‘Tis the season! With Thanksgiving next week and the spirit of giving in the air, there’s no time like the present to start your holiday shopping. This season, spread your holiday cheer at one of Charlotte’s fabulous Christmas markets—and get your loved ones a truly unique and personal gift while you’re there.

Mistletoe Market

When: Saturday, December 1

Where: Camp North End

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The inaugural of what is sure to become a long-lasting neighborhood tradition, the Mistletoe Market in Camp North End is a must this season. Not only will Vintage Charlotte be curating the event’s 25+ local shopping vendors, but visitors will also enjoy local flavor in the form of food trucks, local beer, warm mulled spiced wine, coffee, Mexican draft mocha and hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows—to name a few.

As if that weren’t enough, the Mistletoe Market has a full schedule of fun and festive activities. Among them: A Reindog Parade at 5:30 p.m. (read: PUPPIES in SWEATERS); live music every 30 minutes in specific tenant spaces; and Charlotte Storytellers’ annual holiday showcase at 7:30 p.m. Join the fun on December 1 starting at 5 p.m.

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When: Friday, November 30; Saturday, December 1; Friday, December 7; Saturday, December 8; Friday, December 14; Saturday, December 15

Where: The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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Get a taste of the old country in Charlotte’s most authentic, German, Christmas market, Weihnachtsmarkt. A Queen City tradition, this market features over 45 local vendors offering everything from fresh flavor to handcrafted holiday goodies sure to please anyone on your gift list.

The market is outdoors, where visitors can stroll the streets while sipping on mulled wine or one of The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s craft beers. Fire pits line the street so patrons can warm their hands as they shop local artists and merchants. This time-honored holiday favorite has to make your list of local shopping this season.

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Mingle at the Mint - Holiday Pop-Up Shop

When: Wednesday, December 5

Where: Mint Museum Randolph

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Prepare for what is sure to be the event of the season: The Charlotte Observer, the Mint Museum and SouthPark Magazine join forces for Mingle at the Mint Holiday Pop-Up Shop. The shopping and food experience features plenty of local retailers with samplings from Charlotte’s most high-end restaurants. Visitors can shop and eat for free while enjoying a special viewing of the newest Museum exhibit: African-Print Fashion Now! A Story Of Taste, Globalization, And Style.

For just $15 more, you can purchase a VIP ticket, which includes access to the VIP Lounge with its private bar; a complimentary specialty cocktail, the Black Diamond Martini; a swag bag with goodies from event sponsors and pop-up shop vendors; and much more. The event will also feature door prizes with giveaways from local vendors and a grand-prize giveaway of a weekend getaway for two at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. Find out what treasures await you at the Mint on December 5.

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Winter Wednesdays at Waverly

When: Wednesday, December 5; Wednesday, December 12; Wednesday, December 19

Where: Waverly Charlotte

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Get in the hump day holiday spirit with Winter Wednesdays at Waverly. Each Wednesday in December leading up to Christmas, Waverly will have a plethora of evening entertainment, including shopping, treats, live music and a visit from Santa. Check the Facebook event page for a full schedule of special holiday appearances during this family-friendly event.

In addition to all the festive flavor and wares, a $100 gift card will also be raffled off each week to Waverly restaurants (winner chooses which restaurant). A toy and shoe drive will be held as well, with all donations going to Kids First of the Carolinas.

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Handmade Holiday Market

When: Saturday, December 15; Sunday, December 16

Where: 26 Acres Brewing Company

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This two-day holiday pop-up market is back again with an incredible list of local vendors. Shop unique gifts from Queen City artists and merchants under the roof of 26 Acres Brewing Company. Find the perfect gift with plenty of items to choose from, including pottery, jewelry, paintings, woodworking and much more.

The ever-growing list of confirmed vendors currently features such favorites as Light Your Wick Candles, EllieBelle Creations and Rub A Dub All Natural Suds. Spend your afternoon shopping from the heart of CLT during this merry pop-up market.

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Poptopia Holidays: A Pop-Up Shop

When: Wednesday, November 28; Thursday, November 29; Friday, November 30; Saturday, December 1

Where: Foundation For The Carolinas

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Four days of festive, local flare await you during Poptopia Holidays: A Pop-Up Shop. Featuring merchandise from Charlotte’s finest retailers along with small bites to eat, visitors can browse men and women’s clothing, jewelry and accessories, Charlotte-specific gifts and art.

Free to visit, shoppers will also enjoy gazing at the beautiful artworks installed in the Sonia & Isaac Luski Gallery. The event promises more than just an array of holiday goodies for eager gift-givers, but a hidden agenda of secret surprises that are sure to reward the kind hearts of those shopping for loved ones.

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Buckhead Betties Outlet Sale

When: Friday, December 7; Saturday, December 8; Sunday, December 9

Where: The Park Expo and Conference Center

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Rescheduled due to the damage caused by Hurricane Florence in September, Buckhead Betties is getting in on the holiday pop-up trend this season with their outlet sale at the Park Expo and Conference Center. The popular shop features intricately patterned marked-down fashions, decor, jewelry, and accessories.

Shop up to 70 percent off retail price for all your gift-giving needs. With the amount you save, it wouldn’t hurt to throw in a little present for yourself. For all your hard bargain-hunting work, of course.

