Nine Local Markets to Hit This Holiday Season

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Whether you’re looking to cross off everything on your shopping list or simply want to support local artisans, these holiday markets are the perfect places to start.

Home for the Holidays Craft and Vendor Show: Nov. 16
Kick off the holiday season at the Sharonville Convention Center during the Home for the Holidays Craft and Vendor Show, where 65 crafters and vendors will display and sell their work from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 16. Makers range from jewelers and leather workers to beauticians and bakers. This event is free and open to the public.
11355 Chester Rd., Sharonville

The O.F.F. Market: Nov. 23-24
Support local makers while enjoying a craft beer at The Oakley Fancy Flea (O.F.F. Market), held every second Saturday afternoon May through September at MadTree Brewing. This holiday season, the neighborhood marketplace will host a two-day winter special Nov. 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring 140 vendors selling baked goods, jewelry, home decor, art, clothes, and more. This is event is free and open to the public.
3301 Madison Rd. Oakley

Winterfair: Nov. 29-Dec. 1
What better way to follow up a Thanksgiving spent with loved ones than by browsing work from more than 200 artists from across the country? The 42nd annual Winterfair will take over the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington from Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and feature artists skilled in trades ranging from ceramics and glass to wearable and visual art. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased online or for a discounted price at the Ohio Craft Museum.
1 W. Rivercenter Blvd., Covington

Winter Market: Nov. 29-Dec. 22
One of the most anticipated holiday traditions in Cincinnati is the opening of the UC Health Ice Rink, presented by Fifth Third Bank, on Fountain Square. This year, Fifth Third and UC Health are partnering with 3CDC to add Winter Market, a three-week-long shopping experience. Regional artisans and crafters will set up booths on the square from 4 to 9 p.m. on Fridays, noon to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The market is free and open to the public. Ice skating admission is $6, plus a $4 skate rental.
520 Vine St., Downtown

WestSide Holiday Market: Nov. 30
Cheviot’s WestSide Market has become a community favorite among westsiders and will return for its annual holiday market on Nov. 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. The market coincides with Small Business Saturday and will feature more than 100 local vendors. Free photos with Santa will be available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the first 300 attendees will have a chance to win a free swag bag. This event is free and open to the public.
3719 Harrison Ave., Cheviot

Crafty Supermarket: Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Crafty Supermarket is celebrating its 10-year anniversary at its two-day holiday event held at Music Hall on Nov. 30-Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees can shop artwork and goods from more than 100 local, regional, and national artists and enjoy hands-on craft activities and bites from local food vendors while a live DJ creates an energetic atmosphere. This event is free and open to the public, and the first 100 shoppers will win a free swag bag.
1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine 

Westwood’s Deck the Hall: Dec. 1
The annual Westwood’s Deck the Hall event will take place at a new location this year, inside the newly opened James N. Gamble Montessori High School, on Dec. 1 from 2 to 6 p.m. Attendees can make ornaments, learn about the Westwood’s history, and enjoy a variety of local craft and food vendors as wells as special performances by local choirs and Madcap Puppets. The night will end with the traditional lighting of the Westwood Community Tree. This event is free and open to the public.
3036 Werk Rd., Westwood 

Holiday Market: Dec. 7-8
Spend a weekend at one of Cincinnati’s greatest treasures, Findlay Market, as it embraces the holiday spirit with its Holiday Market. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 7-8, attendees can shop goods made by local artisans and also enjoy seasonal food and drinks. Plus, in addition to local choirs and musicians, families can expect a surprise visit from Santa Claus and his elves. This event is free and open to the public.
1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine

The City Flea: Dec. 14
Avoid the hectic chaos of malls and get all of your holiday shopping done at Cincinnati’s largest flea market, The City Flea. Its annual Holiday Market will take place on Dec. 14 from 4 to 9 p.m. at Washington Park, where local and regional makers will set up shop on the park’s lawn and sell handmade products. Shoppers can stay warm by sipping on hot chocolate underneath twinkling holiday lights strung across the park. This event is free and open to the public.
1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine 

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