We always look forward to Holiday Markets in Athens, Georgia. The cheer in the air, bows on boxes, and all those makers showing off their amazing talents! Local Athens holiday markets are the perfect opportunity to find truly personal gift ideas. After all, you'll find many of Athens' talented artists all in one place! You'll also be supporting local artists and makers, while being able to browse outdoors, enjoy a festive atmosphere, AND avoid shipping costs and worries of delays. The spirit of giving is alive and well in Athens this holiday season. Check out these Athens holiday markets to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones.
What about gifts of time and togetherness, you say? We can't think of a better day, or weekend, with your partner, mom, sisters or friends that enjoying time together at an Athens holiday market. We know many who have made a tradition of heading to holiday markets together to pick out gifts for Christmas.
Holiday & Christmas Market Roundup
Here is a roundup of some of the best Athens Holiday Markets. Get inspired, get out of the house, and get ready to meet these talented Athens artists and makers!
Beechwood Holiday Market
Beechwood Holiday Market is fun for all ages, including hay rides, fire pits to roast smores and a live ornament and craft station. There will also be a holiday village complete with seasonal food fare, shopping, holiday vendors and Santa’s post office. Visit the market on November 24, December 1 and December 8.
Tiny ATH Gallery: Holi-LADDER-day
How to display art from 10 artists within the tiny gallery? Go vertical, of course! Thus, the Holi-LADDER-day Market at tiny ATH gallery was born. Ten different artists will participate each day, and the Market will run on Dec. 2 & 9, 2023.
November 25 & 26
Smaller Business Sunday Craft Fair
You’ve heard of Black Friday and you’ve heard of Small Business Saturday. Now, head to Athentic Brewing Co. to celebrate Smaller Business Sunday! You'll find locally-made gifts and of course can enjoy delicious craft beer while you are browsing. Be sure to support local small businesses this holiday season! The fair is Sunday, November 26.
December 2 & 3 Holiday Markets
Handmade Hollyday at Treehouse Kid & Craft
This fun holiday sale will include a kids' artists area for extra cute and inspiring art for the season, plus a whole range of adult makers and vintage sellers to help you polish up your holiday shopping list! Located on Barber Street, Treehouse's new location neighbors coffee shops and other creative shops, and has plenty of parking, making it the perfect area for holiday shopping.
Holiday Market at Southern Brewing Company
Celebrate the season with local creatives, artists and makers at Southern Brewing Company's Holiday Market. The event runs 2-7pm on December 2 and 3, and it's kid and pet friendly, with free admission. Browse gifts and treats with one of Athens' best stouts in your hand.
El Carretonero Christmas Market
Don't miss El Carretonero's first Christmas Market happening Dec 3, 2023, in the new event space located in Athens. There will be many local vendors, including clothing, crafts, food vendors and Santa. Bring your kids and take a picture with Santa while you sample products from local vendors. The event is free and everyone is welcome.
December 9 & 10 Holiday Markets
Indie South Fair: Holiday Hooray!
Indie South Fair's annual Holiday Hooray is one of Athens' largest holiday markets, and draws more than 150 vendors selling handmade products. There will be jewelry, paper goods, silk screened fabrics and tees, ceramics, hand printed cards, bath and body products, unique housewares, edgy fashions, locally made food stuffs, and quirky items for pets and children. This year the Holiday Hooray will be held at Bishop Park on Dec. 9 & 10, 2023.
Good Dirt Clay Studio Holiday Sale
27 local artists will be selling their handmade pottery at Good Dirt Clay Studio's Holiday Sale on Saturday, December 9th from 10 am to 5 pm. From mugs and bowls to jewelry and tableware, there will be piles of beautiful, local, handmade pottery for you to choose from. Come out and enjoy some free food, meet some amazing local artists, and enter one of the giveaways to win handmade pottery and pottery classes.
December 14, 15,16 & 17 Holiday Markets
Athens Holiday Market
The 2023 Holiday market is a TWO NIGHT event in the courtyard at the Big City Bread Cafe on Dec. 14 & 15, 2023, featuring local artists and craftspeople from around the region. Enjoy great food, live music under the stars and tons of handmade local and regional treasures to fill all your holiday shopping lists.
West Broad Farmers Market Holiday Market
Help us celebrate the winter holidays and round off the 2023 market season at the annual Holiday Market and Craft Fair! Come on December 16 at the West Broad Farmers Market and Garden for music, kids’ holiday crafts, local artisans, craft makers, culinary enthusiasts, and local farmers and growers. This is the perfect opportunity to shop for your loved ones this holiday season. Any artisans and crafters interested in participating in the market can email the Community Agriculture Director, Cameron Teeter at email@example.com or call 706-765-4020.
Holiday Artist Market at Creature Comforts
Join Creature Comforts Brewing Company on Saturday, December 16th, for their 2023 Holiday Artist Market! With over 50 artists and makers and live music, all of your shopping needs will be met as you get your groove on. Hungry? Cafe Racer and Official Street Eats will be onsite to keep your strength up while you carry home all your goodies! Thirsty? The Creature Comforts taproom will be open from 12pm to 10pm.
- Last Minute Holiday Market
Come by the Last Minute Holiday Market at The World Famous on December 17th for art, crafts, gifts and vintage. There's no time like the present to get those last minute gifts!
Other Local Athens Gift Ideas:
State Botanical Garden of Georgia Garden Shop
We love the gift shop at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, for its playful collection of all things botanical. You'll find holiday decor, kids games and crafts, lovely books and jewelry, and even local honey from hives at the Garden!
Athens Creatives Directory
Not sure where your favorite Athens artists may be displaying this holiday season? Check out the Athens Creative Directory! This resource is organized by the Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department and CREATE Athens (a division of Envision Athens).
For even more ideas and inspiration on holiday shopping in Athens, visit our Local Holiday Shopping page.