Handmade Holidays

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    Handblown ornaments at Sunspots in Staunton.Shopping at Yorktown Riverwalk Landing.
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    Start and finish your holiday gift buying on Virginia's Main Streets.

    Choose from locally crafted goods, as well as specialty gifts. Bazaars and craft shows are also excellent shopping opportunities.

     

    Northern Virginia | Coastal Virginia - Hampton Roads
    Central Virginia | Shenandoah Valley
    Chesapeake Bay | Coastal Virginia - Eastern Shore
    Heart of Appalachia | Southern Virginia | Blue Ridge Highlands 

     

      

    Northern Virginia

    Events 

    Culpeper - Nov 24 - Holiday Open House in Downtown Culpeper - Find the perfect gifts in unique shops that are all decked out for the holiday season. Trolley rides, live holiday music, children's story time, and a visit from Santa Claus himself.

    Fredericksburg - Dec 7-8 - Fredericksburg Holiday Craft Show - The annual Holiday Craft Show is your one stop shopping destination where you can find memorable and unique gifts for your family, friends and of course for your pet too. Come join the fun festive mood at one of the area's best Holiday Craft Shows at the Fredericksburg Expo Center.

    Herndon - Dec 8 - Herndon Holiday Arts & Crafts Show - At this popular annual show, more than 100 arts and craft vendors offer unique gifts, decorations and handmade items.

    Where to Shop 

    Round Hill - At the Round Hill Arts Center Gallery one will find the wonderful works by Virginia artisans. RHAC seeks to blur the line which, in the mind of the individual, often separates fine crafts (or "folk arts"), such as woodworking, basketry, weaving, and blacksmithing, from the fine arts: painting, photography, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. To that end, our programs and gallery encourage the juxtaposition of elements of the craft and fine arts traditions.

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    Coastal Virginia - Hampton Roads

    Events 

    Williamsburg - Nov 23-24 - Colonial Williamsburg Fall Arts and Crafts Show - Colonial Williamsburg employees, volunteers and retirees combine to present and sell handmade gifts. Fabulous jams and handmade birdhouses are only a portion of the wonderful items available for personal enjoyment or as a special gift for that certain someone.

    Yorktown - Dec 7 - Yorktown Christmas Market on Main Street - Join us for Yorktown's annual Christmas Market on historic Main Street. The market features musical entertainment, living history exhibits, antique cars, roasted chestnuts, arts and crafts, and much more.

    Where to Shop 

    Norfolk - Visit d'ART, 28 studios featuring the works of more than 40 regional artists - all under one roof!

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    Central Virginia

    Where to Shop 

    Stanardsville - Browse and purchase pottery by Holly Horan and sculpture by John Pluta at Noon Whistle Pottery & Sculpture Gallery.

    Charlottesville - A. Korotky Studio is a textile and surface design studio, specializing in woven linens, luscious wearables, blankets, wraps, throws, crowns, signs, and inventions of all kinds.

    Somerset - The Market at Grelen has their own bees, busy making honey, so that you can purchase honey by the bottle, caramel and granola this Christmas. The Market is also a source for locally made food like jam, hickory syrup, and pancake mixes.

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    Shenandoah Valley

    Events 

    Monterey - Dec 6-8 - Wintertide - Experience an old-fashioned Christmas in a rural, mountain setting reminiscent of Currier & Ives at Highland County's Wintertide weekend. Galleries, gift and antique stores will extend their shopping hours, and a variety of handcrafted gift items, baked goods and maple products will be available at various Holiday Craft Shows. A Christmas concert will follow the tree-lighting service.

    Where to Shop 

    Mt. Jackson - The Art Group Gallery, a non-profit artists' cooperative, is a great place to find a plethora of goods by Shenandoah Valley artists.

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    Chesapeake Bay

    Where to Shop 

    Foster - Choose from a multitude of Chesapeake Bay Wildlife themed pottery, wall pieces, decorative tiles, bird houses and more at The Poddery. They're open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

      

    Eastern Shore

    Where to Shop 

    Onancock - The Eastern Shore Art League co-op gallery features 20 artists of the Eastern Shore Art League. Shop for paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor plus mixed media, drawings, photography, wood cuts, small original crafts and jewelry. Most of the works are originals. Giclees, prints, and cards are also available.

      

    Heart of Appalachia

     Where to Shop 

    Cedar Bluff - The Appalachian Arts Center is both a retail gallery and exhibition space featuring the work of local and regional artists, craftspeople, authors, and musicians. The Appalachian Arts Center proudly features hand-made work including baskets, book art, clay, drawing, fiber art, glass, greeting cards, jewelry, metal, mixed-media, musical instruments, painting, photography, printmaking, and woodwork.

    Haysi - Mountain Art Works is a homey atmosphere that includes locally created paintings, woodwork, afghans, quilts, jams and jellies, candles and much more. Occasionally a local luthier will drop by with a handcrafted guitar, mandolin, fiddle or banjo for sale. Don't miss out on these one-of-a-kind creations!

     

      

    Southern Virginia

    Events 

    Martinsville - Dec 22-23 - Handmade Holiday Market - You will find unique hand-crafted gifts for your family and friends made by local and regional artisans!

    Where to Shop 

    Martinsville - de Spot is a unique gallery that showcases the work of Karen Despot. It is now located within The Artisan Center in historic uptown Martinsville! The gallery features an assortment of items including glass, wood craft, ceramics, decorative painting, jewelry, stained glass, delicately hand painted eggs and gourds and just about anything else to satisfy your needs.

      

    Blue Ridge Highlands

    Events 

    Floyd - Dec 6-7- Annual Winterfest - This is a great opportunity to start holiday shopping while supporting local artists and artisans. For all the young artists, free children's holiday activities are also offered.

    Where to Shop 

    Abingdon - Shop crafts by local artisans, juried to be the best of the best, and the most complete collection of Crooked Road old time, bluegrass and gospel music when you shop Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway.

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Last Updated: 11/12/2013 10:48 AM
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