Many shoppers prefer to keep their holiday shopping dollars local by shopping at stores in Utah. When shopping for someone for the holidays you can always check their Amazon wish list. But where is the excitement?
Many holiday markets, including the ten we’ve compiled here, will allow you to offer something unique, meaningful and handmade in Utah.
After a pandemic that has seen many small businesses suffer, shopping locally means your dollars go into local pockets instead of big corporations.
“This year, we know small businesses need our support now more than ever as they navigate, retool and pivot from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic,” the US Small Business Administration said on its website.
So, have fun hunting this Christmas season and use this list of Utah holiday markets as a guide.
Wheeler Christmas Market
The Wheeler Holiday Market at Wheeler Historic Farm has expanded to two buildings this year. It will also include food trucks and a visit from Santa on Friday, November 25. Local makers, foodies and artists will sell their wares Friday through Sunday, Nov. 25-27.
After shopping at the market, take a walk or snowshoe through the grounds of Wheeler Farm, greet the animals and enjoy the deep winter stillness of the woods.
On Nov. 25, visitors can take a magical lighted wagon ride for $3 per person as part of the farm’s Festive Fridays. The festival will resume on Fridays 2, 9, and 16 December
Wheeler Historic Farm, 6351 South 900 East, Murray, Nov. 25-27, 9am-5pm Santa Time Nov. 25 5-8pm Admission Free.
Copperhive Vintage hosts a small BUse bash.
Copperhive Vintage in South Salt Lake will host a Small Business Bash in honor of Small Business on Saturday, November 26th, a day to support small businesses and the impact they have on their communities.
Artists, vintage vendors, and food vendors include The Thrill of the Thrift, The Vintage Crow, Locust of the Sea, Green Lion Eclectic, Richie2Retro, Queerations, Oh Hey Paper Co., Between Dreams Pottery, Taco Daddy Food Truck, and Caffeinated Otter. will be present Owner Jacqueline Whitmore also announced a flash sale on everything in the store that day.
Copperhive Vintage, 2709 S. State St., Salt Lake City, Nov. 26 noon-5 p.m. Admission is free.
Lake City Holiday Craft Market
The fourth annual Craft Lake City Holiday Market, held Dec. 2 and 3 at the historic Ogden Union Station, will feature more than 125 Utah-based makers, craft food producers, food vendors and vintage vendors. Santa will take free family photos (bring your camera). Eden-based New World Distillery will serve craft cocktails and non-alcoholic options. Admission to the on-site Browning Firearms Museum, Kimball Car Museum, Utah State Railroad Museum and Eccles Rail Yard is free with a Holiday Market ticket.
Take the Frontrunner train from Salt Lake City to Ogden Station and walk 10 minutes south to the Holiday Market. If you choose to drive, there is free parking and directions are available under “Getting There” on CraftLakeCity.com.
Ogden Union Station, 2245 Wall Ave., Ogden, Dec. 2, 5-10 p.m.; Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 in advance, $7 the day of the market, and children under 12 are free.
Christmas Boutique Petinate
On December 2 and 3, the Peteetneet Museum (pronounced “peh-TEET-NEET”) in small-town Payson, Utah County will serve as the backdrop for this holiday boutique, with vendors set up in every room of the festively decorated historic. Miniature train displays in the building’s auditorium will delight children, who can sled down the perfect sledding hill outside. Santa will also be available to listen to wish lists and pose for photographs with families. Walk around the grounds after dark to see Christmas lights twinkling in the snow.
Peteetneet Museum, 10 North 600 East, Payson, December 2nd, 4-9 pm; December 3rd, 10am-5pm Santa Hours: December 2nd, 5-7pm; December 3rd, 10am to 1pm Admission is free.
Holiday Market at Grid Zine Fest
Grid Zine Fest’s Holiday Market serves two purposes: it allows people to buy “weird stuff” from zine makers as holiday gifts, and it raises funds for Grid Zine Fest 2023. Attendees can purchase festival cookies and other treats to make their own cookie tins (vegan options will be available), with all proceeds benefiting the annual Salt Lake City Gin & Comics Festival. After browsing zines, visit a record store with a large selection of local music.
Diabolical Records, 238 S. Edison St., Salt Lake City, noon-4 p.m., Dec. 3. Admission is free.
Red Butte Gardens Holiday Open House and Art Fir, as well as the Glass Art Guild of Utah Glass Show
After entering the Red Butte Gardens main building, take the stairs to the Glass Art Guild’s 20th Anniversary Glass Show, which features glass Christmas ornaments and ornaments and will be on display through December 20. Take a left at the top of the stairs to find the Red Butte Holiday Open House and Art Fair in a bright orange space, filled with Utah artists selling fiber art, soaps, lotions, pottery and other items on December 3 and 4. After you’ve chosen your treasure, head outside and stroll through the sleepy Winter Garden — entry is free for all market-goers.
Red Butte Holiday Open House & Art Fair, 300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Dec. 3-4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Glass Art Guild 20th Anniversary Show, runs through December 20. Admission is free.
Holiday Market at UMFA
After visiting the Red Butte Gardens Holiday Market, visit the Utah Museum of Fine Arts to browse locally made gifts in the Great Hall and art-inspired items in The Museum Store. Makers will sell prints, jewelry, candles, chocolates and other items on Dec. 3 and 4, and the museum store is open year-round. Afterwards, stop at the museum cafe for a snack or drink (entrance fee required) before exploring the museum’s many exhibits.
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts, 410 Campus Center Drive, University of Utah, will be open Dec. 3-4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The market is free to enter, but the exhibition has a fee.
You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy the winter holidays at the Hanukkah Market, which has been running for more than 25 years. More than 20 vendors will sell Native American jewelry, soy candles, handmade menorahs, homemade chocolates and other items at the IJ & Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center just north of Primary Children’s Hospital. Buy potato latkes, New York-style bagels and jelly donuts to eat at the event or take home for later.
The IJ & Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center, 2 Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, will host a holiday party at the JCC Social Hall on Dec. 4 from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Holiday Punk Rock Flea Market in SLC
If your holiday shopping list includes someone who enjoys metal or punk music, horror movies or gin, the SLC Punk Rock Flea Holiday Market is the place to go.
John-Ross Boyce, Graveyard Witch Accessories, Space Babes Art, Grave Shift Press, Blooming Smoke Art, Moss Bone, Britta Baker and others. DJ Nixbeat and DJ Retrograde will spin carefully selected tracks. Coffee and snacks will also be available for purchase.
3-8 pm, Sugar Space Arts Warehouse, 132 S. Admission is free at 800 West, Salt Lake City.