DEC. 1-JAN. 2 | STATE FAIR PARK EXPO CENTER (8200 W. GREENFIELD AVE., WEST ALLIS)
This new family- friendly event is part market, part illuminated winter wonderland, with over 1 million sparkling lights and lighted sculptures.
SHOPPING TIP: Wiki Woolz’ upcycled gloves and hats “use every part of old wool sweaters to create unique pieces, perfect for winter,” says Lori Domzil, the maker behind the brand.
DEC. 3-12 | OSTHOFF RESORT (101 OSTHOFF AVE., ELKHART LAKE)
The 23rd annual event emulates a traditional German Christkindlesmarkt. Under a large outdoor, heated tent, you’ll find everything from Russian nesting dolls and hand-carved German nutcrackers to Turkish pashmina and Polish pottery.
SHOPPING TIP: Be sure to look for the Czech blown-glass ornaments that Milwaukee couple Nadia and Vashek Cinadr have been offering here for 23 years.
DEC. 4 | FOUR POINTS SHERATON MILWAUKEE AIRPORT HOTEL (5311 S. HOWELL AVE.)
Stop here to find a variety of both handmade and non-handmade gifts. The first 30 shoppers will receive a swag bag, and additional door prizes for shoppers will be available throughout the day.
SHOPPING TIP: Fond du Lac-based Liz Cardimona of Blooming Flatware takes plastic flatware and creates art, decor, jewelry, lawn ornaments and more. “My youngest daughter gave me the idea when she saw a rose made from plastic spoons, and it just took off from there,” she says.
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DEC. 5 | PRITZLAFF BUILDING (325 N. PLANKINTON AVE.)
This handmade holiday showcase, celebrating its 12th year, will fill its sprawling Pritzlaff Building space with housewares, apparel, desserts, art and more.
SHOPPING TIP: Becca Kacanda, the owner of Rotto Grotto, will be selling glass bottles covered in mortar and embedded with colorful, decorative objects like rocks, shells and pieces of tile. “They’re decorative, functional and amped up!” she says.
DEC. 12 | ANODYNE COFFEE ROASTING (224 W. BRUCE ST.)
Anodyne Coffee Roasting is hosting its first holiday market. Along with other local vendors, the roaster will have seasonal coffee blends available for purchase. Be sure to seek out Matilda Bakehouse and its signature holiday cookie boxes, hot cocoa bombs or Christmas DIY cookie kits.
SHOPPING TIP: Stop by Vincentia, a woman-owned business creating one-of-a-kind, gender-neutral apparel, each with a QR code that links to the story behind the item.
DEC. 19 | SHERMAN PHOENIX (3536 W. FOND DU LAC AVE.)
Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-GOO-lee-ah) is a Swahili word that means self-determination – very fitting for the name of a cooperative of producers that share a retail space at the Sherman Phoenix. The market features a mix of makers from the store and other local vendors. Hard-to-find Kwanzaa cards and decor will also be available.
SHOPPING TIP: Ruth Fluker, owner of Indigo Thyme, is rolling out a special soap called Champions in honor of the Milwaukee Bucks.
DEC. 19 | DISCOVERY WORLD (500 N. HARBOR DR.)
These markets evolved from a small outdoor event held six years ago in Bay View, and they’re all about supporting local talent who create everything from comfy flannel shirts to prints of iconic MKE places.
SHOPPING TIP: Jamie Andrzejewski, the founder of Nourish Natural Products, will launch a new room spray called Hoan Sweet Hoan, a nod to our iconic yellow arched bridge.