Check out these 10 Utah holiday markets, where we can ‘shop small’ and find unique gifts

When shopping for someone for the holidays, you can check their Amazon wish list. But where’s the fun in that?

Many holiday markets — like the 10 we’ve rounded up here — will give you the chance to give something special, meaningful, and made by someone right here in Utah.

Shopping local means your money goes to local pockets instead of big corporations, after the pandemic saw many small businesses suffer.

“This year, we know that small businesses need our support now more than ever,” the US Small Business Administration said on its website, “as they navigate, reset and pivot from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.”

Usually, the artists themselves will be on the other side of the table, so you can meet people like Megan Hindman, Jazmin Gallegos and Lexi Dowdell – all of whom share their approach to art with The Salt Lake Tribune.

So enjoy the hunt this Christmas season, and let this list of Utah holiday markets be your guide.

Wheeler Holiday Market

The Wheeler Holiday Market in the historic Wheeler Farm has gotten so popular that this year has expanded into two buildings, and will also include a food truck and the arrival of Santa on Friday November 25. Local makers, foodies and artists will sell their goods Friday through Sunday November 25-27.

After browsing the market, walk or snowshoe (weather permitting) through the grounds of Wheeler Farm, greet the animals or enjoy the quietness of winter in the forest.

November 25 is also one of our farm’s festive Fridays, when visitors can take a magical lighted carriage ride for $3 per person. Festive Friday continues on December 2, 9 and 16.

Wheeler Historic Farm, 6351 S. 900 East, Murray, Nov. 25, 5-8 pm; November 26-27, 9 am-5 pm Santa hour: November 25, 5-8 pm Free admission.

Small Business Bash at Copperhive Vintage

South Salt Lake vintage shop Copperhive Vintage will hold a Small Business Bash on Saturday, November 26, in celebration of Small Business Saturday, a day to support small businesses and the impact they have on their communities.

About 15 artists, vintage vendors and food vendors will be in attendance, including The Thrill of the Thrift, The Vintage Crow, Locust of the Sea, Green Lion Eclectic, Richie2Retro, Queerations, Oh Hey Paper Co., Between Dreams Pottery, Taco Daddy Food. Truck and Caffeinated Otter. Owner Jacqueline Whitmore said she will also be holding a flash sale for everyone in the store that day.

Copperhive Vintage, 2709 S. State St., Salt Lake City, Nov. 26, noon-5 pm Free admission.

Crafts Lake City Holiday Market

The fourth annual Craft Lake City Holiday Market on December 2 and 3 will feature over 125 Utah-based makers, craft food creators, food vendors and vintage vendors at the historic Ogden Union Station. Santa will take free photos with the family (bring your own camera). New World Distillery, based in Eden, will serve artisan cocktails, and non-alcoholic options will also be available. Tickets to the holiday market include free admission to the Browning Firearms Museum, Kimball Car Museum, Utah State Railroad Museum and Eccles Rail Yard.

To get to the Holiday Market from Salt Lake City, take the FrontRunner train to Ogden Station, and walk 10 minutes south to the market. If you decide to drive, free parking is available on site, and directions can be found at CraftLakeCity.com under “Getting There”.

Ogden Union Station, 2245 Wall Ave., Ogden, December 2, 5-10 pm; December 3, 10 am-4 pm. Admission is $5 in advance, the market is $7 day of, and children 12 and under are free.

Peteetneet Christmas Boutique

The Peteetneet Museum (pronounced “peh-TEET-NEET”) in the small town of Payson in Utah County is the backdrop of this holiday boutique on December 2 and 3, with vendors set up in every room of the festively decorated historic building. Kids will get a kick out of the miniature train display in the auditorium, and afterwards they can sled down the perfect sledding hill outside. Santa will also be available to listen to the wish list and take photos with the family. Once it’s dark, take a walk around the grounds to see the Christmas light display glowing in the snow.

Peteetneet Museum, 10 North 600 East, Payson, December 2, 4-9 pm; December 3, 10 am-5 pm Santa hours: December 2, 5-7 pm; December 3, 10 am-1 pm Free admission.

Grid Zine Fest Holiday Market

The holiday market was postponed by Grid Zine Fest serves two purposes: to give people the opportunity to buy zine makers’ “weird stuff” for holiday gifts, and to raise money for Grid Zine Fest 2023. Attendees will get to build their own cookie tins by buying festive cookies and other treats (vegan options available), with all proceeds benefiting the annual Salt Lake City zine and comic festival. After browsing zines, enjoy your own record store, with an extensive collection of local music.

Diabolical Records, 238 S. Edison St., Salt Lake City, December 3, noon-4 pm Free admission

Red Butte Park Holiday Open House & Art Fair and Glass Art Guild of Utah Glass Show

After entering the main building of Red Butte Garden, go up the stairs and browse Glass Art Guild’s 20th Anniversary Glass ShowPresenting glass Christmas ornaments and jewelry, through December 20 At the top of the stairs take a left and find Red Butte Holiday Open House & Art Fair in the bright Orangerie space, which will be filled with Utah artists selling items such as fiber art, soaps, lotions, crafts and more on December 3 and 4. Once you have chosen your treasures, step outside and take a stroll through the sleeping winter garden – admission is free for all marketgoers.

Red Butte Holiday Open House & Art Fair, 300 Wakara Road, Salt Lake City, 3-4. December, 10 am-5 pm; Glass Art Guild 20th Anniversary Show, through December 20. Free admission.

UMFA Holiday Market

After your stop at the Red Butte Park holiday market, swing by Utah Museum of Fine Arts to browse locally made gifts in the Great Hall and art-inspired items in The Museum Store. Makers will be selling prints, jewelry, candles, chocolates and more on December 3 and 4, and The Museum Store is open year-round. Afterwards, stop by the Museum Cafe for a bite to eat or drink, then continue with the museum’s exhibits (entrance fee required).

Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Center Drive, University of Utah, 3-4. December, 9 am-5 pm Admission to the free market; The exhibition requires an entrance fee.

Hanukkah market

You don’t have to be Jewish to celebrate winter holidays by attending Hanukkah market, which has been running for more than 25 years. This market at the IJ & Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center, just north of Primary Children’s Hospital, will feature more than 20 vendors selling Native American jewelry, soy candles, handmade menorahs, homemade chocolates and more. Potato latkes, New York style bagels and jelly donuts will be available for purchase, to enjoy at the event or take home to munch on later.

IJ & Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center, 2 Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, December 4, noon-5 pm in the JCC Social Hall. Free admission.

SLC Punk Rock Flea Holiday Market

If you have someone on your list who loves metal or punk music, horror movies or zines, that is SLC Punk Rock Flea Holiday Market is the place to buy the gift.

In this festive rendition of the SLC Punk Rock Flea Market, the list of more than 30 artists and vendors will include John-Ross Boyce, Graveyard Witch Accessories, Space Babes Art, Grave Shift Press, Blooming Smoke Art, Moss Bone, Britta Baker and more . DJ Nixbeat and DJ Retrograde will spin hand-selected tracks. Coffee and snacks are also available for purchase.

Sugar Space Art Warehouse, 132 S. 800 West, Salt Lake City, December 4, 3-8 pm Free admission.

TF Brewing Christkindlmarkt

Templin Family Brewing will host a market inspired by a German Christmas market, complete with glühwein (aka mulled wine). But don’t worry if you’re more of a beer person – TF Brewing has plenty of that, too. This event will be one of the last before Christmas, giving you the chance to browse last-minute gifts made by a variety of local vendors.

TF Brewing, 936 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City, 5-6 p.m. December, 4-8 pm Free admission, 21+.

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