8 Utah Holiday Markets to Visit this Season
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — and that means it’s probably time to start your holiday shopping. One of the best ways to get that done is by visiting one of Utah’s many holiday markets, which gather local artisans to sell things from Christmas decor to Christmas gifts. It can be easy to get caught up in the commercialism of the holiday season, but taking time to buy thoughtful presents, shop local and support small businesses is a great way to slow down and make your gift-giving more meaningful.This market features dozens of local artists selling art and gifts, and everything sold at the market is designed or produced locally. Many artists also contribute a original ornament to the art center’s yearly ornament tree, which will be on display. If you’re at BDAC from Dec. 2–9, you can also view their annual gingerbread festival.Hosted by Wasatch Community Gardens, this event is a great way to get some shopping done, support local vendors and learn about community agriculture. Local artisans and farms will be selling their goods, and you can also admire the decorated tree forest and bid on one to take home.If you appreciate the arts, set aside a couple of hours to explore not only this market but also the Utah Museum of Fine Arts’ incredible collection. Current exhibitions include “Tatau: Marks of Polynesia” and “Shaping Landscape: 150 Years of Photography in Utah.”If you’ve somehow already completed your Christmas shopping, these markets are still fun to visit, either to window shop or to buy yourself a holiday present.
2. Christkindlmarkt at This Is The PlaceNov. 29–Dec. 2 Inspired by Germany’s famous Christmas markets, this is Utah’s most elaborate holiday market, with the whole village transformed into a winter wonderland. Explore shops, booths and food trucks, and enjoy entertainment such as live music and a lantern parade.
Published by Deseret News, Nov 24, 2023, 10:50am MST