Des Moines Holiday Markets + Local Shopping
It is now the time of year for all the holiday shopping. Holiday markets and craft shows are a great way to support a local vendor, local businesses, local artists, and more. Forget the big box stores and head to one of these special events this holiday season. Whether you are looking for home decor, unique gifts, vintage items, artisan products, you will find something for all the friends and family in your life this holiday season.
Bookmark this list, save the date, and plan some fun shopping days while supporting locals and having a great time!
Historic Valley Junction in West Des Moines
November 4; 5 to 7 p.m.
Sip, Shop, & Socialize after hours at participating stores in Historic Valley Junction. Participating stores will have beverages for you to sip on while you shop and some will also be hosting a “mini-event”.
November 5; 5 to 9 p.m.
Take an evening out to explore Uptown businesses as we kick off the holiday season Friday, November 5th! You’ll find a toast and a treat and special deals at participating businesses.
Little House on Main in Bondurant
November 5 & 6; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Joyful to announce, A Little House Christmas. Join for the launch of their holiday collection and new arrivals in home + gifts + boutique + more! Their 4th annual event A Little House Christmas Event brings the return of all things magical, the season of miracles, live Christmas music, & the mission to give back. Every purchase from LHOM impacts the lives of those around you as we intentionally give a percentage of each sale to causes in Iowa. Drawings & giveaways for our sweet customers + Zachary Freedom will be playing your favorite Christmas tunes live on Saturday!
November 7; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Santa’s North Pole Village Craft Sale (SNPV) is one of the most popular craft shows in Iowa, featuring hand-crafted items such as jewelry, clothing, and holiday decor. Local non-profit organizations offer food and drinks for sale, and our shuttles will take you to each of our three schools all day for only a dollar! This event is the Ankeny Art Center’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and has been an Ankeny tradition for 40 years!
Iowa Events Center
Friday, November 5: 10 am – 9 pm
Saturday, November 6: 10 am-8 pm
Sunday, November 7: 10 am – 5 pm
The Des Moines Holiday Boutique returns to the Iowa Events Center November 5-7. Join us for three exciting days of festive fun! Purchase tickets for this holiday shopping extravaganza here.
Iowa State Fairgrounds; 4-H Building
Early Bird 8-10 on Friday $25; General Admission 10-5 $10Saturday 10-5 ; $10; Sunday 10-4 $10. Admission is good all weekend!
Holy Trinity Catholic School
November 12; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
November 13; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Come for an evening of fun, food, and shopping at our 44th Annual Beaverdale Holiday Boutique located at Holy Trinity school at 2926 Beaver Ave., Des Moines. The Friday night event will have a “Girls Night Out” theme along with a neighborhood favorite: the Curbin Cuisine food truck!
Ted Lare Design Build & Garden Center
November 13; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Come get geared up for the holidays with Ted Lare at the Holiday Open House! You’ll find plenty of festive inspiration and all the supplies you need to bring the holidays home, like fresh evergreen boughs and holiday decor. You’re bound to find the perfect gift with beautiful, handmade creations brought to you by talented, local artisans! Satisfy your sweet tooth with delicious treats from JessDesserts DSM.
The River Center
November 13; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
VINTAGE & MADE FAIR is inspired by indie craft and all things vintage. Vintage & Made Fair is a market featuring antique and vintage home décor, jewelry, handcrafted goods, seasonal flora, and everything you need to create a vintage and handmade lifestyle. This fair is a 1-day event where shoppers and over 75 vendors can share a love for vintage and indie craft at The River Center, 340 SW 3rd Street, Des Moines, Iowa. Admission: $8/person and 12 & under are Free! A favorite spot to support locals this holiday season.
Speckled Hen Farms
November 13; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join Speckled Hen Farms for their Holiday Market on The Farm. Enjoy a fun-filled day on the farm shopping from a wide variety of local vendors set up on their patio, live music by Willie Mac and The Lost Cousins, great food from The Drift and Nick’s Kettle Corn, and wine from Covered Bridges Winery. Imagine sipping wine, listening to great music surrounded by the beautiful rolling hills of Madison County all while supporting local small businesses! They will have an assortment of baked goods and artisan bread available along with some funky fun holiday merchandise! You definitely want to add this experience to your holiday calendar!
Canoyer Garden Center – Grimes
November 13 + 14; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Join Canouter Garden Center for all things Christmas at our annual Holiday Open House. Sip on delicious hot cider and nibble on your favorite holiday treats as you shop the gorgeous Glasshouse Market and Garden Center for all of your holiday decor and gifts along with our fresh greens, custom containers, bulbs, and of course beautiful Canoyer grown poinsettias.
November 18; 5 to 8 p.m.
