This is the time of year when schedules get even busier with Christmas parties, bake exchanges, secret Santas, vacation plans and more! So where do we find the time to get all of our Christmas shopping done? If you're one of the 2 % who shops for gifts throughout the year, we salute your forward-thinking organizational skills.
For the rest of us that tend to leave things to the last minute, the holiday spirit can sometimes waiver when shopping in the throngs of other final-hour buyers, as the enjoyment of the season turns to anxiety and tug-of-wars over final stock items. A good way to avoid this stress is to form a plan: try setting a countdown goal or creating a to-do list and get shopping once a weekend from now until the big day. To make it all a little easier, here are a few local holiday markets and craft fairs in Destin and the surrounding area where you'll be able to find one-of-kind gifts while supporting our local businesses. Explore a wide variety of artisan foods, homemade crafts and boutique gifts that will be as unique as they are thoughtful.
Christmas Market: Holiday Open House
December 6, 2014: The Emerald Coast Science Center will be hosting this fun event that will incorporate crafts, games, giveaways, holiday treats and shopping from vendors across the Emerald Coast. It will take place at the center's new home on 31 SW Memorial Parkway, behind the baseball field, in Ft. Walton Beach. The market will run on December 6, from 10am - 2pm. For more information on this holiday event in Destin visit the Chamber of Commerce.
Every Saturday: Enjoy the creativity of local artists and vendors and choose from singular creations that include home made jewelry, art, pottery and more. The 30A Artist Bazaar runs every Saturday from 10:30am - 3pm at Gulf Place. For more information, visit the Destin Vacation website.
Holiday ArtWalk On The Harbor
December 13, 2014: A holiday edition of a regular Destin event will be taking place in December. Two days of arts and entertainment will be on hand for families. Browse the arts and crafts from dozens of local artists and find everything from traditional to contemporary hand made gifts from emerging and acclaimed local artists. Santa will also be on the main stage with other performances as well. The event runs December 13 at 11am - 4pm at the Harborwalk Village on Harbor Blvd. Find out more on the Artwalk Facebook page.
Grand Boulevard Farmers Market
Every Saturday: Just outside of Destin, at Miramar Beach, you'll find the perfect gift basket goodies for the foodie in your life. Find everything from Sweet Grass Dairy's specialty home made cheeses, to Fetch Dog Stores Christmas treat tins for the four legged member of your family. This event is held every Saturday from 9am - 1pm. More information is available at the Market's Facebook page.
Winter Harbor Market
December 13, 2014: Discover over 50 local holiday market and craft fair artists and vendors at this "shop local" event that is taking place in front of AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar on 116 Hwy 98, in Destin. Running during the Destin Christmas Parade, there will also be a Breakfast with Santa at AJ's afterwards. Take part in the community spirit and find the ideal gifts for those special someones in your life. The event runs December 13 from 9am - 4pm. Find out more on the Market's Facebook page.
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