Find thoughtful gifts and shop local with small business owners, artisans and craftmakers in the Charlotte-area. Many of them have set up shop in pop-up markets where the mood is festive and merry.
Weihnachtsmarkt at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
weekends Nov. 24-Dec. 17
Warm up by the fire, shop from local vendors, and sip Gluhwein, seasonal beer or hot cocoa at this annual Christmas Market. ombbeer.com
Shop Small Saturday
Find the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one with 120+ vendors at open-air markets along Atherton and Camden Road. The South End Farmer’s Market will also be open. southendclt.org/things-to-do
Mistletoe Market at Camp North End
Dec. 2, 9 and 16
Grab a mug of cocoa (or a cocktail), shop for gifts and seasonal items curated by Vintage Charlotte, and enjoy cozy fire pits, igloos, live music and — new this year — ice skating. Bring your four-legged friend for the annual Reindog Parade on Dec. 9. camp.nc
weekends through Dec. 7
daily Dec. 8-23
In addition to Mistletoe Market, Vintage Charlotte takes over a storefront at Camp North End next to Hex Coffee with lots of favorite vintage and handmade brands. Parking is free. vintage-charlotte.com
The Market at Light the Knights
through Jan. 1
Local businesses set up shop in tents in the outfield portion of the concourse during the festival. Vendors include Pet Wants CLT, Honeybear Bake Shop, The Nomadic Jeweler and several more. Cash or credit accepted. Browse the market with a $10 general admission ticket, or go for the total experience ($40) with ice skating and snow tubing. Add-ons can be purchased on-site. milb.com/charlotte-knights/ballpark
Holiday Pop-Up Market
Dec. 6 I 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Enjoy a festive holiday market at Brixham Park in Ballantyne. Get a head start on holiday shopping, grab lunch from local food trucks, sip free seasonal beverages and listen to live music. goballantyne.com/events
Holiday Celebration, Market & Shopping Stroll at Phillips Place
Dec. 13 | 4-7 p.m.
This holiday shopping event includes free horse-drawn carriage rides, photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, carolers and a holiday market with local vendors, along with discounts and in-store like hot-chocolate bars at Veronica Beard and alice + olivia and holiday cookies and caramel corn at Ralph Lauren. phillipsplacecharlotte.com
Charlotte Christmas Village Pop-up at Gilde Brewing
This mini version of the annual holiday tradition includes German food and beer, gluhwein in collectible mugs, and a selection of traditional European merchandise plus a few local vendors. facebook.com/cltchristmasvillage
Makers Market CLT Pop-Up
Various dates & locations
This pop-up offers craft brew sips and a chance to shop more than a dozen local crafters and businesses. Locations include: OpenTap, Nov. 25; Vaulted Oak Brewing, Nov. 26; Pilot Brewing Co., Dec.2; NoDa Brewing Co., Dec. 16. @MakersMarketCLT
Girl Tribe Pop Up Holiday
Nov. 30 – Dec. 23 I noon-6 p.m.
Get the Girl Tribe experience beyond their brick-and-mortar storefronts or online with this seasonal pop-up. Shop this curated collection of women-led businesses including boutiques, jewelers, and artists at Birkdale Village in Huntersville. girltribepopup.com/events
Featured image of Mistletoe Market at Camp North End by Lauren Rosenau