Giving may be the reason for the season, but let’s confess—giving is fun, too! Dallas-Fort Worth is a holiday shopper’s paradise where you’ll find homemade gifts galore from talented crafters and artisans at local holiday markets. With plenty of markets offering holiday music and entertainment, festive food, drinks and more, you’ll be in the Christmas spirit in no time. Now whether or not you buy anything for anyone else is all up to you!
November 8 – 11 at Plano Event Center
There’s a reason more than 12,000 shoppers head to ‘Neath the Wreath presented by Junior League of Collin County. Actually, try five of them! The juried five-day holiday market features 100+ seasonal goods and home décor, ladies clothing, accessories, gifts, jewelry, children’s items and artisanal food that keeps us coming back for 23 years.
November 24 – December 31 at Globe Life Park
If you’ve ever wanted to walk in a winter wonderland, this is it. Located right in the middle of Arlington’s Entertainment District, Enchant Christmas is the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze & Market. Check off your holiday shopping list with 75+ vendors scattered throughout the village, then ice skate, wander through millions of lights or gaze upon a 100-foot Christmas tree!
3. JINGLE BASH
November 10 at Fashion Industry Gallery
The best handmade artisans will be at the Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash! While you’re shopping, stop by the photo booth, DIY make-and-take tables and celebrate Jingle Bash’s 10-year anniversary. Like to sip while you shop? There are multiple bars as well as food truck bites available. Try to get there early—the first 50 shoppers get a swag bag!
November 9 – 10 at Stockyards Station
Small may be in the title, but this market is not to be missed! The Shop Small Fort Worth Market in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards features the best Cowtown artisans, craftsmen and small businesses. With a bar, entertainment, and all-around good people, this event celebrates all that makes Fort Worth fun. Plus there’s an opportunity for swag bags and photos with Santa!
November 14 – 17 at Centennial Hall at Fair Park
When it comes to holiday markets, Chi Omega Christmas Market wrote the book. CHI-O Christmas offers a unique one-of-a-kind shopping experience with 180+ merchants showcasing gifts for everyone including holiday decor, women’s clothing and accessories, home accents, children’s clothing and toys, food and much more. And the best part? In the event’s 41-year history, the market has distributed over $8.12 million dollars to the Dallas community through grants to local charities and scholarships. (Now that’s giving!)
6. FUNKY FINDS
November 17 – 18 at Will Rogers Memorial Center
They don’t call it FunkyTown for nothin’. Fort Worth’s Funky Finds is a two-day indoor handmade shopping event where you’ll find over 100 artists, crafters, designers, authors and gourmet food makers. While you’re there, don’t forget to take a photo with Santa!
November 23 – December 23 at Texas Live!
One of Arlington’s old traditions is moving to a new cozy space—sports and foodie mecca, The Plaza at Texas Live! Shop this “German style” market for handcrafted gifts (including authentic German gifts and collectibles), then grab a bite to eat at one of several unique restaurants like Troy Aikman’s new hotspot, Troy’s, or watch a sports game on their 100-foot tall TV. Don’t’ miss the kickoff tree-lighting ceremony on November 25 at 6 p.m., featuring the Christkindl Angel.
December 1 at Frisco Square
This local tradition gives kiddos a chance to find gifts for their loved ones without mom or dad peeking over their shoulder! For a $12 entry fee, your little one can pick out two gifts for the holidays while you relax in the parent’s waiting area. Be sure to stick around for the annual tree lighting and take a spin on the ice skating rink!
December 4 at Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork
Looking for more one-of-a-kind finds? Head to this outdoor market and shop from over 30+ merchants and artisan vendors, then snap a photo with Santa, take a hayride and even see live reindeer! If you don’t find the perfect present here, don’t worry—you can also drive down the street to the Shops at Clearfork and browse through big-name stores.
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