The local list: Seventeen holiday shows and markets for gift-buying in early December

Valerie Savarie, Valkarie Gallery.
The holiday shopping season begins in earnest on this nasty day after Thanksgiving, and though Small Business Saturday is tomorrow, it doesn't mean you can't keep right on shopping local and handmade -- now and all year long. And how can you resist, anyway, with all of these alternatives still to come? Keep reading for a roundup of December's first wave of holiday markets.

See also: BALLS! V: A Holiday Spectacular

Coloradoan Green Zip Pouch,
Fuse Denver Holiday Market
11 a.m.-4 p.m. December 1
EXDO Event Center
$5-$9, $8 for two, $12 for four; register in advance

FUSEdenver brings together an elite selection of local and all-American vendors a few times a year, but the holiday market, which blends a smart blend of art, design, food and fashion pop-up shops, is FUSEdenver at its best. There is an admission fee to attend the exclusive event, but amenities -- from a cash bar to complimentary mini-manicures and photo booth -- are included in the price.

CrAft & CrAfts: Handmade Beers & Handmade Gifts
Noon-7 p.m. December 1
Avery Brewing Co.

Here in Colorado, being crafty carries a double meaning: Whether we're hand-making beer or knitting woolen scarves and canning jams, we're out to excel. Avery Brewing's CrAft & CrAfts merges both craft movements by combining shopping for local, handmade gifts and -- natch -- Avery brews. That includes a special tapping at 3 p.m., featuring the strawberry-infused Strawberry Wit Belgian-style white ale. Buy up, and drink up, too. Proceeds benefit the Women's Bean Project.

Denver Potters Association Holiday Show and Sale
3-8 p.m. December 5, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. December 6, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. December 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. December 8
Sixth Avenue United Church

Denver Potters bring together a stable of more than forty artisans, including jewelers, woodworkers and glass artists in addition to the organization's base group of clay artists for this annual show.
Heaven in a jar, from Naked Goat Farm.
Holiday Mancraft 2013
1-7 p.m. December 6
VFW Post 2461

After a few bouts in the traditional craft-fair arena, screen printer Stuart Alden of Ink Lounge saw a need for a market that would appeal to men, as well as the usual shop-till-you-drop women who frequent handmade sales. So he and his wife and business partner Nicky put together Holiday Mancraft, which not only showcases handmade gifts for men, but also work created by crafty men. It's quickly become one of the best markets of the season and is moving this year to a bigger venue. The icing on top? They added a full bar. Wares include everything from pickles to art prints.

Continue reading for more holiday markets.

Location Info



Avery Brewing Co.

5757 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO

Category: Music

Sixth Avenue United Church

3250 E. 6th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

VFW Post 2461

1350 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: General

Firefly Handmade Market

1600 Pearl St., Boulder, CO

Category: General

16th Street Mall

1001 16th St., Denver, CO

Category: General

McNichols Building

144 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts

1405 Florence St., Aurora, CO

Category: General

Powerhaüs Studio

2900 Marion St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Valkarie Fine Gallery and Studio

445 S Saulsbury St, Denver, CO

Category: General

Women's Bean Project

3201 Curtis St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Valdez Elementary School

2525 W. 29th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Snap-Up Headquarters

10 E. Ellsworth Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

East End Applied Arts

576 Hanover Way, Aurora, CO

Category: General

Denver Pavilions

500 16th St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Young Americans Center for Financial Education

3550 E. 1st Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Young Americans Center

401 S. Pierce St., Lakewood, CO

Category: General

Artisan Holiday Boutique

1597 W. Nevada Place, Denver, CO

Category: General

Share / Denver

2829 Fairfax St., Denver, CO

Category: General

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Thanks for including FUSEdenver in this year's list! We're so excited to be back for our second year. The link for discounted advance tickets is broken but can be found here Also we're at Exdo Hall this year, just a stones throw from Exdo Event Center. See you soon! 

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