Merry Markets

Find unique gifts for everyone on your list at these four fairs.

Old World Christmas Market. Photo courtesy of The Osthoff Resort.
Old World Christmas Market. Photo courtesy of The Osthoff Resort.

Old World Christmas Market
Dec. 2-11,
➞ You can say “happy Urlaub” to your heart’s content at this market inspired by the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany. For those who like their holidays uber-Euro, Elkhart Lake’s Osthoff Resort (101 Osthoff Ave.) will offer heated tents filled with Czech blown-glass ornaments, Russian nesting dolls and German nutcrackers.

South Milwaukee Indoor Christmas Market
Dec. 3,
➞ The sister of the popular South Milwaukee Farmer’s Market, this indoor gift-themed affair presents 110 vendors at South Milwaukee High School (801 15th Ave., South Milwaukee) including Jim’s Cribbage Boards, Mavra’s Greek Olive Oil, lots of kettle corn and musical entertainment courtesy of a children’s choir.

Hover Craft
Dec. 4,
➞ The Pritzlaff (333 N. Plankinton Ave.) hosts this year’s Hover Craft – a mainstay of the maker/crafter calendar that seems to draw all of Bay View and Riverwest. Candles, jewelry, home goods and, yes, even beard oil can be found within those Cream City brick walls. Pro tip: Peruse the goods with pour-over coffee from one of the local roasters on hand.

Cream City Creatives Holiday Fair
Dec. 11,
➞ Cream City Creatives will take over Turner Hall Ballroom for a shop-local extravaganza featuring Oak Creek-based Moots Soap, hair accessories from Pointelle Design, the finely detailed drawings of Artery Ink and much more. ◆

‘Merry Markets’ appears in the December issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Claire Hanan worked at the magazine as an editor from 2012-2017. She edited the Culture section and wrote stories about all sorts of topics, including the arts, fashion, politics and more. In 2016, she was a finalist for best profile writing at the City and Regional Magazine Awards for her story "In A Flash." In 2014, she won the the Milwaukee Press gold award for best public service story for editing "Handle With Care," a service package about aging in Milwaukee. Before all this, she attended the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and New York University's Summer Publishing Institute.