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Holiday Craft Shows

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Shop for unusual gifts, many handmade by local artists and artisans, at upcoming holiday arts and crafts shows, festivals and bazaars. Because you usually buy directly from the creators, prices are reasonable — and sometimes downright bargains. Unless otherwise indicated, shows are FREE. Check The Denver Post or weekly local papers for the occasional discount coupon on admission. We’ll continue to update the map and list as we receive more information (especially as some shows are changing venues due to flood damage and relief efforts), so check back often. Use the + button to zoom into a specific area. Then, simply hover your mouse over a gift box to find the sales nearest you.


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October 11 – 12

  • Parker Senior Center Craft Fair, Parker. October 10 & 11. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 10675 S. Longs Way, Parker.
  • Eastridge Rec Center Fall Craft Sale, Highlands Ranch. October 11 & 12. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 9568 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch, 303-791-2500.
  • Overland High School Fall Craft Fair, Aurora. October 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 130+ vendors. 12400 E. Jewell Ave., Aurora. Breakfast, lunch and bake sale, too.

October 17 – 19

  • Grandmother’s House Boutique Fall Craft Show, Denver. October 15-19. Wednesday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $5 (good all 5 days). Children 12 & younger FREE. Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver, 303-693-5500.
  • Mollie McGee’s Annual Fall Craft Show, Longmont. October 18 & 19. Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 160+ booths. Handcrafted gifts, home decor, dolls, jewelry, pottery, art & more. Admission: $4 (good for both days), children under 12 free. Get $1 off admission coupon here. No strollers on Saturday. Boulder County Fairgrounds Exhibit Bldg., Hover Rd. & Nelson Rd., Longmont.
  • Dakota Ridge High School Craft Fair, Littleton. October 18 & 19. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $3 (anyone over 12 years). 13399 W. Coal Mine Ave., Littleton.
  • Gateway High School Craft Fair, Aurora. October 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1300 S. Sable Blvd., Aurora.
  • Japanese Arts & Crafts Showcase, Arvada. October 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Handcrafted gifts, ceramics, apparel, jewelry and quilted items. 6001 Wolff St., Arvada, 303-428-7963.

October 23 – 26

  • CreativiTea, Littleton. October 24 & 25. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. South Suburban Christian Church, 7275 S. Broadway, Littleton.
  • Heather Gardens Fall Craft Show, Aurora. October 24 & 25. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 60+ crafters. Heather Gardens Club House, 2888 Heather Gardens Way, Aurora.
  • Family in Christ Church Craft Fair, Westminster. October 24 & 25. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Suggested admission: nonperishable food item. 11355 N. Sheridan Blvd., Westminster.
  • Strober Elementary Arts & Crafts Fair, Lakewood. October 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 40+ booths. Admission: $2. Children 12 & younger FREE. 2300 Urban St., Lakewood.

October 29 – November 2

  • Handweavers Guild of Boulder Holiday Sale, Longmont. October 30 to November 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except Sunday; 10 am. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Wearable and decorative arts. Also demonstrations of spinning, weaving and more. Boulder County Fairgrounds, Hover St. and Nelson Rd., Longmont.
  • El Jebel Shriners Holiday Craft Show, Denver. October 31 – November 2. Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crafts, gifts, food booth, tea room. Free parking. El Jebel Shriners Event Center, 4625 W. 50th Ave., Denver.
  • Applewood Arts and Crafts Show, Westminster. November 1 & 2. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 100+ artisans, lunch available. No strollers on Saturday. Admission: $4 (good all weekend). Standley Lake High School, 9300 W. 104th Ave., Westminster.
  • Englewood Holiday Bazaar, Englewood. November 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 100+ artisans selling their wares. Concessions available. Malley Recreation, 3380 S. Lincoln St.
  • Home(made) for the Holidays Neighborhood Craft Fair, Denver. November 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Quality, affordable gifts made by local artisans. Washington Street Community Center, 809 S. Washington St., Denver, 303-733-4643.
  • Colorado Senior Connections Stitch n Chatter Fall Craft Bazaar, Edgewater. November 1, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Older adult crafts from West Metro Denver sell handcrafted items. Raffles every hour. Park off street or in the North Parking Lot only, please. Edgewater Plaza Senior Apartments, 2250 Eaton St.
  • Mount Vernon Country Club Holiday Boutique, Golden. November 3 & 4. Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 24933 Clubhouse Circle, Golden.

