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11 outdoor holiday markets in Tampa Bay this December

So many ways to shop small and local.
Outdoor markets, like the West Tampa Market shown here, abound this December.
Outdoor markets, like the West Tampa Market shown here, abound this December. [ Courtesy of Crystal Desilet ]
Published Dec. 7, 2020

Holiday shopping opportunities that support small businesses and local makers continue through December. Since outdoor activities are considered to be safer than indoor ones, we rounded up a list of outdoor markets to browse.

Holiday Makers Market at the Factory First Look

With the sneak peek event for the new arts compound, the Factory, comes a holiday market presented by Keep St. Pete Local, which produces the massive local maker event Localtopia. This market promises diversity, with Black-, Latinx-, LGBTQ- and women-owned businesses. Masks will be required and vendors will be distanced. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 2622 Fairfield Ave. S, St. Petersburg.

Tampa Riverwalk Holiday Pop Up Fest/Fit Fest

Bring the dog to this pet-friendly market that features local makers vending home decor, collectibles, apparel, jewelry and pet items. It coincides with the Fit Fest, featuring sports and yoga apparel, indie items and gifts. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Waterworks Park, 1710 N Highland Ave., Tampa. yourtampamarkets.com.

Miracle Holiday Market

This market presented by St. Petersburg’s Edge District and Intermezzo Coffee and Cocktails brings more than 50 local vendors of vintage and handmade wares, plus apparel and plants. Vendor fees benefited the St. Pete Free Clinic. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Baum Avenue, behind Intermezzo, 1111 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Craftsman Market at WTR

This new outdoor market kicks off on Saturday at the Godfrey Hotel and Cabanas on the Courtney Campbell Causeway. It happens poolside overlooking Tampa Bay, so enjoy picturesque views while browsing goods from local makers. A spiked hot cocoa bar, live music and an Instagram photo booth make it festive. It benefits Metropolitan Ministries, so it’s for a good cause. The market series continues through February. 1-6 p.m. Saturday. 7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. facebook.com.

Merry Beach Market

This market happens at the R. O. C. (Remember Our Children Park), perched on the waterfront at the Madeira Beach Recreation Complex. Take in the views while checking off your holiday list. 2-6 p.m. Saturday. 200 Rex Place, Madeira Beach.

St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market

The market returned to the parking lot of Al Lang Stadium in November. There are new rules, including mask requirements and no eating at the market. But many familiar vendors are there with plenty of potential gift ideas. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 230 First St. SE, St. Petersburg. saturdaymorningmarket.com.

Community Market at the Grove

The weekly market happens at the Grove at Wesley Chapel and features local businesses, arts and crafts, and food trucks. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 6015 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. groveshopping.com.

West Tampa Holiday Market

This one is presented by West Tampa Market, Cactus Moon and Bay Cannon Beer Co., where it takes place, so grab a brew and browse potential gifts from local vendors. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. 2106 W Main St., Tampa.

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Gulfport’s Third Saturday IndieFaire Night Market

Stroll along scenic Beach Boulevard in Gulfport and browse locally crafted art, crafts, jewelry and plants. 5-9 p.m. Dec. 19. facebook.com/VisitGulfportFL.

Soho Sunday Market and Flea

Presented by Tampa Bay Markets and MacDinton’s Irish Pub, local makers and vendors of artisan foods, baked goods and plants will post up in the parking lot of the popular South Tampa bar. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 20. 405 S Howard Ave., Tampa. macdintons.com/soho.

Heights Holiday Market

Tampa florist and plant shop Cactus Moon holds a monthly market outside of the storefront.
Tampa florist and plant shop Cactus Moon holds a monthly market outside of the storefront. [ Courtesy of Crystal Desilet ]

New to the block, succulent florist Cactus Moon is hosting a market with local makers, crafters, bakers and more outside their Seminole Heights shop. There will be hot food, desserts and lots of succulents and cacti. A market is held there monthly. 3-8 p.m. Dec. 20. 4206 Nebraska Ave., Tampa. cactusmoonmarket.com.

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