Updated Nov 30, 2021 - Things to Do

20 Twin Cities holiday markets to shop this season

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The European Christmas Park at St. Paul Union Depot. Photo courtesy of Union Depot

You've probably heard the warnings: Holiday shopping might be riddled with supply chain logjams this year. Want to skip the headache and support local businesses?

  • Holiday markets are already getting underway across the metro. Check out our list of where you can find unique gifts this season.

OMNI Bark Markets: OMNI Brewing Co. hosts pup-themed vendors, treats and activities on several upcoming Saturday afternoons in Maple Grove.

  • Dec. 4 — 9462 Deerwood Ln., Maple Grove.

Handmade Holiday Markets: Drink and shop at Lakes and Legends Brewing Company's taproom in downtown Minneapolis. Registration, masks and proof of vaccination required.

The Black Market: Support local Black-owned vendors at these holiday-themed markets.

  • Dec. 11 — 767 N Eustis St., St. Paul.

St. Paul European Christmas Market: The popular holiday tradition returns in-person to Union Depot every weekend until Christmas.

  • Dec. 3-5; Dec. 10-12; Dec. 17-19 — 240 E Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul.

Plaid Market: The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes will host 30 Minnesotan artists, food trucks and live music. Masks required.

  • Dec 3-4 — 12459 Elm Creek Blvd. N, Maple Grove.

Excelsior Christkindlsmarkt: The open-air market brings German Christmas traditions back to Excelsior this year.

  • Dec. 3-5 — 135 Lake St., Excelsior.

Feminist Book Club Holiday Market: Browse Feminist Book Club's headquarters and create your own holiday books bundle. Masks required.

  • Dec. 11 — 2200 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis.

Landmark's Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar: Wine and hot cider are included in the $5 admission fee for Landmark Center's 43rd annual market. Masks required.

  • Dec. 2-4 — 75 5th St. W, St. Paul.

Horse Crazy Market: Over 100 vendors will sell equestrian-themed goods in the Minnesota State Fair's Warner Coliseum.

  • Dec. 3-4 — 1784 Judson Ave., Falcon Heights.

Nordic Julemarket: Scandinavian shops and traditional dancing takes over Utepils Brewing's winter patio.

  • Dec. 3-5 — 225 Thomas Ave. N, Minneapolis.

The Northern Express: Summer camp Tanadoona transforms into a winter wonderland for a holiday market, plus activities like Santa visits and reindeer rides.

  • Dec. 3-5; Dec. 10-12; Dec. 17-19 — 3300 Tanadoona Dr., Excelsior.

Julmarknad Handcraft Market & Festival: The American Swedish Institute hosts 60+ vendors, crafts and musical performances. Registration required.

  • Dec. 4-5 — 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis.

Make The Yuletide Gay: Shop local LGBTQ+ artists from the comfort of your couch at the online event organized by St. Paul-based Sick Kitty Ceramics.

  • Dec. 4-5 — Online.

Holiday Open Haus: Stop by the Germanic-American Institute for German food and goods. Masks required.

  • Dec. 4-5 — 301 Summit Ave., St. Paul.

Minneapolis Holiday Boutique: The city's largest holiday showcase takes over the Minneapolis Convention Center. $10 per person, tickets required.

  • Dec. 10-12 — 1301 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Merry Makers Studio Holiday Pop-up: True North Collaborative combines Instagrammable art installations with local makers whose missions give back to the community.

  • Dec. 1-5; Dec. 8-12; Dec. 15-19 — 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis.

Holiday Boutique at the AppleHouse: The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's AppleHouse offers seasonal produce, holiday decor and gifts. No admission fee required.

  • Daily through Dec. 20 — 7485 Rolling Acres Rd., Victoria.

Holiday Market at Keg and Case: The St. Paul hall hosts carolers, Sundays with Santa and holiday merchants the first three weekends of December.

  • Dec. 3-5; Dec. 10-12; Dec. 17-19 — 928 W Seventh St., St. Paul.

Raging Art On at Gamut Gallery: This "uncurated" market encourages its 50 vendors to stack art, jewelry, collectibles and more from the floor to ceiling.

  • Dec. 6-8; Dec. 13-15; Dec. 20-22 — 717 10th St. S, Minneapolis.

St. Paul Winter Market: The St. Paul Farmers Market downtown will carry Christmas trees, winter produce and local goods every Saturday.

  • Dec. 4; Dec. 11; Dec. 18 — 290 E Fifth St., St. Paul.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to add new listings and to remove old ones.

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