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.
Christmas in the Country
Celebrating 37 years, Christmas in the Country is a premier holiday artisan market and a wonderful Western New York tradition. Welcoming artisans from all over the country, this flagship event has been voted among the best artisan markets for the past decade. Attendees to Christmas in the Country will find unique and only handcrafted creations including home décor, gourmet foods, craft spirits and wine, trendsetting jewelry, children’s toys, custom furniture, and so much more. This is the opportunity to make your gift buying meaningful and your shopping festive!
WHEN: Nov. 3 – Nov. 6
WHERE: Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5820 South Park Ave, Hamburg
More info: Christmas in the Country
Elm St. Holiday Market
Join East Aurora’s small businesses for their annual Elm Street Holiday Market featuring several amazing vendors. The holidays are quickly approaching, so stop by any weekend between November 5th and December 18th to shop some of their most favorite small businesses and artists.
Be sure to check out the link below to keep up-to-date on vendor additions and specials guests – perhaps someone with a round little belly that shakes when he laughs like a bowl full of jelly?
WHEN: Weekends from Nov. 5 – Dec. 18
WHERE: Elm St, East Aurora
More info: Elm St. Holiday Market
Chandler Street Winter Market
Shop a diverse collective of WNY food producers celebrating locally made, small-batch, hand-crafted goods! Back for a second season, this outdoor market in the Black Rock neighborhood runs each Saturday from 9am-2pm from November 5 to April 27.
The market utilizes the large parking lot of Kitchens on Chandler, which houses a collective of over ten local food producers who retail out of their newly designed commercial kitchen spaces.
WHEN: Saturdays from Nov. 5 – Apr. 27
WHERE: 27-37 Chandler St, Buffalo
More info: Chandler Street Winter Market
Foxfire Festival Fall Artisan Market
Celebrate the coming of winter over warm cocktails, live music, community, connection and shopping. This is an indoor/outdoor festival that will be filled with music and 30+ local vendors. Let’s drink, shop, and be merry as we support the local community! Essentially Zenful, Nickel City Wax and Wane, and KQ Unplugged have joined together with Duende at Silo City to present the first ever Foxfire Festival Fall Market, filled with music, drinks, and local artists of various talents.
WHEN: Nov. 5, 4pm-8pm
WHERE: Duende, Silo City Row, Buffalo
More info: Foxfire Festival Fall Artisan Market
Our Famous Holiday Flea Market
This warm and friendly antiques and collectibles market has been one of WNY’s favorite for many years. The comfortable and spacious layout makes for a relaxed shopping experience. Discover unusual and delightful items that are hard to find elsewhere from antiques, china, glass, holiday items, breweriana, knickknacks, books, household items, clothing, crafts, and more. Special holiday vendors include fresh cut wreaths, local maple syrup and other goodies, and the Ten Lives Club with pet adoptions.
WHEN: Nov. 12 & Dec. 10, 9am-3pm
WHERE: St. Mary of the Lake Hall, 4737 Lakeshore Rd, Hamburg 14075
More info: Our Famous Holiday Flea Market
Christmas at the Wurlitzer Craft & Gift Showcase
A wonderful Christmas-time event for Western New York arts and crafts lovers, the annual Christmas showcase is committed to bringing you beautiful homemade creations in a beautiful, historic venue.
WHEN: Nov. 20, 10:30am-5pm
WHERE: The Wurlitzer Building, 908 Niagara Falls Blvd, North Tonawanda
Buffalo History Museum Holiday Makers Market
The second annual Holiday Makers Market returns for two days, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. More than 30 local makers ranging from authors to sculptors will be set up on all three floors of the Buffalo History Museum. Need it gift wrapped too? No problem! Shop local, shop small, and make us your one stop shop this holiday season!
WHEN: Nov. 25 & 26, Friday 4pm-6pm and Saturday 10am-3pm
WHERE: 1 Museum Court, Buffalo
More info: Holiday Makers Market
Fall Makers + Shakers: Boozy Artisan Market
The annual Fall Makers + Shakers: Boozy Artisan Market is finally back! The market will take place over three full days, Black Friday (Nov. 25) and Small Business Saturday (Nov. 26), and Sunday (Nov. 27) to give you even more chances to shop and support Buffalo’s best artisans, vendors, and booze-makers.
