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Jingle down Central Avenue and take your pick of markets this weekend

By Maggie Duffy
Published: November 30, 2017 Updated: December 5, 2017 at 09:39 AM
Shop a selection of artist-made wreaths, like this one by Aida Sheets, at Florida CraftArt during Jingle Down Central on Sunday. [Courtesy of Florida CraftArt]

Downtown St. Petersburg is a great place to shop, and a few of the galleries and boutiques have come together to create a shop hop on Sunday. Jingle Down Central is fairly walkable (unless you have a load of bags, then you may want to drive for part of it), all on Central Avenue, starting at Fifth Street and ending at 11th. Find artist-made wreaths like the one by Aida Sheets, pictured, at Florida CraftArt; get the perfect offbeat gift at Zazoo'd; shop for stuff for happy people at Stands of Sunshine; get up on the latest fashion trends at Ashe Couture, Misred and Plain Jane; and indulge in the beautiful soaps at Milagros. Visit all seven stores for a chance to win a gift basket; spend $25 at each and get a holiday candle. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

The movie The Nightmare Before Christmas is like the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer for those who wish every day was Halloween. Tim Burton's 1993 film is a cult classic, and continues to be beloved, even by children today. It also continues to inspire, hence the Nightmare Before Christmas Art Exhibition and Bazaar on Saturday at the Stained Market Place in Ybor City. All of the art is themed around the film, and who knows what kind of treasures you'll dig up in the bazaar? Go find out from noon to 6 p.m. at 2106 E 15th Ave. (813) 501-3238.

Markets — they're everywhere! Here are some not to miss:
Indie Market: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Green Bench Brewing Co., 1133 Baum Ave. N, St. Petersburg.
CraftyFest: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, ARTpool Gallery, 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
Holiday Market for Makers: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 1702 E Fifth Ave., Ybor City.
Oxford Exchange Holiday Gift Bazaar:
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.