Made in Knoxville Artisan Shopping: Crafts & Holiday Markets
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Unique Artisan Shopping in Knoxville & Holiday Markets 2019
With a thriving creative community of artists and craftspeople, Knoxville is known as The Maker City - and that's good news for travelers who are looking for something different to take home. Something original - and something that speaks to the very soul of the city. From one-of-a-kind crafts to fine artwork and holiday gifts, you'll find an incredible variety of handmade artisan treasures at the city's many maker markets, artist collectives, and holiday fairs. Bring your reusable bags and get ready for some amazing artisan shopping in Knoxville this season - and all year round.
The Art Market Gallery: 65+ East Tennessee Artists
Situated at 422 Gay Street in Downtown Knoxville, this convenient cooperative hosts unique artwork and fine crafts made by more than 65 juried local and regional artists. It's a fun place to browse and the quality is top-notch, and there's something for every budget - from hand-painted greeting cards and silverwork jewelry to sculptural ceramics and oil paintings. There's a little bit of everything, and everything is an original work of art. Shop for woodcuts, woven textiles, lampworked glass beads, beveled glass, watercolors, photographs, and baskets.
Christmas Fair at Knoxville Expo Center: Biggest Craft & Gift Show in Town
For early bird shoppers, Knoxville's Christmas Fair is a must. Taking place November 8-10, this over-the-top craft and gift fair has delighted holiday shoppers every year for almost four decades. It's a festive mix of handmade crafts and commercial merchandise, including more than 200 craftspeople from 10 different states. It's the biggest arts, gifts, and crafts market in the region. The Christmas Fair will be open from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on November 8, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on November 9, and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on November 10. The Knoxville Expo Center also hosts a massive flea market the following weekend from November 18-20.
Pretentious Glass Co: One of Etsy's Top-Selling Stores
Pick up a hand-blown beer glass or bourbon glass at this artisan studio, which is located in the Old City next to its sister company, Pretentious Beer Co. Watch glassblowers as they work to craft the beautiful glassware, with unique shapes for ale, cider, aromatic beers, hoppy beers, malty beers, imperial beers, and even a special half-and-half glass for those who like to mix their brews. Like works of art, these beautiful glasses are the perfect addition to your home - or the ideal gift for that friend who has everything.
Shop Small from Artisans at the Old City Market & Creative Corridor
Browse a curated collection of handcrafted treasures at this open-air market, which takes place on November 9, November 30, and December 14 (and every other second Saturday from April through December). Stroll along Jackson Avenue and shop from local and regional artists from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and be sure to check out Old City's "Creative Corridor" farther along Jackson Avenue and Central Avenue, which features a plethora of coffee shops, art galleries, shops, bars, and restaurants.
First Fridays at The Emporium: Art Galleries, Studios & Events
Situated at 100 S. Gay Street in the heart of Knoxville's creative hub, The Emporium is a historic warehouse that's been restored into a gallery hotspot. With 28,000 square feet of space, there's room for numerous art galleries and studios of local and regional artists. Discover new art exhibitions every month, along with special events like live music shows, salsa dancing, and artist demonstrations. And on the First Friday of every month, The Emporium comes alive as the epicenter of this open-house event. The next First Friday Art Walks in Knoxville will take place on November 1 and December 6. Come as you are and feel the creative energy.
Market Square Holiday Market: Farm-Fresh Treats, Food Trucks & Gifts
Shop from artisans and farmers at this annual holiday bazaar, which takes place every Saturday in December in Market Square and along Union Avenue and Main Street. From 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on December 7, 14, and 21, you'll find a festive collection of food trucks, hand-crafted gifts, and fresh, farm-grown greenery for decorating. Breathe in the holiday aromas and sip on hot apple cider while you shop. You can also buy local honey, delicious pastries, and all kinds of specialty foods for your holiday celebrations. Can't make it in December? You'll find the Market Square Farmer's Market here year-round on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Explore The Maker City on a Knoxville Winter Getaway
Put yourself in the heart of The Maker City's creative community at our comfortable, sophisticated downtown hotel. We're moments from holiday markets and artisan shopping in Knoxville, close to corporate campuses and the University of Tennessee. Enjoy peaceful rooms and suites with high-end extras like luxurious bedding and a relaxation sleep kit. Share cocktails in The Library and indulge in exceptional local cuisine at Mahogany's. Give yourself the gift of the ultimate winter escape this season at Crowne Plaza Knoxville.