Can y’all believe it is already November?!?
Well October flew by and just like that Christmas is only SEVEN, I repeat SEVEN, Fridays away, which means time for some holiday shopping.
Personally I’d rather a gift have meaning and support a local or small business or artists than come from a large retailer or commercial company.
For me it’s all about the QUALITY, which is why artisan markets, pop up craft shows, and holiday fairs are a great place to start. With a wide range of vendors you are sure to find something for everyone on your list.
Plus holiday markets are a great way to get out of the house, escape the cold, and join in the holiday spirit!
I’ve been penciling-in markets on my calendar whenever and decided to put them all in one place. Of course there are many more than I have listed below, but the following shows and markets are ones that I love and go to every year, along with ones I am excited to check out for the first time.
If you want to get a jump on holiday shopping with a focus on quality, locally-made goods, check out these Nashville holiday artisan markets and fairs!
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CRAFTY NASHVILLE'S ANNUAL FALL ARTS & CRAFTS MARKET
Let’s kick off the holiday market season with more than 80 local makers and crafters, live music, and food trucks at a kid- and pet-friendly market in Nashville’s favorite market space.
Proceeds benefit Soles4souls + donation bins will be on-site so bring any unwanted shoes to donate.
NOLENSVILLE HOLIDAY MARKET
November 3, 2018 // 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Event Info | Address: 213 Everett Court, Nolensville, TN 37135
Ladies night out? Grab your girls then shop clothing, decor, and gifts from local designers with treat samples! Vendors include The French Bleu Farmhouse, Jillian Clingman, The Cotton Mill, Stella & Dot, Signature Desserts, and more.
ARTS & MUSIC AT WEDGEWOOD-HOUSTON
Every first Saturday of the month, explore the up-and-coming Wedewood-Houston neighborhood and its dozens of commercial art galleries, artist run collectives, open studios, maker spaces, and pop-ups.
Then check out:
The Art Crawl After Party
November 3, 2018 // 9 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Address: Diskin Cider - 1235 Martin Street, Nashville, TN 37203
As the largest and longest running holiday arts & craft show in Nashville, Christmas Village is a November tradition for many local families. More than 250 vendors feature a variety of seasonal and artisanal items including home decor, clothing, jewelry, food, pottery, toys and more. A great place to get your holiday gift shopping done!
Tickets can be purchased at the door, but save yourself queue time and purchase them online. Event hours are as follows:
Friday, November 9 // 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, November 10 // 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 11 // 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Do you enjoy supporting local artisan and food vendors? Well then Nashvember is for you! More than 60 local vendors and food trucks will be present for a day of free fun, community and seasonal cheer.
Nashvember benefits The Bridge Ministry which provides provides Nashville’s homeless with hot meals, groceries, hygiene items, and clothing, every Tuesday evening under the Jefferson Street bridge.
MAKING MERRY BERRY HILL STREET FESTIVAL
November 10, 2018 // 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Event Info | Address: 2826 Bransford Ave, Nashville, TN 37204
Wander down Bransford Avenue in Berry Hill in support of the more than 400 recording studios, retailers, music publishers, and restaurants that call the one square mile of Berry Hill home. There will be live music, local artisans, food trucks and food vendors, an egg nog drinking and pie eating contest, kids activities including face painting, Santa visits, cookie decorating and ornament-making.
The event is pet friendly and free for all to enjoy!
If you’re considering entering the contests you may also want to consider the Very Merry 5k in the morning. You know to make up for those additional calories you’ll be consuming later. :)
MADE SOUTH HOLIDAY MARKET
Billed as “a 2-day celebration of the best makers, food, drink, music and art in the south,” the MADE SOUTH Holiday Market is a chance to #shopsouthern from more than 100 Southern artisans while enjoying live music and tastings.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Holiday Food Box Program at GraceWorks. Additional donations are always accepted.
General admission tickets are $15 online in advance and $20 at the door. Entry is free for children 12 and under with paying adult.
Friday preview nights tickets available online.
HOLIDAY PREVIEW: A ROOFTOP SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
November 17, 2018 // 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Event Info | Address: Kimpton Aertson Hotel - 2021 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
An evening of one-of-a-kind shopping experience: live music, local vendors (like Aubrey Hyde, Brown Fox Collective, Emlee Design, Glen & Effie, Van Hoang, and more) and specialty cocktail from The Henley, all with rooftop views of downtown.
