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Our holiday 2018 buying guide to the best local arts, crafts and gifts


In Pittsburgh, it’s easy to fill your holiday shopping list with giveaways that support local businesses and manufacturers. We have holiday markets, specialty pop-ups, and plenty of places that showcase the work of local artisans. Here’s your go-to guide to holiday shopping in Pittsburgh.

Holiday markets

Popular gas holiday market
Market place
Until December 23 (closed on Thanksgiving Day)
11 am – 8 pm Mon – Thursday .; 11 am – 9:30 pm Fri – Sat .; 11 am-6pm Sun

Inspired by Christmas markets that bring conviviality to German city centers, this cluster of Alpine-style chalets has become as much a staple of a Pittsburgh Christmas as spirits around the world at PPG Place next door. The Holiday Market features distinctive gifts, decorations and treats, made in Pittsburgh, Germany, Poland and many places in between. Click here for a list of suppliers, including those who will only be present on certain days.

Peoples Gas Holiday Market. Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

Sunday museum store
November 26
Check here for a list and map of all participating museums and cultural institutions around Pittsburgh

Almost every local museum participates in this event, where you will find discounts and a “special shopping experience” at the city’s museum stores, and you can supplement your shopping by strolling through the current exhibits.

Holiday mART at the Sweetwater Center for the Arts
200 Broad Street, Sewickley
November 27 – December 9
12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Mon – Fri .; 11 am-5pm Sat – Sun.

When you can brag about 100 local artists and over 5,000 items for sale, you know you have something to do. At this annual pop-up shop, you’ll find handcrafted gifts from local artists, including jewelry, ceramics, glass, weaves, knitted clothing, fine art, woodwork, toys, cards, ornaments, edibles and more!

Pittsburgh Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Teamsters Local 249 Banquet Hall
1st December
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

You’ll find artists and artisans selling handmade home and vacation decor pieces, jewelry, artwork, and clothing, with a portion of the proceeds going to a local nonprofit. Girls on the run. Admission is $ 3 for adults and free for children under 12.

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I did it! for the holidays
December 1 – 2 at the Old Macy’s Building, 162 E. Bridge Street, Homestead, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 15 at Block at Northway, McKnight Rd., McCandless, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You will find a huge range of local artists, artisans, designers and manufacturers selling handmade housewares, children’s wear, ceramics, toiletries and body and artwork from all kinds. Vendors you will find at the event from December 1 to 2 include jewelry maker bel monili, children’s toy maker Vampetz, handsome artist Exhibit D, and many more. Zeke’s Coffee Pittsburgh will be on hand to fuel your shopping spree.

Hand Arcade
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
December 8
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

With over 200 sellers, Handmade Arcade’s biggest event to date features a gigantic selection of clever gifts from DIY enthusiasts from all walks of life, from local to national: organic skin care products, clothing made from recycled fabrics, contemporary photography, dolls in creepy plush, glass jewelry, metalwork, even candles that smell like beer. Plus, Handmade Arcade is free for everyone and always features local DJs and plenty of free crafts, art, and tech. Activities for children and adults led by local artists and arts organizations. Want a preview the day before? Catch the new one Cutting edge fundraiser on Friday December 7th and shop early.

Arcade in hand. Photo by Joey Kennedy.

Holiday Glass Sale at the Pittsburgh Glass Center
5472 Penn Avenue
Dec. 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (sale + demonstrations of hot glasses)
December 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (sale + Make-It-Now ornaments)
Dec 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (sale only)

Beautiful and functional glassware will be on sale, including artwork and handmade jewelry by regional artists in different price ranges. Hot glass demonstrations take place on Fridays and you can make your own glass ornament on Saturdays.

Holiday drinks at the Hotel Monaco.

The Hotel Monaco Winter Market
Hotel Monaco, 620 William Penn Place, Downtown
December 10 – 11
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The second annual Wintermarket will feature locally made gifts from vendors in the Pittsburgh area, bites and cocktails from The Commoner, and live holiday music by Ayesha Scott in the evening in a winter wonderland designed by Luxe Creative.

Holiday crafts and drafts
East End Brewing, 147 Julius St.
December 15
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

You’ll find dishes from La Palapa and desserts from Leona’s Ice Cream as well as an artists’ market with over a dozen vendors, including garbella, Alternate Histories, Etna Print Circus, and PGH Candle.

East End Brewing Company tap room. Photo courtesy of Matt Dayak.

Babyland Holiday Sale
460 Melwood Avenue
December 15
12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Babyland’s community of artists and thinkers holds their annual holiday sale, featuring woodworking, prints, jewelry, paintings, and more, as well as festive food and drink.

Made + Found
Ace Pittsburgh Hotel
December 16
10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Made + Found returns to the Ace Hotel Pittsburgh for a special vacation market, which should be bigger than ever. This show features 50 of the region’s most creative vintage and handmade vendors. Free entry.

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