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Here in Cleveland, we’re a town of makers and shakers who prefer indie craft shows and art walks to the long lines (and bumps and bruises) of Black Friday at big box retailers. Dazzle your friends and family with gifts from these holiday shopping standouts.
Avoid the Black Friday rush with a holiday stroll through Larchmere’s Historic Commercial District. Browse the shops for that perfect gift that could never be found online. And, if your feet get all strolled out, hop aboard the horse-drawn carriages and enjoy Girl Scouts caroling along the street. Oh, and did we mention the complimentary treats and drinks?
The $10 admission to this holiday market at Pinecrest beats just about any Black Friday doorbuster. Vendors and makers set up shop inside Pinstripes, offering locally made apparel, candy, jewelry and more. Plus, the first 100 ticket purchases come with a tote full of goodies. There’s no better way to celebrate Small Business Saturday.
Hale Farm welcomes more than twenty vendors for a holiday market in the Gatehouse. Ohio faves like Kirkwood Farm, Urban Buzz Candle Co., and Lil’ Pink Goose Boutique are calling your name. Not to mention exclusive gifts handcrafted at Hale. Be sure to check out the Hofbrauhaus takeover at Cafe 1810, too.
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The name says it all. Get a jump-start on your shopping while throwing back a few holiday-themed drinks at Merwin’s Wharf on the banks of the Cuyahoga. If there are any nature lovers on your list, don’t miss all the Cleveland Metroparks merch (with complimentary gift wrapping). Classic holiday flicks will be playing to put everyone in a festive mood.
Bundle up for the final Little Italy Art Walk of 2019. Pick out the perfect poinsettia at Urban Orchid, see David Schwartz’s jaw-dropping Route 66 photography and sample the port at Little Italy Wines. Shop — and eat — your way down Murray Hill, with the galleries, boutiques and restaurants all decked out for the holidays.
The tree-lighting and winter fireworks get all the love, but this annual event is also a wonderful chance to do a little shopping. Check out Lakewood’s best shops, but not before dropping by the Roundstone beer garden. Need to escape the cold? Warm up — and stock up on gifts — at the Holiday Market inside the historic Lakewood Masonic Temple.
It might be cold out, but Tremont is just heating up. The monthly walkabout moves inside for the holidays, but still offers the same shopping, gallery openings, live music and food/drink specials as always. Scope the neighborhood’s best art while sampling some holiday-themed specials.
Deck the halls Old World-style. Get that traditional holiday vibe with Hudson’s take on those famous European Christmas markets. We’re talking authentic German food (and drink), live holiday music and tons of shopping — including vendors all the way from Hudson’s sister city in Germany.
A holiday celebration of the arts for all ages. Get the day off to the perfect start with “A Christmas Story” at the Capitol Theatre. $1 tickets FTW! Then fill those holiday stockings at the many pop-up shops around the Gordon Square Arts District. When you’re done shopping, warm up with s’mores over by the fire pits on W. 65th.
Northeast Ohio’s longest-running indie craft show has been delighting customers for more than a decade. At 78th Street Studios, count on one-stop shopping for local loot that runs the gamut from jewelry to confections. Kick your gift giving up a notch and support local makers all at the same time.
The Lake Erie Building, better known to locals as the “Screw Factory”, houses some of our city’s top artists. For one weekend, this unique industrial space throws open its doors for an expanded open-studio holiday shopping experience. With nearly one hundred artists participating, there will be something for everyone.
If Santa’s list needs a little indie cred, swing by Market Hall in the Van Aken District. Here, it’s all about #MadeInTheMDWST with Flea heroes like Chris Deighan, Emily Roggenburk, Mashallah, Paper Cutz, and many more. Plus, each weekend mini market features a different holiday workshop to add a little creative flair to the season.
Crocker Park gets in on the holiday action with shopping and activities for all ages. Hop on Santa’s sleigh for a picture with the big man himself, before picking up some treasures from the PolarX ornament and gift shop. Don’t leave without checking out — and snapping a selfie — inside the 13-foot tall Christmas ornament. C’mon, do it for the gram.
Holden Arboretum hosts a holiday marketplace brimming with environmentally friendly, nature-themed gifts. Turn the season green with handmade jewelry, ceramics, stoneware and wood art. There’s no better place to get in touch with nature and cross a few names off the ol’ shopping list.