Buy Your Holiday Gifts At Arkansas’s Handmade Markets

Christmas is almost here, which means it’s time to start getting your holiday shopping done. There are tons of options from big box stores, shopping malls, and, of course, online retailers, but why not do something a bit more unique this year? Across Arkansas, you’ll find handmade markets where you can find all kinds of handcrafted items that make the perfect gift for your loved ones. Let’s check a few markers worth checking out this holiday season. 

Arkansas River Holiday Market

November 4, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Kay Rogers Park

4400 Midland Ave

Fort Smith, AR 

The Arkansas River Holiday Market is a holiday shopping extravaganza featuring over 120 booths, but there isn’t just shopping to be done. The market also has various food trucks for anyone looking to grab a bite to eat and the North Pole’s most famous resident, Santa Claus, will be making an appearance. 

Mistletoe Market

November 9–11

4425 Jefferson Avenue #115

Texarkana, Arkansas 

Finding a unique and handmade gift for loved ones in your life will be no problem at the Mistletoe Market. You’ll also find several events for young children like a visit from both Mr. and Mrs. Claus, crafting and story time. There is also a breakfast and brunch. Beyond the great shopping, the market is the largest fundraiser for the Junior League of Texarkana.  

NWA Holiday Market

November 10–11, 2023

Friday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m.

Saturday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

1420 S 48th St.

Springdale, Arkansas

The local talent on display at the Northwest Arkansas Holiday Market is second to none. Anything your loved ones want can be found here. Everything from clothing, glassware, tasty holiday treats, handmade woodwork, even custom items for your pets and more. 

Ree’s Royal Winter Market

November 18, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.

4831 Malvern Ave.

Hot Springs, Arkansas

You can choose from over 50 local vendors, crafters, artists, and boutiques at Ree’s Royal Winter Market. Once your shopping is all done, get your fill at one of the several outstanding food trucks on site. Lastly, you can keep your little ones entertained with live holiday music and a petting zoo.

45th Annual Christmas Showcase

December 1–3

Arkansas State Fairgrounds, Hall Of Industry

2600 Howard Street

Little Rock, Arkansas

This annual holiday event put on by the Arkansas Craft Guild continues to be the crown jewel of handmade holiday shopping markets in the state. All the best craftsmen and artists throughout the state gather to showcase wood carving, pottery, wooden kitchen tools, stained-glass, handmade jewelry in precious metals and stones, lamp-worked glass bead jewelry and much more. 

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