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6 Local Holiday Gift Markets

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Some of the cheery handicrafts (and handicrafters) you’ll find at the International Peace Market

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Perfect pillows from the purveyors behind Mockingbird Holiday Market


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December 13-15

International Artisan Fair
Pretend you picked up that woven basket in deepest Africa, daaahhhling, without even leaving the inner loop. The San Antonio Area Foundation brings folk artisans from 14 different countries to the Pearl with fanfare befitting international visitors, like a chi-chi preview party and a riverboat procession. Kids activities on Sunday afternoon complete the experience. Yes, you have to pay to get in, but the door price benefits SAAF, which in turn supports several local non-profits and programs. Preview party: $75, 6-8:30pm Fri; Fair: $5 (adults 16 years and older), 9:30am-5pm Sat, $3(adults 16 years and older), 12-4pm Sun, 306 Pearl Pkwy.

SoFlo Market
Unlike most of these events, the SoFlo market happens year-round, but it’s still a stellar way for Southtowners to get some shopping in without leaving the ’hood. The indoor space hosts several local artisans displaying pottery, sculpture, sweets, jewelry, lotions and other sundry items. This market is so local they’ve even sold T-shirts emblazoned with the Donkey Lady. Can’t beat that. 10am-4pm Sat, 1344 S Flores, facebook.com/soflomarket.

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