Shop local this season at these special events [UPDATED]

Has Black Friday jumped the shark? Now that hundreds of stores are opening for Christmas shopping at the witching hour of midnight, it almost feels as if the consumer holiday has reached the point of parody. But then, when you stop and think of last year's shopping deaths and even this year's petitions by Target employees to bring back Thanksgiving, you can see that this is no laughing matter.

That said, just because the ads on TV are calling shoppers to the malls like sirens call sailors to the rocky shores that doesn't mean that you have to spend your sparse free time this season in a chain store. In fact, there are many special shopping events around town where you'll find great gifts made by local artisans in environments that are way more low-key.

We've put together a list of those happenings this season. So if you'd rather sleep in and head out at a leisurely pace, then these events may be best for you.

Shop local this season at these special events [UPDATED]

Thursday, December 1:

4th Annual Holiday Gift Stroll
(Historic Hamm Building, 408 Saint Peter St., St. Paul, 651-848-0452)

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Through Friday

Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar

(Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651-292-3293,

Thu.-Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $4. Through Saturday

Friday, December 2:

Shop local this season at these special events [UPDATED]

No Coast Craft-O-Rama
(Midtown Global Market, 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-872-4041,

Visit for more info. Fri. 3-8 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Saturday

Q.arma Holiday Art Sale
(Q.arma Building, 1224 Quincy St. NE, Minneapolis)

Check out work by local Northeast artists. Friday, Dec. 2 from 4-9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m.--5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m.--4 p.m.

June Holiday Shopping Party
(3406 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612.354.3970;

Shop for fashionable items at this south Minneapolis store. With special items for sale, champagne, and holiday treats.

two birds *vintage* workshop

(Ballroom & Wedding Dance Studio, 2717 E. 42nd St., Minneapolis (right next to The Bakers Wife Bakery))

Vintage holiday extravaganza sale and styling event features vintage and retro clothing.
For a sneak peak of items to be sold, check out!/ Also Saturday

Holiday on 44th
(Loring Elementary School, 2600 44th Ave. N., Minneapolis, 612-529-9558)

Performances in various locations along 44th Ave. N., with horse-drawn wagons to provide transportation between locations. Music, magicians, fire jugglers, chestnut roasting, and a craft fair. 6-9 p.m.

CVA Holiday Art Sale
(College Of Visual Arts Gallery, 173 Western Ave., St. Paul, 651-293-0884,

Fri. 5-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 12-4 p.m. $25-$30 Fri.; free Sat.-Sun. Through Sunday

Saturday, December 3:

Holiday Open House
(Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts, 2010 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612.623.3624)

Check out glass items including vases and ornaments. There will also be special demonstrations throughout the weekend. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Also Sunday.

Grand Meander

(Grand Avenue, St. Paul, 651-699-0029,

With carolers, art fair, tree lighting, and family activities along the shops of Grand Avenue. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Shop local this season at these special events [UPDATED]
Tracy McMan

Art at Ramsey: A Juried Holiday Art Fair
(Ramsey Junior High School, 1700 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-293-8860,

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Holiday Craft Fair
(Roseville City Hall, 2660 Civic Center, Roseville, 651-792-7000)

Fifty local crafters and artists sell their handmade wares. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Through Sunday

Holiday Geek Expo
(Waterbury Center, 1121 Jackson St. Northeast Ste. 106, Minneapolis)

The CONvergence dealer's room returns for the holidays. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Through Sunday

Elva Kaffe
(Augustana Lutheran Church, 1400 S. Robert St., West St. Paul, 651-457-3373)

With coffee, cookies, craft demonstrations, samples of traditional Scandinavian holiday foods. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Free Studio Art Day
(Articulture, 2613 Franklin Avenue E., Minneapolis, 612-729-5151,

Activities include card making, garlands, and original wrapping paper. 1-3 p.m.

Sunday, December 4:

St. Nicholas Day (Nikolaustag) & Holiday Open Haus
(Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-7027,

With local vendors selling German Christmas gift items, live music by the Volksfest Singers, tours, bratwurst, gingerbread, Glühwein, and more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Holiday Bazaar
(Color Wheel Gallery, 319 W. 46th St., Minneapolis, 612-823-5693)

Sat. 6-10 p.m.; Sun. 12-6 p.m. Through Sunday

Friday, December 9:

Holiday Sale
(Artescape Studio, 5411 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, 612-219-7487,

Fri. 4-10 p.m.; Sat. 10 noon-7 p.m.

Saturday, December 10:

Mighty Swell's Holiday Extravaganza
(3109 East 42nd Street, Minneapolis)

Shop for vintage and handmade items! There will also be prizes and other happenings during the special pop-up event. The store will be open Dec. 3, Dec. 10, and Dec. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

2nd Annual World (craft) Fair
(CO Exhibitions, 1101 Stinson Blvd. Northeast, Minneapolis, 612-379-4151)

Featuring dozens of local crafters. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

19th Annual Women's Art Festival
(YWCA Midtown, 2121 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-215-4333,

Stop by and check out over 125 women artists selling jewelry, photography, textiles, pottery, glass, painting, culinary and healing arts, and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wing Young Huie and Third Place Gallery's Holiday Open House
(The Third Place Gallery
3730 Chicago Ave. S., Studio B

Saturday, December 10 noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, December 11 noon to 4 p.m.

Ongoing Sales:

Shop local this season at these special events [UPDATED]

Holiday Store
(Fired Up Studios, 1701 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-852-2787,

Opening reception from 5- to 9 p.m. Fri., Dec. 2 features demonstrations, wine, silent auction. Dec. 2-23

A Country Christmas
(Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life, 2097 Larpenteur Ave. W., Roseville, 651-646-8629,

With holiday house tours, Christmas boutique, marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate, bonfire, crafts. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $8. Dec. 3-17

Shop local this season at these special events [UPDATED]
Fantastic Toys at the Walker marketplace
(Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin, Minneapolis)

The Walker Art Center typically has a bunch of fun gift ideas in its store, but the new marketplace features local talents this holiday season and beyond.

A Gift For All Seasons
(Banfill-Locke Center For the Arts, 6666 E. River, Fridley, 763-574-1850,

The opening reception features tea and a silent auction from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thu., Dec. 1. Dec. 1-17

Shop local this season at these special events [UPDATED]
Arboretum photo by Christopher Hall

Making Spirits Bright at the Arboretum
(University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum, Chaska, 952-443-1400,

Special events throughout the season include hot chocolate walks, Santa, sleigh rides, teas, and storytime. Nov. 25-Jan. 1

Mexican Folk Art
(Zinnia Folk Arts Day of the Dead Pop Up at GUILD, 4414 Excelsior Blvd., Minneapolis, 952-378-1815,

Santos, nativities, jewelry. Nov. 25-Dec. 24

Gifts! Gifts! Gifts!
(Edina Art Center, 4701 W. 64th St., Edina, 952-903-5780,

Now through Dec. 23

Are you hosting an event this holiday season? Send press releases and additional info to [email protected] to be added to the list/added to our online calendar.

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