Believe it or not, 2020 is a GREAT year for Holiday Markets in Athens. Local Athens holiday markets are the perfect opportunity to find truly personal gift ideas. You'll also be supporting local artists and makers in this tough year, 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.
Athens Holiday Markets
Here is a roundup of some of the best Athens Holiday Markets. Get inspired, get out of the house, and get to meet these talented Athens artists and makers!
Weekends in December
Beechwood Holiday Market
This holiday market is all new for 2020 and has fun for all ages, including a Christmas tree farm, 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. Thursdays - Sundays all season.
December 12-13 Holiday Markets
Indie South Fair: Holiday Hooray!
Indie South Fair's annual Holiday Hooray is one of Athens' largest holiday markets, and typically draws more than 100 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. For 2020 the Holiday Hooray is returning to its original location, at 660 N. Chase St., downtown Athens.
Cat Zip/Campus Cats Market at Little Kings
The annual artist's market to benefit Cat Zip/Campus Cats will take place this year on December 12 from 5 - 9 PM at Little Kings, 223 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601 (downtown). Wear a mask and do some holiday shopping that will benefit local small businesses & artists as well as spay/neuter for community cats!
Southern Star Studio: Holiday Pottery Sale
Southern Star Studio is hosting its annual Holiday Pottery Sale & Open House featuring new work from all the Southern Star potters and friends: Participating potters include Brandon Bishop, Abby Deschenes, Maria Dondero, Carter Gillies, Susan Hable, Jennifer Heynen, Courtney Howard, Chona Leathers, Regina Mandell, Esther Mech, Kerry Steingberg and Lee Turner.
Tiny ATH Gallery: Holi-LADDER-day Market
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, with highlights including folk art by Peter Loose, ornaments by Valley StipeMaas, jewelry by The Fuse Muse, wool dolls by Cricket Bancroft, prints by Lois Songster, paintings by Sam Balling and light switch covers by Marisa Leilani Mustard.
West Broad Farmers Market Holiday Market
The vendors of West Broad Farmers Market will offer a Holiday Market and Craft Fair featuring fresh produce, baked goods, local artisans and live music.
Sundays: Dec. 6,13, & 20
Flicker Theatre Holiday Pop-Up Market
There will be plenty of of vendors and lots of outdoor space at this market, so grab your mask and come on out, Sunday Dec 6, 13th, & 20th. Follow the Flicker FB page for live updates day of! Some vendors will offer text in orders and over the phone payments options for curbside pickup.
Holiday Market at Southern Brewing Co.
It's not too late! Head over to Southern Brewing Co. for some last minute holiday shopping! Support local artists and their small businesses! Handmade jewelry, pottery, leather goods, candles, paintings and much more will be for sale on Saturday, December 19th!
Other Local Athens Gift Ideas:
Lyndon House Arts Center: Deck the Walls Holiday Shop
Deck the Walls is a seasonal artist shop at Lyndon House Arts Center with a variety of local artwork is available for purchase. Works include pottery, painting, jewelry and seasonal crafts from more than 70 artists.
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 all-new resource is organized by the Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department and CREATE Athens (a division of Envision Athens).
Gift a Stay!
For the ultimate gift of experience, take a look at these local Athens hotel gift certificates and package offers. They'd be just perfect for R&R for a harried mom, first responder, anyone who loves Athens, or as a Staycation for yourself or to make extra room for visitors to safely spread out.
For even more ideas and inspiration on holiday shopping in Athens, visit our Local Holiday Shopping page.