The hunt for holiday gifts is officially on. Instead of battling the mall crowds this year, consider one of Western New York’s many holiday pop-up shops.
From handmade to vintage to Buffalo-themed wares, local holiday pop-up shops are just like they sound: temporary, limited-time-only retail spaces, set up in office buildings, empty storefronts, museums and more. They’re also a great excuse to explore a new destination or neighborhood; many are held in venues throughout the city.
Some highlights: on Dec. 2, Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum on Porter Avenue hosts the 7th annual Queen City Market, where local artisans sell handmade and vintage items. Or visit Buffalo RiverWorks that same day for the SevenOneSixmas Festival, where you’ll find Buffalo-themed gifts and wares.
A City of Buffalo Artists Market returns to the Ellicott Square Building for its holiday edition on Dec. 6. Browse over 50 local vendors while enjoying food, a cash bar and holiday music, all in a historic downtown setting.
On Dec. 9, Becker Farms in Gasport will host their Holiday Sip ‘n Shop. It features offerings from 25 local artisans and national vendors, as well as wine samples from Vizcarra Vineyards and fresh, homemade Becker Farms baked goods.
And for procrastinators, the Last Minute Panic Sale at the WNY Book Arts Center, Dec. 15-16, gives you an eleventh-hour option for finding a thoughtful gift. Browse hand-printed greeting cards and posters plus quality handmade jewelry, housewares and knitwear produced by over 40 vendors.
Need more options? Check out the holiday edition of Queen City Pop-Up — a local multi-vendor holiday marketplace that has taken up temporary residence at 50 Fountain Plaza (corner of Main and Chippewa) in downtown Buffalo. Queen City Pop-Up is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. and Saturday noon — 4 p.m., now through Dec. 31. Or reference our full list of pop-up shops here for even more events happening this holiday season.
2017 Holiday Pop-up Shops
Queen City Pop-Up — Holiday Edition
Now-Dec. 31: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Saturday noon - 4 p.m.
50 Fountain Plaza, Suite #110
Buffalo Women’s Gifts
Nov. 25: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Asbury Hall @ Babeville, Buffalo
Shakers + Makers: Boozy Artisan Market
Nov. 25: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hotel @ the Lafayette, Buffalo
Holiday Live at Larkin
Dec. 1: 5-8 p.m.
Larkin at Exchange Building, Buffalo
Holiday Artists Sale at Burchfield Penney
Dec. 1-3: Friday, 5-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo
Queen City Market
Dec. 2: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Buffalo
Dec. 2: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Yuletide in the Country
Dec. 2-3: Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
A City of Buffalo Artists Market Holiday Edition
Dec. 6: 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Ellicott Square Building, Buffalo
Becker Farms Holiday Sip ‘n Shop
Dec. 9: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards, Gasport
3rd Annual Flying Bison Christmas Market
Dec. 9: 1-5 p.m.
Flying Bison Brewing Company, Buffalo
UUCB Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
Dec. 9: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo
Elm Street Holiday Market
Dec. 16: 5-9 p.m.
MUSEjar, East Aurora
10th Annual Last Minute Panic Sale
Dec. 15-16: Friday, 4-8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
WNY Book Arts Center, Buffalo