16 local markets you can visit this season to score cool holiday gifts

Grandma Party Bazaar
Grandma Party Bazaar Photo by Michael Lothrop

If you're the friend known for giving out lame gift cards, stop it. You don't have to be that person this holiday season. All around town there's a wide range of markets and pop-up shops where you can buy unique, handmade gifts at affordable prices from now through the middle of December. Get your shop on!

Saturday, Nov. 26

Small Business Saturday Market & Bazaar

Support small businesses at this party hosted by the District at Mills 50 and the Mills 50 District. (Yes, two different things.) Aside from vintage and handmade goods at pop-up shops, there will also be food trucks, music and drinks.

1-5 p.m. | The District @ Mills 50, 1221 N. Mills Ave. | facebook.com/thedistrictatmills50

Shop Small Sip + Stroll

Take a self-guided stroll around the Audubon Park Garden District with the added bonus of stops at Sprinkles Jewelry and Gifts, Bikes Beans & Bordeaux Cafe, Park Ave CDs and the Lovely Boutique Market. Drink shop-chosen wines, craft beer and ciders while you mingle and shop.

2-5 p.m. | meet at East End Market, 3201 Corrine Drive | advance tickets $15, day of event tickets $20 | audubonparkgardens.com

Sunday, Nov. 27

DeLand Indie Market at Artisan Alley, Holiday Edition

Find more than 75 vendors from all over Florida at the holiday edition of the weekly artisan market.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Artisan Alley, 113 W. Georgia Ave., DeLand | facebook.com/delandindiemarketatartisanalley

Saturday, Dec. 3

Orlando Brewing Christmas Market & Art Show

Do your holiday shopping at Orlando's organic microbrewery. Local vendors include German Lemus, La Femme du Fromage, Dead Beat Books and Bright Light Paper.

2-6 p.m. | Orlando Brewing, 1301 Atlanta Ave. | orlandobrewing.com

C-Note Grab & Go Art Show

Pick up paintings, drawings and sculptures from your favorite local artists, all priced under $100, at the Falcon.

9 p.m.-midnight | The Falcon Bar, 819 E. Washington St. | facebook.com/thefalconbar

Sunday, Dec. 4

Sparkle Art Market

This annual art market brings together the best local artisans specializing in handmade jewelry, ceramics and other artistic crafts for a one-day event at Dandelion Communitea Café. Vendors include Florida Soap Company, Uncommon Love, Kiskis Kreations and Cupterfuge. Get a container of the restaurant's famous Happy Hempy Hummus while you're at it.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Dandelion Communitea Café, 618 N. Thornton Ave.

Light Up SoDo 2016

While you enjoy the lighting-up of this Main Street District for the holidays, get your gifts at a pop-up holiday market organized by the Daily City. You can also enjoy a beer garden by Orlando Brewing, live wreath-making with In Bloom Florist, a bounce house and train rides.

2-6 p.m. | Sodo Shopping Center, South Orange Avenue and East Grant Street | downtownsouthorlando.org

Saturday, Dec. 10

Orlando Pottery Festival

Get all the pottery and ceramics you could want at this holiday market with items from more than 50 vendors. This festival at Orlando Ballet's Loch Haven Center will also include demos, live music, puppets, raffles and food trucks.

9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Loch Haven Center, 610 N. Lake Formosa Drive | facebook.com/orlandopotteryfestival

Saturday-Tuesday, Dec. 10-13

$200 and Under Art Show

It's the return of CityArts Factory's popular holiday sale. Get original works by local artists at affordable prices just in time for the holidays. All art is priced at $200 or less.

11 a.m.-6 p.m. | CityArts Factory, 29 S. Orange Ave. | facebook.com/cityartsfactory

Sunday, Dec. 11

Will's A Faire Holiday Market

The Mills 50 District's beloved Will's Pub brings you a retro vintage market of handmade goods with live music and food trucks. Also, you can check out Will's cool selection of seasonal beers and alcohol.

1-8:30 p.m. | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | facebook.com/willspub

The Daily City's Holiday Market

The local blog's holiday event is much like its monthly food truck meetup at Orlando Fashion Square Mall, featuring 20 food trucks, but with the addition of 20 local handmade and vintage vendors. Rain or shine – and bring your own chair!

5-8 p.m. | Fashion Square Mall, 3505 E. Colonial Drive | thedailycity.com

Saturday, Dec. 17

Big Bang Bazaar

Shop for cute treasures at one of the biggest holiday markets this season. This bazaar includes a curated selection from over 100 local indie artists selling clothing, accessories, jewelry, art and more. Admission and parking are free, and the first 100 attendees get a free swag bag.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sanford Civic Center, 401 E. Seminole Boulevard | bigbangbazaar.net

Sunday, Dec. 18

Grandma Party Bazaar 2016

One of our favorite holiday markets takes over Stardust Video & Coffee inside and out. Organizers have picked Orlando's best artists, creative makers, zine publishers and vintage dealers for a unique shopping experience. Vendors include Burrow Press, Gold Dust Weaving, Sweet Six Candy, Clay Curiosities, Etoile Boutique and many, many more. DJ Nigel John will provide tunes for shoppers, along with live music from Wet Nurse, Tiger Fawn and other bands, plus of course food and drinks. Bring some cash to this party and get there early for good parking! Better yet, ride-share or ride your bike.

10 a.m.-5:45 p.m. | Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 Winter Park Road | grandmapartybazaar.tumblr.com

POP SWAP Holiday Market

Hosted by Park Avenue CDs, Dear Prudence Shop and The Lovely Boutique Market, this holiday sale taking over a Corrine Drive strip mall includes dozens of local vendors specializing in vintage clothing, records and pop-culture ephemera, with food trucks and more.

1-6 p.m. | 2916 Corrine Drive | facebook.com/parkavecds


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