November 5 – 9

  • Lone Tree Fine Arts & Craft Show, Lone Tree. November 5 to 8. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No strollers. Admission: $3/adult. Lone Tree Golf Club & Hotel, 9808 S. Sunningdale Blvd., 303-741-2085.
  • Boulder Potters Guild Fall Show & Sale, Longmont. November 6-9. Thursday & Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Boulder County Fairgrounds, Hover St. & Nelson Rd., Longmont.
  • Assistance League of Denver The Shoppes Boutique, Denver. November 6-9. Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission $8 at the door, $5 in advance. 1400 Josephine St., Denver.
  • Old Pawn and Estate Jewelry Show, Golden. November 6-9. Thursday & Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Large selection of unique Native American jewelry from 1930s to 1970s. Lucky Star Ranch, 700 12th St., Golden.
  • Colorado Country Christmas, Denver. November 7-9. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enormous show featuring more than 440 exhibitors, model railroad layout, visit and photos with Santa, gourmet foods, Colorado Cookin’ demonstrations, 2,000-square-foot Candyland, and more. Admission: $13.50/adults, 10 and under/FREE. Like them on Facebook to download $1.50 off coupon. Printable $1 off coupon. $5 for close-in parking. Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver (58th Ave. off I-25), Denver.
  • Applewood Arts, Highlands Ranch. November 8 & 9. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 100+ artisans fill two gyms. Admission: $4 (good all weekend) Highlands Ranch High School, 9375 S. Cresthill Lane.
  • Paris Holiday Market, Denver. November 8 & 9. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Draws inspiration from Parisian holiday markets with crafters, designers and artists. Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver.
  • Country Christmas Bazaar, Henderson. November 8 & 9. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adams County Historical Society’s annual bazaar with 400+ vendors in four buildings. FREE parking. Admission: $3/adults, FREE/14 and under. Adams County Regional Park & Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Rd., Henderson, 303-689-7103.
  • Boulder Mountain Handmade Sale, Boulder. November 8 & 9. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art, craft and bake sale. Boulder Mountain protection Station 1, 1905 Linden Ave., Boulder.
  • Global Gift Fair, Lakewood. November 8 & 9. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gifts & food from around the world. Atonement Lutheran Church, 6281 W. Yale Ave., Lakewood.
  • iTHRIVE Artisan Gift Boutique, Denver. November 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Affordable, one-of-a-kind items including jewelry, teas, knitwear, botanicals. Supports local craftswomen. Free and easy accessible parking. Molly Brown Summer House, 2690 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Denver.
  • Cook Park Holiday Craft Show, Denver. November 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 75+ vendors, all handmade items. 7100 Cherry Creek South Dr., Denver.
  • Columbine High School Holiday Craft Fair, Littleton. November 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 140 vendors. Admission: $1. 6201 S. Pierce St., Littleton.
  • Smoky Hill High School Craft Fair, Aurora. November 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 210+ crafters exhibit merchandise in two gyms, three levels of the cafeteria and the activities hallway. 16100 E. Smoky Hill Rd., Aurora, 720-886-5550.
  • Wheat Ridge High School Holiday Craft & Gift Show, Wheat Ridge. November 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 50+ vendors. 9505 W. 32nd Ave., Wheat Ridge.
  • Aurora Potters Guild Holiday Sale, Aurora. November 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pottery, ceramics and sculpture by APG members and also handmade quilts by Aurora Center for Active Adult Quilters Guild members. 30 Del Mar Circle, Aurora, 303-344-1776.
  • Made with Hands and Hearts Craft Fair, Castle Rock. November 8, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Faith Lutheran Church, 303 N. Ridge Rd., Castle Rock.

