Des Moines Holiday Markets and Craft Shows 2021

This guide is sponsored by Polk County Conservation.

Holiday MarketDes Moines Mom is proud to partner with Jester Park Nature Center to bring you the 2021 Holiday Markets and Craft Show guide.

November 21 | Fall Makers Market, Jester Park Nature Center
11 a.m. – 4 p.mHoliday Market

The Jester Park Nature Center’s Locally Grown, Raised, & Created Fall Makers Market is a handcrafted marketplace where you can support over 42 local merchants in a beautiful park setting. Come Sunday, November 21, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Jester Park Nature Center in Granger and shop for gifts or goods just in time for the holiday season! While there, explore the nature center’s exhibits and if the weather allows, relax on the back patio in an Adirondack chair by the fireplace, or grab a cup of hot chocolate at the Outdoor Recreation Center!Holiday Craft Fairs

2021 Des Moines area holiday markets, craft shows, and markets featuring local and handmade Christmas gifts

Holiday markets and craft shows are a great way to shop for holiday gifts or something new for yourself all while supporting local businesses. We have rounded up the best local holiday markets and craft shows and put them in one place. Mark your calendar and make a day (or two!) of shopping local markets.

November 5 – 7 | Des Moines Holiday Boutique, Iowa Events Center
Friday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $10 online, $12 at the door, kids 12 and under free

This multi-day event features an extensive list of vendors. You can also experience special events like Girls Night Out and ’90s Night.

November 6 | Santa’s North Pole Village Craft Show, Ankeny
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $6, kids 8 and under free

Benefitting the Ankeny Art Center, this popular craft fair takes place over three of Ankeny’s middle schools. Hop on the shuttle between them for $1.

November 6 | Fall Craft Show, Altoona
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This 7th annual event features over 50 booths, door prizes, and more.

November 12-13 | Beaverdale Holiday Boutique, Holy Trinity
Friday: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Shoppers will find unique, handcrafted items in a variety of mediums from wood to glass, clothing for all occasions, home, and door décor.

November 13 – 15 | Junk Jubilee Jingles, Iowa State Fairgrounds
Friday: Early Bird 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
General Admission 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Early Bird, Friday, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. $25 (valid all 3 days)
General Admission, $10 per day (valid all 3 days)
Kids 12 & under, free

Named one of Country Living’s “7 Flea Markets You Don’t Want To Miss”, Junk Jubilee is for those who love all things quaint, chippy, vintage, retro, industrial, rusty, galvanized, architectural, and farm-fresh.

November 13 | Vintage &  Made Fair, The River Center
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $6 in advance, $8 at the door, children 12 and under, free

This popular show is back for the holiday season curating the best makers and vintage finders from across the Midwest. Find antiques and vintage home décor, jewelry, handcrafted goods, outdoor accents, seasonal flora, and local eats.

November 13 | North Pole Craft & Vendor Show, Altoona
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Donation of one non-perishable food item per customer or $1

This 8th annual show will feature crafters and vendors offering you a large variety of gifts bringing local businesses and customers together while supporting a local charity. Donations for admission go to St. Vincent de Paul.

November 13 | Saylorville Holiday Vendor Market, Saylorville Event Center
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A one-stop-shop to visit with all sorts of new day products, clothes, jewelry, yummy foods, different styles of art, and much more!

November 18 | Holiday Spectacle, Surety Hotel, Des Moines
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Enjoy a night of shopping with local tastemakers and boutiques and enjoy special treats. 

November 18 | Ankney Holiday Pop Up, The District Venue in Prairie Trail
4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping from some of our favorite local makers. 

November 19-21 | Des Moines Fall Arts Crafts Show, Iowa State Fairgrounds
Friday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $8

Iowa’s Largest Arts & Crafts Show! Held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds with over 300 exhibitors from 8 different states. A fantastic shopping event.

November 20 + December 4 | Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The market is happening outdoors at the Historic Court District in downtown Des Moines. 

December 2 – 5 | Christkindlmarket Des Moines, Principal Park
Thursday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A German-inspired Christmas market whose goal is to educate and entertain the community by exposing them to European-style foods, products, and fun. With regional vendors, European foods, and activities for kids and adults alike!

December 3 | Holiday Sip & Shop, Polk City

Shop your favorite small businesses through the Facebook group. Enjoy a beverage during the local pick-up option at Luana Bank in Polk City on December 3.

December 3-4 | Central Presbyterian Church Holiday Market
Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In its 11th year, this fundraiser supports Central Presbyterian’s mission efforts, locally and across the world. Featuring 40 vendors and local artisans, showcasing unique handmade crafts, jewelry, home decór including a vintage offering, great food, and more!

December 3-4 | Beautiful Land Market, Prairie Moon Winery 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Celebrate the talented makers and creative people who are inspired by our beautiful land. 

December 11 | Beautiful Land Merry & Bright Market, Gatherings, 1024 6th St, Nevada
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Enjoy this free vintage and handmade market with the whole family. Shop and enjoy coffee and a sandwich from the adjoining Farm Grounds coffee shop. 


What are your favorite Holiday markets? Let us know if we missed anything! 

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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