Holiday Markets 2023

Open now through December 30

The 22nd Heights Arts Annual Holiday Store now fills all the gallery’s spaces with the work of 150 artists and creators of all types, with many beloved regulars as well as new artists. There’s  lots of original artwork, including photos, fine-art prints, and paintings for that special someone to hang on their wall, as well as holiday cards, ornaments, and home décor for both Christmas and Hanukkah. After Thanksgiving, the Holiday Store is open seven days a week except Christmas. HEIGHTS ARTS

Open now through the end of January

Otis’ Old Curiosity Shop in the Loganberry Books Annex Gallery is “a Dickensian treasure trove of holiday gifts, local crafts, vintage curiosities, and fabulous toys.” It’s open through December and into January for those who celebrate Eastern Orthodox Christmas. They’ve got games, calendars, holiday cards, local artists’ crafts and prints, vintage collectibles, fair trade items, and plenty of cat- and literary-themed stuff. LOGANBERRY BOOKS ANNEX GALLERY

November 17–December 15

It’s a Christmas Miracle! Opening the Third Friday in November, E11even2 Gallery presents a  group show with imagery based on six popular Christmas and holiday movies: Die Hard, A Christmas Story, Nightmare Before Christmas, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone and Elf. Open 5 – 9 pm Third Fridays, and by appointment. E11EVEN2 GALLERY

November 18–December 24

BAYarts’ Holiday Shop is back, featuring locally handmade gifts, fine art, and trinkets. It kicks off with the family-friendly Holiday Extravaganza 11 am-7 pm November 18. There’ll be hot chocolate, food trucks, a craft room, live holiday music, and the chance to schmooze with Santa, who’ll lead the tree lighting at 6 pm. For an intimate, curated shopping experience, come to the Trunk Show on December 14. Seven days a week through Christmas Eve. BAYARTS

November 18–December 24

Mansfield Art Center’s 54th Annual Holiday Fair showcases the work of local artists and makers, as well as gift items from small businesses around the globe. The galleries are packed with paintings, prints, photography, drawings, furniture, leather, jewelry, wood, glass, fiber, ceramics, children’s items, and pieces with a holiday theme. MANSFIELD ART CENTER

November 24 & 25

The Black Friday Shopping Experience at 78th Street Studios is slated for 10 am – 4 pm, with the buildings many studios augmented by guest artisans in smARTspace. You’ll find plenty of fine art and craft, and all the things Cleveland makers make. The following day, many of the businesses are also open 10 am – 2 pm for Small Business Saturday! 78th Street Studios

November 24–December 23

Once again, the Waterloo Arts Holiday Co-op will fill the main gallery with fine art and handmade products by local craftspeople, many from the North Collinwood neighborhood. Each artist/maker has their own table with multiple items so if you like what someone has, you can choose from a range of pieces—or buy more than one. It’s open 11 am-8 pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 am-5 pm Sundays.  WATERLOO ARTS

November 25

Screw Factory Artists Small Business Saturday is a laidback preview of their bigger holiday show in a few weeks–a great opportunity to spend some time in the studios at the building and get to know the artists and their work. SCREW FACTORY

November 25

WinterLand, formerly WinterFest, features entertainment culminating with the tree lighting at Public Square, fireworks. It also includes local artisan shopping, curated by  the long-running Cleveland Bazaar Market, inside the 5th Street Arcades from 10 am-7 pm. Winterland is a perfect place to get out of the cold and shop while enjoying a piece of classical Cleveland architecture. 5th STREET ARCADES

November 25

The Musicians & Friends Garage Sale offers mostly local vendors (including some rock & roll celebrities such as former WMMS program director John Gorman with some treasures from the station’s heyday, and Northeast Ohio’s premiere music photographer Anastasia Pantsios), selling items music fans will covet: books, records, concert photos, artwork, posters, T-shirts, tour programs, pins, and rare memorabilia.  Hours are 11 am-3 pm. MUSIC BOX SUPPER CLUB

November 25

Artists of the Hildebrand Artist Collective and other tenants in the former-food-processing-factory-turned artist-studio-hive open their doors collectively to offer art, craft and gift items handmade by local artists. 10 am to 5 pm. HILDEBRANDT BUILDING

