Do you really want to risk your Amazon package not showing up in time for the holidays this year? Of course not. Check out these local holiday markets for all of your shopping needs, from presents, to décor, to food stuffs, to traditional holiday toys, and have some fun—and a little peace of mind from shopping local.
Tootsies Pop-Up at Memorial Green
Want a feel for the finer things? Head over to Memorial Green for Tootsies’s monthlong pop-up event, and shop designer clothes, shoes, and accessories at discounted rates. And in a 1,500-square-foot space, this pop-up is sure to have something for everyone. “We are pleased to bring the Tootsies experience to our customers in the Memorial area,” Tootsies owner Norman Lewis said in a statement. “Shoppers will find beautiful collections at Memorial Green; a great selection of merchandise at sale prices.”
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday–Saturday through December. Free. Memorial Green, 12505 Memorial Dr. More at tootsies.com.
Czech Holiday Market
Embrace your heritage—or at least your love of kolaches—at the Czech Center Museum Houston’s annual holiday market. From Christmas eggs to crystal, recipe and children’s books, and more, there’s something from the Czech Republic for everyone on your list. You can also shop homemade foods like strudels, egg noodles, and more at the new Country Store. And instead of sitting on Santa’s lap, children can tell St. Nicholas, the anděl (angel), and the čert (devil) how good they’ve been this year for a treat as part of Svatý Mikuláš, a Czech holiday tradition.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec 5 and 19. Free, must register ahead. Czech Center Museum Houston, 4920 San Jacinto St. Learn more and register at czechcenter.org.
Chanukah Pop Up Marketplace
Hosted by Chabad of Cypress, this outdoor market is right in time for Chanukah, which begins December 10. Find everything you need for the Festival of Lights, including gifts, menorahs, candles, dreidels, face masks, and more. Plus, pick up traditional foods like latkes and sufganiyot, a type of jelly-filled doughnut.
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec 6. Free. Talon Controls, 10625 Telge Rd. More at facebook.com.
Maker’s Holiday Market
Founded by husband-and-wife duo Cory and Sarah Lowe, Art Cellar of Houston is known for hosting public and private art parties. So, party it up at their Maker’s Holiday Market on Sunday, December 6, at Regent Square across from Buffalo Bayou Park. Shop art, ceramics, foodie treats, jewelry, and more from vendors like Langlois Designs, M Pottery Texas, Kai’s Baking Studio, and Arlene’s Mosaics. And in true Art Cellar fashion, guests will even be able to get crafty: The market will feature ornament making. Kits are free for the first 50 guests, and $25 after that.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec 6. Free. The Parkway at Regent Square, corner of Dunlavy Street and Allen Parkway. More at artcellarhouston.com.
Art Is A Wonderland Market
At this Sip ‘N Stroll event, enjoy all of the charm of a farmers market while also exploring art and other crafts from local makers. Masks will be required for everyone at this Art Cellar Houston-hosted Energy Corridor event. Partake in King’s Head Pub’s adult to-go station, and find grub for even the pickiest of young eaters from one of the onsite restaurants.
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec 11. Free. 1809 Eldridge Pkwy. More at artcellarhouston.com.
After a pop-up event in Spring’s CityPlace Plaza on December 5, DASH Market is taking over Silver Street Studios for a full weekend’s worth of shopping. Listen to Disco Santa jam, shop the 130-plus vendors, and even find your furry new best friend at the C.A.M.O. pet adoption event. Register for the Preview Party on December 10, and get a first look at everything.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec 11–13. $10. Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St. More at dashhouston.com.
The Great Holiday Shop
There is truly nothing quite like a gift basket, whether it be handmade, filled with fruit cut to look like flowers, or store-bought. Find a basket for every occasion at the 4,400-square-foot pop-up shop from Executive Baskets, which got its start in Houston in 1987. Holiday basket offerings include Instant Office Party, Munchie Deluxe, The Wine Sampler, Take Me Gnome, Merry Texmas, and more. And while some of these baskets can get a bit pricey, there are still plenty of options below $100. Bonus points: Gift baskets are basically pre-wrapped.
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Jan 8. Free. Sugar Land Town Square. More at sugarlandtownsquare.com.