10 markets and fairs to help check off your holiday list

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This story was originally written for The Spenardian.


Amazon can make holiday shopping easy, but finding a handmade, local gift can be more meaningful. Check out these local markets and fairs happening around Anchorage in the upcoming weeks to get ahead on your holiday shopping. Find the perfect gifts from your favorite Spenard and Anchorage artists.

Williwaw Public Market  First Edition

Date: Saturday, Nov. 18

Time: 1 – 5 p.m.

Location: 609 F Street

Williwaw’s Public Market will feature over 20 local artists and crafters with handmade goodies, coffee and food. Vendors include The 49th Supply Co., Love 49 and Arlene Kreations. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the event. This is a family friendly event, but minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Free entry.


2nd Annual Sip & Shop

Date: Saturday, Nov. 18

Time: 2 – 8 p.m.

Location: Anchorage Distillery, 6310 A St.

The second annual sip and shop lets you skip crowded conventions and enjoy a more low-key venue space. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to have a drink in your hand while you shop. Admission is free.

Heart of Anchorage Holiday Bazaar

Date: Saturday, Nov. 18

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: 411 W. Fourth Ave

The first annual Heart of Anchorage Holiday Bazaar will be happening at the Sunshine Plaza downtown. Handmade crafts and goods will be available for purchase. Free entry.


Christmas Arts & Crafts Emporium

Date: Saturday, Nov 18  and Sunday, Nov. 19

Time: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and noon – 6 p.m.

Location: Dena’ina Center

Over 230 vendors will beat this event, making it the largest Alaskan-made show in the state. Put a dent in your holiday shopping before the mad rush hits. Free admission.


Alaska Chicks Co. Vintage Holiday Market

Date: Saturday, Nov. 18 and Sunday, Nov. 19

Time: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Alaska State Fairgrounds, Raven Hall and Hoskins Building

Even returning during the winter months, live music and fresh food await at the Alaska State Fairgrounds. Over 75 local vendors will be present to help you with your own presents. $3 admission on Nov. 18, ages 12 and under are free. Free admission for all ages Nov. 19. Free parking.


Salmon Sisters & Steamdot Coffee Pop-Up Sale

Date: Friday, Nov. 24

Time: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Location: SteamDot Coffee Company, 10950 O’Malley Centre Drive.

Salmon Sisters’ pop-up sale will be showcasing new and old merch. Purchase a Salmon Sisters mug and enjoy a special surprise gift from SteamDot Coffee Company.


Holiday Sale at Hulin Alaskan Design with Kittiwake and Alaska Love

Date: Friday, Dec. 1

Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

Location: Hulin Alaskan Designs, 2401 Spenard Road

Holiday shopping doesn’t always have to be painful. Check out some original Hulin Alaskan Design swag while browsing guests Kittiwake and Alaska Love. Items that haven’t sold on Friday will be available on Saturday as well. Free parking and entry.


Winter Makers Market

Date: Saturday, Dec. 2

Time: 12 – 5 p.m.

Location: The Church of Love

30 of Alaska’s local artists will be ready to showcase their pieces in Spenard. Start your holiday shopping this season with purchases from Wild Scoops, Turnagain Mud Co., Huff Goods and Boretide Designs, to name a few. Come hungry because food trucks will be on site. Free admission and free parking.


Holiday Bazaar at Alaska Native Heritage Center

Date: Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Alaska Native Heritage Center, 8800 Heritage Center Drive

Over 60 Alaska Native vendors will be at the annual bazaar, featuring beadwork, baskets, carvings, atikluks and qaspeqs. Each year, ANHC donates holiday gift backs to students in need. Feel free to bring a toy, school supplies, socks or hat and gloves to donate to boys and girls, ages 5 – 12-years-old. Admission is free.


Winter Pottery Sale

Date: Friday, Dec. 8

Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: 3300 Seawolf Drive, Gordon Hartlieb Hall Room 108

The UAA Clay Body Club is hosting their annual winter pottery sale, consisting of handcrafted pieces by UAA ceramic students. There is only a limited amount of work, so it’s suggested to stop by sooner than later. Parking is free at UAA on Fridays. The Clay Body Club encourages you to bring cash.

The Author

Samantha is majoring in journalism and political science at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is the executive editor of The Northern Light, UAA's student-run newspaper and has previously interned at Alaska Dispatch News and Alaska Public Media. Samantha loves pad thai, london fogs and a good baseball tee.

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