Daylight Savings is here, the tree is going up in Union Station, and the holidays are right around the corner. One of our favorite things about living in Denver is the incredible access to locally-produced goods, making holiday shopping easy as pie. Take a look at our top five holiday markets in and around the city where you can find great gifts from local makers for everyone on your list.
Nov. 15th-17th @ Denver Botanic Gardens (1007 York Street, Denver)
What better place to shop that at the Botanic Gardens, surrounded by beautiful plants? The Winter Gift Market features all sorts of handcrafted items from local makers, from bath and body products to jewelry and clothing to pottery and antiques. Keep an eye out for the herbal vinegars and seasonings — they’re a big hit every year. Plus, admission to the gardens is free during the market! Win win.
Weekends Nov. 23rd through Dec. 16th @ Denver Union Station (1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver)
For the first year ever, Denver Flea is bringing its Holiday Flea to Denver Union Station! Every weekend from Nov. 23rd through December 26th, the plaza will be filled with vendors from around Colorado. Some of our favorites? Apres Ski Jewelry (they recycle old skis into truly one-of-a-kind jewelry and home goods), Candelaria (our favorite candle shop on Santa Fe), and The Real Dill (pickles made to perfection). Entry is $5 and covers the entire weekend (in case one go-round isn’t enough).
Nov. 24th-25th @ Highlands Masonic Temple & Events Center (3550 Federal Boulevard, Denver)
Celebrate Small Business Saturday with the Horseshoe Holiday Market. One of the best markets in Denver, Horseshoe highlights home goods, clothing, specialty foods, art, and so much more, with food trucks on site to provide sustenance while you shop. It’s typically has a mellower atmosphere than other markets, too, making it perfect for shopping at a more relaxed pace. Admission is free, but they are collecting donations to support Children’s Hospital’s Art Therapy Program.
Nov. 16th-Dec. 23rd @ Skyline Park (1601 Arapahoe Street, Denver)
You know that feeling when you cross the street in Downtown Denver and suddenly you’re transported to a miniature German Village? No? Then you need to check out the Denver Christkindl Market. For about a month, Skyline Park is completely transformed into a traditional European marketplace, complete with Bavarian musicians, fresh baked gingerbread and apples, smoked sausages, and, of course, mulled wine. It’s a great spot to shop for unique imported gifts that you won’t find many other places in Denver. Free admission.
Dec. 1st-2nd @ Boulder County Fairgrounds (9595 Nelson Road, Longmont)
Farmers’ markets aren’t just for summertime! Boulder County Fairgrounds is hosting a winter market this year with over 100 local vendors. On top of the traditional farmers market offerings (product, meats, baked goods, hot sauces, etc.), you’ll also find woodwork, skincare products, jewelry, and more. Includes free admission, kids’ activities, and live music.