December is a popular month for craft shows that sell handmade holiday decorations and gift items aimed at seasonal shoppers. Information about upcoming craft shows appears online at FestivalNet.com. The site features craft show schedules organized by state and date.
For craft show enthusiasts, December offers a wealth of shopping options. Many communities and churches host Christmas bazaars that sell holiday decor, handmade clothing, soaps, jewelry and knitwear, along with collectible work by local artists and potters. In addition to small community events, several large, well-established craft shows are held around the country during December.
The Appalachian Christmas Crafts Show, held at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, features the work of dozens of local crafters. Woodworkers, doll makers and other traditional artisans sell products unique to the region.
In Austin, Texas, the Armadillo Bazaar brings together over 160 artists selling leather goods, jewelry, metalwork and other specialties. Live music gives the event an authentic Texas flavor.
In Brooklyn, the outdoor Union Square Holiday Market features merchants from across the country selling handblown glass, crafts made from recycled plastic, toys and other creative wares. The month-long event runs through Christmas Eve for last-minute shoppers.
Similar holiday craft shows are held in major cities across the country during the month of December. They provide an alternative to retail shopping during the holiday season.