What can you expect this year? Tons of awesome artisans, all curated for your shopping pleasure, a build-your-own-Bloody Mary bar, cash bar, food, DJ, free booze samples, and more fun surprises. Plus, each vendor will have a giveaway exclusively for attendees of Makers + Shakers to win free stuff as you shop!
WHEN: Nov. 25-27
WHERE: Buffalo Powerhouse, 140 Lee St, Buffalo
More info and tickets: Fall Makers + Shakers: Boozy Artisan Market
Buffalo Holiday Market
Now in two locations (Downtown Buffalo & the Village of Hamburg), Buffalo Holiday Market recreates the magic of holiday markets that are famous across Europe, Buffalo Holiday Market will feature vendors in wooden chalets, mulled wine, sweet treats and many more seasonal surprises. This four-week shopping series will showcase an exceptional mix of artisan crafters and holiday foods from Western New York, including a tree lighting and appearances by the jolly man himself.
WHEN: Buffalo: Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, open Tuesday – Sunday | Hamburg: Nov. 25 – Dec. 18, open Friday – Sunday
WHERE: 202 South Park Ave, Buffalo & 202 Lake Street, Hamburg
More info: Buffalo Holiday Market
Buffalo Women’s Gifts 2021
On Small Business Saturday, Buffalo Women’s Gifts will host its annual show, offering a unique space for artisans, entrepreneurs, and performers, to share their talents with our vibrant Buffalo communities.
WHEN: Nov. 26, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Asbury Hall at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave, Buffalo
More info: Buffalo Women’s Gifts 2022
Christkindlmarkt at Hofbrauhaus Buffalo
The Christkindlmarkt will be comprised of three, three-day weekends during the month of December. This holiday event is a traditional German Christmas Market which unites cherished German and European tradition with international flair and local charm. This event will feature 30 local artisans selling high quality unique, handcrafted gifts and food – pottery, folk art, paintings, wood crafted ornaments, jewelry, and much more.
WHEN: Dec. 2-4, Dec. 9-11, Dec. 16-18
WHERE: Hofbrauhaus Buffalo, 190 Scott St, Buffalo
More info: Christkindlmarkt at Hofbrauhaus Buffalo
Roycroft Holiday Show
Get in the holiday spirit on the Roycroft Campus!
The Roycroft Holiday Show is held (mainly) inside, but spread out over four Campus buildings including the Copper Shop. Find one-of-a-kind, unique holiday gifts featuring a variety of local artists and vendors. Don’t miss a visit from furry friends from Thistle Creek Alpacas!
WHEN: Dec. 3 & 4
WHERE: Roycroft Campus, 31 S. Grove St, East Aurora
More info: Roycroft Holiday Show
Totally Buffalo 716Mas
716Mas is back at Buffalo RiverWorks for a huge two-day shopping event, featuring live Christmas music, Santa Claus, and more holiday fun.
Join on Saturday, December 3 and 4 as they celebrate the season with Buffalo-inspired gifts for everyone on your list, including 100 local vendors showcasing amazing apparel, jewelry, signs, metal, artwork, photographs, winter accessories, glassware, merchandise for children, babies and pets, and more.
WHEN: Dec. 3 & 4, 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday
WHERE: Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St, Buffalo
More info: Totally Buffalo 716Mas
Yuletide in the Country
Interact with 150 local artisans selling their finest wares at this long-standing event just 20 minutes from Downtown Buffalo. Yuletide in the Country offers a remarkable cross-section of gift ideas, and also highlights artisan demonstrations throughout the weekend, including live cooking demonstrations for holiday meal planning.
WHEN: Dec. 3 & 4, 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday
WHERE: Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Pkwy, Hamburg
More info: Yuletide in the Country
Town of Amherst Holiday Market
Join the Town of Amherst, and dozens of vendors for their Holiday Market on December 11, from 9am-1pm, at Northtown Center. This event is free and open to the public, and features local businesses, vendors, food trucks, caroling and live music, book readings, giveaways, and more!
WHEN: Dec. 11, 9am-1pm
WHERE: Northtown Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Dr, Williamsville
More info: Town of Amherst Holiday Market