If being among throngs of people at holiday craft markets makes your spirit soar, there are lots of places to indulge this month. Here are a few:
Central Piedmont Community College’s Holiday Art Market runs through Dec. 5 in the Ross Gallery at the Overcash building on the college’s central campus. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Nov. 11, noon-6 p.m. Alumni, faculty and student artists offer works, including jewelry, for sale, all under $250. Money raised will go toward gallery programming and the Student Visual Arts Club.
Santa’s Bag, a craft fair that offers kids under 12 the chance to purchase inexpensive, pre-wrapped gifts for family and friends, returns for its 45th year Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center. Gifts are priced between 50 cents and $5. Helpful “elves” escort children through the experience. While children are shopping in Santa’s Bag, tweens, teens and adults are invited to shop for locally made gifts at ENCORE! Boutique.
Charlotte Christmas Village at Romare Bearden Park is open every Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays) through Christmas Eve. The European-inspired market will offer ornaments and decor, craft and toy items as well as German and Austrian food, beer and cider.
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Christmas at Cabarrus Holiday Market, Dec. 2, 12-5 p.m., at Cabarrus Brewing Company (329 McGill Ave. NW, Concord), features more than 40 vendors selling handmade crafts, jewelry, and art, all from the local community.
Girl Tribe Pop Up x Dude Tribe’s Holiday 2017 market happens Dec. 9 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Sugar Creek Brewing Co., 215 Southside Dr. (Admission is $10 from 9 a.m.-noon; free after noon. Preview shoppers can pay $25 and shop Friday from 6-9 p.m.) Local clothing, home decor and jewelry boutiques will bring their wares as well as local makers like jewelry lines Lila Rose Jewelry and Melvin. (Girl Tribe is also launching its first semi-permanent brick-and-mortar storefront, Girl Tribe South End, at 1800 Camden Road through Dec. 31. It won’t have the range of local sellers the holiday market will have, but will include the company’s most popular graphic T-shirts, hats and more, company leaders say.)
(Willing to travel? A Crafty Christmas at the Hickory Convention Center Dec. 8, 12-8 p.m. and Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $6 for ages 12 and up. Features are a juried craft show by artists from nine states.)