Des Moines Holiday Markets + Local Shopping

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Des Moines Holiday Markets + Local Shopping

It is the time of year for all the holiday shopping. Holiday markets, Christmas markets, and craft shows are a great way to support local vendors, 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, handmade items, unique gifts, vintage items, or artisan products, you will find something for all the friends and family in your life this holiday season.

Grab your friends and family for a fun market day below. A lot of these events include entertainment such as live music, food trucks, and more. Make it a whole day of crossing off your holiday shopping list while supporting small businesses.

Bookmark this list, save the date, and plan some fun shopping days while supporting locals and having a great time!

Shopping for holiday gifts? Check out these other guides to buying gifts this season:

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Jester Park Nature Center

November 19; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join Polk County Conservation on Sunday, November 19, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Jester Park Nature Center in Granger to 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, and make sure to head over to the outdoor recreation center where more vendors will be located!

They have ensured a diverse representation of local makers, artisans, and/or handcrafters to bring you a variety of goods. Vendors will be added as they are confirmed. The Fall Makers Market is a FREE admission, family-friendly event. 

Sip & Shop

Historic Valley Junction in West Des Moines

November 2; 5 to 7 p.m.

Sip, Shop, and socialize after hours at participating stores in Historic Valley Junction. Participating stores will have beverages for you to sip such as hot cocoa while you shop and some will also be hosting a “mini-event”.

A Little House Christmas

Little House on Main, Bondurant

November 3 & 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Joy-filled to announce the launch of our 2023 Holiday collection! The 6th annual A Little House Christmas brings the celebration of all things magical, the season of miracles & gift-giving, live Christmas tunes, & the mission to give back. With you choosing to walk alongside them, every purchase from Little House On Main impacts the lives of those around you as they intentionally share a percentage of every sale with causes in Iowa. They are so joyful to welcome the most wonderful time of the year with you! 

Des Moines Holiday Boutique

Iowa Events Center

Friday, November 10: 10 am – 9 pm

Saturday, November 11: 9 am – 7 pm

Sunday, November 12: 10 am – 5 pm

The Des Moines Holiday Boutique returns to the Iowa Events Center November 10-12. Three exciting days of festive fun! Purchase tickets for this holiday shopping extravaganza.

Santa’s North Pole Village Craft Sale

Ankeny, Iowa

November 4; 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, seasonal gifts, 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.

Beaverdale Holiday Boutique

Holy Trinity Catholic School

November 10; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

November 11; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come to the Beaverdale Holiday Boutique to shop amazing vendors, home goods, cinnamon rolls, enjoy gourmet foods at Mrs. Kringle’s bakery, and more! A $5 admission at the door helps support Holy Trinity Pre-K and K-12 students at Holy Trinity School in Beaverdale.

Junk Jubilee Jingles

Varied Industries Building

November 10-12

The ultimate vintage experience! For those who have a love for all things quaint, chippy, vintage, retro, industrial, rusty, galvanized, architectural, & farm fresh, JUNK JUBILEE is a show you will not want to miss! Their vintage market takes place in the Varied Industries Building, 110,000 sq ft, and is filled with more than 100 high-quality vendors from many states who share your passion for saving historical artifacts from previous generations.

Holiday Open House

Ted Lare Design Build & Garden Center

November 11; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come get geared up for the holidays with Ted Lare Design Build & Garden Center at their annual 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.

Downtown Winter Farmers Market

Hy-Vee Hall

November 17 – November 19

The hours will be Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The 2023 Downtown Winter Farmer’s Market presented by UnityPoint Health –  Des Moines will take place from Friday, Nov. 17 – Sunday, Nov. 19 at Hy-Vee Hall in Downtown Des Moines (DSM).

The Winter Market will feature late-season produce, holiday gifts, baked goods, and more. The Spark DSM Minority Business Incubator will also have vendors at The Winter Market.  

Locally Grown Showcase – Holiday Market

Snus Hill Winery

November 18 & 19

Leisure shopping! Join Locally Grown Showcase for this amazing event and continue to support handmade businesses this Holiday Season.

Holiday Sip & Shop

Middlebrook Mercantile

November 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Swing in for a coffee or a mimosa (or whatever other type of yummy drink you prefer), shop local vendors, and snack on The Grazing Table Charcuteries’ delicious holiday charcuterie cups!

Bring a friend or two and hang with us while you shop holiday, home, beauty, gifting, and apparel items with a beverage in your hand! Stay tuned for a list of local vendors and what they have to offer!

Small Biz Saturday Warehouse Market

501 SW 7th Suite M, Des Moines

November 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Support small artists and designers and thrifters and makers and everyone in between at our Warehouse Market! Keep your eyes on vendor announcements here and other details.

Kerstmarkt: Pella’s Dutch Christmas Market

700 Main St, Pella, Iowa

November 30 – December 2

A Dutch Christmas Market in Pella, Iowa, hosted by Visit Pella! This festive event will be held 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. 

Christkindlmarket Des Moines

Principal Park Parking Lot at 1 Line Drive Des Moines, Iowa

Thursday, November 30: 5 pm – 9 pm

Friday, December 1: 11 am – 9 pm

Saturday, December 2: 11 am – 9 pm

Sunday, December 3: 11 am – 5 pm

Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and flavors of the holidays as you participate in a 700-year-old traditional German-inspired Christmas market.

Shop regional vendors selling old-world, hand-crafted products from wooden vendor stalls; enjoy lively performances of polka music, traditional dance, and choirs in Yuletide Hall; participate in children’s activities; sip Glühwein (warm, mulled wine) and savor European-style Iowa craft beer.

Local Holiday Makers Market

Valley Community Center

December 2; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Give meaningful, locally crafted gifts to your loved ones this holiday season at this indoor market! Grab a cup of coffee, a latte, or tea at our café and shop at their local maker’s market. From jewelry to honey, dog biscuits to home décor – with over 80 local vendors, there’s something for everyone. 

Fall Nature Market

Middleswart Lodge

December 9; 5 to 8 p.m.

Warren County Conservation Board is hosting its second 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. *Vendor Fees will support a nature playscape at the Annett Nature Center. Free To Enter!


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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