20 Shopping Events & Holiday Gift Markets This Week
St. Paul maker Woodsport hosts its annual open house and sale this week.
by Jahna Peloquin (image by Paul Nelson Photography, courtesy Woodsport)
Check out these shopping events and holiday gift markets taking place this week in the Twin Cities:
Maker Series: Willful Goods: Join Araya Jensen, founder and designer of Willful Goods, as she demonstrates the making of one of her signature wood bowls in this workshop. The bowls, which are decorated in gold, cooper, and silver leaf, are inspired by the pieces the Lynhall commissioned from the designer. Ticket cost ($65) includes all materials for the take-home bowl as well as appetizers and wine. Register at eventbrite.com. Wednesday from 6–8:30 p.m. @ The Lynhall, 2640 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis.
Spruce Top Container & Wreath Design Workshops: Spruce up your home for the holidays with a series of workshops at Bachman's this week. Get expert direction on how to design, plant, and embellish a spruce-tip container that can be transitioned from fall to holiday. Choose between making a single or duo container ($50 for one, $100 for two). Ticket expense covers all materials, which include a container with soil, spruce tips, pine boughs, and accents to customize your creation. Learn how to assemble a stylish, colorful holiday wreath in a separate workshop led by Bachman’s designer Diane Enge. Ticket expense ($50) covers material for your take-home creation. Spruce Top workshops take place this Wednesday from 6–8 p.m. & Saturday from 2–4 p.m.; Wreath workshops take place this Sunday from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. & 2–4 p.m. @ Bachman's, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, register at bachmans.com.
The Northern Gardener Book Release Event: The Minnesota State Horticultural Society’s Northern Gardener magazine celebrates the release of a new book with a release event and presentation. Compiled by its editor, Mary Lahr Schier, The Northern Gardener: From Apples to Zinnias, 150 Years of Garden Wisdom presents the unique challenges of gardening in a northern climate such as Minnesota, and offers tips and tricks to help cold-climate gardeners can grow a wide range of ornamental plants and food crops. Books will be available for purchase ($24.95); the event is $5 to attend. Thursday from 7–8 p.m. @ Lakewood Cemetery’s Garden Mausoleum and Reception Center, 3600 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, northerngardener.org
Woodsport Open Studio & Sale: Shop new work and discounted floor samples during Woodsport’s annual open studio and sale. It’s a rare opportunity to shop the St. Paul–based maker’s handcrafted hardwood goods—including furniture, tabletop goods, and lighting—in person. Plus, enjoy complimentary beer and donuts. Friday from 5–8 p.m. & Saturday from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. @ Woodsport Studio, 755 Prior Ave. N., Suite 201, St. Paul, woodsport.net
Como Park Conservatory Holiday Flower Show: This annual show has been a holiday tradition since 1925 and is the Conservatory’s most popular show of the year. It opens this weekend with a variety of pink poinsettias with traces of white throughout the Conservatory’s Sunken Garden. Opens Saturday; runs through Jan. 7 @ Como Park Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul, comozooconservatory.org
Holidazzle: Vendors for this European-inspired, open-air holiday market include Faribault Woolen Mill, My Sister, Cooper & Kid, Fair Anita, Hagen & Oats, Hippy Feet, Love Your Melon, and more. Also on tap: craft beer from Fulton, Spyhouse Coffee, and hot and prepared food, appearances from Santa, free film screenings, and an outdoor skating rink. Thursdays to Sundays through December 23. Thursday from 5-9 p.m., Friday from 5–10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.–10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, holidazzle.com
SooVAC’s Local Artists Holiday Shop: This annual holiday shop housed at the hip Uptown art gallery Soo Visual Arts Center is a one-stop shop for art lovers. It features handmade art specially priced for gift-giving from more than 50 Twin Cities artists and makers, including Terrence Payne, Caitlin Karolczak, Amy Rice, and Jennifer Davis, plus jewelry by Robyne Robinson, ceramics by A MANO, and letterpress goods from Lunalux. Beginning Friday through Dec. 24. Open Wednesdays from 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursdays–Fridays from 11 a.m.–7 p.m., and Saturdays-Sundays from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. @ Soo Visual Arts Center, 2909 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis, soovac.org
No Coast Craft-o-Rama: This long-running indie craft fair has been the reigning king of the holiday craft market in the Twin Cities since 2005. This year’s edition features goods from more than 100 top local makers spanning prints and stationery, ceramics, jewelry, skincare, kids’ goods, clothing and accessories, and beyond. Friday from 3–8 p.m. & Saturday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. @ Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, nocoastcraft.com
St. Paul European Christmas Market: The Capitol City’s take on the Christkindlmarkt returns with two weekends of handcrafted goods plus European-inspired food, Glühwein (spiced mulled wine), carolers, dancers, live music, and appearances from Santa and Krampus in an open-air setting. Products for sale include handmade cards, Christmas decorations and sweets from Germany and Poland, and cozy cold-weather goods. Friday from 4–9 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. & Sunday from noon–6 p.m. plus Dec. 8–10 @ Union Depot East Plaza, 214 E. 4th St., St. Paul, stpaulchristmasmarket.com
