Kansas City holiday markets, bazaars, craft shows and boutiques are popping up around the metro. Some are traditional with handmade items and cocoa, while others are glitzy with live music, cocktails and an array of one-of-a-kind merchandise.
Whatever your pleasure, holiday markets and such are a great way to get into the holiday spirit, catch up with friends and find a thoughtful gift for everyone on your list.
Holiday Market Shopping Tips
Like any shopping expedition, a little advance planning can go a long way to ensure you have a fun, magical experience at this season’s holiday markets in Kansas City. Here are a few tips we’ve gathered from seasoned shoppers.
Make a list
Like Santa, make a list of who you want to give gifts to this year. Think beyond just family members to include special co-workers or neighbors, your kids’ teachers or someone who has helped you out a lot this year.
While you’re getting organized, take stock of your own holiday pieces. With so many options in front of you it’s easy to go overboard. If you already have candlesticks, why not replace your worn out wreath instead?
Most holiday markets in Kansas City are (thankfully) held indoors. Think about the hard surfaces of gymnasiums and convention centers before you slip on heels. Stylish, flat-footed booths are the way to go.
Think layers. It will likely be cold outside, but temps inside can become too warm for heavy sweaters.
If there’s a coat or bag check, take advantage of them. They’re usually free or cheap (our favorite) and sometimes the proceeds support charities. This keeps your hands free for bargains and maybe a beverage.
Check out the vendors
Many holiday markets will list participating vendors. Then you can check out their websites (if they have them) in advance to see what they’re offering, maybe note some favorites.
Once you’re at the holiday market, make a quick lap around to get an idea of what’s around. Don’t forget to mark your map or write down booth numbers.
Make it an experience
Grab some friends and make it an outing. Take in everything the holiday market has to offer: beverages, snacks, raffles, carolers, etc.
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Kansas City Holiday Markets, Craft Shows and Shopping