A Handmade Holiday in Phoenix // Local Shopping Event Guide



Art by: Fabulous Fabulous Prints

I’m a huge believer of buying local especially during the holidays. As a small business owner of Hazel & May, I appreciate the heart and work that goes into quality handmade products. What I love even more is buying my favorite products from local artists and crafters in the valley, wrapping them up and gifting them to the ones I love.

There’s plenty of opportunities to discover your favorite local handmade products over the next few weeks at a number of fairs and festivals around Phoenix. So bundle up, grab some friends and go shopping!


All That Glitters

When: December 3rd  6pm-9pm

Where: Cave Creek Plaza (11649 N. Cave Creek Road)

Who: The Shops on Cave Creek

Cost: Free

The Inside Scoop: Audrey‘s is behind this amazing event. They promise shopping, food, fun and lots of sparkle!


Practical Arts Holiday Extravaganza

When: December 4th  6pm-10pm

Where: Practical Art (5070 N. Central Ave.)

Who: A shop full of unique, giftable items created by dozens of local artists

Cost: Free

The Inside Scoop: The owners have a big night planned including carolers, refreshments and robot ornament making with Jordan Alexander Thomas of Space Boy Robot!


Practical Art

Frances Crafeteria

When: December 4th  6pm-10pm

Where: Medlock Plaza (NW Corner of Camelback Rd. and Central Ave.)

Who: 30 local, handcrafted vendors

Cost: Free

The Inside Scoop: This highly-anticipated holiday shopping event is in its 10th year and put on by Phoenix’s Best Boutique, Frances.

My Faves: Fabulous Fabulous Prints and Short Leash Hot Dogs will be there and don’t let the long line defer you from eating there… there is a line for a reason!


Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 12.27.19 PMWatercolor art by: Fabulous Fabulous Prints


When: December 10th and 17th 5pm-10pm

Where: Phoenix Public Market (721 N. Central Ave.)

Who: 130 local vendors including local grown, produced and prepared food

Cost: Free and free parking north of the market

The Inside Scoop: This event is in its 6th year and is very community-oriented. Also, because it’s at night, this event definitely lives up to its name.

My Faves: Sugar Jam & Soli Jewelry (You have to go see this jewelry designer… Her name is Holiday and she will make you smile!)


25 Festival

When: December 11th & 12th  9am-4pm

Where: Peoria Sports Complex (16101 N. 83rd Ave.)

Who: Vendors, eateries and even Santa Claus!

Cost: $3 at the door or $2 in advance online

The Inside Scoop: This one-stop shopping event put on by Street Market features one-of-a-kind gifts and holiday decor as well as a Sweets of the Season contest featuring gingerbread and cookie displays. Santa will also be there with his “reindeer” (aka ponies).


Phoenix Festival of the Arts

When: December 11th  Noon-6pm, December 12th -13th  10am-6pm

Where: Hance Park (1134 N. Central Ave.)

Who: 100+ vendors and cultural organizers will participate in this annual event

Cost: Free

The Inside Scoop: Live music will be the backdrop at this lively Phoenix Festival of the Arts event and every day you can choose from a number of different food trucks.

My Faves: Local Lunchbox & Cousins Maine Lobster


Jackalope Arts Fair

When: December 12th and 13th  10am-5pm

Where: Steele Indian School Park (300 E. Indian School Rd.)

Who: More than 200 artists

Cost: Free

The Inside Scoop: Each of the vendors at the Jackalope Arts Fair is hand-selected from hundreds of applicants so you know you will be shopping high-quality goods.

My Faves: Hawks and Honey ApparelPure LifeSonia Gracia Handmade & Two Trees Botanicals (This couple cracks me up. You know I had to have one of their creations for my little guy. It’s sitting in my windowsill behind the shutter until Christmas. Shhhh!)


Photo by: Gil Riego Photography

Market at MADE

When: December 19th  11am-3pm

Where: 922 N. 5th St. & Roosevelt

Who: About a dozen local artists

Cost: Free

The Inside Scoop: Finish up your holiday shopping at this monthly market that’s held outside of MADE Art Boutique.

My Faves: Be You Jewelry (the hostess of this event), Strawberry Hedgehog Soap & Savannah Ashley


Which local shopping event are you most looking forward to?  We cannot wait to support local + shop small for our holiday shopping!  We would love to see what you purchase. Post your images to Instagram using hashtags  #nphxmoms + #locallove.

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The last few years have brought big changes for Emily. After spending years in high-stress, deadline-driven TV jobs in East Coast metros, family circumstances brought her and her husband Joel to the Arizona desert. Now this former news junkie is a stay-at-home mom to Miles, a fast-talking toddler with energy to spare. She spends her days teaching him about faith, letters, numbers and manners. Whenever he’s asleep she boots up the laptop to write for North Phoenix Moms Blog and other freelance gigs. Whatever spare time she has left is spent on a hike with her family or a rare date night with Joel, at the gym, coffee and dinner with friends, or in her craft room creating simple, beautiful jewelry for her online boutique, Hazel & May, and giving too many treats to her pups, Pepper and Gizmo.


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