In this era of global marketplaces, there’s something special about giving a gift that was locally made. Here are the first markets and events of the season for created-in-the-Carolinas goods, offering more than just holiday-specific stuff. We’ll tell you about more in coming weeks.
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▪ The Southern Christmas Show, now through Nov. 19 at the Park Expo and Conference Center (2500 E. Independence Blvd.), is Charlotte’s biggest holiday event, with more than 450 merchants coming from near and far. It’s a crowded, multi-sensory experience with shopping, food and shows, so bring your patience and your walking shoes.
▪ Central Piedmont Community College’s Holiday Art Market runs now 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 for sale, all under $250. Money raised will go toward gallery programming and the Student Visual Arts Club.
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▪ Vintage Charlotte Winter Market will be Nov. 18. This is the sixth annual Winter Market, and you’ll find vintage, antique and handmade housewares, furniture, decor, clothing, jewelry and more. Crowds can be large, so keep the handbags small. It’s at The Fillmore (1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.); $2 admission for 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; $7 early bird admission at 10 a.m.
▪ Union County Farmer’s Market Craft Fair, Nov. 18, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., will feature all locally handmade items. 805 Skyway Drive, Monroe.
▪ Charlotte Christmas Village returns to Romare Bearden Park for its second year, running every Tuesday through Sunday from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Eve (closed Mondays). The European-inspired market will offer ornaments and decor, craft and toy items as well as German and Austrian food, beer and cider.
▪ Winter Wonderland Craft Fair at Anne Springs Close Greenway, Nov. 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., located in the facility’s Dairy Barn, admission is free and shoppers can browse through all-handmade goods created by more than 150 crafters from around the region. Offerings include pottery, jewelry, quilts, handbags, woodwork, children’s clothing, soap and candles.