The twinkling lights, the swirling snow, the long-anticipated return to your favorite ski resort. Ahhh, yes. It’s winter…
Winter is the season of giving and I’m here as a local artist ready to give you a serious seasonal shopping pep talk.
Dodge Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all the other sales.
Delete the 3,000 SALE! SALE! SALE! emails inundating your inbox in late November.
MY HEARTFELT ADVICE TO YOU:
Shift your shopping focus a little closer to home and plan to attend one of the many fantastic local artisan markets in your neighborhood!
Nothing says you care quite like gifting something handmade by a maker, baker, painter, sculptor, or soaper (the correct term for one who makes soap). I can personally attest to how satisfying and miraculous it is when people show up at an art market to admire, purchase and support my artwork. Not only do you depart with a meaningful gift with a cool story, you directly support the creative work of people in your neighborhood. The artists win, you win, and your giftee can enjoy something unique and made with care.
As an artist, I’ve been preparing for my December art market season since…July! Months of work, hours of toil and a lot of hope go into the preparation for market season. We artists are never entirely certain if people will show up and appreciate our months-long grind. By attending a local art market, you keep the dreams of artists alive and support their motivation to keep creating. Shop local this season, meet interesting artists, discover their stories and share the gift of handmade love.
Here is a list of my favorite markets in the Park City and Salt Lake areas. Markets are arranged in chronological order to accommodate early to delinquent holiday shoppers. I hope to see you at the Red Butte Garden Holiday Open House, the Alta A.C.E. Winter Market, or the T.F. Brewing Christkindlmarket.
Red Butte Garden Holiday Open House & Art Fair
Dec 3-4, 2022 - 10 AM to 5 PM
Admission: Free, plus free Garden admission thanks to Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP)
Location: 300 Wakara Way in Salt Lake City
If that bone-dry winter air has been giving you troubles, drift into the warm, moist air of Red Butte Garden’s Richard K. Hemingway Orangerie. This beautiful greenhouse will be filled with Utah locals and a stunning array of handmade wares like jewelry, glass art, pottery, fiber art, natural soaps, artwork and more.
Better yet, this market also offers up free admission to a glass show as well as the gardens and arboretum! First, make a stop at the Glass Art Show, a free exhibit presented by The Glass Art Guild of Utah. Then take a stroll in the wintery wonderland and warm up in the orangerie with some soulful shopping to finish up. Red Butte will also be offering a 10% discount on all Garden Gift Shop purchases.
The Fourth Annual Craft Lake City Holiday Market
December 2-3, 2022
Friday: 5 PM – 10 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM
Admission: $5 in Advance or $7 Day-of, Kids 12 and under FREE
Location: Ogden Union Station | 2501 Wall Avenue, Ogden, UT 84401 (Free parking)
A spin off of Craft Lake City’s wildly popular summer show, the 4th annual CLC Holiday Market will feature a boggling array of more than 120 Utah artists, craft foodies, food vendors, vintage junkies, and mixologists. Santa will be on hand for free family photos.
If you’ve got a car or train-crazy kiddo, admission to this art market also includes free access to the onsite Kimball Car Museum, the Utah State Railroad Museum, and the Eccles Rail Yard.
Park Silly Winter Holiday Bazaar (2 locations)
Dec 3 & 4 in Sandy and Dec 9-11 in Park City (see below)
Free Admission and Free Parking
The Shops at South Town
10450 S State Street in Sandy, UT
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - 12 to 8 PM
Sunday, December 4, 2022 - 12 to 8 PM
DoubleTree Park City Yarrow
1800 Park Avenue in Park City, UT
Friday, December 9, 2022 - 5 to 9 PM
Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, December 11, 2022 - 10 AM to 5 PM
Featuring two stops, the Park Silly Winter Holiday Bazaar highlights many of the artists who set up shop each summer Sunday during the Park Silly Market. These indoor markets in Park City and Sandy feature a plethora of handmade goods, a festive atmosphere and great local vibes.
December 4, 2022 - 12 to 5 PM
Location: 2 Medical Drive, Salt Lake City at the IJ & Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center, in the JCC Social Hall - Overflow parking is available at the Merrill Engineering parking lot on North Campus Dr. Shuttle service is provided.
