As the Christmas season nears, there are many opportunities to get ahead on your holiday shopping. If you’re looking for unique gifts, there are quite a few upcoming Christmas Markets in Birmingham. These are great places for supporting small businesses while marking some names off of your shopping list.
Nov. 2-6: Christmas Village Festival
About: This one has been around since 1981 and has just continued to grow year after year. There are soooo many vendors at Christmas Village, covering two levels of the exhibition hall. There are 750 booths, including vendors from all across the country! You can find a variety of gifts, including arts, crafts, clothing, food, and jewelry.
Hours: Wednesday is VIP day- guests must have a VIP ticket (sold out!) to shop from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $15 adults, $5 children ages 6-12, children 6 and under are free
Nov. 11-13: Homestead Hollow Arts & Crafts and Christmas in the Country
Location: Homestead Hollow, 161 Murphrees Valley Rd. Springville
About: This event features 150 vendors and 20 food booths, children’s activities, demonstrations, and live entertainment.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily
Admission: $10 adults, $5 children ages 3-12, children 2 and under are free
Nov. 11-12: Shades Mountain Community Church Christmas Market
Location: Shades Mountain Community Church, 2281 Old Tyler Rd.
About: This shopping event returns for its third year, featuring local artisans selling jewelry, boutique clothing, home and holiday decor, baked goods, beauty products, and more. Free coffee and pastries will be served, along with live music and vendor demonstrations.
Hours: Friday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 11-12: North Arts Council’s Christmas Arts & Crafts Show
Location: Gardendale Civic Center, 857 Main St, Gardendale
About: This event will have over 80 booths of arts and crafts.
Hours: Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Nov. 16-19: Market Noel
Location: Finley Center, 5508 Stadium Trace Pkwy., Hoover
About: Presented by the Junior League of Birmingham, this holiday market features more than 80 merchants from across the Southeast and includes high quality items like home decor, clothing and accessories, gift and holiday items, food, and more. Other events planned for the community are JLB Hearts Birmingham and First Responders Lunch on Nov. 17, as well as Brunch with the Big Guy and Milk and Cookies with Santa on Nov. 19.
Hours: Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Friday 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $15 general admission
Nov. 18: Totally Christmas
Location: Trussville Civic Center, 5381 Trussville Clay Rd, Trussville, AL
About: Trussville’s premiere holiday shopping event features over 100 vendors, including food, entertainment, and more.
Hours: Friday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Nov. 19: A Southern Christmas Bazaar
Location: Pelham Civic Complex, 500 Amphitheater Rd., Pelham
About: More than 50 craftsmen, artisans, and merchants from Alabama and surrounding states will participate in this premiere shopping event. Vendors will be offering clothing, food, collectibles, decorations, and more. This bazaar is presented by the Rotary Club of Alabaster-Pelham for the sole purpose of raising funds to benefit community projects throughout the surrounding area.
Admission: $8 for adults and $3 for children. Save $1 by bringing a canned food donation for the food pantry at Oak Mountain Mission Ministries. Tickets are only available at the door on the day of the event.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Nov. 19: 3rd Annual Christmas on the Farm
Location: Medders Family Farm, 6306 Highway 25, Montevallo
About: With 50+ vendors and multiple food and treat trucks, this is a great place to stop by and shop for special Christmas gifts.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Dec. 3: Holiday Market hosted by the Fellowship House Junior Board
Location: Sloss Furnaces East Room
About: This event will have vendors, lots of holiday cheer, and even Santa!
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.