5 Fun and Festive Holiday Shopping Events

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Leslie A. Bailey

The season for giving is upon us and there’s no time like the present (no pun intended) to get started on your holiday shopping. Here are five events where you can find something for everyone on your nice list.

Christmas Gift + Hobby Show

In addition to more than 350 exhibitors, the Christmas Gift and Hobby show (November 6-10) offers live entertainment, special guest appearances, book signings by local authors and more. Tickets $13, Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., (317) 705-8719, christmasgiftandhobbyshow.com. See website for hours.

Junior League Holiday Mart

Also at the Indiana State Fairgrounds is Holiday Mart, hosted by the Junior League of Indianapolis. Members of the group plan, produce, and staff the entire event that includes more than 150 vendors and artisans (November 13-17). Tickets $15, Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., (317) 925-4600, jlindy.org/holiday-mart. See website for hours.
Holiday Hullabaloo

The Christmas light display Winterlights might be the reason for your journey to Newfields but don’t miss the chance to score 20 percent off one-of-a-kind jewelry, art inspired gift items, fashionable accessories, ornaments and more at The Museum and Garden shop’s Holiday Hullabaloo on December 5 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission to Museum and Garden Shop, 4000 Michigan Road, (317) 923-1331, discovernewfields.org.

INDIEana Handicraft Exchange Winter Show

Shop some of the best artisans and makers producing modern handmade goods (think items like wooden jewelry, natural bath products and plush animals) in the greater Indianapolis area and beyond at the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange Winter Show on Dec. 6 from 5-10 p.m. Admission is free, The Harrison Center, 1505 N. Delaware St., www.indieanahandicraftexchange.com.

Yelp’s Totally Bazaar

Taking up all six floors of the Indianapolis Public Library, Yelp will host more than 150 area vendors at its annual Totally Bazaar event on Dec. 7 from 6:30-10 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring new and used books to donate to the library when they arrive. As always, expect plenty of food, drink and holiday cheer. Free with RSVP on Yelp, Indianapolis Public Library, 40 E. St Clair St., yelp.com.