November 25 & 26

Akron’s long-running Crafty Mart abruptly pulled the plug in October, leaving its artists, crafters, and makers with a hole in their schedule during their busiest sales season. Cleveland Bazaar rode to the rescue, booking an event at Crafty Mart’s former space at the Bounce Innovation Hub and R. Shea Brewery in downtown Akron. The dual events will take place 11 am-6 pm Saturday and 11 am-4 pm Sunday, with additional activities at Summit ArtSpace, Northside Marketplace, Akron Soul Train, and other area arts organizations. BOUNCE INNOVATION HUB & R. SHEA BREWERY

November 30 & December 1

Myers School of Art Holiday Shop offers gifts handmade by students, faculty, and staff at a wide range of price points—but mostly affordable: jewelry, ceramics, stationery, journals, cards, ornaments, prints, paintings and more. Thursday 10 am-7 pm and Friday from 10 am-5 pm. UNIVERSTY OF AKRON MYERS SCHOOL OF ART

December 1 – 23

Zygote Press, Praxis Fiber Workshop, SPACES Gallery, and the Morgan Conservatory join forces for a Holiday Members’ Showcase across all four locations. Your purchase of handmade, local, original work supports both the artists and the galleries. For location info and hours, please visit ZYGOTE PRESS

December 1–3

The annual Little Italy Holiday Art Walk is one of the area’s longest-running art walks, and it’s the perfect time to rediscover Cleveland’s first “artist” neighborhood. It’s changed a lot, but Mayfield and Murray Hill roads, are filled with unique shops selling glass art, prints, Cleveland-themed items, and housewares imported from Italy. There are also galleries, studios, bakeries, wine and gelato shops, and tons of restaurants.  Art Walk hours are 5-9 pm December 1, noon-9 pm December 2, and noon-5 pm December 3. LITTLE ITALY NEIGHBORHOOD

December 1 & 2

The Cleveland Institute of Art Student Holiday Sale offers unique items made by students from CIA, some of whom are likely to be art stars one day. Meanwhile, the 100 Show + Sale offers work by students, faculty, and friends of CIA for $100, or multiples thereof, to fund the students’ annual spring break museum trip. Hours are 5-9 pm Friday and 10 am-6 pm Saturday. CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF ART

December 2

The Bazaar at Lake Affect Studios gathers a wide selection of high-quality makers and vendors, and—bonus–there’s a bar in the second-floor event space if you need to take a break for a drink. You may even find some of the building’s resident artists open downstairs too. LAKE AFFECT STUDIOS

December 2

The artists with live/work spaces at the Tower Press Building emerge from pandemic hibernation with an open studio event featuring more than 15 resident artists who offer painting, photography, sculpture, prints, and small items such as cards.  Noon-8 pm. TOWER PRESS BUILDING

December 2 & 3

Driven by the plan to build a new police headquarters in the Artcraft Building, a group of artists there moved en masse to the Twist Drill Building about a mile away—where they continue their long-running holiday show. Artists at the Twist/ArtCraft Artists’ 35th Annual Holiday Show and Sale (third year at Twist) brings resident artists and others—55 in all—to show fine art and handmade items, from totes, soaps, jellies and candies, to wool hats. 11 am-7 pm Saturday and 11 am-5 pm Sunday. TWIST DRILL BUILDING

December 7 & 8

KSU School of Art Holiday Sale features handmade art by members of all the School of Art clubs, including ceramics, glass, print media, textiles, jewelry, metalwork, enamelwork, and more. It’s free and open to the public from 11 am-2 pm both days. KENT STATE UNIVERSITY CVA GALLERY

December 8–January 6

The Morgan Conservatory’s holiday market features handmade items by staff and members, from cards and low-priced novelties to elaborate artist books. You can also pick up some of the Morgan’s handmade papers for your artist friends. Opening reception 5-8 pm December 8. The market is open during the Morgan’s regular hours 10 am-4 pm Tuesday–Saturday. MORGAN CONSERVATORY