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South End Farmers & Artisans Market

When: Saturdays, November – December

Where: Atherton

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Okay technically, this isn’t a holiday market. But while the South End Farmers & Artisans Market occurs every Saturday throughout the year, the seasonal nature of the market ensures the festive feeling will pervade the air here.  

Shop for the foodie in your life with plenty of local farmer and artisan stands to peruse. The market also features a schedule of upcoming additional vendors, including such merchants as Hummus Among Us, Soaping Around Me and Covaly Artisan Jewelry. Spend your Saturday morning making spirits bright at the South End Farmers & Artisans Market this season.

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Plaza Midwood Holiday Bazaar & Workshop

When: Saturday, December 1

Where: Resident Culture Brewing

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Come one, come all to the first-of-its-kind Plaza Midwood Holiday Bazaar & Workshop. Sure to be a Queen City tradition, attendees at this event will have a blast crafting their own Christmas Light Balls at workshop stations in preparation for the annual “Deck the Streets” 5k on December 14.

Christmas carolers from Opera Carolina will make this a truly enchanting experience, and the food, beer, and spirits from local vendors will keep the merriment going strong. Enjoy a holiday bazaar, full of festive gifts crafted by local merchants and artists so you can finish your shopping early and enjoy the good vibes in Plaza Midwood.

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Favorite Things Christmas Bazaar

When: Saturday, December 1

Where: Create in Us Art Studio

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Create in Us Art Studio proudly presents the Favorite Things Christmas Bazaar, featuring handmade gifts from their 11 in-house vendors. The studio—which operates as a crafting-shopping hybrid where shoppers can create their own masterpieces through a guided class or shop local inventory—will have plenty of goods available, with vendors taking orders ahead of the event to ensure demand is met (it’s that high!).

If you don’t get a chance to make it out to the Christmas bazaar, you may want to consider gifting your loved one a trip to the studio itself. A fun take on the popular paint class concept, Create in Us Studio gives you the option to create your own home decor and is a perfect experiential gift for the crafty companion in your life.

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Queen Flea Holiday Makers Market

When: Saturday, December 1

Where: Summerbird

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Spend your holiday at a local market dream come true: The Queen Flea Holiday Makers Market. Visitors can shop over 40 vendors, featuring a vast array of unique and interesting items, such as local art, vintage jewelry, home decor, clothing and much more.

Two things set Queen Flea’s market apart from the rest: It’s indoors and it’s right next door to Amelie’s French Bakery. So you can shop comfortably within summerbird’s heated walls and head next door for a devilishly delicious coffee (and macaron) break. Win-win!

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Nebel’s Alley Night Market

When: Friday, December 7

Where: Nebel's Alley

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Get ready for a festive twist on the ever-popular Nebel’s Alley Night Market. Farmers First Coffee Company will host another installment in the Nebel’s Alley market series on December 7. Visitors can expect the usual indulgent shopping experience typical of the historic district’s market evenings.

You’ll want to make this your new Friday night excursion beyond the holiday season after experiencing the magic of this downtown treasure. Nebel’s Alley is not only home to this favorite shopping experience but is also full of rich Queen City history waiting to be discovered.

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NoDaHood Holiday Market

When: Saturday, December 1

Where: Divine Barrel Brewing Company

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The holiday installment of NoDa’s popular Saturday market is here. NoDaHood Holiday Market promises to uphold the integrity of the neighborhood’s favorite weekend marketplace while bringing in seasonal festivities. Twenty vendors will line NoDa’s storied streets, displaying their goods and services.

Enjoy breakfast from Chop & Chisel, come early for a yoga class in the brewhouse, or peruse the yard-sale-style shop set up for the event. Whatever you choose, be sure to top it off with a coffee or fresh beer from Divine Barrel before you head out to the next stop on your holiday market bucket list.

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2nd Annual Christmas At Cabarrus Holiday Market

When: Saturday, December 1

Where: Cabarrus Brewing Company

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Keep it light and local at this huge holiday market just outside of Charlotte in nearby Concord, North Carolina. Back for a second year, the Christmas At Cabarrus Holiday Market will feature over 100 vendors with handmade crafts, jewelry, artists, services and more.

All under Cabarrus Brewing Company’s roof, the holiday market will also host a Santa letter-writing station for the kiddies where visitors can also grab a hot chocolate (because why should kids have all the fun?) Stay a while and grab a beer from the brewery to complete the experience!

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Holiday Pop Up Market & Psychic Fair

When: Saturday, December 1

Where: Lenny Boy Brewing Co.

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SHiFT Charlotte presents the very first Holiday Pop Up Market & Psychic Fair, free to the public. Over 50 unique, local vendors comprise the shopping experience at this marketplace, with such one-of-a-kind offerings as psychic readings, handmade crafts, and jewelry.

Experience all the fun of a local market with the flare of a psychic fair thrown in. Visitors will also enjoy food trucks, craft beer, and spirits throughout the event. If you’re feeling chilly, stop inside for the indoor food vendors and warm your spirits before heading back out to the shops. We see a merry and bright holiday in your future.

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Keep your holiday shopping local this year at one of Charlotte’s many Christmas markets. You’ll find everything you need to satisfy your gift list, all while enjoying seasonal festivities, local eats and holiday treats. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this season? Let us know in the comments below. Happy holidays, Queen City!

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