Merry Makers

Spread some holiday cheer with these pop-up shops and markets

A pop-up shop with seasonal offerings at Minneapolis Holiday Boutique.
(Brett Hurlbut)

As the Star of the North, it’s no surprise Minnesota hosts some of the best holiday markets and pop-up shops of the season. Get an early start on your shopping this year with these can’t-miss local bazaars and boutiques around the Twin Cities.

Minneapolis Holiday Boutique

Combine 250-plus vendors offering custom, handmade gifts and the glitter of 12 decorated holiday trees at the U.S. Bank Stadium, and you’re left with nothing short of magic. (Nov. 9-11,

MN Christmas Market

For a holiday shopping event with a charitable component, trek to The Hutton House in Medicine Lake for live performances, food trucks, and more than 30 vendors—all of whom donate a portion of their sales to local charities. (Nov. 11,

Holiday Makers & Gift Bazaar

Maplewood Mall will host the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season with various vendors, live music, prize drawings, and signature cocktails. But fair warning—for those in pursuit of a calm, relaxing shopping experience, we have two words for you: Black Friday. (Nov. 23-25,

The Great Northeast Make Merry

Shop handcrafted goods from dozens of local artisans and Minnesota makers while simultaneously sipping on some of the best holiday cider Sociable Cider Werks has to offer. (Thursdays, Nov. 29-Dec. 20,

Minneapolis Craft Market at Holidazzle

For the entire weekend, artists and artisans will set up shop in Loring Park to sell handmade jewelry, home décor, fiber art, prints, clothing, accessories, and more. And don’t worry, we checked: the tent is heated. (Dec. 13-16,


A Handmade Holiday Market: If you waited just a little too long to find your gifts, get your last-minute shopping squared away while enjoying Belgian-style beer at Lakes and Legends Brewing Co. (Dec. 22,

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