‘Tis the time to finish (…or start) crossing everything off your holiday shopping list. Shopping local is one way to share your love for Buffalo with your friends and family members. With all the holiday markets happening in the next few weeks, spreading the Buffalove is easier than you may realize. We’ve put together a shopping guide to help you keep your dollars local this holiday season.
Holiday Artists Sale at Burchfield Penney: 12/2- 12/4
Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY
Once again the Burchfield Penney kicks off the holiday season by celebrating more than 40 artists. It’s the perfect spot to find gift giving inspiration and also where you’ll find jewelry, photography, handmade journals, glassware, purses, pottery, notecards, art, wreaths, and more. Plus, 20% of all sales are donated to the Center. The sale takes place Friday from 5 p.m.-9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Buffalo Riverworks, 359 Ganson St., Buffalo, NY
Everyone’s favorite waterfront event venue is hosting WNY’s top local merchants for a one-day shop local sale that’s sure to be a good time. In-between drinks at the bar, you can find special gifts for everyone on your list. Doors are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and admission is free for this Dec. 3 sale.
Queen City Market: 12/3
Karpeles Manuscript Library, 453 Porter Ave., Buffalo NY
For the sixth year in a row, the Queen City Market welcomes WNY artisan crafters and vintage sellers to showcase their talents from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. With 50+ local vendors represented at this event, variety is plentiful. You can find jewelry, ceramics, vintage clothing and housewares, local foods, and much more. The event is free and open to the public.
Yuletide in the Country: 12/3 & 12/4
Event Center on the Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY
Premier Promotions presents a holiday shopping experience you won’t find at any shopping center. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and scents of the most wonderful time of year while browsing a gift selection from than 150 artists and artisans, including many WNY locals. Shop between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $5 at the door, and children under 12 are free. Local charities will also be raising money at this year’s event.
Holiday Bazaar and Craft Show: 12/4
Mount St. Mary Academy, 3756 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY
Homemade candles, jellies, wreaths, scarves, artwork, jewelry, and more can be found at Mount St. Mary Academy’s annual holiday bazaar and craft show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. When the post-shopping hunger kicks in, stop by for a Chiavetta’s BBQ lunch from 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. or $10 dinners available at the door.
Holiday Pop-Up Shop: 12/4
Resurgence Brewing Company, 250 Niagara St., Buffalo, NY
Grab your local brew (or two) and grab stocking stuffers from local vendors. With 10 small businesses represented in one place, you can get everything you need in one afternoon, including gifts for your furry friends. The shop runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., so there will be plenty of time to get some shopping done and grab food and drinks.
A City of Buffalo Artists Market: 12/7
Ellicott Square Building, 295 Main St., Buffalo, NY
Shopping, food trucks, a bar, and more! The #thisisbuffalo holiday favorites are well-represented at The Ellicott Development Company’s artists market from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday for the third year in a row. The event will also feature 50+ local vendors, as well as personalized gift tags.
Holiday Vendor Market in Larkinville: 12/9
Larkin at Exchange Building, 726 Exchange St., Buffalo, NY
Larkinville isn’t just for Food Truck Tuesdays. This holiday season it’s also a place to find lots of handmade gifts, including home decor, clothing, accessories, baked goods, candles, soaps, and of course- Buffalo-gear. The market will be open for browsing from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday.
Becker Farms Sip ‘n Shop: 12/10
Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards, 3724 Quaker Rd., Gasport, NY
Even though pumpkin and apple picking season have passed, a visit to Becker Farms is a must. With a glass of your favorite wine in hand, you can browse a selection of gifts from local vendors and shop specials on Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards products from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Christmas at Knox Arts & Crafts Show: 12/10 & 12/11
Friends of Knox Farm State Park, 437 Buffalo Rd, East Aurora, NY
For the first time, The Knox Mansion will serve as the backdrop for a holiday arts and crafts show. On Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., beautiful decorations and anxious vendors will welcome attendees to this local shopping event. Admission is $5; and all proceeds benefit the upkeep of Knox Farm State Park.
Holiday Pop Up Shop: 12/13
Thin Man Brewery, 492 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY
Elmwood’s favorite (and only) brewery is joining in on the holiday market fun. Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. is the perfect opportunity to grab the best brews on the block and some holiday gifts for your loved ones. The vendor list has yet to be released, so the best way to find out is to check it out.
9th Annual Last Minute Panic Sale: 12/16 & 12/17
Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., Buffalo, NY
With less than 10 days until Christmas, you may be tempted to panic. Instead, stop by WNYBAC for last-minute gifts that are original and thoughtful on Friday from 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. or Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. With 40 vendors on both floors, you’ll have options, including everything from housewares, knitwear, and jewelry to hand-printed greeting cards and posters. There’s even a letterpress holiday card workshop to look forward to. Admission and parking are free.
Elm Street Holiday Market: 12/17
MUSEjar, 17 Elm St., East Aurora, NY
There couldn’t be better timing for a boutique holiday market than during Christmas Carolcade, a beloved East Aurora tradition. Participating local vendors and artisans are offering last-minute gifts you’ll love giving. The market runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.
Written by Morgan Culhane
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