Ok, so Thanksgiving hasn’t even arrived yet, and here we are talking about Christmas shopping. But in all fairness, Thanksgiving falls really late in November this year, and, hey, some people start their Christmas shopping on New Year’s Day.
If you’re not the Black Friday type, there are plenty of Christmas markets, holiday bazaars and craft fairs happening in Durango this month that will allow you to support Southwest Colorado’s artists and craftsmen while finding handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts for your family and friends.
- St. Mark’s Community Christmas Bazaar: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will host its Christmas bazaar from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the church, 910 E. Third Ave. in Durango. More than 25 vendors will be selling arts, crafts and baked goods, including famous cinnamon rolls. Lunch and kids activities (including face painting) will also be available.
- Artisans’ Holiday Gift Show and Sale: Get thee to the historic Strater Hotel in downtown Durango for the 16th annual Artisans’ Holiday Gift Show and Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Oak Room of the hotel at 699 Main Ave. in Durango. In addition to gifts made my local artisans, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
- Winter Solstice Artisans’ Market: The market kicks off with an opening reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the Durango Arts Center, 802 E. Second Ave. After opening night, the market will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through Dec. 24. Shoppers can choose from handmade fine arts and crafts items made by more than 50 local and regional artists and artisans at the Winter Solstice Artisans’ Market. The market allows shoppers to find local, one-of-a-kind gifts, including ceramics, jewelry, metal, textiles, glass, wood, notecards, ornaments, calendars, photography, painting and drawing