Each year the number of holiday markets and shopping events in Denver seems to expand exponentially. As a handmade, Denver-based business we’ve participated in a number of markets over the years, especially during the busy holiday season! Most of the time it is a great way to get your products in front of hundreds of people in just a few days and other time the events are unorganized and lack attendance. Read back to our May blog post for more on our personal experience at handmade markets.
As we prepare for the 2016 holiday shopping season we found these awesome events we want to share with you:
The Denver Waldorf School Holiday Fair | December 2-3rd | The Denver Waldorf School
The Denver Waldorf School also hosts one of Denver’s longest running holiday markets, this year marks their 42nd annual holiday fair! A school and family focused event with an area to make elf homes out of twigs and acorns, as well as, a section where children can shop for their parent and siblings. Lastly, there is an artisan market where you can shop for handmade gifts and enjoy delicious foods with friends and family to celebrate the season.
Holiday Lights: First Friday | December 2nd | Ink Lounge
Formerly ManCraft, the guys at Ink Lounge have been pioneers in introducing men who are artisans to the market circuit in Denver. Ink Lounge is a screen print shop and on the First Friday in December they will be incorporating illuminating qualities to their screen prints for this Holiday Lights event. Sticking with their manly traditions they will have some local man vendors like Idarado Lighting and plenty of whisky from Bear Creek Distillery to go around!
Mile High Holiday Mart | November 11-13th | University of Denver, Gates Field House
Hosted by the Junior League of Denver, this premier holiday event has been a Denver tradition for over three decades and is one of the longest running, local holiday markets! If crowds are not your thing, check out their VIP shopping experience on the morning of November 11th.
This organization of women was founded in 1918 with the goal to improve local communities through education and charitable actions. These women are able to improve the quality of life for their community through their talents, time, money, and energy. Junior League of Denver’s volunteer work and fundraiser money goes towards direct service projects, collaborations, advocacy, and training around their focus of literacy.
Sugar Plum Bazaar | November 19-20th | McNicholas Building
This handmade, vintage, purposeful, original, and a beautiful holiday market is a Westword Best of Denver winner and a great place to find creative, functional, original, and all around awesome hand-crafted, artisan items. On top of that, the spacious and artsy venue will enhance your memorable shopping experience. This event is free to attend but encourages a donation to local charities like the Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Hospital. With a small, curated selection of vendor, so you are going to find what you’re looking for and more!
Horseshoe Holiday Market | November 26-27th | Highlands Masonic Temple
Held on Small Business Saturday, this is one we are very excited for as we are a 1st time vendor at this event! In addition to Heather and Hide items, you can expect to see candles, jewelry, clothing, accessories, winter attire and more! Horseshoe’s mission is to provide handmade and handcrafted vintage and original vendors to a unique showcase. This in turn, creates a unique shopping experience for you. This helps small businesses grow and the community is able to expand their market while supporting their local economy.