If you are a holiday gift giver, if your shopping trips are like curatorial experiences, if you like giving original, one-of-a-kind gifts, if you want to boost the local economy and support artists directly, you have never had more options. Northeast Ohio has a multitude of holiday markets, and there is at least one convenient to every neighborhood. Check websites for descriptions and shopping hours.
Heights Arts Holiday Store
November 2–December 30
The 17th annual Heights Arts holiday store features small items such as mugs, journals, jewelry and T-shirts; holiday cards and ornaments; and fine art prints, paintings, photos and ceramics by more than 100 local artists, many of them contributors to the gallery’s regular exhibition schedule. CDs and books by locals are in the mix too. There’s also handmade Judaica and a gift registry. Open seven days a week.
2175 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights
Artists Archives of the Western Reserve: Holiday Treats
November 16–December 21
1834 East 123rd Street, Cleveland
The Cleveland Flea
November 16–18 & December 14–16
The Cleveland Flea’s Holiday Market moves to yet another new location this year: the Madison in the St. Clair/Superior neighborhood, in keeping with its original mission to activate undiscovered spaces. Hosting an early- and a mid-December market, the Holiday Fleas kick off with a Friday evening ticketed party, followed by two days of shopping local and regional vendors of handmade and vintage goods and specialty foods. Each of the two markets has a different mix of 50-75 vendors.
4601 Payne Avenue, Cleveland
BAYarts’ Holiday Shop
November 17–December 22
BAYarts’ Holiday Shop is one that most strongly evokes old-fashioned holiday spirit. The first-floor gallery and shop of its building is lavishly adorned with seasonal décor, along with the work of more than 100 artists contributing cards, soaps, mugs, jewelry, clothing, candles and fine art. There’s pottery for sale in the ceramics studio, and warm beverages and baked goods in the Fuller House to recharge for more shopping. On the first weekend, it’s open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for an open house to kick things off, then every day through the end of December.
28795 Lake Road, Bay Village
November 23 & 24
Crafty Mart, Akron’s own handmade market, celebrates its tenth annual holiday show by consolidating the event in a new one-stop location on the ground floor of the Northside Marketplace. There, more than 50 regional crafters and artists will set up, along with local vendors selling food to eat there or to give as gifts. Drinks will be available too.
21 Furnace Street, Akron
A selection of Cleveland Bazaar vendors will be set up at in the 5th Street Arcades during downtown’s Winterfest, offering gift shopping to visitors who are in the holiday spirit and eager to get out of the cold after the traditional tree lighting on Public Square.
530 Euclid Ave, Cleveland
Cleveland Flea Van Aken District Pop Up
November 24–December 24
New this year is the Cleveland Flea pop-up shop at the Van Aken District in Shaker Heights. Like its parent flea, it will feature a mix of vintage and homemade items, with a wintry/holiday theme to the former and gifting friendliness to the latter. With vendors popping in and out—some for only one week—there’ll always be something new to see. There will be seasonal workshops as well.
3401 Tuttle Road; Shaker Heights
Myers School of Art
November 29 & 30
The University of Akron’s Myers School of Art hosts this weekend holiday shop in its Emily Davis Gallery.
150 East Exchange Street, Akron
Hale Farm Holiday Market
Skipping Black Friday and waiting a week is a good idea, especially if you head out to Hale Farm and Village in Bath for its Holiday Market on the Farm from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. It features all Ohio-made crafts and holiday goodies with an old-fashioned flair, including candles, chocolates, maple syrups and candies, and more. Beer and mulled wine will be available to enjoy at fireside.
2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath
Cleveland Print Room Off The Wall Sale
November 30–December 15
Members of the Cleveland Print Room, many of them noted professional photographers, submit work to be hung and purchased “off the wall,” starting with the opening reception 5:00 to 8:00 pm on November 30.
2550 Superior Avenue, Cleveland
November 30–December 31
Holiday ExtravaganzArt! is a holiday shop at Art at the Schoolhouse, the newest space at the old Murray Hill School in Little Italy.
2026 Murray Hill Road Suite 108, Cleveland
10 am-6 pm
Since 2004 when it was originally known as Bazaar Bizarre, featuring lots of weird and macabre “punk” crafts, the Cleveland Bazaar has grown up, offering a range of handmade goods from novelties to upscale items. It stages year-round markets for various holidays and special events; this one at the Lake Affect Studios, is a teaser for its humungous market at 78th Street Studios later in the month—perfect for early birds who want to avoid the crowds.
