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Ten outdoor holiday markets and art shows to shop this weekend in Tampa Bay

The first weekend in December brings many ways to shop local and support artists.
A patron visits jeweler Charles Bahringer's booth at CraftArt With a Twist on Nov. 21. The event happens again on Dec. 5 in St. Petersburg.
A patron visits jeweler Charles Bahringer's booth at CraftArt With a Twist on Nov. 21. The event happens again on Dec. 5 in St. Petersburg. [ Courtesy of Florida CraftArt ]
Published Nov. 30, 2020

A flurry of holiday markets is popping up around Tampa Bay, providing many options to shop small and local. Meanwhile, outdoor art shows are also getting in on the action. While they are all outdoors, social distancing and other safety protocols are in place. Here is a roundup.

Poinsettias in the Park

This market in Hyde Park Village is dedicated to the unofficial plant of the holiday season, the poinsettia. Proceeds benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Ongoing through Dec. 20. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Located near the Snow Circle shops next to Wine Exchange. 1602 W Snow Ave., Tampa. 813-251-3500. hydeparkvillage.com.

Poinsettias are a popular plant for the Christmas season.
Poinsettias are a popular plant for the Christmas season. [ Times Archives ]

Creative Clay’s Holiday Market

Students of Creative Clay’s Transition program are hosting a holiday market in the studio’s courtyard Items for sale include ceramic snowmen, holiday wine bags, paintings, jewelry hand painted holiday cards and wrapping paper. There will be performances and a food truck. Masks are required. Wear a Santa hat and receive 50 percent off. 10 a.m.-2 pm. Friday. 1846 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. www.creativeclay.org.

Uptown Holiday Market

Presented by neighboring gift shop Neat! Neat! Neat!, Mize Gallery and Uptown Eats, this popup market takes over the block and features artists Alli Arnold, Andrea Pawlisz, Todd Bates, Hardison L. Collins III and Blossom and Shine. Free. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 689 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. chadmize.com.

Alli Arnold makes personalized portraits of pets and people. She'll have work on display at the Uptown Holiday Market in St. Petersburg on Dec. 5.
Alli Arnold makes personalized portraits of pets and people. She'll have work on display at the Uptown Holiday Market in St. Petersburg on Dec. 5. [ Courtesy of Alli Arnold ]

Seminole Heights Annual Holiday Craft Fair

The fair presented by Seminole Heights United Methodist Church features handmade Christmas gifts and decorations. It’s been a tradition for 50 years. It will happen outside and masks will be required. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 6111 N Central Ave., Tampa.

Craft Art With a Twist

As a way to scale back its annual CraftArt festival that brings hundreds of fine craft artists to the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida CraftArt reduced the number of artists and stretched the event over two weekends. CraftArt With a Twist opened on Nov. 21 and is returning with a different group of Florida-based artists, who will be set up outside the gallery, on Saturday. There will be works in ceramics, glass and jewelry and emerging artists, including Tampa’s Nneka Jones, whose embroidery work graced the cover of Time magazine this year. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-821-7391. floridacraftart.org.

Meet the Makers: Outdoor Craft Fair

Head over to the Morean Center for Clay and see kiln demonstrations, explore the gardens and shop craft vendors in an outdoor setting. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 420 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-821-7162. moreanartscenter.org/center-for-clay.

Holiday Strolling Market

Featuring local small businesses, this market happens in scenic Largo Central Park. Masks and social distancing are required. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 101 Central Park Drive. 727-587-6720.

ArtJones Outdoor Studio Tour and Sale

The annual tour of Gulfport artist studios is taking it outside and with a walkable, self-guided tour. See what artists including Brenda McMahon, Doug D’Souza and Melissa Zodda have been creating. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 2901 Beach Blvd. S. Find a map at artjonesstudiotour.com.

A work by Melissa Zodda, who is participating in the ArtJones Outdoor Studio Tour and Sale on Dec. 5 and 6.
A work by Melissa Zodda, who is participating in the ArtJones Outdoor Studio Tour and Sale on Dec. 5 and 6. [ Courtesy of ArtJones ]

Corey Area Craft Festival

The St. Pete Beach festival that features 100 national artists working in fine art and craft, as well as a green market, returns with a safety plan that includes a one-way entrance and exit and reserved time slots to mitigate crowding. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 595 Corey Ave. Reserve a time slot at artfestival.com.

The Shops of Winter Village

The retail portion of the Curtis Hixon Winter Village features five Tampa small businesses, popped up in open PODS containers. They are Apartment No 3, Don Me Now, Popped Shop, the Modern Paws and Unlock Tampa Bay. Now through Jan. 3. 4-9 p.m. Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday. 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. wintervillagetampa.com.