Christmas in the Classic City Part 2: Your Guide to Local Holiday Shopping text over holiday decor

Shopping Experiences:

Athens Farmers Market Holiday Artist Market

Saturday, November 25 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Bishop Park (705 Sunset Drive, Athens, GA 30606)

Small Business Saturday is an easy day to celebrate in Athens, because we have an abundance of charming local vendors. If you like to kick off your holiday shopping right after Thanksgiving, then the Athens Farmers Market Holiday Artist Market is for you! With over 90 vendors last year and 6,000 guests, this experience is hugely popular and promises not to disappoint this year. A rain or shine event, the Holiday Artist Market includes vendors selling handmade goods, prepared foods, and a small selection of vendors selling groceries.


Smaller Business Sunday Craft Market

Sunday, November 26 | 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Athentic Brewing (108 Park Ave, Athens, GA)

With live music, food vendors, and craft beer available for purchase, this is the perfect experience for the stress-free shopper. Peruse local goods while enjoying your afternoon at the Smaller Business Sunday Craft Market.


Beechwood Holiday Market

 Friday, November 24, Friday, December 1, Friday, December 8 | Starting at 6:00 p.m.
Beechwood Shopping Center (196 Alps Road, Athens, GA 30606)

With multiple dates, the Beechwood Holiday Market is the perfect shopping opportunity for those with busy schedules. While not specifically featuring local vendors, this magical event creates a festive atmosphere while you’re in a walkable space in one of Athens’ most popular shopping centers. With food trucks, Santa, s’mores, and more, you don’t want to miss this. Check out the theme for each night:

November 24 - Christmas Tree Lighting and Live Music
 December 1- Christmas Movie Night 
December 8 - Christmas Carnival and Tacky Sweater Night 


Christmas in the Classic City Part 2: Your Guide to Local Holiday Shopping text over image of gifts

El Carretonero Christmas Market

December 3 | 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
El Carretonero (124 Rowe Road, Athens, GA 30601)

Be part of this inaugural Christmas Market and shop local vendors, including clothing, craft, and food vendors. While the event lasts from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., make sure to stop by between 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a very special guest – Santa!


Indie South Holiday Hooray

Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10 | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Bishop Park (705 Sunset Drive, Athens, GA 30606)

With over 150 vendors, the Indue South Holiday Hooray is perfect way to get a wide variety of options while committing to shopping local. With food trucks and a DJ, the ambiance is perfect for strolling and shopping.


Athens Holiday Market

 Thursday, December 14 and Friday, December, 15 | 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Big City Bread Cafe (393 N Finley Street, Athens, GA 30601)

A two-night event, the Athens Holiday Market is an annual experience and one you don’t want to miss. With a bonfire and live music, this is a charming evening market perfect for holiday shopping.


West Broad Farmer’s Market Holiday Market and Craft Fair

Saturday, December 16 | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
West Broad Farmers Market (300 S. Rocksprings Street, Athens, GA 30606)

With music, crafts, farmers, and more, the West Broad Farmer’s Market Holiday Market and Craft Fair is a great option for shopping local for all of your holiday gifting needs.



For the love of local:

Community – Athens Gift Box

260 N Jackson Street, Athens, GA 30601

If you love the idea of gifting local goods but don’t have the time to shop, then Community’s Athens Gift Boxes are the perfect solution for you! You can select from several pre-made options or craft your own box. Order online or stop by the store to learn more.


For the loved one far away:

Avid Book Subscriptions Program

1662 S Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30606

Avid Bookshop is a favorite local business, and thanks to their Snail Mail Subscriptions Program, it’s possible to share this local charm with loved ones near and far! Send your family or friends a little piece of Athens by gifting a subscription. You can choose the number of books you want sent and the age range of the recipient, making this the gift that keeps on giving.

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