'Tis the season for holiday cheer, hot cocoa, carols and, yes, shopping.
Now that the frenzy of Black Friday has come and gone, the weekends are free for less manic dashes down the aisles and gifting explorations away from the malls.
Charlie has sniffed out the creme de la Christmas for Chattanooga love, where local artists, crafters, farmers and other vendors share the holiday spirit and holiday wares. Mark your calendars, pack your Christmas lists and dig in.
Chattanooga Market goes holiday
The standard for local food and local folks doing the local thing has moved inside for the season again this year.
The Holiday Market Too stays true to the weekend staple, featuring Chattanooga and the surrounding area’s vendors. Come support those you’ve grown to love, and discover new names just in time for presents under the tree.
When: Saturdays, Dec. 8, 15 and 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sundays, Dec. 9, 16 and 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; and a special opening on Friday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1150 Carter St.
Vintage on Georgia
Nestled near the heart of downtown’s business blocks, the Green Door Trading Co. deals exclusively in the well-priced vintage and retro. The shop fills every nook and cranny of space—and the sidewalk—with charming reminders of the past and quality pieces incomparable to mass-produced items from national chain retailers, as well as work from Chattanooga artisans.
The Green Door Trading Co., partnering with Vintage Love, offers the perfect lunchtime and after-work diversion with its Holiday Market. The sidewalk sale features Limetree jewelry, Glitter Monster Creations, Two Sisters Collection and other local vendors. Soundtrack is provided by Lon Eldridge of The Snake Doctors, playing vintage-y ragtime live from 4 to 6 p.m.
When: Fridays, Dec. 7 and 14, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 816 Georgia Ave.
The lights are strung, the poinsettias are on display and Santa is on his way. Warehouse Row is in full Christmas gear. Shoppers can peruse the decorated hallways and stop into the posh shops, including Shadowbox Paperie, Rhinoceros Boutique, Revival, Ellie’s Fine Lingerie, Amanda Pinson Jewelry and many more, before refueling at Public House.
Santa will also be on hand for complimentary pictures on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
When: Saturdays in December, individual store hours vary, but general hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 1110 Market St.
Poppin’ tags at Collective Clothing
Whether you are looking for a navy blue, full-length romper with a front zipper or a more dignified cocktail dress for the millions of parties this month, the Studio Sale this Sunday is a must-see for gifts and additions to the holiday wardrobe.
Artwork and supplies, knickknacks and collectibles will also be priced for the season of giving, and Collective Clothing has designated a section for freebies. Soundtrack is provided by DJ Justin Cox.
When: Sunday, Dec. 9, 1-5 p.m.
Where: 4015 Tennessee Ave.
Four Bridges Outfitters
Is there a crunky or outdoorsy friend or family member on your shopping list for whom you have found yourself at a loss when searching for the right gift? Four Bridges Outfitters is here to help. The store’s Christmas event rounds up all the local outdoor vendors for an evening market, complete with drinks and snacks.
The folks behind PMI Rope, 423 Balm, Fits Socks and Four Bridges Outfitters’ inventory of Granola backpacks and handmade paddles will be on hand to recommend the best gift for those who enjoy the Scenic City’s outdoor amenities.
When: Friday, Dec. 14, 5-8 p.m.
Where: 315 N. Market St.