Warren County Conservation Board is hosting our first local nature and craft-related vendor fair. They want to support local merchants in their beautiful park setting. Vendors will have all sorts of items to get you ready for the upcoming holiday season. Free admission!
Each vendor was selected based on how well their products fit into the following categories: nature-themed, handcrafted items, upcycled or repurposed, Iowa-based, photography, artwork, items locally grown or created, and items inspired by nature.
Downtown Des Moines in the East Village
November 19 & 26; December 3, 10 & 17
5 to 9 p.m.
The annual Holiday Promenade will return to the Historic East Village for five Fridays bursting with holiday cheer from Nov. 19 – Dec. 17. Holiday Promenade will be an exciting celebration full of holiday-themed activities, entertainment, shopping, and family-friendly fun. Historic East Village retailers, restaurants, and attractions are encouraged to remain open until 9 p.m. each Friday.
Court Avenue District
November 20 & December 4; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Des Moines’ Downtown Winter Farmers Market presented by UnityPoint Health – Des Moines will return to Downtown Des Moines (DSM) for the 2021 holiday season. To ensure a safe environment conducive to social distancing, The Winter Market will take place outdoors in the streets of the Historic Court District as an outdoor market. Participating vendors will have seasonal local produce, meat, cheese, eggs, jam, jelly, salsa, and many other varieties of value-added farm food and local art available for purchase. There will also be breakfast and lunch street food options on-site. Do not miss this holiday edition of the Des Moines Farmers Market.
Snus Hill Winery
November 21; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Leisure shopping while sipping delicious coffee from Vintage Road Coffee Co. Join for this amazing event and continue to support handmade businesses this Holiday Season.
Jester Park Nature Center
November 21; 11 a.m. to 4 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 gifts or goods just in time for the holiday season! While there, explore the nature center’s exhibits, relax on the back patio in an Adirondack chair by the fireplace, or grab a cup of hot chocolate at the outdoor recreation center where more vendors will be located! They have ensured a diverse representation of 42 local makers, artisans, and/or handcrafters to bring you a variety of goods. The Fall Makers Market is FREE admission, family-friendly event.
November 27; 1 to 5 p.m.
Join Mainframe Studios for Small Business Saturday for a Hand Crafted Holiday Market at Mainframe Studios featuring Dustin Smith of The Maytags, giveaways, pop-ups, and more!
700 Main St, Pella, IA 50219-1621, United States
December 2 – 4; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
New Market for 2021: A Dutch Christmas Market in Pella, Iowa, hosted by Visit Pella! This festive event will be held on December 2-4, in conjunction with Pella’s Christmas Tour of Homes. Inspired by outdoor markets in the Netherlands, this cozy market will fill you with holiday cheer. The market will be held on the Molengracht Plaza.
Principal Park Parking Lot
Thursday, December 2: 5 pm – 9 pm
Friday, December 3: 11 am – 9 pm
Saturday, December 4: 11 am – 9 pm
Sunday, December 5: 11 am – 5 pm
Experience a German-inspired Christmas Market at Principal Park’s Main Lot, Enjoy the sights, sounds smells, and flavors of the holidays as you participate in a 700-year-old tradition. Shop regional vendors selling old-world, hand-crafted products from wooden vendor stalls; enjoy lively performances of polka music, traditional dance, and choirs in the entertainment tent; participate in children’s activities; sip Glühwein (warm, mulled wine) and savor European-style Iowa craft beer.
Central Presbyterian Church of Des Moines
December 3; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
December 4; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free and open to the public, proceeds generated by Central Presbyterian Church from the Holiday Market are designated for mission projects. Funds raised to assist a variety of local non-profit organizations, mission projects of Central Presbyterian Church as well as philanthropic organizations across the U.S. and around the world. Holiday Market will feature over 40 of Des Moines’ favorite local artisans showcasing unique handmade crafts, jewelry, furniture, home-baked foods, and more!
December 4; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Give meaningful, locally crafted gifts to your loved ones this holiday season! Grab a cup of coffee, a latte, or tea at our café and shop at their local makers market. From jewelry to honey, dog biscuits to home décor – there’s something for everyone.
Bondurant-Farrar High School
December 4; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Whether you miss this summer’s farmers market vendors or are working on your holiday shopping, the Bondurant Indoor Market & Vendor Fair has you covered with everything you need, from gifts and decor to food and more!
December 7; 5 to 7 p.m.
Join Hotel Renovo for a holiday pop-up! Eat, drink and shop your way through our annual holiday pop with local vendors, complimentary bite, and holiday cocktails!
Trixies Salon & Spa Uptown
December 9; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
They are doing this 20’s style.. dust off your flapper dress for a fun evening of relaxing and festive mini services, food, and drink, product discounts, giveaways, and more! The main festivities will begin at 5 pm but they will be partying all day with 20% off Aveda and Dermalogica products.