Cary, NC — It’s mid-November, and there’s still plenty of time to do your holiday shopping. Before you head to the mall, though, take a look at the great markets and holiday craft fairs we found in Cary. They’ll make for a relaxing shopping experience, and you’ll support local artisans.
Holiday Craft Markets in Cary
All the craft fairs and markets below are free to shoppers and listed in-order of date.
Arts & Crafts Festival
Saturday, November 14, 2015; 10 am-4 pm
at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 221 Union Street, Cary
Visit St. Paul’s to find great purchases and help the church’s outreach efforts. Some of this year’s exhibitors include wooden pens, stained glass art, pottery, fused glass jewelry, birdhouses, medieval pendants, aluminum necklaces, baskets, quilts and more. See the whole list of exhibitors here. There will also be food trucks, a coffee bar and bake sale and more.
Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday, November 21, 2015; 9 am-3 pm
at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O’Dell Place, Cary
Enjoy a holiday shopping experience of unique, handmade gifts by local artists ages 50+. Refreshments will be sold by the Cary Teen Council. Make a morning of shopping and sipping hot coffee all while finding great gifts and decorations that are made with love and care.
Saturday, November 21, 2015; 11 am-3 pm
at Green Hope High School, 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary
Join Green Hope for their first annual market, an “old-time” handmade craft and food market with modern appeal. Many of the artists are students, and proceeds from vendor table reservations will go toward Visual Arts Scholarships for Green Hope students. New vendors are being added daily – you can stay up-to-date on who will be there by visiting the event page on Facebook.
December 3 – 5, 2015; times vary
at Cary Academy, 1500 N. Harrison Ave., Cary
The Holiday Shoppe has 100 vendors of artisans, hand-crafters, clothing vendors and delicious food for immediate tasting or gifts! You’ll find jewelry, home décor, specialty and gift items, accessories, children’s items and much more at this annual market.
Dates & Times:
- Thursday, December 3, 2015 – 9:30 am-5 pm
- Friday, December 4, 2015 – 10 am-5 pm; 6:30-9 pm
- Saturday, December 5, 2015 – 10 am-4 pm
Ole Time Winter Festival
Saturday, December 5, 2015; 10 am-4 pm
in Downtown Cary
Part-market and part-festival, this is a favorite tradition in Downtown Cary. There will be entertainment, food trucks, pictures with Santa, face-painting and a kids zone along with plenty of arts and crafts vendors selling handmade items.
Downtown Cary Food & Flea Holiday Market
Sunday, December 13, 2015; 12 pm-4 pm
in Downtown Cary
This monthly craft market features food trucks, craft beer, art, crafts, edible goods, music and more. For the holidays, the December market will be bigger than ever.
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Story from staff reports. Lead photo by Michael Kwan. Downtown photo by Hal Goodtree.