Kollektiv & Wild Poppy Winter Market: Shop Scandinavian-inspired found house goods and clothing from Kollektiv and apothecary and jewelry goods by Wild Poppy while sipping craft cocktails by Tattersall Distilling at this winter pop-up market. Saturday from 2–7 p.m. @ Tattersall Distilling, 1620 Central Ave. NE. # 150 (enter at back of building), Minneapolis, instagram.com/kollektivmpls
Grand Meander: This annual holiday event features special events throughout Grand Avenue in St. Paul, including trolley rides, a holiday petting zoo, strolling carolers, breakfast with Santa, and the annual Art at Ramsey fine craft and art fair, plus special offers at businesses along the avenue. Saturday from 8:30–5 p.m. along Grand Ave., St. Paul, grandave.com
Talin’s Winter Bazaar: Designer and maker Talin Spring of Spring Finn & Co. is opening up her new studio for a month-long winter bazaar. Shop her hand-picked selection of handcrafted artisan goods from her travels, as well as her latest collection of leather and canvas bags and accessories. She will also host a night of local makers and live jazz on December 8. Begins Saturday, runs Wednesdays–Sundays through Dec. 22 @ Spring Finn & Co., 875 N. 5th St., Minneapolis, springfinnandco.com
Foxglove Winter Market: Last year, Christine Hoffman’s Foxglove Market & Studio closed its retail shop to focus on her floral studio and leading the Twin Cities slow-flower movement initiative. So Foxglove fans will want to flock to this winter market, where they can get the Foxglove holiday shopping experience. It will feature several store favorites as well as a few local artisans, including Mademoiselle Miel, Dashfire Bitters, and Lisa Rydin Erickson, plus flora and fauna creations, plus a Tattersall cocktail sampling. Saturday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. @ Ohage House, 59 Irvine Park, St. Paul, foxglovemarket.com
ASI's Julmarknad: Shop handcrafted goods—including handcrafted glass, clothing, wood, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and more—by nearly 40 local vendors at this weekend-long, open-air Christmas market hosted by the American Swedish Institute. The event also includes tours of the ASI holiday exhibits, lounge by a bonfire while enjoying hot drinks and food, and take in live music and dance performances, parades, family crafts, and. Watch out for tomtes and Santa to make appearances throughout the weekend. And be sure to check out the store's holiday Jul Shop, featuring Nordic and Nordic-inspired gifts, open at the museum through the holidays. Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. & Sunday from noon–5 p.m. @ American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis, asimn.org
Holiday Craft Hop: American Craft Council’s annual Holiday Craft Hop features a curated selection of goods from more than 60 local makers, including Annika Jewelry, Cedar & Stone, Kindred Folk, and Mademoiselle Miel, with goods spanning ceramics, fine jewelry, leather goods and accessories, skincare, and even handmade leather shoes, plus pottery demos and a pop-up shop from Tandem Vintage. Saturday from noon–5 p.m. @ American Craft Council, 1224 Marshall St. NE., Suite 200, Minneapolis, craftcouncil.org
The Island of Misfit Makers: Just next door from the Holiday Craft Hop, this renegade indie craft market features recent Project Runway contestant Samantha Rei (who’ll be selling her new line of pins with designer Ashley Hay), gift box brand Minny & Paul, United Goods, Minneapolis Chandlery, Namakan Fur, Tessa Louise, LES Bags, and ILO Studio and about a dozen more makers. Saturday from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. @ Food Building, 1401 Marshall St. NE., Minneapolis, View event info at facebook.com
Betty's Bizaare Bazaar: With a tagline of “this is not your church craft sale,” this indie craft fair hosted by irreverent eatery, Betty Danger’s Country Club, features goods from 45 indie artists and makers spanning glittery resin jewelry (https://www.etsy.com/shop/glamtrampshop) and unconventional needlepoint (https://www.instagram.com/ladydagger/) to original artwork and art prints by local art icon, Scott Seekins. Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. @ Betty Danger’s Country Club, 2501 Marshall St. NE., Minneapolis, View event info at facebook.com
A Handmade Holiday Market: Shop goods from more than 20 local makers spanning jewelry, leather goods, home goods, clothing and accessories, pet supplies, and more in this holiday makers market curated by Minneapolis Craft Market while sipping Lakes & Legends’ seasonal selection of craft beer. Saturdays through Dec. 16 @ Lakes & Legends Brewing, 1368 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, mplscraftmarket.com
50th & France Winter Markets: Every Saturday, the 50th & France shopping district hosts weekly winter pop-up markets featuring handcrafted gifts from local artists and makers, plus strolling carolers and kids’ activities. Saturdays through Dec. 16 from noon–3 p.m. @ Edina 5-0 Mall between Title Nine and Annika Bridal on W. 50th St., Edina, 50thandfrance.com
Linden Hills Holiday Market: Produced in partnership with the Minneapolis Craft Market, the Linden Hills Holiday Market features handcrafted goods and food items from more than 60 vendors every Sunday inside the Sunnyside Gardens greenhouse. Sundays through Dec. 17 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. @ Sunnyside Gardens, 3723 44th St. W., mplscraftmarket.com