November 11 – 16

  • Dennison Elementary Arts & Crafts Sale, Lakewood. November 11, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 40+ booths selling handmade items, art and jewelry. Live music and crafts for children. 401 Independence St., Lakewood.
  • Grandmother’s House Boutique, Centennial. November 12-16. Wednesday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $5 (good all 5 days). Children 12 & younger FREE. Tagawa Gardens, 7711 S. Parker Rd., Centennial, 303-693-5500.
  • Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild, Englewood. November 13-15, Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wearable art, textiles for the home, more. Englewood Civic Center, Community Room, 1000 Englewood Pkwy., Englewood.
  • Junior League Holiday Mart, Denver. November 14, 15 & 16. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets: $12 at the door, $10 in advance. Kids 12 and under are free. Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver.
  • Unique Boutique Craft Show, Centennial. November 14 & 15. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 70+ artisans. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran School, 7691 S. University Blvd., Centennial.
  • Denver Botanic Gardens 2014 Holiday Sale, Denver. November 14 & 15. Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 50+ artisans sell specialty foods, natural bath & body products, clothing, seasonal items, jewelry and more. Members of Denver Botanic Gardens Guild sell homemade gourmet herbal vinegar. Gardens’ members get an extra 10% off purchases. 1007 York St., Denver.
  • L’Esprit de Noel Holiday Boutique, Englewood. November 14 & 15. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Associated home show is ticketed; boutique in Glenmoor Country Club is FREE. 110 Glenmoor Dr., Englewood.
  • P.E.O. Littleton’s ‘A Christmas A’Faire’, Denver. November 14& 15. Friday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Juried crafters. Proceeds go to local scholarships for women. Food & drinks available. Central Christian Church, 3690 Cherry South Dr., Denver.
  • Applewood Arts, Loveland. November 15 & 16. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 120+ artisans. Admission: $4 (good all weekend). The Ranch at Larimer County Fairgrounds, 5280 Arena Cir., Loveland.
  • Bright Star Holiday Craft Fair, Denver. November 15. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 600 Gilpin St., Denver.
  • Sand Creek Elementary Holiday Craft Fair, Highlands Ranch. November 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 8898 S. Maplewood Dr., Highlands Ranch.
  • Holiday Boutique and Craft Fair, Monument. November 15. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 55+ local vendors, raffle, concessions, bake sale. St. Peter Catholic School, 124 First St., Monument.

November 21 – 23

  • World Gift Market, Denver. November 21-23. First Universalist and First Plymouth Congregational Churches join together to showcase handcrafted gifts from 50+ nonprofit aid groups and Fair Trade businesses. Open Friday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at First Universalist Church only. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at both locations. First Universalist is at the northeast corner of Hampden & Colorado Blvd., with First Plymouth (3501 S. Colorado Blvd.) on the southwest corner.
  • Annual Holiday Food & Gift Festival, Denver. November 21-23. Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 400+ vendors of art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, wood, music, photography, toys, Christmas décor and much more. Large gourmet food area for sampling and purchasing food items including toffee, tea, chocolates, pasta, soups, dips, meats, coffee, jams, shortbread, chili, sauces and more. Santa Claus is available each day. Admission for all 3 days: $10/adult, $9/senior & youth, FREE/12 and under. Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver.
  • Holiday Garland Craft Show, Hudson. November 21-23. Friday & Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local crafters selling breads, glass work, decorations, candles and more. Door prizes. The Pepper Pod Restaurant, 530 Fir St., Hudson.
  • Home for the Holidays Craft Boutique, Denver. November 21 & 22. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Washington Park United Methodist Church, 1955 E. Arizona Ave., Denver, 303-838-4110.
  • Mollie McGee’s Holiday Craft Show, Longmont. November 22 & 23. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 160+ booths. Admission: $4. Kids under 12 are free. Click here for $1 off coupon. No strollers on Saturday. Boulder County Fairgrounds Exhibit Bldg., Hover & Nelson Rds., Longmont.
  • Sugar Plum Bazaar, Denver. November 22 & 23. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 50+ Colorado artisans and vendors sell handmade, vintage, re-purposed and unique items. McNichols Building, Downtown Denver, 144 W. Colfax Ave., Denver.
  • Rangeview High School Craft Fair, Aurora. November 22. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 17599 E. Iliff Ave., Aurora.
  • Frederick Holiday Health & Craft Expo, Frederick. November 22. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 70+ booths. Carbon Valley Rec Center, 701 5th St., 303-833-3660.

November 28 – 30

  • Arvada Center Holiday Craft Fair, Arvada. November 28 &  29, Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 150 artisans in a juried show. Admission $5/adults. Kids under 12 free. 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada.
  • High Peaks Holiday Art Fair, Boulder. November 28 & 29. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drawings at 11 a.m., noon, 2 & 3 p.m. for $20 gift certificates to be used to purchase art during the fair. Unity of Boulder’s Fellowship Hall, 2855 Folsom St., Boulder.
  • Firefly Handmade Market, Boulder. November 29 & 30. Friday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $3. 80+ artisans. All handmade items, no imports. Watershed School, 1661 Alpine Ave., Boulder.
  • Holiday Fair & Artisan Show, Castle Rock. November 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendor marketplace, giveaways, live music, take pictures with Santa. Admission $3 for those 12 and older. Douglas County Fairgrounds Event Center, 500 fairgrounds Dr., Castle Rock.
  • American Legion Post 1 Holiday Fair, Denver. November 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 25+ vendors. 5400 E. Yale Ave., Denver.

