Make your holiday shopping a festive experience this year and purchase one-of-a-kind gifts for the the loved ones on your list while you support local artists and craftspeople. These artisans will be taking part in a host of holiday markets and boutiques throughout the area served by MyVillager:
- The European Christmas Market returns on weekends from November 25 through December 18 on the plaza outside Union Depot, Fourth and Wacouta streets. Sixty vendors will set up shop on the expanded boardwalk offering a variety of handcrafted gifts, edible delicacies and other refreshments. Choirs, carolers and dancers will perform, and Santa will appear with his reindeer. The market is open from 4-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. Visit stpaulchristmasmarket.org.
- An Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar will fill the cortile of Landmark Center on December 1-3. More than 65 artisans will be showing and selling their wares. Jewelry, household decor, woven and wearable art, children’s toys and clothing, handmade lotions, soaps and edible gifts will be featured along with live music, complimentary refreshments and prize drawings. The bazaar will run from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5, free for children age 12 and under. Visit landmarkcenter.org.
- Friends for a Non-Violent World will present its annual Holiday Fair from 1-9 p.m. Friday, December 2, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, December 3, at the Friends School, 1365 Englewood Ave. Choose from a wide variety of gifts, craft items, candles, soaps, handmade winter accessories, used books, discounted gift cards to local businesses, Quaker treasures and Christmas trees and wreaths. Dinner will be served from 6-8 p.m. Friday. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. An online pre-sale is being conducted now through November 27. Visit fnvw.org.
- The works of four local artists will be featured in the seventh annual Holiday Art Sale from 3-7 p.m. Friday, December 2, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, December 3, at the home at 1896 Saunders Ave. (enter from the alley). Shoppers may choose among the greeting cards and photographs of Kelly Povo, the Lake Superior stone jewelry of Pauline Oo, the fused glass and wood ornaments of Michelle Wright, and the children’s books of Phyllis Root.
- The 27th annual Art at Hidden River (formerly Art at Ramsey) will be held from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, December 3, at Hidden River Middle School, 1700 Summit Ave. Cosponsored by Artists’ Circle, the juried event features 81 artists from across the Upper Midwest. They will be showing and selling acrylic and oil paintings, photography, silver and gold jewelry, woven scarves, art dolls, blown glass, woodcut prints, hand-dyed silk apparel, leather and fabric handbags, turned wood, hand-carved wooden birds, handwoven rugs, pottery, clay tiles, vases, and holiday cards and ornaments. Also featured will be the art of local youths ages 8-18. Visit artistscircle.org.
- The Summit Avenue Artisan Festival will be presented from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, December 3, at Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ, 900 Summit Ave. There, the halls will be decked with handcrafted gifts by more than 40 local artisans. Live holiday music and a silent auction will be featured. Saint Paul’s signature frozen pot pies will also be available for purchase. Santa will appear from 10 a.m.-noon. Children’s activities will be held during those same hours. For an updated list of vendors, visit spucconsummit.org. To bid on auction items, visit 32auctions.com/artisanfestival.
- Vis the Season, a Christmas marketplace featuring local vendors and a variety of products, will be held from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, December 3, at Visitation School, 2455 Visitation Drive in Mendota Heights. Santa Claus will stop by for complimentary photos between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Visit visitation.net/vistheseason.
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