You’ve made your list. You’ve set your budget. A crisp roll of wrapping paper awaits, begging to be busted out of its cellophane packaging and furled around all the gifts you’ll be giving this season. The only thing you need? The gifts themselves.
Or maybe, you’ve got no list, no plan and every time you attempt to get going with your shopping you just buy something for yourself instead (oops).
No matter which camp you fall in, you’re in luck: There are still plenty of markets and pop-ups stuffed with locally made art and artifacts, making it easy to pick up every last purchase and run home to your ugly sweater and eggnog. Go withdraw some cash and grab a reusable shopping bag for these events:
Celebrate the arrival of colder days and longer nights with this fine art bazaar that boasts economical prices.
Dec 1-21, Plan B Merchants Co-op, 2180 Gottingen Street
14th Annual Christmas Market & Bazaar
A slew of handmade offerings from local vendors helps you get your shopping in order before Santa's big scene.
Sat Dec 2, 10am-1pm, Christ Church Hall , 61 Dundas Street, Dartmouth
Christmas Tea and Sale
Shop for baked goods and collectables before refuelling with sandwiches, sweets and tea at this holiday-cheer-filled time.
Sat Dec 2, 12-2pm, St. James United Church Hall, 181 Portland Street, Dartmouth
Have Yourself a Gothic Little Christmas
The eighth annual Forum bazaar of fairytale, medieval, steampunk, gothic and anime items means you'll be gifting outside-the-box goodies to those on your list.
Dec 2-3, Halifax Forum, 2901 Windsor Street
Halifax Crafters Society Market
Over 80 vendors bringing a dose of handmade goodness makes this a market you won't wanna miss.
Fri, Dec 1, 5-9pm; Sat, Dec 2 & Sun, Dec 3, 10am-5pm, Olympic Community Hall, 2304 Hunter Street
Holiday Wishlist Expo
Attending this epic holiday expo is like walking through the Wish Book of your dreams.
Dec 2-3, Exhibition Park, 200 Prospect Road
So happy with these new colours! 😻 . . . . #mugshotmonday #dripcoffee #stoneware #canadianceramics #ceramicart #pottery #ceramicmugs #mug #novascotia #halifax #wheelthrown #handmade #coffee #madewithlove #dartmouthmakers #smallbatch #womenownedbusiness #ceramictableware #lovewhatyoudo #makersmakeitbetter #tuckersclay #folkliving
Big Pony Holidaze Pop-Up
The former Gottingen Street treasure chest rises from the dead to light up Seven Bays—and your holiday shopping—with cool and chic offerings from longtime collaborators like The Bounty, JAW Pottery, Art Brat Comics and more.
Thurs, Dec 7, 6-10pm, Seven Bays Bouldering, 2019 Gottingen Street
NSCAD Holiday Pop-Up
The annual holiday pop-up returns with over 70 NSCAD students selling original art, from photographs to textiles. Stuffing a reusable bag with offerings means you'll be doling out gifts as unique as their recipients.
Fri Dec 8, 4-9pm; Sat, Dec 9, 10am-4pm, Art Bar + Projects, 1873 Granville Street
A Winter Moment
Head to the APEX arts + performance exchange (6068 Quinpool Road) for this one-day buying-bonanza that features cards and prints from illustrator Colleen MacIsaac, sculpted miniatures by Dan Bray, herbal-infused products from Coco Apothecary and more. Bring cash—and your nice list.
Sat, Dec 9, 10am-5pm
Last Minute Christmas Craft Show
Still scrambling for the stragglers on your gift list? This market has your back, with thoughtful offerings that look like they were bought months in advance.
Dec 9-10, Maritime Hall, 2901 Windsor Street
A Very Listless Christmas Market
Get your last-minute shopping sorted, craft beer in hand, at this maker's market.
Sat, Dec 16, 12-5pm, Good Robot Brewing Company, 2736 Robie Street