December 8 & December 15

818 Studios expands its annual holiday market by taking over the former Fahrenheit Restaurant space downstairs at 820 Jefferson Avenue. It’s a festive holiday marketplace offering work by almost two dozen artists. The first night, December 8, coincides with Walkabout Tremont, and Unsilent Night. Hours are 5-10 pm. 818 STUDIOS

December 8 & 9

The Holiday Market at Reithoffer’s Art, Spirits and Entertainment in Chagrin Falls features local artisans selling products such as infused honey and maple syrup, handmade crafts, and home décor. There’s even a glassblowing demonstration. Hours are 3-8 pm December 8, and 11am-6pm December 9. Local beverages and charcuterie will be available to enjoy on-site. REITHOFFER’S SPIRITS, ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

December 8–January 2

For its annual holiday artists market, Stella’s Art Gallery turns its main gallery into a Christmas wonderland. Artists offer small affordable gifts, ornaments, cards, and fine art, including paintings, photography, prints, upcycled art, pottery, mosaics and stained glass, wood and glass items, and mixed-media art. On opening night, 6-9 pm on Friday, December 8, all the artists will be present at their stations so you can talk to them directly about their work. STELLA’S ART GALLERY

December 9

The Queer the Halls Artisan Market at LGBT Community Center launched in 2019 to showcase LGBTQ+ artists, as well as those who are allies of the community. While you’ll find an array of rainbow-themed stuff, there’ll also be vendors with handmade products and items that could appeal to anyone on your gift list, including jewelry, pottery, photos and tattoos. Community groups such as the AIDS Taskforce will also be there, and there’ll be food and drink available as well. Hours are noon-6 pm. LGBT CENTER OF CLEVELAND

December 9

The Jingle Bell Holiday Shop at the Grog Shop & B-Side Liquor Lounge coincides with the Coventry Village Winter Fest. You’ll find more than 40 vendors, some with music or pop culture connections, many selling other items, mostly very affordable.  11 am-4 pm. The bars are open for fortification, but it’s still a very family-friendly market. GROG SHOP AND B-SIDE LIQUOR LOUNGE

December 9

At the Pivot Center’s Open House and Holiday Bazaar, you can meet the creative organizations that make it their headquarters, including LatinUs Theater, Inlet Dance Theatre, Rainey Institute, Cleveland Museum of Art’s Community Art Center and Parade the Circle, and Future Ink Graphics. There will be artwork and other items available for sale. Hours are noon-3 pm. PIVOT CENTER FOR ART, DANCE AND EXPRESSION

December 9 & 10

Cleveland Bazaar’s Holiday Market at 78th Street Studios is the area’s largest, with more than 125 makers and vendors spread over three floors. In addition, many of the building’s dozens of resident artist studios, shops, and galleries are open.  10 am-9 pm on Saturday, and 10 am-6 pm on Sunday. CLEVELAND BAZAAR AT 78THSTREET STUDIOS

December 15–17

For the Screw Factory Artists Holiday Market, in addition to resident artist studios, the building’s Templar Room and Lake Erie Room event spaces are packed with guest artists who bring even more variety to the mix of handmade items available, including candles, home décor, lamps, coffee and tea blends, prints and photos, and upcycled items. Hours are 6-10 pm December 15, 10 am-6 pm December 16, and 10 am-3 pm December 17. SCREW FACTORY BUILDING

December 15

If you’re behind on your holiday shopping in mid-December, you can catch up at 78th Street Studios’ December Third Friday. You could spend $20 for a hand-painted pop-culture magnet from Cleveland punk rock veteran Floyd Longworth or $1000 on a gorgeous painting by one of the area’s premiere artists. There’s plenty of jewelry, ceramics, prints, and vintage items in between. Third Friday is 5-9 pm. 78TH STREET STUDIOS

December 16

At the Beachland Holiday Flea, a couple of dozen vendors offer items that appeal to rockers: vinyl, DVDs, CDs and cassettes, posters, books, magazines, music and retro culture collectibles, vintage clothing, handmade pop-culture jewelry and even original artwork. Hours are 10 am-4 pm, and you can expect the bar to be open to fuel your shopping. BEACHLAND BALLROOM

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