Support local businesses by shopping at 11 artisan markets this Christmas

Ponce City Market will host the Village Retail Holiday Market, a special event featuring products made by Black creators. (Courtesy of Jamestow

With Christmas figuratively around the corner, now is the time to check your list twice and shop for a variety of handmade art, crafts, jewelry, pottery, metalwork and more from local vendors at specialty markets throughout metro Atlanta.

Hyperlocal events like Christmas art and creative markets are important to community retailers during the holiday season, often offering unique items and boosting the local economy. “It’s important to bring awareness to local producers and brands that encourage communities and retailers to donate dollars and [support] to local [businesses],” Says Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon, CEO and founder of The Retail Village in Ponce City Market. “When local artisans are placed front and center, we create a shared ecosystem.”

In addition to shopping, this festive, seasonal market is family-friendly and features activities such as photos with Santa, the opportunity to make holiday greeting cards and indulge in delicious food and drinks. Consider this special market another way to celebrate Christmas with the people you love, an opportunity to start a new family tradition and time spent getting to know local entrepreneurs. “This event is an exciting environment to introduce and showcase artists and their work. It is also a platform for attendees and artists to interact, learn and respect each other while celebrating the unique location in which the event is held,” said Randall Fox, founder of the Atlanta Foundation For Public Spaces and organizing the first holiday market in Piedmont Park this year.

The following 11 holiday markets can help kick-start your arts and crafts shopping season. (Unless noted, entry to the market is free.) When shopping for others, be sure to give yourself something nice and special, too.

For two days, Piedmont Park will be transformed into a holiday gift market with artists selling their creative works. (Courtesy of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces)

German holiday market. Wind through the festive German Christkindl Market and shopping for ornaments from Kaethe Wohlfahrt, one of Germany’s famous Christmas ornament stores, also wooden toys, jewelry, clay and hardwood pipes, handcrafts, bath and body items and more. For those who rev up their appetite while shopping, choose favorites like German Glühwein, also known as mulled wine, and traditional food like pretzels, schnitzel and bratwurst. Various hours. November 25-Dec. 24. 290 East Paces Ferry Road NE, Atlanta.

Black owned business. With a mission to support Black-owned brands looking for a home for their products, that Retail Village Holiday Market will be a retail experience rooted in storytelling and high mobility, intersecting causes, culture, shopping and society. To kick off the holiday season on Small Business Saturday, the store will be home to Black designers offering clothing, accessories, candles, beauty products and more for everyone on your shopping list. Noon-5 pm November 26-27 and December 4, 11 and 18. The shed along the Beltline’s Eastside Trail and in The Trestle, the breezeway connecting Ponce City Market to the Beltline. Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta. 404-907-1918,

New events. Thanksgiving weekend will welcome the inaugural Piedmont Holiday Gift Market, a two-day event. Eventgoers will be able to stroll through the park while exploring gift items from about 100 artists including painters, photographers, sculptors, glass blowers, leather and metalworkers, jewelers and craftsmen. The atmosphere will also be festive with live music and warm holiday-themed drinks from vendors. 10.00-17.00 November 26 and 11.00-17.00. Piedmont Park, 1215 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta.

One city, three events. Athens will be home to a variety of holiday markets. The first is Southern Brewing Holiday Market, a two-day event that will celebrate the season with merchandise from local artists and creatives plus seasonal stouts to drink. The next event, a two-night affair, will be held in the courtyard Big City Bread Cafe and features local artists and craft makers offering handmade gifts and treasures. The third event will be the city’s annual holiday market and craft fair West Broad Farmers Market, made festive with artisan items, kids holiday crafts, music plus fresh products and baked products from local farmers. Southern Brewing Holiday Market event, 2-7 pm 3-4. december 231 Collins Industrial Blvd., Athens. 706-548-7183, Big City Bread Cafe event, 5-9 pm 8-9. december 393 N. Finley St., Athens. 706-340-1973, West Broad Farmers Market event, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10, 300 S. Rocksprings St., Athens. 706-765-4020,

handmade gifts. A festive all day artist market, aptly called Indie Craft Experience, will feature more than 70 vendors offering holiday crafts, art and vintage items, handmade gifts and food. For even more incentive to visit this unique community destination market, the first 100 people in line will receive a tote bag. Entry fee is $5 for everyone 13 and older. 11 am-5 pm December 3 atrium at Uptown, 575 Morosgo Drive NE, Atlanta.

Craft exhibition. Complete your gift list for someone who is good at it Christmas Craft Fair, Hosted by a Timothy Lutheran Church’s TLC Youth Group. Visitors will find a bevy of beautiful crafts, art and more. 9 am-2 pm Dec. 3 556 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. 770 928-2812,

Happy farm. Attendees are Third Annual Outdoor Season at the Market, Held in Masih Family Farm, will find an assortment of holiday gifts and can take photos with Santa, make holiday cards with a backdrop of Christmas-themed arrangements and warm up with concession treats like hot chocolate and cookies. 10 am-4 pm December 4, 5682 Macland Road, Powder Springs. 678-283-6951,

Santa’s in town. Shop for holiday gifts for everyone on your list at Alpharetta Christmas Market. In addition to various crafts, food, decor and jewelry, visitors will be able to take pictures with Santa. the event will take place from 9 am to 4 pm on December 10; photo with Santa, 10 am-noon. Alpharetta Community Center, 175 Roswell St., Alpharetta. 678-297-6100,

Stay local. Swing me Artist & Flea Market Holiday Shopping Festival for special events filled with holiday merchandise, activities and treats. Local vendors will offer everything from home goods and accessories to clothing and personal skin care products and more. 11 am-6 pm December 17 Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta. 404-900-7900,

A slew of vendors will offer holiday crafts, vintage items and more at the Indie Craft Experience at the Atrium in Uptown.

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