Cross some names off your gift list all while supporting local business this year.

Ready, set, shop: The holiday season starts...now! Find something for everyone on your list, from your boss to your grandparents, at the slew of pop-ups, markets, festivals, and more all across the city. Want to shop local but having trouble keeping them all straight? We're here to help with that.

MAI Holiday Market

What: Memorial Antiques Interiors says it’s your day to jingle! Join them in the Houston Design Center for more than 20 trunk shows, gift card drawings every hour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., light bites, and 20 percent off store-wide regular priced items over $100.
When: Tuesday, November 6
Where: 7026 Old Katy Rd., #166
Admission: Free. 

Cuteheads + Willow Crowns Annual Holiday Pop-Up Shop

What: Cuteheads and Willow Crowns, two of Houston’s most beloved children's brands, are popping up at Luxury Garage Sale in Rice Village. Enjoy breakfast and coffee while you shop for the little ones on your list.
When: Thursday, November 8 from 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Where: Luxury Garage Sale, 2528 Amherst St.
Admission: Free.

Nutcracker Market

What: The Houston Ballet’s annual Nutcracker Market is a tour de force with more than 250 vendors offering everything from gourmet food to holiday décor.
When: Thursday, November 8 to Sunday, November 11
Where: NRG Center, 1 NRG Park
Admission: $20.

Heartwarming Christmas Craft Show

What: Shop local at the 29th annual craft show from this Katy church.
When: Saturday, November 10 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Holy Covenant UMC, 22111 Morton Ranch Rd., Katy
Admission: Free.

HTX Boss Babes Holiday Market

What: HTX Boss Babes, a community of local artists and female-owned businesses, hosts their annual holiday market celebrating women entrepreneurs and featuring more than 80 vendors.
When: Saturday, November 10 from noon–8 p.m.
Where: 8th Wonder Brewery, 2202 Dallas St.
Admission: Free; RSVP online.

2018 Theta Charity Antiques Show

What: Enjoy art and design, from ancient to contemporary, at the 66th annual Theta Charity Antiques Show, where proceeds benefit various local charities.
When: Thursday, November 15 to Sunday, November 18 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where: George R. Brown Convention Center
Admission: $20+, available online. 

Home for the Holidays Gift Market  

What: The largest gift market in Katy is back for its 11th year with more than 175 vendors to choose from.
When: Friday, November 16 from 1–8 p.m.; Saturday, November 17 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; and Sunday, November 18 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Merrell Center, 6301 S. Stadium Ln., Katy
Admission: $6. 

Winter Holiday Art Market

What: Powered by Fresh Arts, the 13th annual market kicks off the holiday season with an exclusive ugly sweater-themed preview party and more than 65 established artists selling everything from jewelry to soap. 
When: Friday, November 16 from 6–10 p.m.; Saturday, November 17 from 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; and Sunday, November 18 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St.
Admission: $15 for preview party; free for Fresh Arts members.

Midtown Houston Mistletoe Market

What: Select your favorite snack and watch A Charlie Brown Christmas and Home Alone on Friday evening, then come back the next morning for breakfast in the park, photo booths, games, and—of course—shopping.
When: Friday, November 16 from 5–10 p.m. and Saturday, November 17 from 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
Where: Midtown Park, 2811 Travis Str.
Admission: Free.

CyFair Nutcracker Market

What: Grab family and friends and make a day out of this gathering of more than 150 vendors to shop.
When: Saturday, November 17 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Rd.
Admission: Free.

Friendsgiving Market

What: Celebrate friends, art, and brews when vintage curators, local makers, and more set up shop in Karbach's biergarten.
When: Sunday, November 18 from noon–5 p.m.
Where: Karbach Brewing Co., 2032 Karbach St.
Admission: Free.

Black Friday Pop-Up and Pull-Up

What: J.W. Hair Collection hosts the first annual Black Friday Pop-Up and Pull-Up, a two-day shopping extravaganza with prizes, hourly giveaways, light bites, and the best gift of all—free parking.
When: Thursday, November 22 from 6–10 p.m. and Friday, November 23 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: ARKA Art Studio, 4715 Main St.
Admission: Free 

Holiday Flea at Silver Street

What: Move over Target and Walmart, and say goodbye to rowdy box store crowds and endless lines when Silver Street hosts local artists and designers all Black Friday weekend. Enjoy cocktails from a full bar and various dishes from food trucks, plus find a fur-ever four-legged friend at the pet adoption event.
When: Friday, November 23 to Sunday, November 25 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Silver Street, 2000 Edwards St."
Admission: $5. 

