Holiday Markets & Open Houses – Shop Local – the Midlands of South Carolina!

Blythewood Artists’ Guild Holiday Market

November 5 – 7, 2020

This is the Guild’s 11th annual holiday market, and this year will be held at Doko Manor. Santa will be on hand on Friday evening and Saturday from 10am – 6pm. Masks are required. The Guild will be accepting donations for the animal shelters in Fairfield and Richland Counties. Please see the supplies needed here. Artists and craft vendors will sell their unique works of art – great gifting ideas. More on Facebook.

Lexington’s Holiday Open House Tour

November 5 – 8, 2020

Gather your friends & family together to shop locally by visiting participating Lexington merchants! Refreshments, door prizes and unique treasures await you for a weekend filled with sales and specials bound to get you into the Holiday spirit. 14 businesses participating. Go to Facebook to see list and the times each will be open.

Yard Art Faire

November 7, 2020 10am – 3pm

34 local artists will exhibit at this one day affair, held outdoors on the grounds of the Robert Mills House at 1616 Blanding St.. Paintings, pottery, jewelry, clay and more! Website.

Ole Patchwork Gathering

November 7, 2020 10am – 3pm

A FREE farm event with local artisans, crafts, and items made from scratch. Bring your cooler to take home fresh produce, meats, eggs, cheese, and milk. Get a head start on your Christmas shopping. Enjoy lunch at the farm, music on the grounds, and demonstrations. Visit the barnyard animals. Please, no pets allowed. Please dress accordingly for weather conditions. Hand sanitizer and washing stations are available at the farm and vendor tables. Masks are appropriate but not required. Patchwork Farm * 110 Dairy Lane * Saluda      864-992-6155 patchworkfarmllc@gmail.com

Phillips Market Christmas Open House

November 8, 2020 2pm – 6pm

The Phillips Market Center is hosting a Holiday Open House to help you get an early start on Christmas shopping and support local businesses! Vendors will be set up indoors. Masks required and social distancing will be encouraged. Also, while you’re there, take in their gorgeous meeting facility and visit with staff to find options for your holiday gathering, wedding or other event. More here.

Downtown Newberry Open House

November 9 – 22, 2020

Get into the holiday spirit by shopping in charming downtown Newberry! Galleries, jewelry and clothing boutiques and antique sellers line the streets, all within walking distance of one another. Don’t head to a big box store or to Amazon for your holiday essentials! Where’s the fun in that? Head to downtown historic Newberry, just 30 minutes from Columbia up I-26, and enjoy special offerings while you support small business. Dine in one of their exceptional restaurants and stick around to take in a show at the historic Newberry Opera House! The dates of the open house have been extended this year, to allow shoppers more time with smaller crowds. All participating businesses will be open on Sundays from 1-5pm. Stores will set their own business hours for weekdays, but all will be open later on Fridays to accommodate shoppers! More on Facebook.

Annual Chapin Holiday Open House

November 12 – 14, 2020

Featuring local businesses showcasing their holiday goodies with discounts galore! Ride the trolley so you don’t have to worry about driving and parking! Includes retailers and service providers in Chapin, Ballentine, White Rock and Prosperity. More on Facebook.

Christmas Craft Market & Holiday Bazaar

November 14, 2020 9am – 4pm

Featuring over 100 of the best local crafters as well as small business direct sellers and retail businesses from the Lexington area. Free admission and plenty of parking. This market is the one that was previously held at Lexington Middle School. This year it will be held at the SC State Farmers Market… outdoors and COVID-friendly! They had one here in September and it was a hit! This holiday market promises to be very good indeed. More on Facebook.

Santa Brunch & Craft Fair

November 13 & 14, 2020

An annual event benefitting the White Knoll HS bands. Held at the Lexington Municipal Center. Friday the craft and vendor fair is from 6pm – 9pm and Saturday it’s from 9am – 2pm. Food, music and more fun, including Brunch with Santa, if you have little ones. More here.

Vista Lights

November 16 – 22, 2020

The businesses of the Vista are excited to host you for a week of specials and events (instead of the traditional Thursday night gathering). Visit your favorite restaurants, experience the arts and shop for the holidays. More here.

A Holiday to Remember

November 20 – 22, 2020

Held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Enjoy a free, open to the public event offering lots of holiday activities, with special COVID precautions to ensure a safe but fun experience. Kick start your holiday shopping with unique vendors in a holiday shopping market and enjoy festive dance and musical performances from community groups on the entertainment stage.  Fun for all ages from a Biergarten to a KidZone.  More.

Holiday Market at Crooked Creek Park

Live – November 21, 2020 8:30am-1pm; Virtual – November 20 – December 6, 2020

This annual indoor holiday craft show is held inside the gym at Crooked Creek Park in Chapin. Shop for unique items, hand-crafted by a small group of local artists! Free admission. Bring your masks and your shopping bags! More here. Don’t want to go out and shop? Shop online with their virtual market which runs from Nov 20th – Dec 6th. More here.

