Favorite Holiday Shopping Destinations in Minnesota

Berit Thorkelson
| November 16, 2023 | 1 Minute Read
Shoppers at the Julmarknad Handcraft Market & Festival


Julmarknad Handcraft Market & Festival, Minneapolis
Outdoor markets like these have sprung up in Swedish towns since the Middle Ages. This one, held at the American Swedish Institute, offers a mix of traditional and contemporary Scandinavian artisan textiles, homewares, jewelry and more, plus food, crafts and music, Dec. 2–3, with vendors located indoors and outdoors.

MN Christmas Market, Twin Cities area
At these annual feel-good pop-ups, your $1 entry fee goes to Santa’s College Fund, as does 7% of all vendor sales. Among this year’s locations: Union Depot in St. Paul (Nov. 18) and Quincy Hall in Minneapolis (Nov. 25). A $15 VIP ticket gets you a toasty drink (with a mug to keep) and exclusive vendor discounts.

A Handmade Christmas Indie Maker Market, Austin
Holiday decorations and more than 30 local artists’ wares fill the Hormel Historic Home at this annual event, Dec. 1–2. The $10 Friday pre-shop includes appetizers, a complimentary drink ticket and Saturday market entry.

Duluth Winter Village
Shop local with a Lake Superior backdrop, plus fire pits, carolers and warm drinks to set the mood, at this annual event at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center near Canal Park, Dec. 2–3. Shopping takes place both inside and out.

European Christmas Market, St. Paul
Modeled after German and Austrian Christkindl markets, this annual event at Union Depot features stall after stall of handcrafted goods and traditional European food and drink think crepes and brats), plus kids crafts, musical performances, sled dog meet-and-greets and Santa visits on weekends, Nov. 25–Dec. 17.

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