The local list: Twenty holiday shows and markets for last-minute gifts in December

Fashion Denver
It's getting down to the nitty-gritty, shopping-wise, if you're still scrambling to find the right gift for every person in your life. But as the holiday draws near, you can still feel assured that you'll find just that, and it'll all be handmade and locally sourced, to boot: Read on for our handy listing of all the best places to find artful, one-of-a-kind gifts in the remaining days before Christmas.

See also: Gifts that give back: Seven places to find thoughtful gifts for the holidays
Artwork by Zoa Ace, courtesy of the Arvada Center.

Arvada Center Fine Art Market and ACES Show and Sale
Opening reception, 5-9 p.m. December 12
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays, December 12-22
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

The Arvada Center saves its best for last with the annual Fine Art Market, now in its 27th year. The large exhibit and sale crosses the gamut of mediums and price points, offering works both functionally decorative -- such as one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry pieces -- and for art's sake. As a worthy sideshow, the ACES sale showcases ceramic works by Arvada Center students and instructors, many at affordable prices.


Gifted Holiday Handmade Market/Warm Cookies of the Revolution
5-9 p.m. December 12
McNichols Building

This new gift market from Evan Weissman's "civic health club" Warm Cookies of the Revolution aims to make you think about where your purchase came from and what went into its creation and includes a community discussion on these issues in addition to a curated collection of local vendors. But it's also meant to generate the holiday spirit, with a raffle, hot cocoa and, yes, warm cookies. Think before you buy.

This Season's Holiday tiny Huge art Show
6-9 p.m. December 12
Grant Street Artworks, 281 South Grant Street

The artist collective and shared studio space Grant Street Artworks regularly hosts monthly open studio nights that include guest artists, but in December, it's natural for the event to take on some holiday spirit. Originally intended as a miniatures show, This Season's Holiday tiny Huge art Show goes big, small and everywhere in between, instead; also featured will be jewelry, handmade holiday cards and other affordable items, as well as holiday refreshments. GSA will donate 15 percent of every purchase to charity.

Continue reading for more holiday markets.

Location Info



McNichols Building

144 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

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Zip 37

3644 Navajo St., Denver, CO

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The MacSpa

1738 Wynkoop St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Matter Studio

2134 Market St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Denver Art Society

734 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO

Category: General

Powerhaüs Studio

2900 Marion St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Equillibrium Clothing

11458 W. Custer Pl., Denver, CO

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The EXDO Hall

3545 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Mercury Cafe

2199 California St., Denver, CO

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Good Thieves Press - CLOSED

2401 Stout St., Denver, CO

Category: General

The Source

3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: General

Grant-Humphreys Mansion

770 Pennsylvania St., Denver, CO

Category: General

910 Arts

910 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO

Category: General

Historic Horse Barn/Denver Urban Gardens

1031 33rd St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Boulder Valley YMCA Skatepark

2850 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, CO

Category: General

Parkside Mansion

1859 York St., Denver, CO

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Boulder County Fairgrounds

9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, CO

Category: General

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