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Holiday Markets: Gifts, Food, Crafts, Décor and More

If you crave a festive atmosphere as you hunt for the perfect gift, look no further than local holiday markets.

Breanna Olaveson | Photos by Kevin Kiernan Nov 19, 2018

The landscape of holiday shopping has changed dramatically as more and more people skip the department store in favor of convenient online shopping. But if you’re the type of person who still craves the hustle and bustle and festive atmosphere of old as you hunt for that perfect gift, then look no further than local holiday markets.

Part of the allure of these events is they offer so much more than just shopping. You’ll find gifts, food, crafts, décor, parades, celebrations and live entertainment as you shop or simply browse.

Here’s a sampling of holiday markets in Utah and Jackson, Wyoming. Check your local events calendar to find a market near you.

Christkindlmarkt – Salt Lake City, Utah

Every holiday market has a unique personality, and Christkindlmarkt is no different. Inspired by German Christmas markets, the event combines holiday entertainment, activities for kids, food options and wooden vendor booths to create a holiday market experience like no other.

Families, couples and individuals alike will enjoy the St. Martin’s Lantern Parade at 6 p.m. on Nov. 29 and the St. Nicholas Parade at 6 p.m. on Nov. 30 and 1 p.m. on Dec. 1. Check the event’s website for more details.

Date: Nov. 28-30 and Dec. 1
Time: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Place: This Is the Place Heritage Park, 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City
Admission: Free
Website: www.christkindlmarkt-slc.com

man wearing German garb and playing an accordion

Dickens’ Christmas Festival – St. George and Salt Lake City

actors performing A Christmas Carol on stage

The Dickens’ Christmas Festival is a full re-enactment of 19th-century London, complete with period costumes, shops, fortune tellers, royalty, orphans and a visit from Father Christmas.

Attend the festival in its traditional St. George location or in Salt Lake City for a full “Christmas Carol” experience.

Date: Nov. 28-Dec. 1 in St. George and Dec. 6-8 in Salt Lake City
Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Place: Dixie Convention Center, 1835 Convention Center Dr., St. George and Mountain America Exposition Center, 9575 S. State Street, Sandy
Admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors (65+), $5 children (4-12), free for children 3 and under
Website: www.dickenschristmasfestival.com

Arts, Crafts & Food Festival – Jackson, Wyoming

This event in Jackson Hole began as a small event hosted by the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole. It has grown dramatically over the years, and now draws more than 50 vendors every year.

People come from all over the area to shop and celebrate the Christmas season with live performances, concessions and other events.

Date: Dec. 1
Time: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Place: Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole, 1251 South Park Loop Road, Jackson
Admission: Free
Website: http://pcjh.org/?event=arts-crafts-food-festival&event_date=2018-12-01

baked goods bread twist and pretzel
Strudel from Christkindlmarkt

Art Association presents Holiday Bazaar – Jackson, Wyoming

For over half a century, the Art Association has presented this unique holiday shopping experience for the community of Jackson Hole. Showcasing local artists and making their work available for purchase during the holiday season, the Holiday Bazaar is a great place to find that perfect gift for the art lover on your shopping list. All proceeds support the Art Association’s art education classes and community outreach.

Date: Dec. 8
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Place: The Lodge at Jackson Hole Conference Center, 920 West Broadway, Jackson
Admission: Free
Website: http://artassociation.org/events/upcoming-events/event-holiday-bazaar-22/

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