December 4 – 7

  • Denver Potters Association Holiday Show & Sale, Denver. December 4-7. Thursday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both functional and sculptural ceramics, plus handmade jewelry, glass, fiber and wood creations. Sixth Avenue United Church, 3250 E. 6th., Denver.
  • DECC Arts & Crafts Fair, Denver. December 4 & 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 50+ City and County of Denver employees and vendors market their homemade arts and crafts. Webb Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave., Denver.
  • Shop Once Give Twice Christmas Marketplace, Littleton. December 5-7. Gifts from vendors around the world that support fair wages. Presented by 31:20. Friday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aspen Grove Community Church, 181 W. County Line Rd., Littleton.
  • Women’s Bean Project Holiday Fair, Denver. December 5-7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shop the full line of products: soups, salsas, dips, teas, chili mix and more. 3201 Curtis St., Denver.
  • Holly Days, Englewood. December 5 & 6. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 S. Colorado Blvd., Englewood.
  • Rue de Noël, A Paris Street Christmas Market, Littleton. December 5 & 6. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. indoors at Aspen Grove inside the former Coldwater Creek store location. 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton.
  • Firefly Handmade Market, Denver. December 6 & 7. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $3. 80+ artisans. All handmade items, no imports. EXDO Events Center, 1399 35th St., Denver.
  • Handcrafted Gifts Holiday Bazaar, Henderson. December 6 & 7. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 300+ crafters in two buildings. Admission: $3. Kids 14 and younger are free. Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Rd., Henderson 303-659-7103.
  • Grandview High School Holiday & Craft Fair, Aurora. December 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 200+ vendors. 20500 E. Arapahoe Rd, Aurora.
  • Chaparral H.S. Once Upon A December Boutique, Parker. December 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 15665 Brookstone Dr., Parker.
  • Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale, Centennial. December 6, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free gift wrapping available. Goodson Recreation Center, 6315 S. University Blvd., Centennial.
  • Winter Market & Holiday Fair, Denver. December 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 31+ local artisans, plus FREE photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus at 11:30 a.m., sing-alongs, crafts and activities. Smedley Elementary (current home for Valdez Elementary), 4250 Shoshone St., Denver.
  • Young Entrepreneurs Marketplace, Denver. December 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All products are handmade and personally sold by the owners, kids ages 6 to 21. 3550 E. 1st Ave., Denver.
  • Fairplay Holiday Bazaar, Fairplay. December 6, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 75+ arts, crafts & food vendors. Santa & Mrs. Claus from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free “G” movies for kids. Fairplay School Campus, 640 Hathaway, Fairplay.
  • Christmas Fayre, Niwot. December 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fair with a British flair run by Niwot Daughters of the British Empire. Local vendors and traditional British holiday foods and crafts. Get photos taken with Santa. Left Hand Grange, 195 Second Ave., Niwot.

December 12 – 14

  • Highlands Ranch Community Association’s Winter Market. December 13 & 14. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Outdoor market with meats, pastries, breads, fudge and crafts. Town Center North, 1100 Sgt. Jon Stiles Dr., Highlands Ranch, 303-791-2500.
  • Handmade Homemade Market, Denver. December 13 & 14, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Members-only market (membership is free and available online). Food grown and crafts made in Denver homes & backyards by 60+ artisans. Vegan food buffet. Live music. Admission: $2-$5 suggested donation. Denver Art Society, 734 Santa Fe Dr., Denver.
  • Horseshoe Holiday Market, Denver. December 13 & 14. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 70+ artisans, plus food trucks and mobile boutiques in the parking lot. “Early-bird” entry $5 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Highlands Masonic Temple, 3550 Federal Blvd., Denver.
  • Holiday Fair & Artisan Show, Brighton. December 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendor marketplace, giveaways, take pictures with Santa, live music. Admission: $3 for those 12 and older. Adams County Fairgrounds Expo Hall, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton.
  • Young Entrepreneurs Marketplace, Lakewood. December 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All products are handmade and personally sold by the owners, kids ages 6 to 21. 401 S. Pierce St. (Belmar), Lakewood.

 December 19 – 21