Holiday Bazaar Camden

November 21, 2020 9am – 4pm

Come out and get a head start on Christmas shopping! They will have a wide variety of vendors from all over S.C and some of the area’s favorite food trucks. Free to attend! Held at Louise C. Proctor Hall in Camden. More here.

Soda City Holiday Market

November 27 – November 29, 2020

This three-day-long event will showcase talented local artisans and crafters selling seasonal handmade gifts, along with food vendors of diverse nationalities and menus. Celebrate with live music, entertainment, lights, beverages and much more in the heart of the capital city. Free admission! Hours on Facebook.

Jamil Shriners Craft Show

November 28, 2020 9am – 5pm

Over 90 LOCAL Vendors! Handmade Christmas Gifts that are not available in Retail Stores! Christmas Ornaments, Floral Arrangements, Wood Carving/ Wood Toys/ Leather items, On Site monograming, Local Honey, and more. Masks are required and social distancing, limited capacity, $2/adult, children free. Baked goods and refreshments available. More here.

50th Annual Christmas Craft Show

December 4 & 5, 2020 9am – 5pm

Celebrating 50 years of one of the South’s finest craft shows! Held in Aiken, SC at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center. This indoor/outdoor show features exhibitors from all over the Southeast with items handmade by the crafters and guaranteed to set your gift-giving apart. With the many “really good” craft shows canceled, this is one you don’t want to miss! Make this your first stop for holiday gifts! They will have something for everyone on your list and some delicious goodies too. Wreaths, wood furniture, paintings, jewelry, holiday ornaments, clothing, ceramics, needlepoint creations, pottery, door hangers, and many other unique items. You can check out their Facebook event page for more information about specific vendors. Food vendors will be onsite. Face masks must be worn by attendees and social distancing practiced. Many of the vendors are operating “cash-free” so as not to have any more physical contact as is necessary. So bring your plastic! More at AikenisMagical.com.

Winter Wonderland Weekend

December 4 – 6, 2020

A Five Points holiday shopping extravaganza!

From sales and specials galore, to decorations, frosted windows and lit up storefronts, you do not want to miss this weekend of festive fun in Columbia’s original village neighborhood! More here.

All sorts of delightful holiday crafts at the Santa’s Market Craft Show!

Santa’s Market Craft Show

December 5, 2020 8:30am – 2:30pm

Enjoy the sights and delights of the holiday season at this annual event featuring unique gifts, charming decorations and one of a kind crafts. Held indoors at Seven Oaks Park in St. Andrews. Complete your holiday shopping with items including but not limited to, art prints and paintings, hand-made jewelry, ornaments, painted glassware, holiday wreaths, and decor. Wear your mask and bring your pocketbook! You’re going to find lots of stuff you’ll want to buy! More here.

Tinsel Town Market

December 5, 2020 9am – 2pm

Held in Chapin as an outdoor affair. They will have around 75 local crafter/vendors including: pottery, woodwork, candles, homemade crafts, iron work, jewelry, clothing, quilts, homemade goodies, books and much more. The event is FREE! They will have something for everyone on your holiday wish list. The proceeds will go to Girl Scout Troop 760. More on Facebook.

Devine Day Out

December 5, 2020 10am – 5pm

Enjoy this one-day shopping event featuring amazing sales and special surprises at your favorite holiday destination, Devine Street! Discover a spectacular outfit to wear, gather around the table at a Devine Street restaurant to celebrate with family, indulge in self-care, explore a new place to live! List of merchants here.

11th Annual Country Christmas Trunk Show

December 5 & 6, 2020

Tis the season! Purchase unique gifts at this very special shopping experience at Old McCaskill’s Farm in Rembert. Wool products, baked goods, Christmas decor, Ashley’s homemade pies, farm fresh meats and lots more. Saturday hours 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 12pm – 5pm. More here.

Jingle & Mingle

December 10, 2020 4pm – 7:30pm

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at the Lake Murray Souvenir Shoppe, featuring local vendors and delicious refreshments! Free admission. Additional vendors will include AR Workshop, Evan Williams Creations, the Purple Tuteur Farm and products by Jake Moore. The Cafe Strudel Food Truck and Columbia Craft Brewery will serve food and beverages. Lake Murray Visitor Center. More here.

Family Day | History Holidays

Saturday, Dec. 12 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Hampton Preston Mansion. Tour historic houses and learn how families in Columbia celebrated the holiday season with historic traditions from the 18th through the 19th centuries! Children will make holiday crafts that reflect the variety of traditions practiced by residents in Columbia throughout the holiday season. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit HistoricColumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org, or call (803) 252-1770 x 23. 

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