As we near the holiday season, holiday shopping is at the forefront of most of our minds. Luckily we live in a place where creative talent abounds, meaning holiday markets full of local artists and craftsmen also abound. Here's a guide to some of the crafts festivals and holiday markets taking place in the Jackson area this season to help make your holiday shopping easy and local.
Vintage Market Days: A Very Vintage Christmas
Friday, November 10 • 10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday, November 11 • 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday, November 12 • 10 AM – 4 PM
Rankin County Multipurpose Pavilion
Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired open-air market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable treats, seasonal plantings and more. Vintage Market Days is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions in a creative space.
Clinton’s 10th Annual Holiday Market
Saturday, November 11 • 9 AM – 3 PM
Main Street Clinton
The brick streets of Olde Towne Clinton will be filled with Christmas spirit as the 10th annual Holiday Market kicks off the holiday shopping season. The market will showcase more than 120 artisans and vendors selling a huge variety of handmade items. Find the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas list, enjoy performances by local dance groups, choirs, and bands, and grab a bite to eat at an Olde Towne restaurant or available food trucks.
Fondren Ornament Auction
Thursday, November 16 • 6 – 8 PM
Artists will donate one-of-a-kind ornaments for silent auction in this second annual Fondren Renaissance Foundation event. All items represent a wide range of holiday themes and fit many price ranges. The event is the perfect way to pick up special holiday gifts, whether they be for your loved ones, teachers, family members or neighbors. All proceeds will go to support the ongoing artistic endeavors of Fondren Renaissance. This event is free to attend and a cash bar will be available.
Handworks Holiday Market
Friday, November 17 • 9 AM – 7 PM
Saturday, November 18 • 9 AM – 4 PM
Mississippi Trade Mart
For 36 years, Handworks has gathered the region’s finest artisans for Mississippi's favorite arts and crafts shopping party. Over 140 exhibitors will gather at the Mississippi Trade Mart this year, and their handmade products will be available to the thousands of shoppers in attendance. This family friendly event is a great way to kick off the holiday season, while doing a little holiday shopping at the same time.
Chimneyville Crafts Festival
Friday, December 1 • 9 AM – 6 PM
Saturday, December 2 • 9 AM – 5 PM
Mississippi Trade Mart
This holiday tradition has for four decades featured the region’s finest traditional and craft artisans just in time for holiday gift giving! Come enjoy 150 booths of handcrafted items in clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, jewelry, leather, mixed media and more that can be purchased directly from the artists who created them. Shop Friday 9 am until 6 pm and Saturday 9 am until 5 pm. $10 admission benefits the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi Education Fund.
Millsaps Market Holiday Edition
Saturday, December 2 • 3 – 8 PM
North Midtown Arts Center
Millsaps Market is the place to do your holiday shopping if you want to support local Jackson artists. Enjoy local musical talent while shopping local artists, artisans and brands, visit the creative work spaces inside the North Midtown Arts Center and explore Midtown during this year’s studio holiday tour.
Jingle Bell Market
Saturday, December 5 • 9 AM – 4 PM
Jingle Bell Market, held in the parking lot of Trustmark Park, has vendors from all around the state showcasing their arts, crafts and boutique merchandise. In addition to vendors, there will be live local entertainment all day starting at 10 am, a variety of food options, an antique car show, a kid’s area and Santa Claus for both kids and pets!
Thursday, December 7 • 5 PM
Fondren Unwrapped is the Fondren Historic District’s seasonal open house. Come out to meet Santa, enjoy entertainment by a variety of local choirs and bands, take advantage of specials at merchant open houses and grab a bite to eat at one of Fondren’s many excellent restaurants.