Eastern NC Holiday Markets for Buy-Local Gift Shopping 2018

Holiday Market 2017 vendors, Zebulon NC. Photo: Kay Whatley
Holiday Market 2017 vendors, Zebulon NC. Photo: Kay Whatley

Local artisans, crafters, and entrepreneurs will be participating in markets around the area. Think about shopping local or buying local goods during the holiday season to boost local, small businesses.

Here are just a few of the upcoming opportunities to meet and buy from local sellers. Holiday markets are listed below in reverse date order.

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The RTP Mistletoe Market

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 4-7pm

Join the fun and get some shopping done at The Frontier, located at 800 Park Offices Drive, Research Triangle Park NC. The market will feature 50 area vendors, offering goods for sale during a Happy Hour — with complimentary beer and wine.

This fourth-annual market highlights #ShopLocal with vendors from around the area. The event further gives back to the community by donating a portion of the profits (15% or more) to Code The Dream, a Durham-based nonprofit that provides tech education to young people from minority and immigrant backgrounds.

A new addition to the RTP Mistletoe Market for 2018 will be entertainment provided by The Victorian Carolers from 5pm to 6:30pm… A little background music themed for the holiday season.

Want something other than beer and wine? Two food trucks at The Frontier, Arepa Culture and Tenco Coffee Truck, will have food and coffee available for purchase.

See market event details at www.rtp.org/event/the-rtp-mistletoe-market.


Wake Forest Holiday Artisans Market

Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 9am-3pm

This ARTS Wake Forest third-annual event will be held inside and outside the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks Street, Wake Forest NC. Vendors will be offering a variety of handmade items from area artisans and crafters. More than 40 vendors are expected, and this event is free and open to the public. Information is available on the Town of Wake Forest website and the ARTS Wake Forest Facebook page.

Note that vendor applications were accepted over the summer and vendor acceptance completed.


Holiday Fair and Music

Thursday, November 29, 2018 @ 6-8pm

This event is a new addition to the Town of Knightdale’s Christmas on First Avenue.  Join the fun and shop while listening to live music at Knightdale Station Park, 810 N First Avenue, Knightdale NC. There will be a variety of vendors selling gift items, live Christmas music, and food trucks.

To find out how to be a vendor at the Holiday Fair, submit the town’s 2018 vendor application via email.


Downtown Garner Pop-up Market

Saturday, November 24, 2018 @ 10am-2pm

This is a monthly public market with baked goods, locally made items, fresh produce, food trucks, and more, with this date just after Black Friday. Held in Garner Recreational Park, 221 E Garner Road, Garner NC.

If interested in becoming a vendor, find contact information and event listing here.


ECA Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 10am-2pm

Wayne County Extension and Community Association (ECA) will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar to raise funds to support service projects in their community. A variety of “unique and affordable” gifts will be available for purchase. Address is 3114-B Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro NC.

Vendor tables may still be available. Contact information may be found on this web page.


Zebulon Farm Fresh Holiday Market

November 16, 2018 @ 4-7pm

November 17, 2018 @ 9am-3pm

This annual market brings farmers market vendors, local artisans, crafters, handmade goodies creators, and more together for your holiday shopping pleasure. #BuyLocal gifts and goodies for holiday meals. Dozens of vendors will be set up inside, with live music, a recipe contest, raffles and door prizes, and photos with Santa Claus, with the Cousin’s Maine Lobster food truck in the parking lot.

This two-day holiday market is held at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 So Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. Updates may be posted on the Facebook event here.

The holiday market application link has been disabled, which may mean that all vendor spots have been filled. With questions, contact the Farm Fresh Market Manager, Maurine Brown, at 919.823.1816 or via email.


Zebulon Lions Club Auxiliary Craft Fair

November 3, 2018 @ 9am-3pm

This craft fair is expected to have 20+ local vendors. Food, drinks, baked goods, and desserts will be for sale by Auxiliary members. The Zebulon Lions Club Building is located at 118 E Lee Street, Zebulon NC.

Call 919.404.2333 or email the Zebulon Lions Club if interested in vendor information.


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