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.
Alternative Black Friday – Come to Elmwood Avenue on Black Friday to enjoy an alternative to black friday chaos. You’ll find personalized shopping, beauty and dining experiences, great service, and a friendly neighborhood.
WHEN: November 24th – 10am – 8pm
WHERE: Elmwood Village
Small Business Saturday 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: November 25th – 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 25th – 10am – 4pm
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.
WHEN: November 25th – 11am – 5pm
WHERE: Hotel @ The Lafayette
Joyeux Noel: Holiday Pop Up Market – Visit Wrafterbuilt’s new space on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the 2017 holiday season as they host local vendors, like Butter Block, Peg’s Hardware and more for a pop-up market.
WHEN: Now until Christmas
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 tote bags full of holiday goodies.
WHEN: November 25th – 10am
WHERE: Market Arcade
Small Business Saturday at Tommyrotter Distillery – Come on down to wipe out that holiday gift list at the third annual Small Business Saturday Market at Tommyrotter Distillery. Plus you can sample their newly released Triple Barrel American Whiskey.
WHEN: November 25th – 3pm – 7pm
WHERE: Tommyrotter Distillery
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 26 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 1st – 6pm – 9pm & December 2nd – 11am – 1pm
WHERE: Hertel Avenue
Holiday Open Studios & Galleries – Visit with local artists and artisans in their studios and shop for unique gifts for family and friends.
WHEN: December 1st – 3rd
WHERE: Various locations throughout Buffalo.
716Mas – 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 2nd & 3rd – 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 2nd – 10am – 5pm & December 3rd – 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 2nd & 3rd – 10am – 5pm
WHERE: Roycroft Campus
Queen City Market – Browse the handmade and vintage wares of over 50 local vendors offering jewelry, ceramics, kitchenware, and vintage clothing.
WHEN: December 3rd – 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 6th – 4:30 – 8:30pm
WHERE: Ellicott Square Building in Downtown Buffalo
42 North Holiday Market – Sip on delicious craft brews and shop the goods of local vendors at this pop up set up right on the brewery floor.
WHEN: December 9th – 1pm – 5pm
WHERE: 42 North Brewing Company
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 9th – 1pm – 5pm
WHERE: Flying Bison Brewing Company
Pop Up & Jingle – This event will feature local artisans and a unique shopping experience for some holiday shopping, including a toy drive and discounts on Resurgence’s finely-crafted brews.
WHEN: December 10th – 12pm – 4pm
WHERE: Resurgence 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 12th – 4pm – 8pm & December 13th – 12pm – 6pm
WHERE: Western New York Book Arts Center
Elm Street Holiday Market – Come celebrate the season and get all your holiday shopping done at this boutique holiday market featuring local artisans, live music and local refreshments by 189 Public House. With the East Aurora Annual Carolcade happening the same evening, it’s easily the most festive and fun night in town.
WHEN: December 16th – 5pm – 9pm