Nine Upcoming Crafty Cincinnati Holiday Shopping Ops

Maker-made goodies for everyone on the list

click to enlarge City Flea holiday pop-up at Washington Park - Photo: City Flea
Photo: City Flea
City Flea holiday pop-up at Washington Park
If you're looking for something local and unique to give as a gift this holiday season, Cincinnati has plenty of artisan and maker pop-up markets for you to peruse. Bonus: Many also offer warm drinks for double the cozy spirit.

Essex Studios Holiday Art Walk // 6-10 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8

For the final time in 2018, Essex Studios artists will open their space to the public as their workplace morphs into a gallery showcasing their art. The event takes guests through spaces filled with oil paintings, photography, sculptures, blown glass, wood carvings, ceramics and more Ñ all splayed out in 150,000 square feet. Since the holidays are upon us, you can check off your shopping list here, too (or buy a rad art piece for yourself; we won’t judge). Grab grub via local food trucks and listen to live music while you peruse. 6-10 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8. Free admission. Essex Studios, 2511 Essex Place, Walnut Hills, theessexstudios.weebly.com

Holly Dazed // 6-8 p.m. Dec. 7

Visionaries+Voices’ annual end-of-year art show Holly Dazed takes over Oakley’s Visionarium for an exhibit and sale of original, deeply discounted holiday art. Pieces from more than 130 V+V artists will be for sale along with individual wares from other local artisans and vendors. Stop by the opening reception to shop or visit any time through Jan. 25 to see the exhibit on display. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Dec. 7. Show through Jan. 25. Free admission. V+V Visionarium, 3054 Madison Road, Oakley, visionariumcincy.com

Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart // Noon-6 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9

Ohio-centric website Ohio Explored takes over Urban Artifact for its second-annual Holiday Maker Mart this weekend. With over 80 vendors split between the two days, there will be plenty of opportunities to check off gifts from your list while supporting local artists. The vendors include jewelry artists like Chertova and Four Eyes Ceramics, accessory designers like SEA and SALT and Nerd Made Knits, candle makers like Manitou Candle Co. and Ginger Bee Limited and artisan food vendors like Macaron Bar and Fat T’s Cookies. Noon-6 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9. Free admission. Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside, ohioexplored.com

Market BLEU // 6-10 p.m. Dec. 8

Market BLEU takes the artisan craft scene to a different type of venue: the Contemporary Arts Center. Shop for fine art and handmade crafts in an urban and architectural setting during this evening pop-up. The winter quarter market is a perfect place for holiday shopping, or a quick stop before or after downtown dinner and drinks. Drinks will be available for purchase from the CAC cafe. 6-10 p.m. Dec. 8. Free admission. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, marketbleu.com

Pleasant Ridge Shop Hop // Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 8

Check out what’s new in Pleasant Ridge during the second-annual holiday shop hop. Neighborhood businesses will be open to sell their wares while you walk from shop to shop for food, drinks, fun and caroling. Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 8. Pleasant Ridge, facebook.com/prbiz.

Second Sunday on Main Winter Edition // Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 9

This neighborhood block party gets a winter kick with a holiday-themed market. Find goods and gifts for sale from various vendors and merchants of Main Street, a pop-up holiday tent from Revel OTR (with a lounge designed by Queen City Vignette) with mulled wine and hot toddies, fresh cut trees and wreaths for sale and the conclusion of the OTR Raildog Parade. Performers throughout the day include Queen City Sisters, Aprina Johnson, Sara Hutchinson featuring Nick Rose, Q-Kidz Dance Team and more. Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 9. Free admission. Main Street between 12th and Liberty streets, Over-the-Rhine, secondsundayonmain.org

The City Flea Holiday Market // 4-9 p.m. Dec. 15

City Flea turns Washington Park into one big shopping cart with local makers, crafters and artisans plus festive refreshments. It’s a great place to do last-minute shopping or pick up something for yourself — you’ve been good this year, too. 4-9 p.m. Dec. 15. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, thecityflea.com.

Craft Menagerie at Arnold’s // 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 15

Arnold’s bar will be taken over by a curated arts and crafts show for some holiday shopping. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 15. Free admission. Arnold’s Bar and Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, facebook.com/craftmenagerie13.

Art on Vine Holiday Gifts Sale // Noon-7 p.m. Dec. 16

A fast, fun and easy way to buy gifts for your loved ones, handmade by local artists. Noon-7 p.m. Dec. 16. Free admission. Rhinegeist, 1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, artonvinecincy.com.

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