’Tis the season for shopping local! I don’t know about you but I love holiday markets. I’m always at a total loss at the mall and don’t know where to start, not to mention the crazy parking and watching people fight over Tickle me Elmo. 

But local holiday markets? These markets turn everyday venues into one-stop pop-up malls featuring small business owners and their handcrafted goods. You find the most beautiful, unique gifts made locally and I check everyone off my shopping list.

Here’s all the holiday markets in Durham where you can support local this holiday season.

Durham Art Walk

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November 17 & 18 | Downtown Durham

Kick off the holiday season at The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market. The two day event includes local artistic talent, live music, world-class restaurants, and great shopping. Be sure to stop by the Durham Fruit for the Holiday Art Market.

Multiple Choices for the Children Holiday Market

November 17 | 10am – 2pm | Umstead Pines Golf and Swim Club

You’ll find some great, local businesses selling everything from boutique clothing to home decor at this holiday market. BBQ plates will be for sale and entertainment is provided by the Durham Company Dancers. The best part is this fundraiser benefits Duke Children’s Hospital. 

The Black Market 

November 23 | 11-6pm | Durham Armory

The Black Market is an annual marketplace for Black-owned businesses from around the region to; gain exposure, provide an alternative to the “big box” businesses and, network with one another. The Black Market also provides educational opportunities to prospective Black business owners.

Durham Craft Market Shop Small Saturday 

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November 24 | 1-4pm | CCB Plaza

Celebrate Shop Small Saturday in Downtown Durham at the CCB Plaza. Over 20 Durham Craft Market makers and artists will be in attendance at this new event. Shop everything from pottery to painting, textile arts to photography.

TVF Pop Up Market

November 24 | 1-4pm | Fullsteam Brewery

Another way to celebrate Small Business Saturday- vegan style. Stop by Fullsteam for TVF’s Pop Up Market for a brew and to shop local vegan vendors like Vegan Comfort Food.

Patchwork Market

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Photo: Anna Carson Dewitt

December 1 & 2 |Durham Armory

The Patchwork Market is one of the biggest markets around and this year it will span 2 days and feature 120 local vendors. Check out our guide to the market, including vendors to look out for.

Bright Spirits Holiday Market at Motorco Music Hall

December 2 | 12-6pm | Motorco

While you’re shopping and visiting local craft vendors and artists, you’ll be able to enjoy food and drink available for purchase at the bar or next door at Parts & Labor. Get yourself a fancy holiday cocktail or a local brew and find the perfect gift.

Night Market

December 5 | 6-9pm | Durham Hotel

Check off your to-do list at the Night Market at the Durham Hotel with thoughtful gifts from top local retailers and makers, music from Merge Records, and champagne and eggnog from the bar. This year’s Night Market will raise awareness and funds for non-profit, NC Field, which supports farmworker families in Eastern North Carolina, hardest hit by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.

Home For The Holidays

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December 8 | 12-6pm | Durty Bull Brewing 

Come out to Durty Bull to knock out some holiday shopping while supporting a good cause. The APS of Durham will be on-site with animals who are ready to have a Home For The Holidays, and local vendors like DirtyDurham and Makin’ Whoopie Kitchen will be set-up with a variety of goods ready for gift wrap. 

The Durham Bazaar Holiday Market at The Pinhook

December 8 & 9 | The Pinhook

This is a Handmade and Vintage Holiday Market with 15+ vendors from the local community each day. There will be DJs, pizza and cocktail specials. Sat. Dec. 9th 12-5p and Sunday 12-4pm.

GeekCraft Expo Holiday Market

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December 8 & 9 | Durham Armory 

You can really nerd out at GeekCraft Expo. There’s geeky, super-fun make-n-take crafting activities for kids & families…free of charge! Admission is free, just make sure to register beforehand otherwise there is a small fee at the door. 

Shop Durham Holiday Market

Photo: Durty Bull Brewing

December 15 | 1-4pm | Durty Bull Brewing 

Best of the Bull and Shop Durham are hosting our first Shop Durham holiday market and we’re featuring a line up of Shop Durham local makers and shops! The new 2019 Shop Durham cards will be available and all participating vendors offer a Shop Durham discount or reward! Come get your local shopping done in one spot and grab a beer from Durty Bull Brewing.

Durham Craft Market Holiday Craft Fair

December 15 | 11-4pm | Durham Convention Center

Be sure to check the biggest Durham Craft Market of the year. There will be over 45 local makers and artists in attendance. Mediums range from pottery, painting, textile arts, photography, jewelry and much more!

Durham Village Holiday Market

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December 16, 17 & 18 | The Rickhouse

This market spans 3 days at the Rickhouse. Sample independent food, beverage, and craft producers while you complete your shopping list. Each night will have a bar and a different food truck vendors for you to enjoy! 

TVF Holiday Market

December 22 | 11-3pm | Durham Armory

Browse over 50 vendors at TVF’s Second Annual Holiday Market. Get all your holiday shopping done plus enjoy some delicious food. 

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Katelyn Belch
Author: Katelyn Belch

Founder of Best of the Bull and Shop Durham. It’s my chief goal to keep you in the know about all things Durham.