The event is free. The Kimpton will offer $8 valet and there are several lots within walking distance.
WINTER GOOD MARKERS MARKET
November 18, 2018 // 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Event Info | Address: Nashville Entrepreneur Center - 41 Peabody Street, Nashville, TN 37210
What’s better than finding unique gifts? Answer: Unique gifts that made a difference. Local social purpose business vendors, food trucks, live music, and more come together to create this conscious consumer marketplace.
HANDMADE NASHVILLE HOLIDAY MARKET
November 24, 2018 // 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Event Info | Red Caboose Park - 684 Colice Jeanne Rd, Nashville, TN 37221
What better way to spend Small Business Saturday then shopping small businesses? I mean it’s really the only way to celebrate, and Handmade Nashville’s vendors will be set up in Bellevue for your shopping convenience along with several local food trucks. Plus the event is pet friendly!
HOMESTEAD MANOR HOLIDAY VILLAGE
November 24, 2018 // 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Event Info | Address: Homestead Manor - 4683 Columbia Pike, Thompsons Station, TN 37179
Spend a Saturday filled with Santa, family & holiday cheer! Shop for unique local goodies, meet and get your photo with the big man himself (photos available for purchase), take a ride on the Polar Express, make some ornaments, write a letter to North pole, and more.
THE PERFECT LITTLE HOLIDAY MARKET
November 24, 2018 / /11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Event Info & Tickets | Address: The Flats at Taylor Place - 1515 5th Avenue North, Nashville TN 37208 & Alexis + Bolt - 506 Monroe St, Nashville, TN 37208
What better way to spend Small Business Saturday than supporting small local makers and businesses! With more than 20 vendors, a photo booth, bubbly bar, food trucks, and even a DIY wreath station. Did we mention there’s a hot cocoa bar and fire pits? Well there is so count us in!
Then swing by local gem Alexis + Bolt around the corner for even more vendors and happenings.
THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS BY VINTAGE MARKET DAYS
November 30-December 2, 2018
Event Info & Tickets | Address: The Fairgrounds Nashville - 500 Wedgewood Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
This unique holiday shopping experience brings local and regional artisans together selling antiques, vintage goods, home decor, art, jewelry, clothing, homemade treats, and more. After all that shopping you’ll probably have worked up an appetite so make sure to check out the food truck pavilion.
Hours and ticket prices are as follows:
Friday & Saturday // 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. // $10 Tickets
Sunday // 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. // $5 Tickets
Children 12 and under are free
Admission is good for re-entry all weekend with wristband upon exit.
GIRL TRIBE POP UP NASHVILLE
Women supporting women. It’s like Galentine’s Day come early! Shop and support women-led creative business from clothing boutiques, jewelry designers, paper goods, beauty products, and gifts galore! Plus tons of music and photo ops.
Tickets include a cute reusable Girl Tribe bag and bracelet.
Saturday, December 1 // 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. // $12 Tickets
Friday preview night and VIP tickets available as well.
PORTER FLEA HOLIDAY MARKET
Celebrating modern handmade goods, Porter Flea has become Nashville’s favorite pop-up event for independent designers and artists selling their quality goods everything from jewelry, art, home decor, clothing, and nifty giftys (any Office fans out there?)
Free admission, but $5 parking. Tickets for Friday’s preview market and skip-the-line Porter Passes available online.
MUSIC CITY WINTERFEST
Christmas is coming…fast! Holiday spirit and cheer is everywhere in the city and Centennial Park is no exception. Their holiday market features local crafters and makers, food trucks, s’more stations, pet portraits, the jolly one himself, and an event in Music City wouldn’t be complete without live music!
And if onesie brunches are your thing, tickets are available online!
Saturday, December 8 // 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, December 9 // 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
THE NASHVILLE FLEA MARKET'S 'TIS THE SEASON
Once a month the fairgrounds explode with roughly 2,000 booths stuffed with new, used, and repurposed items including antiques, clothing, furniture, home decor, textiles, collectibles, and more.
Admission is free, but parking is $5 per vehicle.
Friday, December 14 // 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, December 15 // 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, December 16 // 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Craft Markets at Local Schools
Several schools around Middle Tennessee host holiday markets including The Mistletoe Market at Franklin High School & The Centennial Holiday Craft Show at Centennial High School.
Holiday Markets outside Nashville
Surrounding areas of Nashville including Henderson, Gallatin, Hermitage and more host their own craft fairs and shopping crawls.