1615 East 25th Street, Cleveland
Tower Press Holiday Sale / Open Studios
The artists of the Tower Press live/work space open their studio doors from 11:00 am-7:00 pm
to show and sell their artwork. The Wooltex Gallery on the ground floor will feature artwork, vendors and live entertainment. The Tower Press Building Holiday Sale and Open Studios coincides with the first day of the holiday open house at the ArtCraft Building just two blocks away and the Cleveland Bazaar at the Lake Affect Studio around the corner.
1900 Superior Avenue, Cleveland
ArtCraft Building Holiday Open House
December 1 & 2
The ArtCraft building, one of the first in the Superior Arts District to be home to artist studios, holds its 31st annual holiday open house. Studio doors are open to browse fine art work by residents, while other artists and craftspeople set up in some of the building’s common areas to offer an array of giftable items from scarves to pillows to spice mixes to sweaters for your dog.
2570 Superior Avenue, Cleveland
Morgan Conservatory Holiday Bazaar
The Morgan Conservatory’s Holiday Bazaar kicks off with a weekend celebration from 4:00 to 9:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday. This market offers an array of paper-based handmade items—from low-priced stickers and cards to unique, intricate artist books and one-of-a-kind prints. It’s open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm until December 23.
1754 East 47th Street, Cleveland
BAYarts Holiday Trunk Show
BAYarts Holiday Trunk Show from 6:00 to 9:00 pm brings in vendors with items such as hand-sewn pillows, handmade wooden signs, upcycled wool sweater mittens, beach glass jewelry and more. Plus here are cocktails to make this a fun shopping opportunity for you and your friends.
28795 Lake Road, Bay Village
ArtiCle Holiday Craft Show
As part of Walk All Over Waterloo, the ArtiCle gallery hosts its annual Holiday Craft Show from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, curated by Mary Urbas, director of the Gallery at Lakeland.
15316 Waterloo Road, Cleveland
Zygote Press Off The Wall Holiday Show
Zygote Press’s Off the Wall Holiday Show opens with a reception December 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, when you can have a first look at the results of the processes taught and executed at the Zygote studio, including woodcuts, lithography, screen prints and more—many by some of the area’s best-known artists. There’ll be prints on the walls but be sure to browse the bins for something that grabs your eye. Stocking stuffers such as cards and notebooks are also available.
1410 East 30th Street, Cleveland
Cleveland Bazaar Holiday Bazaar
December 8 & 9
Cleveland Bazaar’s Holiday Bazaar sprawls throughout the four-floor 78th Street Studios, even occupying some of the gallery spaces, and doing it all can be daunting—it really needs two days. This market looks for artists and makers, both from northeast Ohio and beyond, who are less represented at other markets, along with some familiar favorites. Expect everything from jewelry to body products, stationary to chocolate, vintage clothing to new handcrafted bags.
1305 West 80th Street, Cleveland
Orange Art Center Arts + Crafts Holiday Sale
5:00 to 8:00 pm
31500 Chagrin Boulevard, Pepper Pike
Screw Factory Artists Holiday Open Studios
December 14 & 15
A funkier version of 78th Street Studios (part of it is still literally industrial), the Lake Erie Building in Lakewood—aka the Screw Factory—is home to numerous artist studios and businesses. Their doors will be open for visitors to shop ceramics, jewelry, painting, prints, candles, quirky assemblages and vintage and flea market-type items. In addition, outside artists tote their one-of-a-kind items into the large commons areas to expand the shopping options. Shop 6:00 until 10:00 pm Friday or 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday.
13000 Athens Avenue, Lakewood
Cleveland Flea Holiday Market
The Cleveland Flea’s Holiday Market returns for its second big weekend! (See November 16–18 for description.)
4601 Payne Avenue, Cleveland
BAYarts Kids Shopping Day
Little ones can drop in from noon-5pm on BAYarts Kids Shopping Day, when an array of gift items that fit their budgets will be available to choose from, and personal shoppers will be on hand to help if they need it. Cocoa, cookies and free gift wrapping sweeten the pot.
28795 Lake Road, Bay Village
Crafty Mart Last Call
Been too busy to get any shopping done and OMG Christmas is just days away? Crafty Mart’s Last Call at Goodyear Hall in Akron provides one last shot at picking up a unique, handmade item from a local artist or craftsperson.
1201 East Market Street, Akron