As champions of Conscious Capitalism with an affinity for creators, we wouldn’t miss the opportunity to point you toward Denver’s local offerings for your holiday shopping this year.
The holidays are a time to show loved ones how much you tolerate- erm, love them. And what better way to show the love than picking out a unique and local gift! Thanks to the plethora of talent around Denver, there are plenty of markets around to find the perfect gift. Instead of opening the same sweater they (and 5 million other people) already own, they’ll be surprised and impressed at the level of care that went into their gift from start to finish. Make a day of it and hit up these markets to solve all your holiday shopping woes!
Denver Christkindl Market
November 16- December 23
This market is so cute, it’ll make you swoon! Modeled after traditional German Christmas markets, This Christkindl market will whisk you away to a whimsical Christmas paradise. Located in Skyline Park, you’ll be able to feast on traditional German Christmas market food and of course, bier. You can even pick up a few imported gifts, which makes drinking beer and listening to live music feel productive since you are technically doing your Christmas shopping! Also, this market is open every day of the week #blessed.
Young Entrepreneurs Marketplace
Cherry Creek- December 1st, Belmar- December 8th
Since Rare Tempo is extremely passionate about creative entrepreneurs, this market could not be left out! Shop for items such as artwork, greeting cards, and even home baked items created from entrepreneurs ages 6-21. This is a great way to help young people kick start their career as a local entrepreneur. Plus, who wouldn’t want to get some homemade goodies for Christmas?
Union Station Holiday Market
December 7-9, December 14-16
Hosted by Denver Flea, this market resides in Denver’s iconic Union Station. Filled to the brim with handmade items from Colorado’s finest artists, there is no shortage of gift options at this market. The market costs five dollars to enter, but that’s a small fee to pay to have the find the most memorable gift at the holiday party. While you’re wandering, you can eat, drink, and be local!
Denver Holiday BAZAAR
Located in the artistic and eclectic area of RiNo, this market features more than 50 fashion trucks and local vendors. This fun market allows you to sip, dance, and eat while you check off your holiday shopping list. The market is free for the first two hours of each day then costs $5, but is good for all weekend so you won’t feel pressured to get all your shopping done in one day. Dogs are welcome at this market too so bring your furry friend along while you shop for all your human friends!
Jackalope Art Fair
Dubbed the “indie artisan fair,” the Jackalope Art Fair is yet another great opportunity to find some great photography, jewelry, fashion, and art all created by artists in Colorado. The fair is located at the McNichols Building at Civic Center Park and although admission is free, donations to Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies are encouraged. Supporting local artists and dogs, that’s not something the mall can put on it’s resume, now can it?
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a lot of pride in my local Denver artists and makers! You might be stuck in a rut of doing your holiday shopping at the local mall, but there are plenty of options to transform and enhance your shopping experience. Rather than fighting the lines and having marginal food court options, head out to one of these amazing markets to soak in all the local food, art, and music that Denver has to offer. You might even find some new holiday traditions and must-do’s along the way!