Des Moines Holiday Markets and Craft Shows 2019

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This post is sponsored by Jester Park Nature Center.

holiday marketsWe are thrilled to partner with the Jester Park Nature Center to bring you this holiday market guide. 

The Jester Park Nature Center’s Locally Grown, Raised, & Created Fall Makers Market is a handcrafted marketplace where you can support local merchants in a beautiful park setting. Mark your calendar for Sunday November 24 from noon-5 p.m. Shop for nature-inspired gifts, handmade jewelry, decor, furniture, candles, and more — just in time for the holiday season! While you are there, explore the nature center’s exhibits and, if the weather allows, relax on the back patio in a chair by the fireplace. 

The Fall Maker’s Market is a FREE admission, family-friendly event held at the Jester Park Nature Center, 12130 N.W. 128th St., Granger.

Fall Makers MarketHoliday markets and craft shows are a great way to shop local and support local businesses. We found the best local holiday markets and craft shows and put them in one place. Mark your calendar and get a jump start on your holiday shopping! 

2019 Des Moines area holiday markets, craft shows, and markets featuring local and handmade Christmas gifts

November 1 – 3 | Des Moines Holiday Boutique, Iowa Events Center
Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Get a jump start on your Christmas shopping at the Des Moines Holiday Boutique featuring more than 200 vendors, make and take workshops, and more.
Tickets: Adults $12 at door; $10 online; Ages 12 & under free

November 2 | Santa’s North Pole Village Winter Craft Sale, Ankeny Art Center
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More than 250 vendors featuring fine art, jewelry, decor, and more. A fundraiser for the Ankeny Art Center. 
Admission: $6

November 8 Champagne & Mistletoe, Uptown Ankeny, S.W. Third St., Ankeny
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
Enjoy an evening out in Uptown Ankeny, complete with shopping specials, an ugly sweater contest, smores, carriage rides, Christmas carolers and more!

November 8 – 9 | Beaverdale Holiday Boutique, Holy Trinity Catholic School, 2926 Beaver Ave., Des Moines
Friday 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Don’t miss the annual boutique including one-of-a-kind artwork, jewelry, glassware, baked goods, and more.
Price: $4; Ages 12 & under free

November 8 – 10 | Junk Jubilee Jingles, Varied Industries Building, Iowa State Fair Grounds
Earlybird 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday; Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Love vintage treasures? This is the place to shop for unique vintage, mid-century, and industrial pieces.
Tickets: Earlybird $20 (includes Saturday & Sunday admission) General admission $8 for adults; ages 14 and under free

November 9 | “In Memory” Sister’s Arts and Crafts Shows3200 Adventureland Drive, Altoona
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Find homemade items at these crafters only events. 

November 21 | Ankeny Holiday Pop Up, The District 1350 S.W. Vintage Parkway, Ankeny
4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Kick off your holiday shopping and shop small with local vendors at the fourth annual holiday pop up. 

November 22 – 23 East Village Holiday Promenade, Historic East Village
Kick off your holiday season at the 18th annual promenade featuring visits with Santa Claus, carolers strolling around the neighborhood, holiday entertainers, ice skating, live ice sculpting, a traditional tree lighting ceremony at Brenton Skating Plaza and fireworks on Friday night.

November 22 – 23 Downtown Winter Farmers MarketCapital Square and Kaleidoscope at the Hub
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Find everything you need for holiday cooking and gifts. More than 130 vendors offer fresh-cut trees and wreaths, baked goods, and more. 

November 15 – 17 Holiday Arts & Crafts ShowIowa State Fairgrounds
Friday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Check out more than 300 exhibits and vendors.
Tickets: $6 in advance; $7 at the door. Children 10 and under are free. Free parking.

November 24 | Fall Maker’s Market, Jester Park Nature Center, 12130 N.W. 128th St., Granger
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Jester Park Nature Center’s Locally Grown, Raised, & Created Fall Makers Market is a handcrafted marketplace where you can support local merchants in a beautiful park setting. Shop for nature-inspired gifts, handmade jewelry, decor, furniture, candles, and more — just in time for the holiday season! While you are there, explore the nature center’s exhibits and, if the weather allows, relax on the back patio in a chair by the fireplace. 
Tickets: Free

November 29 | Market Day Black Friday, Capital Square, 400 Locust St., Des Moines
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Don’t miss this annual shopping extravaganza, where you can find dozens of the best Midwest makers. 

November 30 | Small Business Saturday, Historic Valley Junction
With more than 150 specialty shops and businesses, Valley Junction has all your holiday shopping needs covered.

November 30Legit Local Market Small Business Saturday301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $5; kids under 14 free

December 3 Cocktails with Santa Holiday Pop-Up, Hotel Renovo 11167 Hickman Road, Urbandale
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate the season and get some shopping done at this annual holiday pop-up featuring local vendors. Enjoy complimentary light bites, sweet treats from Molly’s Cupcakes Des Moines & holiday cocktails available in the bar/bistro. 

December 6 – 8 Christkindlmarket, Principal Park, 1 Line Drive, Des Moines
Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A German-inspired Christmas market featuring old-world crafts, live polka music, kid’s activities, and more.
Free and open to the public

December 6 – 7 | Holiday Market, Central Presbyterian Church 39th and Grand Avenue, Des Moines
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Now in its 10th year, this annual market showcases unique handmade crafts, jewelry, furniture, and home decor, including antiques and more.
Free to attend

December 7 St. Theresa Church Ladies Annual STARS BAZAAR1230 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Don’t miss more than 20 vendors, a cookie walk, and Breakfast with Santa (reservations required).

December 7 | Holiday Craft Fair, Summerset Winery 15101 Fairfax St., Indianola
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sip wine while you meet local artisans and browse handmade goods while sipping shopping for the holidays! All the vendors are local artisans creating hand-crafted, artisanal products. 
Free admission. 

December 6 – 7 Beautiful Land Market, Prairie Moon Winery & Vineyards 3801 W. 190th St., Ames
This pop-up market features local handmade, vintage, art, design and food vendors.

December 15 Brilliant Crafts and Wares Fair 8, Vaudeville Mews 212 Fourth St., Des Moines
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Drink, shop local, and be merry! 

December 13 – 14 Downtown Winter Farmers Market, Capital Square and Kaleidoscope at the Hub
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Find everything you need for holiday cooking and gifts. More than 130 vendors offer fresh-cut trees and wreaths, baked goods, and more. 

December 14Very Merry Craft & Vendor Show, Grimes Community Complex 410 S.E. Main St., Grimes
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enjoy food and handmade items while supporting local businesses. 

December 22 | Happy Hollow Days 4, Art Terrarium 106 11th St., Des Moines
A one-stop shopping event for unique, handmade, and vintage goods for last-minute holiday shoppers. Be sure to note the new location for 2019!

We work hard to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location and other information before heading to an event or activity, since it may change.

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Kimberly Isburg
Kimberly is a Northwest Iowa native, a Drake University graduate, and a fan of all things Des Moines. She is a girly girl who grew up and became a boy mom, and is now an expert on all types of construction equipment and big machines. She shares her Des Moines home with hubby Sam (2006) and sons Jack (March 2014) and Henry (December 2016). Kimberly studied magazine journalism in college, spent 10 years working for a newspaper, and recently became a postpartum doula. In her abundant (and almost nonexistent) free time she enjoys writing about mom life, drinking coffee, documenting time with family and friends, starting Shutterfly projects she rarely finishes, doing Crossfit, and daydreaming about future decorating and crafting projects.

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