Shop Local: 15 Holiday Pop-Up Markets

Tis the season for giving, receiving, baking, caroling, wrapping and SHOPPING!

Shopping is a year-round sport for most but come the holidays, it becomes an Olympic event. Cash only takes up temporary residence in our wallets and our credit cards are practically hot to the touch, all in the name of finding that perfect something for that perfect someone.  As the years go by, our quest for the “perfect something” only gets harder as we feel like we’ve walked through the same aisle of every store, every year.  If you’re looking for something different, something one-of-a-kind, something hand-crafted and something that shows you put some thought into gift-giving this year, make a dash for one of Buffalo’s holiday markets popping up all over town.

Black Friday Boutique Crawl – Come to Elmwood Avenue on Black Friday to enjoy an alternative to the holiday hoopla. You’ll find personalized shopping, beauty and dining experiences, great service, and a friendly neighborhood.
WHEN:  November 23rd – 9am – 8pm
WHERE: Elmwood Village

Holiday Market at The Foundry – Holiday gifts, made by hand. Browse crafts and treats like homemade soaps, jams and jellies and even Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired birdhouses.
WHEN:  December 8th – 10am – 5pm
WHERE: The Foundry

Buffalo Women’s Gifts Holiday Market – On Small Business Saturday, Buffalo Women’s Gifts will host its annual show, offering, for its 21st year, a unique space for shoppers to buy handcrafted creations from local female vendors.
WHEN: November 24th – 10am – 6pm
WHERE: Asbury Hall

Makers + Shakers: Boozy Artisan Market – Western New York’s best small businesses, shops, and vendors will be taking over for a day of shopping local plus enjoy a live DJ, beer/wine/cocktails and a Bloody Mary Bar plus a variety of food for purchase. The event will be at both the Hotel Lafayette and Admiral Room this year with a free shuttle running between the two.
WHEN:  November 24th – 11am – 5pm
WHERE: Hotel @ The Lafayette & The Admiral Room

Small Business Saturday at Market Arcade – Market Arcade is doing it big this Small Business Saturday. In addition to perusing the shops of the Market Arcade, enjoy a complimentary breakfast and free shopping guide to the first 250 shoppers.
WHEN: November 24th – 10am – 2pm
WHERE: Market Arcade

Queen City Market at Karpeles – #buffalove photo by Rise Collaborative

Queen City Pop Up – Pop in to the pop up and find a collection of unique gift ideas to choose from, all from local vendors.
WHEN: Now through December 31st. Check website for daily hours.
WHERE:  50 Fountain Plaza, Suite 110 in Downtown Buffalo

100 Acres Holiday Brunch & Public Market – Brunch and shopping, all in one! A rotating selection of weekly artisans and craftspeople will take up residence in the uncommon spaces at Hotel Henry.
WHEN:  November 25 and for the next four weeks
WHERE:  Hotel Henry

Hertel Holidays – Stroll the Hertel Strip with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and pop into a wealth of specialty shops and boutiques. Don’t forget to grab a bite at one of Hertel’s awesome eateries along the way.
WHEN:  December 7th – 6pm – 9pm & December 8th – 11am – 1pm
WHERE: Hertel Avenue

Totally Buffalo 716Mas Festival – Locally made crafts and gifts from dozens of vendors, set inside of a huge waterfront entertainment complex, plus appearances by Santa and Disney princesses.
WHEN:   December 1st & 2nd – 11am – 6pm
WHERE:  Buffalo RiverWorks

Yuletide in the Country – Interact with local artisans selling their finest wares at this long-standing event just 20 minutes from Downtown Buffalo.
WHEN:  December 1st – 10am – 5pm & December 2nd – 10am – 4pm
WHERE:  Events Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds

Roycroft Winter Arts & Crafts Festival – Enjoy the artistic offerings of the season! This December tradition marks a wonderful opportunity to begin your holiday shopping with gifts handcrafted in metal, wood, clay, prints, paintings, jewelry, paper and so much more.
WHEN: December 1st & 2nd – 10am – 5pm
WHERE: Roycroft Campus

Ellicott Square Artists Market – #buffalove photo by Sam Insalaco

Queen City Market – Browse the handmade and vintage wares of over 50 local vendors offering jewelry, ceramics, kitchenware, and vintage clothing.
WHEN: December 1st – 11am – 5pm
WHERE: Karpeles Manuscript Library (Porter Avenue)

A City of Buffalo Artists Market – Housed in one of Buffalo’s architectural gems, the Artists Market is Buffalo’s newest shopping tradition featuring 50+ vendors, food trucks, live music and a stunning Christmas tree as the centerpiece for your shopping extravaganza.
WHEN:  December 5th – 4:30 – 8:30pm
WHERE:  Ellicott Square Building in Downtown Buffalo

Flying Bison Annual Holiday Market – Looking for that perfect gift for your friend, family member, or loved one while shopping (and drinking) local? This is the holiday market for you.
WHEN:  December 8th – 1pm – 5pm
WHERE: Flying Bison Brewing Company

WNYBAC Last Minute Market – Calling all procrastinators! From the wares of 40+ vendors to the hand-printed posters and cards from WNYBAC’s artists, you’ll be all set for the holidays with a last minute stop at this two-floor market.
WHEN:  December 14th – 4pm – 8pm & December 15th – 12pm – 6pm
WHERE:  Western New York Book Arts Center