7 Pop-Up and Holiday Markets to Shop Local This Winter

These pop-up markets feature local makers, crafters, artisans and more for easy, thoughtful gifting.

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City Flea Holiday Market

If you're looking to knock multiple people off your holiday shopping list in one place, these pop-up markets feature local makers, crafters, artisans and more for easy, thoughtful gifting.

Winter Market at Washington Park

Washington Park is transforming a portion of the park into a little European-style Christmas market, featuring vendor huts full of local goods. Each weekend, various local arts and crafts makers will take over the pop-up. MOTRAR helps curate the offerings on Dec. 4 and 5, while the City Flea takes over Dec. 11 and 12. The Porch bar will have concessions, including hot and boozy beverages. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 4-5; Dec. 11-12; and Dec. 18-19. Free admission. 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com.

Market Bleu

Market Bleu is a curated artisan market held quarterly at the Contemporary Arts Center. The twist? It's in the evening. The market showcases elevated handmade products and fine arts from vendors across the region, ranging from Greater Cincinnati makers to those from Cleveland, Columbus and Louisville as well as Lexington, Philadelphia and Virginia. The more streamlined approach to a modern market means there is a focus on high-quality works from working artists — think an upscale flea with vetted vendors. And the evening hours means it’s a perfect place to pop by before or after dinner or cocktails. 6-10 p.m. Dec. 4. Free admission. 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, marketbleu.com.

MadTree Winter Market

Head to a MadTree's taproom for a market featuring "vendors specializing in categories such as handcrafted jewelry, woodworking, photography, clothing and home goods." Select vendors include Gem City Bakehouse, Niche Terrariums, WendyWear Jewelry and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 5. Free admission. 3301 Madison Road, Oakley,  facebook.com.

Taft’s Holiday Market

This market will feature 24 vendors — and beer. If you buy something while you're there, you get $1 off any pint you buy for the rest of the day. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Free admission. Taft's Brewpourium, 4831 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village, facebook.com.

Findlay Market Holiday Market

Head to Findlay Market for a weekend-long market featuring farmers, outdoor vendors and market merchants offering gifts, decor and food. Jane's bar (in the former biergarten) will have themed cocktails, along with trees, wreaths and garlands for sale. Get a free ornament from the market's Lucca with every tree purchase. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5. Free admission. 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com.

Esoteric Brewing

Esoteric says their winter shopping market will offer goods from local artists and small businesses, all inside the warm taproom. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 5. Free admission. 918 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills, facebook.com.

The City Flea

The City Flea’s Holiday Market at Washington Park is a two-day event with both daytime and evening hours. Stroll and shop local makers offering everything from stuff for kids and pets to apothecary items, artisan eats and vintage goodies. The holiday market is set to have different vendors for each day, so stop by both days if you want to see all that Cincy has to offer. 4-9 p.m. Dec. 11; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 12. Free. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, thecityflea.com.

If you're still looking for inspiration, we have a list of 50 gifts under $50 from Cincinnati boutiques and a list of 40 places to shop local this season.

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