Giving may be the reason for the season, but let’s confess that giving can be just as 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 21 – January 7 at Fair Park in Dallas
Debuting this year, Holiday Wonder is a new experience celebrating the magic of Christmas through holiday lights, attractions and food from all over the world. Fair Park will be packed with two million lights, shining lanterns, bright light displays, impressive acrobatics and a Holiday Wonder Market full of toys and souvenirs. Don’t miss Santa’s Arctic Slide, sledding or snowball fun.
November 24 – December 31 at Globe Life Park in Arlington
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 including a walk through Texas Christkindl Market Lane. You can also ice skate, wander through millions of lights or gaze upon a 100 ft. Christmas tree!
December 9 at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth
Round up your herd and head to the Cowtown Indie Bazaar for last-minute holiday shopping with more than 70 local makers with everything from home decor, kids items, jewelry, bath & body, woodworking, fiber arts, pottery, paper goods. Feeling creative this year? Sign up for a flower-arranging class!
MARKETS TO CATCH NEXT YEAR:
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 22 years.
Irving Convention Center
Wander through the beautiful Irving Convention Center for this epic holiday tradition featuring over 100 merchants and artists selling one-of-a-kind crafts, jewelry, gourmet goodies, home decor and so much more. Plus, Santa will be making a special one-hour appearance on Friday and Saturday at noon, so get your cameras ready! Admission is $5, and children 12 and under are free.
Eddie Deen’s Ranch in Dallas
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 say hi to Santa. Prefer to sip while you shop? There are multiple bars as well as burgers and bites available. Get there early to get a swag bag for the first 50 shoppers!
South Main in Fort Worth
Small may be in the title, but it’s not to be missed! The Shop Small Fort Worth Market in the artsy Near Southside neighborhood features the best Cowtown artisans, craftsmen and small businesses. With food trucks, entertainment, and all-around good people, this event celebrates all that makes Fort Worth fun. Plus there’s opportunity for a swag bag and other goodies with a festive scavenger hunt.
Centennial Hall at Fair Park in Dallas
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 40-year history, the market has distributed over $7.76 million dollars to the Dallas community through grants to local charities and scholarships. (Now that’s giving!)
Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth
They don’t call it FunkyTown for nothin’. Fort Worth’s Funky Finds is a two-day indoor, pet-friendly, handmade shopping event where over 100 artists, crafters, designers, authors and gourmet food makers (and Santa to boot!) take over Will Rogers Memorial Center.
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