The Big Crafty stuffs our stockings

Why push your way through the mall when you can meander through handmade wares and meet the artists who make them? There are dozens of holiday markets this season and here are just a few to get you started. See our holiday calendar for a full list of this week’s fairs.

The Big Crafty is an Asheville institution. Everything from witty cards to whimsical prints will be jam packed into the Asheville Art Museum in Pack Place on Sunday, Dec. 2 from noon-6 p.m. Don’t miss the DJ set and free beer, while it lasts.

If you just can’t get enough of the Asheville Art Museum, stick around for its annual holiday market Tuesday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 9 during regular museum hours. Take your pick from art, home decor, jewelry and more. Don’t miss the reception and silent auction on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1-5 p.m.

Skip the plastic tinsel and go natural at the Christmas Greens Market at Clem’s Cabin, 1000 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Pick up some fresh wreaths, garlands and centerpieces and get your holiday shopping done early while you’re at it. Nature-inspired ornaments, pottery and ironwork will be for sale on Saturday, Dec. 1 and 8 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Winter is the perfect time to take a drive out to Marshall. Stroll through this quaint downtown and check out jewelry, pottery and art at the Madison County Arts Council’s annual holiday sale. Stop by the arts center, 90 S. Main St., Marshall, on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Don’t get stuck with a lame gift. Pick up something awesome at the Cool Craft Market on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. HandMade in America, 125 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville, will offer everything from ornaments and clothing to pottery and kitchenware. Get first dibs at a preview party on Dec. 14.


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