If you think you're done with your holiday shopping, think again. December is the month to get all those extra Secret Santa gifts and last-minute birthday presents. Holiday markets are the best way to find new vendors and merchandise you can't find at the shopping mall.
Miami and Orlando have many Christmas markets that feature music, food, and the best of local boutiques. If you are looking to buy a unique gift for your bestie, visit one of these markets during the weekend. Trade the shopping mall for a market that has it all.
From Wynwood to the SoDo District, Florida brings you a collection of the best local vendors, art, and music. Step out of your pajamas and get holiday shopping before you run out of time.
The Wynwood Marketplace
When: December 21-23
The Wynwood Market always bring together the best of Miami local. This December the market is bringing its Christmas edition with new vendors and the best food trucks. Avoid stressful lines and crowded shopping malls for an outdoor experience. The holiday market will bring a great atmosphere and local artisans from around the city. Shop for last-minute gifts while enjoying a beer from a local brewery. You'll find one-of-a-kind vendors and the most festive environment before Christmas.
POP SWAP Holiday Market
When: December 17
This Christmas market will bring the hippie vibes to Floridians. The event is hosted by Park Ave CDs, Dear Prudence Shop, and The Lovely Boutique Market. You'll find dozens of local vendors specializing in vintage clothing, records, and pop-culture ephemera. After getting gifts for your friends, take a break at the local food trucks and enjoy the mall strip. The event will run from 1-6pm at Corrine Drive. It's a great place to find vintage records and stroll while listening to live music by local R&B artist Gina Falcone. Also, coffee will be provided by Mercantile Coffee Co.
Holiday Market at Schenley Park
When: December 1
This is an event for the entire family and neighborhood at Schenley. The market will have a toy drive benefitting Radio Lollipop, blood donations, local vendors, and best food trucks featuring El Mago de las Fritas, Don Ramón Pizzeria, and Kona Ice. Bring your kids to take pictures with Santa and let them jump at the bounce house. The market will be running from 12pm-5pm and you can buy raffle tickets for a chance to win toys and goodies.
City Fashion Market
When: December 8 & 9
Join this holiday fashion land at The Shops at Sunset Place. This two-day event will feature a beauty lounge, DIY station, and unique photo walls. Instead of getting the same gift you get every year, explore the different local vendors from South Miami. The market will be open from 11am-8pm and is a great activity to do after brunch. Bring your friends and complete your stocking stuffers shopping.
Holiday Magic Bazaar
When: December 9
Sometimes online shopping can be dreadful and deliveries can be delays. Instead of spending an hour on hold with UPS or FedEx, get your holiday shopping at this magical bazaar from 11am-7pm. Coral Gables is one of the best places to shop with minimal tourists. After church, complete your Christmas list and find the best retailers in town. The place will be decorated and you'll be able to snag some cookies on your way out. Your family will be wondering where did you get your gifts. It's a secret they'll never know.
Grandma Party Bazaar
When: December 16
Shop with your grandma at this wonderful bazaar in Orlando. This event is hosted at Stardust Video & Coffee - a hip and vegan-friendly cafe. The organizers bring the best Orlando artists, zine publishers, and vintage dealers for a unique shopping experience. Hear the best tunes by DJ Nigel John while you shop and enjoy live music from Wet Nurse, Tiger Fawn, and other bands. Find that unique art piece you've been looking for your living room and enjoy a cup of coffee while listening to the local bands. It's the perfect place for the gypsy at heart.
Big Bang Bazaar
When: December 18
This is one of the biggest holiday markets and the best selection of over 100 local indie artists. The first 100 attendees get a swag bag. The best thing about this bazaar is that you'll find everything you need. Clothing, art, accessories, jewelry, and even home goods are available at this market. Get all your holiday shopping a week before Christmas and discover the best at Sanford Civic Center. You'll spend your Sunday bargaining for the best deals and crossing off Santa's list. The market will be open from 11am-5pm.
The Daily City's Holiday Market
When: December 17
This is the holiday market to find food trucks and vintage vendors in one place. This indoor market bazaar will have the best handmade local vendors from Orlando. You might get a little surprised from the Confection Fest and try the best desserts ever. No matter if it rains, you'll be able to get all your Christmas shopping and enjoy the best holiday food. The event is growing in popularity and we recommend you get early before it's too late.
Will's A Faire Holiday Market
When: 1-8:30 pm
You don't have to decide between happy hour and Christmas errands. The Mills 50 District will bring a vintage and retro holiday market to everyone running last minute. Find handmade goods while listening to a live band at Will's pub. The bar has a great selection of beers and alcohol that will get you in the right mood before finishing your gift shopping list. Will's Pub is hosting events every weekend and this is going to be an epic one.
Orlando Pottery Festival
When: December 8-9
This holiday art market will have over 50 vendors with the best in pottery and ceramics. It's time to decorate your etagere and bring back home cool art for your parents. The Orlando Pottery festival is one-of-a-kind and you'll find unique pieces only available here. Instead of going to Home Goods and Target, get your neighbor a nice ceramic for their plants or living room. A handmade gift is always a great idea and you'll be able to see sculptural art, sturdy dishware, home decor, and even jewelry.
Light Up SoDo
When: December 2
The SoDo district has one of the best main streets in the country with unique local shops, art shows, and film festivals. This December the district is bringing the Light Up SoDo market for a night full of fun. The event is pet-friendly and will have a ton of activities for the family to enjoy. From 2pm-6pm you'll be able to experience train rides, bounce houses, face painting, and of course shopping. Start the last month with a holiday event for the entire family while helping Santa to collect gifts.
Sparkle Art Market
When: December 2 10am-5pm
Celebrate local artists and creatives at this holiday market in Dandelion Communitea Cafe. The Sparkle Art Market will feature the best handmade goods and gifts, unique art, jewelry, music, live painting and sculpting, knitting, photography, candles, lotions and more. Support your local makers and give back to the community with a gift that is made by your neighbors for your neighbors. The event will be from 10am-5pm and the best part is that you can grab brunch here as well.
Orlando Brewing Christmas Market
When: December 8
The third annual holiday market will be held at Orlando's organic microbrewery. The market will feature local art and craft vendors, food from Authentic Empanadas Catering & Vending, desserts by Delightful Cakes, and live music performance starting at 2:30 pm. Drink and shop local during the holidays and get a taste of the best local beer. For every item you purchase, you'll receive a free raffle ticket. Also, you can get your Christmas gifts wrapped for free by volunteers.
DeLand Indie Market
When: December 2
Get a taste of Christmas spirit and see how indie locals shop. This is a curated market that showcases artists, boutiques, vintage and handcrafted vendors. All you need is an empty bag and start selecting gifts for your friends. You can enjoy food from local vendors and live music in the courtyard of Cafe DaVinci. When you shop local, you're helping a business grow. If your friend is into candles, stock up on the best handmade candles at this event.
C-Note Grab & Go Art Show
When: December 4
Your holiday market tour can't end with a visit to this local bar. If you wake up light and were unable to head to the market early, come here and grab a last minute present for your secret Santa or white elephant gift exchange. The bar celebrates art and music with local vendor promoting their latest work. Meet your favorite local vendors and pick a painting, drawing or sculpture for your artsy friend. All the art is priced under $100 and is perfect for a unique Christmas gift.
Christmas shopping can be entertaining when you have vendors passing out food and beer-tasting around from local breweries. Get out of your comfort zone and buy a gift that will make them remember you.