Christmas markets have been an old tradition in Virginia. Gathering thousands of people, it's also a great chance for artists and craftsmen from all over Southeast to show and sell their work. So don't hesitate to find your unique gift or one-of-a-kind artwork at Virginia's best Christmas fairs that combine fine arts, family fun, and holiday spirit.
Virginia Beach Christmas Market at Virginia Beach Convention Center (November 29–December 1, 2019)
More than 30 years the Christmas Market has been one of the favorite holiday events in Virginia Beach. Held at the Virginia Beach Convention Cente, the Virginia Beach Christmas Market features more than 250 stalls where artisans and crafters from more than 20 states sell their best works. Sunshine Artist Magazine named this event one of the best arts and crafts shows in the USA. Check out unique fine arts, amazing pottery and jewellery, stained glass, toys, woodworks, photography, textiles as well as thousands of Christmas-themed collectables. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during one weekend. Santa Claus is available for pictures on some days.
Marion Christmas Market Weekend (December 6-8, 2019)
The town of Marion holds one of the best Christmas markets in Southwest Virginia. Due to partnership with the Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts, Marion Christmas Market at downtown Marrion has a unique artistic atmosphere and many authentic items for sale. Both outdoor and indoor markets feature dozens of vendors offering their handmade items. The authentic outdoor market is held in the area from Iron Street Mall to the Henderson School where the indoor section is located. The three-day Christmas Market includes shows at the historic Lincoln Theatre, free activities for children, carriage rides, carolling, and great shopping. The annual Kaleidoscope Christmas Parade in Marion is usually held on the same weekend as well.
The Bizzare Bazaar Christmas Market at Richmond Raceway Complex (December 5–8, 2019)
One of the largest Christmas markets in the state, The Bizzare Bazaar fills the Richmond Raceway Complex with more than 400 exhibitors from all over the country presenting most authentic and unique items. With over 40 years of history in Richmond, The Bizarre Bazaar has a reputation of a high-quality marketplace like no other show in this area. It specializes in seasonal gifts, Christmas decor, home and garden accessories, gourmet food, fine linens, designer apparel, toys, fine artwork, exclusive furniture and jewellery. Known as one of the best craft and gift shows in America, The Bizzare Bazaar attracts thousands of visitors from all over the Southeast.
Fairfax Holiday Market in Old Town Square (December 6–22, 2019)
Fairfax Holiday Market is one of the recent events in Fairfax that belongs to the larger Washington, DC area. However, it has gained a lot of popularity right away. Held in picturesque Old Town Square of the historic downtown, the Christmas market offers great shopping for Christmas gifts and decorations. The market features a dazzling light display, live holiday music, hot cocoa and wine, as well as Christmas treats and gourmet foods. The market runs for three weekends in December. Each weekend new vendors will come to offer their goods.
Mistletoe Market at Charlottesville Fashion Square Mall (November 23-24, 2019)
Charlottesville’s annual Mistletoe Market is one of the favorite events for families in the area. This amazing Christmas market gathers best artisans, craft makers and vendors from surrounding areas. Dozens of vendors offer jewellery, candies, men’s and women’s clothing, various accessories, home decor, Christmas decorations, pottery, photography, and textiles. The one-day market will be giving away door prizes donated by merchants and vendors of the Claus Cafe. Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Charlottesville. Kids can have cookies with Santa and build a mini gingerbread house. Each child will also receive a holiday-themed book as a gift.