Lola Reyes-Grant normally would be selling her papel picado art, a Mexican folk paper craft, at a boutique or holiday market. This year, however, she is offering her ornaments, prints and an advent calendar online through Creative Octopus’ Not Yo’ Mama’s Holiday Market.
“It’s been really exciting to see when some events have tried to really push the boundaries of what that virtual experience is like,” said Reyes-Grant.
“But it’s still been hard to really gather a sense of excitement around this wonderful time of year,” she said, “[when] we all want to go buy the special gifts in person at beautiful markets and really be part of that environment.”
With the coronavirus pandemic and recent restrictions on group gatherings, many annual holiday art markets have had to cancel, change venues to an online marketplace, or move locations to accommodate social distancing protocols.
But there are still options for finding locally made art for holiday giving — from creating an avatar to go shopping with friends in Craft Lake City’s virtual reality meetup space to visiting the Winter Farmer’s Market with its added holiday arts and craft market at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City. While there, you can take in the “Winter Magic”-themed art windows and the holiday crosswalk created by Utah artists.
The Pioneer Craft House Annual Holiday Sale Online • Local craftwork is available, such as jewelry, pottery, weaving and fiber arts, running now through Cyber Monday, Nov. 30. More info at pioneercrafthouse.com.
Utah Arts Festival’s virtual Holiday Gallery Show • Purchase artwork in a variety of mediums from local and emerging artists, including mixed media, wearable art, woodworking, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, metalwork, painting and photography, through Dec. 19. Customers will be able to purchase from multiple artists in one transaction. Visit the online marketplace at uaf.org.
Craft Lake City Holiday Online Market • Craft Lake City’s online marketplace features local artisan profiles with direct links to their web stores running now through Jan. 4. Craft Lake City will host two virtual meetups on Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m., to give artisans and shoppers a chance to interact in a virtual reality, winter wonderland world. More info at craftlakecity.com.
Not Yo’ Mama’s Holiday Market • Presented by the Utah Pride Center and Clever Octopus, local artisans and vendors will be selling their eco-friendly, sustainable art, jewelry and one-of-a-kind holiday gifts online now through Dec. 18. Visit their online marketplace at cleveroctopus.org.
Virtual Hanukkah Market • This year the I.J. & Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center has moved its traditional Hanukkah market online. From now until Dec. 17, shop its website for Hanukkah essentials, holiday gifts and books from The King’s English Bookshop. More info at slcjcc.org.
Festival of Trees • Celebrating its 50th year, the festival’s traditional silent auction and gift shops are all online Tuesday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 5. Each tree can be viewed through a virtual interactive format with the silent auction scheduled at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1. A live broadcast from Vivint Smart Home Arena, featuring singer Alex Boyé and former Primary Children’s Hospital patient Cami Carver, is set for 7 p.m. on Dec. 4. Details at makegoodgrow.org.
Christkindlmarkt SLC • Instead of its traditional German Christmas market, the event has moved its marketplace online and partnered with Navajo Strong for a community service project to bring needed resources to the Navajo community. Donations of education and COVID-19 kits will be accepted Dec. 2-4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-7 p.m.; and Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., at three locations: This Is The Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City, and sites in Draper and Bountiful. Find more information about how to assemble kits, the donation locations and the online marketplace at christkindlmarkt-slc.com.
In-person holiday markets
Capacity limits, mask-wearing requirements and social distancing rules will be observed for all in-person market events.
Holiday Art & Craft Market at Winter Farmers Market • Moved from the Rio Grande Depot this year to The Gateway, the farmers market also features 10 to 15 local vendors who rotate each weekend, selling unique holiday items. The Gateway, 400 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through Dec. 19. Free admission. More info at slcfarmersmarket.org.
Salt & Honey Market Holiday Makers • The Salt & Honey market has over 150 artisans selling jewelry, home decor, artwork, fashionable masks and vintage clothing at its two locations in Salt Lake City’s 9th and 9th neighborhood and Fashion Place Mall. Salt & Honey Market, 926 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City, and 6191 S. State St., Murray; Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., through Jan. 3. Learn more at saltandhoneymarket.com.
Craft Sabbath • An alternative, punk-rock maker’s market featuring over a dozen local artisans selling jewelry, whimsical art and treats. The Hearten House, 314 W. 300 South #222, Salt Lake City; Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m; Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. More info at craftsabbath.squarespace.com.
The Hive Holiday Pop-Up Markets • Over 20 local artisans will be in one spot with a central checkout, selling local art, crafts and vintage items. Trolley Square, 602 S. 700 East, on the main level east entrance; Fridays 5-9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays noon-6 p.m., through Dec. 20. Free admission. More info at The Hive Market’s Facebook page.
Utah Art Market • The market has moved locations to provide more space for social distancing, with more than two dozen artists and 60 vendors featuring seasonal gifts, paintings, wood and metal artwork. 1400 S. Foothill Drive in Foothill Village (formerly Steinmart), Salt Lake City; Dec. 2-5 and Dec. 8-12, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and an Outdoor Gallery Stroll Dec. 4, 6-8 p.m. Free admission. Find more information on its Instagram page, @utahartmarket.
Simple Treasures Weber Holiday Boutique • Over 130 local crafters will offer handmade gifts, holiday decor, fashion and accessories. Golden Spike Event Center (Weber Fairgrounds), 1000 N. 1200 West, Ogden; Dec. 2-4, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Dec. 5, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. $1 admission (12 and under free). More info at simpletreasures.boutique.
Winterfest Art Jubilee and Gingerbread House Festival • An assortment of affordable handmade art and crafts are available, featuring an art exhibit by local artists. The gingerbread houses for sale from the annual Gingerbread Competition also will be on display. Bountiful Davis Art Center, 90 N. Main St., Bountiful; Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m and Saturday noon-5 p.m., through Dec. 19. Free admission. More info at bdac.org.
Provo Downtown Holiday Market • Featuring 60 vendors with local crafts, holiday gifts and food, and local musicians performing. Pioneer Park, 500 W. Center St., Provo; Dec. 5, 4-8:30 p.m. Free admission but requires reservation through Eventbrite. More info at Provo Recreation’s Facebook page.
Tooele Community Marketplace • Unique and custom holiday gifts will be offered at the Tooele Valley Wellness and Community Center, 140 E. 200 South, Tooele; Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. More info at Tooele Community Marketplace’s Facebook page.