Energy Corridor’s Merry Market

What: Find complimentary yoga, local artisans, a kid’s zone, and the man of the hour himself: Santa.
When: Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Where: 14710 Grisby Rd.
Admission: Free.

AG Flea: Holiday Market

What: AG Antiques hosts an outdoor market in the Heights, where you can shop handmade artisan goods while sipping mimosas.
When: Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: The Heights, 313 W. 19th St.
Admission: Free. 

Holiday in the Park

What: Pop Shop America and Downtown Houston present a day full of local artisans, live music, hot chocolate bar, mimosas and crafts.
When: Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Market Square Park, 301 Milam St.
Admission: Free.

Katy Old-Fashioned Christmas Festival

What: Katy Market Day is bringing 50,000 pounds of snow to this 9th annual festival in downtown Katy. Get in line to take your picture with Santa and make snow angels in the snow park, shop antiques and crafts while listening to carolers, or relax in No Label Brewing Co’s beer garden.
When: Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: 5717 2nd St., Katy
Admission: Free. 

City Acre Weihnachtsmarkt Holiday Market

What: German for "holiday market," City Acre's annual Weihnachtsmarkt is back with plenty of shopping, snacking, and sipping.
When: Saturday, December 1 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: City Acre Brewing Co., 3418 Topping St.
Admission: Free. 

Home for the Holidays Market

What: Find vintage goods, antiques, and handmade holiday gifts for all.
When: Saturday, December 1 from noon–5 p.m.
Where: Pasadena Fairgrounds, 7902 Fairmont Pwky
Admission: Free.

Holiday on 19th Street

What: Enjoy live music, cocktails, snow (!), and in-store festivities from your favorite Heights shops like Emerson Rose, Manready Mercantile, and more.
When: Friday, December 7 from 6–10 p.m.
Where: 19th St. between Shepherd and Yale
Admission: Free.

Holler Brewing Co. Holiday Market

What: Enjoy a Holler beer while shopping handmade jewelry, produce, vintage, and vegan bath and body products from various local vendors.
When: Friday, December 7 from 6–10 p.m.
Where: Holler Brewing Co., 2206 Edwards St.
Admission: Free. 

Tomball German Festival Christmas Market

What: Head to Tomball for a petting zoo, carnival, pony rides, and shopping from more than 200 vendors.
When: Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8 from 7–10 p.m.; Sunday, December 9 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where: 200 Market St., Tomball
Admission: Free. 

Heart to Market

What: This one-day holiday market features all things moms and their little ones. Ten percent of sales benefit A 2nd Cup and its mission to end human trafficking.
When: Saturday, December 8 from 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where: A 2nd Cup, 1111 E. 11th St.
Admission: Free.

Candy Cane Market

What: This family-friendly event brings more than 65 vendors, food trucks, and Santa to Katy.
When: Saturday, December 8 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: Cane Island, 2100 Cane Island Pwky, Katy
Admission: Free.

Heights Holiday Market

What: The 14th annual Heights Holiday Market features specialty coffee, baked goods, home décor, and handmade accessories.
When: Saturday, December 8 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where: 935 Harvard St.
Admission: Free.

Beers and Cheers Holiday Market

What: Sip an ice cold Saint Arnold and find your perfect ugly Christmas sweater for that upcoming party, plus plenty more from local vendors.
When: Sunday, December 9 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Ave.
Admission: Free.

Artist Holiday Pop-Up

What: What do you get when a jewelry designer, a vintage boutique owner, a marketer, and a management consultant unite for holiday shopping? The first annual Artist Holiday Pop-Up for two weeks this December, featuring more than 40 vendors offering everything from home décor to fine art and clothing.
When: Thursday, December 13–Monday, December 24; Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Christmas Eve, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: 4715 S. Main St.
Admission: Free.

Heights Mercantile Holiday Market

What: Shop local at the first annual holiday market from this trendy Heights mixed-use development, home to faves like Saint Lo, Favor the Kind, The Impeccable Pig, and Lemon Laine.
When: Saturday, December 15 from 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where: Heights Mercantile, 711 Heights Blvd.
Admission: Free. 

A Christmas Story Art Market

What: Crack open a cold brew—Karbach, of course—while you shop in the biergarten. Be sure to bring a chair for the post-shopping screening of the favorite holiday classic.
When: Sunday, December 16 from noon–5 p.m.
Where: Karbach Brewing Co., 2032 Karbach St.
Admission: Free.

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