Anyone and everyone is welcome to revel in the Hanukkah spirit at the annual JCC Hanukkah Market, a tradition over 25 years in the making. More than 20 vendors will be offering up Indigenous jewelry, soy candles, homemade chocolates, potato latkes, NY-style bagels, jelly doughnuts, porcelain earrings, finger puppets, whiskey pancake syrup and more! This is a fantastic stop for kids with tons of free entertainment including puppet shows, music from the Desert Wind Wandering Musicians, puppet making and story time.
Alta Community Enrichment Holiday Art Market
December 8-10, 2022 - 2 to 7 PM
Location: 10189 East Highway 210 in Alta, Utah at Our Lady of the Snows Church & Community Center
After a day of collecting face shots at Snowbird or Alta, swing by the annual Alta Community Enrichment's (ACE) Holiday Art Market. This market features an eclectic collective of passionate Utah artisans, a great vibe and a cozy winter setting. Locals love mixing and mingling at this family-friendly event and it’s the perfect place to catch a little holiday spirit.
Templin Family Brewing Christkindlmarket
Dec 17-18, 2022 - 4 to 8 PM
Admission: Free but must be 21+ with gov’t issued ID
Location: T.F. Brewing at 936 S 300 W in Salt Lake City
Building on last year’s inaugural market, T.F. Brewing is going big this year with more artisans and a German Christkindlmarket theme. Swing by the brewery to see what’s fresh on tap, enjoy some Glühwein and peruse locally made food, art and jewelry. The atmosphere will be festive and jovial and ideal for those last minute panic shoppers and procrastinators.
-- ONGOING MARKETS --
Create PC 2022 Makers Market
Market Runs December 2-24 - Open daily from 12 to 6 PM
Location: CREATE PC | 660 Main Street in Park City
This pop-up artist collective creates a winter home for local artists and creative entrepreneurs. A neat experience in itself, CREATE PC provides a home for Park City makers and their stories and a hub for shoppers to support them. Humming since 2016, Create PC will feature over 70 local artists this season in a gallery setting.
Join the launch party on Dec 2nd in the Create PC space on Park City’s Main Street from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Meet the artists, groove to live music, sip a holiday beverage or two and kick off your shopping season!
Kamas Artisan Market
Location: 283 N Main Street in Kamas, UT
Open Friday-Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM
For a taste of local love in Kamas, don’t miss Artique Kamas, an artist co-op shop featuring the wares and creations of local makers. View the work of over two dozen artists, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, painters, photographers, woodworkers and more. Patrons may also browse the used local bookstore contained within. This art space is very special in that it fosters emerging artists or those who are not yet showing in galleries
Downtown SLC - Winter Farmers’ Market
Runs November 12 - April 22
Saturdays 10 AM to 2 PM
Location: The Gateway | 16 North Rio Grande Street in Salt Lake City
The Winter Farmers Market features local produce, meat, eggs, cheese, baked goods, sauces, condiments, chocolate, art and crafts, and much more. The gift of local food, artisan cheese, hand baked goods, or hot sauce is something that will make every belly happy!
The Hive Market (SLC & Park City)
Shop locations and hours (see below)
Each time you shop the Hive Market, you’ll find something new. With locations in Park City and Salt Lake City, each shop features a different and rotating cast of Utah makers. By shopping at the Hive Market, you directly support artists in the community. Meticulously curated booths, unique finds, delightful trinkets and more await your discovery at this beloved community hub.
TROLLEY SQUARE HIVE MARKET
602 E 500 S #D109 in Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday 12 to 6 PM
Monday-Saturday 10 AM to 8 PM
PARK CITY OUTLETS
6699 N Landmark Drive in Park City
Sunday 12 to 6 PM
Wednesday - Saturday 11 AM to 7 PM
Closed Monday & Tuesday
The Neighborhood Hive
Shop Link: https://theneighborhoodhive.org/
Tuesday - Friday - 8 AM to 7 PM
Saturday and Sunday - 8 AM to 4 PM
Location: 2065 East, 2100 South in Salt Lake City
Order up a steaming coffee, a nitro cold brew, or a savory tea at the full-service coffee bar inside The Neighborhood Hive. This eclectic store features a random but delightful assortment of locally grown and produced food items, bulk bins, body care essentials and a rotating cast of handmade art. Don’t miss a roster of fun community events or the Sip N’ Shop nights to mingle with local artists, community members and get some holiday shopping done.