Are you looking for a way to make your gift-buying dollars fuel the local economy? You can support local makers, craftsmen and artists by doing some of your gift shopping at one to the arts and crafts markets that are scheduled to open around town over the next couple of weeks.
Here are some suggestions:
MOG & Grog
Sunday, Dec. 2, 12-5 p.m.
Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma
Kick off the holiday shopping season at Museum of Glass at a makers market in support of local artists. MOG & Grog will put artists center stage in the Grand Hall to display and sell glass, jewelry, letterpress, ceramics and more. Continue your holiday shopping in the Museum Store, featuring works from artists throughout the state, and across the globe. To get you in the holiday spirit, tasty treats and holiday libations will be available for purchase. Enjoy $5 museum admission, classic holiday film screenings, and hands-on activities for all ages, in addition to MOG’s dynamic exhibitions and live glassblowing demonstrations. All participating artists retain 100 percent of their proceeds.
Tacoma Artists Collective Christmas Market
Sunday, Dec. 2, 4-11 p.m.
2515 6th Ave., Tacoma
The TAC Christmas Market is a holiday themed outdoor market with local vendors and artists selling handcrafted goods and art. There will also be hot cocoa, tea and pastries for sale.
Winter Artisan Bazaar
Saturday, Dec. 8 10 a.m.
Lakewold Gardens, 12317 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW, Lakewood
The Wagner House will be transformed into a holiday shopping paradise. Come to Lakewold Gardens us with admission by donation and shop to your heart’s content at from amazing vendors featuring local, handmade items.
Holiday Bazaar on Old Chaser Farm
Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m.
The Old Chaser Farm, 10308 S.W. 204th St., Vashon
Come to Old Chaser Farm for the second annual Holiday Bazaar. Artists, crafters, makers, bakers, oysters, wine and food; there are so many great things for holiday gift giving and festive feasting. There will be a kids table, so that the little ones can they have fun too.
Christmas Craft Fair
Saturday Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Good Karma (Center for Joy), 711 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma
Enjoy music, food, local vendors, unique crafts and opportunities to find the perfect gift. There will also be visits from Santa Claus. Parking is $2 on Saturday for the entire day. Free parking on Sunday. Bring your own bags
Tacoma Night Market: December Edition
Saturday, Dec. 22, 5 p.m.
Alma Mater Tacoma, 1322 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma
The Night Market is about art, community, vendors, live music, drinks and food. It a free, all-ages event.