 26, to celebrate Small Business Saturday, a day to support small businesses and the impact they have in their communities.
Around 15 artists, vintage vendors and food vendors will be in attendance, including The Thrill of the Thrift, The Vintage Crow, Locust of the Sea, Green Lion Eclectic, Richie2Retro, Queerations, Oh Hey Paper Co., Between Dreams Pottery, Taco Daddy Food Truck and caffeinated otter. Owner Jacqueline Whitmore said she would also be running a flash sale on everything in the store that day.
Copperhive Vintage, 2709 S. State St., Salt Lake City, Nov. 26, noon-5 p.m. Free admission.
Lake City Craft Holiday Market
The fourth annual Craft Lake City Holiday Market on December 2-3 will bring more than 125 Utah-based makers, artisan food designers, food vendors and vintage vendors to historic Ogden Union Station. Santa Claus will take free photos with the families (bring your own camera). Eden-based New World Distillery will be serving craft cocktails, and non-alcoholic options will also be available. Holiday Market tickets include free admission to the on-site Browning Firearms Museum, Kimball Automotive Museum, Utah State Railroad Museums, and Utah Railroad Yard. Eccles.
To get to the Holiday Market from Salt Lake City, take the FrontRunner train to Ogden Station and walk 10 minutes south to the market. If you decide to drive, free parking is available on-site and directions can be found on CraftLakeCity.com under “Getting There.”
Ogden Union Station, 2245 Wall Ave., Ogden, Dec. 2, 5-10 p.m.; Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5 in advance, $7 on market day, and kids 12 and under are free.
Peteetneet Christmas Shop
The Peteetneet Museum (pronounced “peh-TEET-NEET”) in the small town of Payson in Utah County is the backdrop for this holiday shop on December 2 and 3, with vendors set up in every room of the festively decorated historic building. Kids will enjoy the model train exhibit in the auditorium, then they can race down the perfect toboggan hill outside. Santa Claus will also be available to listen to wish lists and take photos with families. Once it gets dark, take a stroll through the park to see the Christmas lights glow in the snow.
Peteetneet Museum, 10 North 600 East, Payson, Dec. 2, 4-9 p.m.; December 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Santa Hours: December 2, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free entry.
Grid Zine Fest Holiday Market
This holiday market organized by Grid Zine Fest has two purposes: to give people the opportunity to buy the “strange goods” of zine makers for holiday gifts, and to raise funds for Grid Zine Fest 2023. Attendees will be able to build their own cookie by purchasing festive cookies and other goodies (vegan options available), with all proceeds going to Salt Lake City’s annual zine and comic book festival. After perusing the zines, enjoy the record store itself, with its vast collection of local music.
Diabolical Records, 238 S. Edison St., Salt Lake City, Dec. 3, 12-4 p.m. Free Admission
Red Butte Garden Holiday Open House & Art Fair and Glass Art Guild of Utah Glass Show
After entering the main Red Butte Garden building, head up the stairs and browse the Glass Art Guild’s 20th Anniversary Glass Show, featuring glass Christmas ornaments and jewelry, through December 20. At the top of the stairs, turn left and find the Red Butte Doors Open and Holiday Art Fair in the bright Orangery space, which will be filled with Utah artists selling items such as fiber art, soap, lotions, pottery and more on December 3-4. Once you’ve selected your treasures, step out and stroll through the sleepy Conservatory – entry is free for all market-goers.
Red Butte Holiday Open House & Art Fair, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Dec. 3-4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Glass Art Guild 20th Anniversary Exhibition, through December 20. Free admission.
UMFA Holiday Market
After your stop at the Red Butte Garden Holiday Market, move on to the Art Museum of Utah to browse locally made gifts in the Great Hall and art-inspired items in the museum shop. Designers will be selling prints, jewelry, candles, chocolates and more on December 3 and 4, and the museum shop is open year-round. Next, stop at the Museum Cafe for a snack or drink, then admire the museum’s many exhibits (entrance fee required).
Art Museum of Utah, 410 Campus Center Drive, University of Utah, Dec. 3-4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission to the market is free; exhibits require an entry fee.
You don’t have to be Jewish to celebrate the winter holidays by visiting the Hanukkah market, which has been around for over 25 years. This market at the IJ & Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center, just north of the Primary Children’s Hospital, will feature more than 20 vendors selling Native American jewelry, soy candles, handmade menorahs, homemade chocolates and more. Potato latkes, New York-style bagels and jelly beignets will be available for purchase, to enjoy at the event or to take home to snack on later.
IJ & Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center, 2 Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, December 4, 12-5 p.m. in the JCC Social Room. FREE ENTRANCE.
Punk Rock SLC Flea Holiday Market
If you have someone on your list who loves metal or punk music, horror movies or zines, the SLC Punk Rock Flea Holiday Market is the perfect place to buy them a gift.
At this festive take on the SLC Punk Rock Flea Market, the roster of over 30 artists and vendors will include John-Ross Boyce, Graveyard Witch Accessories, Space Babes Art, Grave Shift Press, Blooming Smoke Art, Moss Bone, Britta Baker and Suite . DJ Nixbeat and DJ Retrograde will spin handpicked tunes. Coffee and snacks will also be available for purchase.
Sugar Space Arts Warehouse, 132 S. 800 West, Salt Lake City, December 4, 3-8 p.m. Free admission.
TF Brasserie Christkindlmarkt
Templin Family Brewing will host a market inspired by German Christmas markets, complete with glühwein (aka mulled wine). But don’t worry if you’re more of a beer lover – TF Brewing has plenty of those too. This event will be one of the last before Christmas, giving you the opportunity to search for last minute gifts made by a variety of local vendors.
TF Brewing, 936 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City, Dec. 17-18, 4-8 p.m. Free admission, ages 21 and up.
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