Can you believe it’s that time of year already? We hate to say it, but if you’re not ahead with your holiday shopping, you’re behind. Here’s how to shop local this holiday season while avoiding the crazy that is last minute holiday shopping. Pro tip: People (especially Buffalonians) tend to love a gift with a local story behind it. Luckily all of the holiday markets listed here happen to go heavy on the local artisans and vendors. Happy shopping!
Queen City Pop Up: Holiday Edition 11/9 – 12/24
Main Street at Fountain Plaza
This (almost) two month-long mega pop up has hand-selected four premium retailers to sell at the Holiday Edition of their Main Street takeover. The project, now in it’s third edition, aims to fill vacant storefronts on Main Street in downtown Buffalo. They’re bringing together prime real estate, local retailers, and holiday shoppers to make the shopping experience that much more amazing. Vendors include Buffalo Barkery offering Buffalo themed dog treats, accessories and gifts, RudeBoyz Artworks with urban art and specialty clothing, Rare Rustic Crafts featuring natural artisan bath and body products, and Talisman Jewelry by Mila with handcrafted brass jewelry and accessories. Enjoy shopping at these local retailers from Monday, November 9th to Thursday, December 24 during the hours of 10 am – 6 pm Monday – Friday, and Noon – 5 pm on Saturday. Remember, visiting the Queen City Pop Up is free and open to the public!
Buffalo Spree Girls Night Out 11/12
Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Rd., Depew, NY
Make a night out of holiday shopping with friends at the Buffalo Spree Girls Night Out shopping event at Salvatore’s on Thursday, November 12, 2015. Check out over 40 different vendors from jewelry and accessories to eyewear, handbags, and more. Admission includes food stations, a shopping bag and photo booth. A cash bar is also available. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Sip and Shop 11/17
J’s White Elephant, 1404 Abbott Rd, Lackawanna, NY
From 8:30pm until 11:30 pm on Saturday, November 14th head to J’s White Elephant for shopping and cocktails. They’ll have over 15 vendors. For more info contact Kym at 716-532-3836.
Shea’s Shopping Soiree 11/19
Shea’s Performing Arts Center, 646 Main St, Buffalo
Add a little class to your holiday shopping spree – do it at Shea’s! On Thursday, November 19th from 5:30 – 8:30pm they’ll be hosting a variety of local vendors while you shop and enjoy complimentary food, a cash bar, raffles and more. The first 500 guests receive a free gift bag. Tickets are $10.
Knox Farm Holiday Art Fest 11/20-11/22
Knox Mansion at Knox Farm, 437 Buffalo Rd. (Seneca Street), East Aurora
Featuring several of Western New York’s top artists and craftsmen, this holiday art festival offers “a well curated and diverse group of nearly 100 artists and craftsmen,” providing something for everyone who is looking for a hand crafted piece of artwork for themselves or gift for the holiday season. Dates include a preview night on Friday from 6-9 pm for $20 or general admission on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm for $5.
Buffalo Women’s Gifts 11/28
Asbury Hall at Babeville
On Saturday, November 28th from 10am – 5pm head to Babeville on Delaware and West Tupper for a day full of shopping. Vendors will include jewelry, pottery, fabrics, glass, body care, ceramics, knitted and crocheted items, printed items, food and drink, card, notebooks, home decor, and more. Plus, enjoy performances by Relativity BellyDance, Kathy Moriarty, Dee Adams, Julie Atti Rogers, and Loraine O’Donnell, and food from Amy’s Food Truck. Admission is free.
Peace, Love & Grant Street 12/3
Public Espresso + Coffee on Grant @ 368 Grant Street, Buffalo
Our friends at Public Espresso are opening their Grant Street Roastery for an evening pop up on the West Side form 4 – 8pm. Expect vendors like Rise Collaborative, Ink by Alyssa, Trebird, Peg’s Harware, Linwood Candle Co. and many more, including Step Out Buffalo! Did we mention there will be food trucks, a petting zoo, and an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest? See you there!
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Queen City Market 2015 12/5
Karpeles Manuscript Library, 453 Porter Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14201
On Saturday, December 5th from 11am – 5pm head to Karpeles Manuscript Library for a chance to shop over 50 local vendors selling either handmade or vintage items. The wide selection of goods available will include jewelry, ceramics, vintage clothing and housewares, local food, and more. This event is free and open to the public. Check out the confirmed vendors here!
Holiday at the Park 12/5
Rich Activity Center @ The Park School of Buffalo, 4625 Harlem Road, Snyder, NY 14226
From 11am – 4pm on Saturday, December 5th, join the Park School of Buffalo for local vendors, boutiques, artisans, kids crafts, gift wrapping, basket raffle, food trucks, and more!
A City of Buffalo Artists Market 12/9
On Wednesday, December 9 from 4:30 to 9pm in the Ellicott Square Building, join Sarah Danielle Women’s Boutique as they host an artist market in the lobby of the building. Expect local artists, vendors, shops, food trucks, music, a cash bar, gift wrapping and free parking!
Saturday Artisan Market: Holiday Edition 12/11-12/12
RESCHEDULED from November to December
A smaller group of vendors from the popular summer market at Canalside is moving up near The Ice at Canalside for a holiday version. On Friday, November 13th from 5-9pm and Saturday, November 14th form 10am-9pm head down to the ice rink for some wintery fun and a look this markers’ market.
UUCB Holiday Arts & Crafts Show 12/12
United Universalist Church of Buffalo in the Elmwood Village
Last Minute Panic Sale 12/18-12/19
WNY Book Arts Center, 468 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY
So you waited til the last minute? Time to check out the 8th Annual Last Minute Panic Sale at the WNY Book Arts Center on Friday December 18th from 4-8 pm and Saturday December 19th from 12-6 pm. This event is FREE and open to the public and features over 40 vendors on two floors. Find “quality handmade goods from housewares, knitwear, and jewelry to hand-printed greeting cards and posters”. There’s no reason your last minute gift shouldn’t be thoughtful. This year the Book Arts Center will also be running a print-your-own holiday card workshop!