Holiday markets are a wonderful way to find unique gifts while supporting local artists and businesses. Grand Rapids and surrounding communities are filled with talented artists and businesses that offer one-of-a-kind gifts, making holiday markets a perfect destination for shopping.
If you’re looking to make holiday shopping plans, make sure you check out one (or two or three) of these holiday markets around Grand Rapids and the Lakeshore.
Golden Age Artist Market
Stop by Golden Age above Creston Brewery for unique gifts created by local artists and enjoy local entertainment while you shop.
When: Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 at 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Golden Age, 1504 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
Indie Flea Market
Explore more than 40 local vendors making a positive impact in our community at Wealthy Street Theatre. You can also enjoy refreshments, live entertainment and product demonstrations, and there will be activities for kids.
When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Wealthy Street Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids
30th Annual Holiday Artists Market
Shop for beautifully crafted art and goods from dozens of regional artists, including jewelry, home goods, fine art, holiday cards, accessories and toys. Enjoy music and local food and beverage vendors while you shop for handmade gifts for your friends and family.
When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Steelcase Town Hall, 901 44th St. SE, Grand Rapids
342 Artists' Holiday Market on Market
Support local artists by shopping from a dozen local artists, from painters to photographers to potters and more.
When: Sunday, Dec. 2 at 1-4 p.m.
Where: 342 Market Ave. SW, Floor 2, Grand Rapids
Lights On Creston
Explore the Monroe North, Creston and Cheshire business districts during Lights On Creston. There will be a scavenger hunt, food, beverages, music, giveaways and more festive activities.
When: Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 4-9 p.m.
Where: Creston, Grand Rapids
Uptown Holiday Shop Hop
This is a holiday tradition you don’t want to miss. Take shuttles between four Uptown business districts – East Fulton, East Hills, Eastown and Wealthy Street – to shop at local boutiques, clothing stores and more!
When: Thursday, Dec. 6 at 4-10 p.m.
Where: Uptown, Grand Rapids
Christmas Shopping Boutique at Great Legs Winery
Head over to the Lakeshore for a day of holiday shopping in Holland where you can find gifts from local artists and businesses. Stay energized with a coffee bar and free chair massages during the event!
When: Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 at 9 a.m. – 3 p.m
Where: Great Legs Winery, 332 East Lakewood Boulevard, Holland, Michigan 49424
Artist Demo & Boutique Pop Up Shop
Stop by LaFontsee Galleries in Grand Rapids to see artists create artwork before your eyes and purchase unique artwork that normally isn’t in the gallery throughout the year.
When: Saturday, Dec. 8 at noon – 4 p.m.
Where: LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids
Last Chance Holiday Art Market
Calling all last-minute holiday shoppers! Swing by the Pyramid Scheme to shop from over 35 local vendors and artists the day before Christmas Eve.
When: Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018 at 4-8 p.m.
Where: The Pyramid Scheme, 68 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
Black Friday at Le Fleur!
Join Le Fleur for its second annual Black Friday event! Doors open early for access to markdowns and sales throughout the store.
Where: Le Fleur, 746 Wealthy St. SE
When: Friday, Nov. 23 at 6-9 p.m.
This holiday season we encourage you to shop locally for gifts. Remember, when you make a purchase at a local business, those dollars stay in our community. For additional shopping ideas, be sure to check out our business directory.
If you’re a business owner, you may be considering whether to send holiday cards. Many businesses have given up the tradition. Some regard it as a waste of time and money. Others believe it is an essential component of building and strengthening important relationships