We always look forward to Holiday Markets in Athens, Georgia, and never more so than this year. Don't worry about your Christmas gifts or gifts for Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or other winter holidays being stuck on a slow boat from China, literally! 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 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.
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
In its second year, Beechwood Holiday Market is 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. Open every weekend from November 26th to December 12th.
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 from 10 AM to 2 PM on December 4th and 11th.
November 27 & 28
Small Business Saturday Holiday Fair
Head to Athentic Brewing Co. to celebrate Small Business Saturday. 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!
December 4 & 5 Holiday Markets
Heirloom Holiday Market
Come shop small at Heirloom Holiday Market and then get some brunch! There will be different vendors each day, so come twice!
Marmalade Pottery & Southern Star Studio Holiday Pottery Sale
Southern Star Studio is hosting its annual joint holiday sale featuring new work from the studio members 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.
Holiday Market at Flicker Theatre and Bar
Come on our to Flicker Theatre Holiday Pop-Up Market at Flicker Theatre and Bar! Lots of vendors and lots of outdoor space on Dec 4 from 12-5 PM. Email Flicker.Theatre.firstname.lastname@example.org for more info & to register as a vendor. Follow the Flicker FB page for live updates day of!
December 9, 10, 11 & 12 Holiday Markets
Athens Holiday Market
The 2021 Holiday market is a TWO NIGHT event in the courtyard at the Big City Bread Cafe on Dec. 9 &10 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.
Ho Down X at Southern Brewing Company
A concert, festival and holiday market, all in one! Come to Southern Brewing Company for their Ho Down X festival on Dec. 10 for music, beer and local holiday shopping. All ages welcome!
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. This year the Holiday Hooray will be held at Bishop Park on Dec. 11 & 12.
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:
- Art prints, small paintings, painted crafts by Anna Leckie
- Mixed media/collage by Lisa Freeman
- Fiber Art from Sydney Walker
- Light switch covers, stickers, prints, mailboxes from Marisa Mustard
- Ceramics and jewelry from Alexis Spina
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.