You don’t have to wait until small business Saturdays to shop locally this holiday season. Head to one of these holiday pop-ups or Christmas markets. Many are free to browse. So make your list, double check it, and soon you’ll be competing with the big man in the red suit.
CHRISTKINDL MARKET IN TEXAS
Texas Christkindl Market, a long-standing Arlington market inspired by German Christmas tradition, is back for in-person shopping. This year, it will be at Choctaw Stadium (formerly Globe Life Park) – and admission will be free. The marketplace will feature unique, handmade gifts, including authentic German collectibles such as products from retailer Käthe Wohlfahrt. There will also be goodies for sale and live holiday music.
Until January 2, Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Choctaw Stadium, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Enter from the side of third base, across from Texas Live. Free entry. txchristkindlmarket.com.
CHI OMEGA CHRISTMAS MARKET
Over 190 merchants selling gifts, jewelry, holiday decorations, toys, womenswear, linens and original artwork will be at this trendy event, which raises funds for artwork. local charities and university scholarships. Photos with Santa Claus will be available on November 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
November 19 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., November 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Automobile Building at Fair Park, 1010 First Ave., Dallas. $ 15. Enter Fair Park at Gate 6 Robert B. Cullum Boulevard. Parking in lots 5A, 5B, 6A and 6B costs $ 10. chiomegaxmas.org.
VINTAGE MARKET DAYS: CANDY CANE WISHES
This upscale indoor flea market will feature vintage and handmade holiday decorations and gifts. Vendors will be spread across two buildings, selling antique, reproduction, country chic and rustic items. Think about original cowgirl gear, steampunk accessories, original visual art, jewelry, furniture, and architectural salvage. There will also be live music and food and drink.
November 19-21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Myers Park and Event Center, 7117 County Road 166, McKinney. $ 15 on November 19, $ 10 on November 20-21; free for children under 12. vintagemarketdays.com.
KNOX STREET HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
About two dozen shops and restaurants on Knox Street, between Katy Trail and North Central Expressway, will be offering activities, promotions and tastings. Other vendors will set up shop at Pop-Up Park on Knox Street and Travis Street. Additionally, there will be live reindeer from 10 a.m. to noon, performances from the Concert Truck and Pegasus Contemporary Ballet, and food for sale at Parlor’s Ice Cream Cart and Salty Donut Confectionery and Cafe.
November 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Pop-Up Park on Knox Street, 3311 Knox St. in Travis Street, Dallas. Free entry. knoxstreetdallas.com.
FUNKY FINDS THE HOLIDAY SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
This annual market has over 150 local manufacturers and pickers selling handmade, reused, recycled and vintage items. Expect to find bath products, jewelry, holiday decorations, ceramics, visual arts, clothing and more. There will be photos with Santa, live music, charity raffles and animal adoptions. This event is suitable for families and animals.
November 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth. Free entry, $ 10 parking. funkyfinds.com.
THE MARKET IN LEGACY NORTH
The stores at Legacy North will be having block parties with craft markets in November and December. More than 30 local artists, manufacturers and retailers will have booths, along with live music, art installations, photo ops, as well as food and drink at on-site restaurants and food trucks.
November 21 and December 19 from noon to 5 p.m. at Legacy North stores, 7401 Lone Star Drive, Plano. Free entry. facebook.com/ShopsAtLegacy/events.
HAPPY CITYLINE MARKET
This Richardson shopping and dining hub will host an outdoor shopping event hosted by Boho Market. There will be over 70 local vendors selling jewelry and other accessories, gift items, candles, bath products, clothing and more. Live music, free crafts for kids, wreath-making workshops for $ 30, and a gift-wrapping station will be available.
December 4 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at CityLine Plaza, 1251 State St., Richardson. Free entry. citylinedfw.com.
DALLAS MILLENNIUM HOLIDAY MARKET
About 60 small businesses will be selling last minute gifts at Four Corners Brewing Co. in Cedars. Enjoy a free mimosa or buy a pint while shopping inside the bar and outside in the beer garden. Children and pets are welcome; must be 21 or over to drink alcohol.
December 19 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Four Corners Brewing Co., 1311 S. Ervay St., Dallas. Free entry. dallasmillennialmarket.com.