Holidays in the ‘Burgh

Shop local: A guide to Pittsburgh holiday markets

Skip the big-box stores, and support these local makers instead.

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Courtesy of Handmade Arcade
Rossilynne Culgan

Updated, 12:26 p.m. Nov. 16

There’s a Pittsburgh-made gift for everybody on your shopping list this holiday season. Here’s your guide to the best local holiday markets around town, from outdoor vendors in the middle of Downtown to a Small Business Saturday pop-up shop. We’ve organized the list chronologically, so you’ll know where to shop — whether you start your holiday shopping before Thanksgiving or at the last minute. We’re not judging. Know of another local market we should add to the list? Let us know.

Bundle up for this market.

Bundle up for this market.

Photo by Renee Rosensteel / Courtesy of Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Brave the cold temps to peruse an outdoor market

What Shop at the sixth annual outdoor holiday market from a variety of vendor booths, including local visiting vendors Abandoned Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pottery and Three Rivers Clay Works. Located in the heart of Downtown, the market runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Where Market Square (Downtown)
When November 17, 2017 at 11:00 am to December 23, 2017 at 9:30 pm

Live west of the city? This one’s nearby.

What The Allegheny Artisans Holiday Market features a variety of a local makers in a special setting — a restored barn at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Plus, if you want to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping, this one takes place before Thanksgiving.
Where Pittsburgh Botanic Garden at 799 Pinkerton Run Rd. (North Fayette Township)
When November 19, 2017 at 11:30 am to 5:00 pm
Shop for cute gifts like these.

Shop for cute gifts like these.

Courtesy of the I Made It! Market

Make your list, check it twice, check everybody off it

What One-hundred regional artists will bring handmade wares to the "I Made It! Market," so you can check off everybody of your shopping list. There's also hands-on crafting along with a kids shop on Sunday. The event will be held inside the former Office Depot space beside Michael's Craft Store at the Waterfront.
Where Former Office Depot at 630 Waterfront Drive East (Homestead)
When November 24, 2017 at 10:00 am to November 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Use your shopping dollars to support ‘Black Saturday’

What The Community Empowerment Association is hosting Buy Black - A Black Saturday Holiday Market Place, encouraging shoppers to use their economic power to support black businesses and black entrepreneurs during the holiday season. "Don't spend your money on Black Friday," the event listing says "but support black owned businesses on Saturday."
Where 7120 Kelly St. (Homewood South)
When November 25, 2017 at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Celebrate Small Business Saturday with these women designers

What Small Business Saturday kicks off the beginning of four weekly PennStyled pop-ups this holiday season. Trusst Lingerie will turn into a holiday pop-up showcasing four local women designers: Kiya Tomlin of Uptown Sweats, Gillian Preston of Broken Plates, Nisha Blackwell of Knotzland and Shannon Pultz of Blak Rust, with Sophia Berman and Susan Banerjee of Trusst Lingerie.
Where Trusst Lingerie at 5125 Penn Ave. (Garfield)
When November 25, 2017 at 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Support a local museum store

What Stop by your favorite gift shop on Museum Store Sunday to pick up a gift inspired by art, science or history. Bonus: Make a day of it, and check out the museum after you shop. Participating museums in Pittsburgh include:
  • The Andy Warhol Museum
  • Carnegie Museum of Art
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History
  • Carnegie Science Center
  • Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
  • Contemporary Craft
  • Fort Pitt Museum
  • The Frick Pittsburgh
  • Heinz History Center
  • Mattress Factory
  • National Aviary
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
  • Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Center for the Arts
  • The ToonSeum
Where Various museums in Pittsburgh
When November 26, 2017 at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Live east of the city? This one’s for you.

What If you live in the Eastern 'burbs (or are willing to face the Parkway to get there), this market in Monroeville promises 55 vendors, along with holiday refreshments, photos with Santa and music.
Where Doubletree by Hilton Pittsburgh Monroeville Convention Center at 101 Mall Blvd. (Monroeville)
When November 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Peruse 5,000+ pieces of local art at this holiday mART

What This one isn't just a holiday mart, it's a holiday mART — emphasis on the art. This pop-up boutique features locally made handcrafted gifts, such as jewelry, ceramics, glass, weavings, knitted wears, fine art, wood craft, toys, cards and ornaments. In all, expect to see more than 5,000 items for sale from more than 100 artists. Event runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Where Sweetwater Center for the Arts at 200 Broad St. (Sewickley)
When December 1, 2017 at 11:00 am to December 9, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Handmade Arcade

Handmade Arcade

Courtesy of Handmade Arcade

Check out more than 170 vendors at Handmade Arcade

What In terms of maker-made, this one is the biggie every year. It's worth the crowds to shop at Handmade Arcade, which this year features more than 170 vendors (66 of them first-time vendors), an activity area with make-and-take projects, raffles and music. It's set to be the biggest Handmade Arcade in 13 years.
Where David L. Lawrence Convention Center at 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd. (Downtown)
When December 2, 2017 at 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Shop local (and shop vintage) at Made + Found

What More than 30 regional vintage and handmade vendors will take over two floors of the Ace Hotel. On the list: Functional ceramic ware from Bombabird, American-made lingerie from Calligramme and vintage apparel from Highway Robbery Vintage.
Where Ace Hotel at 120 S Whitfield St. (East Liberty)
When December 10, 2017 at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Walk through a winter wonderland holiday market

What LUXE Creative will transform Hotel Monaco into a winter wonderland. Grab a holiday-inspired sandwich and some cider to shop from a long list of The Wintermarket vendors. Check out a selection of handmade items like glassware, soft goods, leather goods, jewelry and more from local makers.
Where Kimpton Hotel Monaco at 620 William Penn Place (Downtown)
When December 11, 2017 at 11:00 am to December 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Here we come a-wassailing (and shopping)

What The holiday market at Threadbare Cider and Mead will no doubt be a big draw, but there's also mulled cider cocktails, wassail crown making and cookie decorating to enjoy between buying stuff.
Where Threadbare Cider and Mead at 1291 Spring Garden Ave. (Spring Garden)
When December 16, 2017 at 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Wrap up some last-minute shopping

What Fuel up with brunch, then finish your last-minute holiday shopping with this Boheme Pittsburgh holiday extravaganza. Score some one-of-a-kind vintage, artisan and handmade goods from regional vendors.
Where Spirit at 242 51st St. (Lawrenceville)
When December 17, 2017 at 10:00 am to 3:55 pm