Steamboat’s alternative to Black Friday: 2018 holiday markets and bazaars |

Steamboat’s alternative to Black Friday: 2018 holiday markets and bazaars

The season of holiday markets has begun, offering a variety of handmade, one-of-a-kind items. (Photo by John F. Russell)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The holidays are almost here.

Don’t panic. Embrace it. Plus, there’s still a month left to plan, and luckily, Steamboat Springs is home to its fair share of talented artists, artisans, crafters and makers, with gifts suited for each person on the shopping list.

Whether we’re ready or not, ’tis the holiday season, and there’s an answer all those would-be Santas’ have been searching for — unique gifts with a one-of-a-kind personal touch.

Holiday shopping tips

Scope it out: It can be easy to go overboard in the gift-filled wonderland, explore the full list of vendors planning to attend. Then, assess what décor and seasonal items are needed or not.

Lists: Write a list of gift recipients in advance and stick to it.

Go for the unique: Consider those items that can’t be bought in a store. They’re one-of-a-kind and much more heartfelt.

Learn the backstory: The craft markets are not off a shelf, each has a story – how it was created, the artisans’ process and why the maker loves what they do.

Below is a list of markets and holiday-themed events planned throughout Routt County over the next month.

21st annual Work of Human Hands Bazaar

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 17 | Holy Name Catholic Church, 524 Oak St.

In its 21st year, the bazaar will be larger than ever with 26 artisans offering locally made items including lotions, jewelry, alpaca hats, antler art, bison leather products, Christmas cards, ornaments, dog treats, pot holders, art work, face painting, summer sausage, jalapeños, crocheted clothing and more.

The event also includes a bake sale and soup luncheon, which will benefit the Holfschulte family in their adoption of a child from Haiti.

Diane Anderson, one of the event organizers, said the bazaar will also feature Fair Trade handmade and unique products provided by low-income communities from several countries around the world. Some of these Fair Trade items include coffee, chocolate, baskets, scarves, jewelry, ornaments and holiday items.

A portion of the money raised will go back to the villages that created the items, and the rest will be distributed locally to the United Way Christmas Wishes program, STARS — Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports — and local families during the holiday season.

Concordia’s 34th annual Taste of Christmas Bazaar

9 a.m. to noon | Saturday, Nov. 17 | Concordia Lutheran Church, 755 Concordia Lane

Local artisans and bakers have spent the past few months creating handmade items to be sold at the Taste of Christmas bazaar. Shop the assortment of crafts, breads, pies, jellies, fudge, jewelry, handmade ostrich eggs art, Christmas cookies and lefse — Norwegian flatbread. All proceeds support local, national and international missions. Brunch will also be served.

Be on the lookout for

• Young Bloods Collective artisan markets in December: new works and new artists you won’t want to miss

• Holidays in the Rockies: Steamboat’s biggest holiday market

• The perfect Christmas tree: find it at the Lions Christmas Tree Sale

38th annual Yampa Arts & Craft Fair

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 17 | South Routt Elementary School, 448 Main St., Yampa

The event features up to 70 vendors selling ceramics, jewelry, woodworking pieces, photographs, fine arts, quilts, stained glass, soaps and more. It’s sponsored by the Edith Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and is the nonprofit organization’s main fundraiser. Lunch will be available, and Santa arrives at 3 p.m.

Lions Club Christmas Tree Sales

Noon to 6 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 17 | Christy Sports Central Park Plaza, 1835 Central Park Dr.

The Steamboat Lions Club’s annual Christmas trees will be unloaded Saturday morning. The trees, ranging in size from 5 to 20 feet, will be available until the supply of about 350 trees runs out. Sales will begin at noon Saturday.

Throughout the month, the trees will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds from tree sales, the organization’s largest fundraiser, benefit a variety of local programs. Trees sell for approximately $1 per inch.

Santa will visit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 with a professional photographer to take holiday photos for free during those hours.

Is It Christmas Yet? Holiday Card Workshop

6 to 8 p.m. | Tuesday, Nov. 20 | Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.

Don’t worry about whether or not you have artistic talent. Everyone will walk out of the workshop with a handmade, one-of-a-kind holiday card. Wine, snacks and supplies provided. The cost is $20 per person. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Register online at

5th annual Holiday Marketplace

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24 | Steamboat Art Museum, 801 Lincoln Ave.

More then 20 artisans will represent their work at the fifth annual Holiday Marketplace with new items including a journal with the Northern Neck poster on the cover and a brass ornament of the Steamboat Potomac.

Tim, 5, and sister Jessica Bedell, 3, visit Santa during the holidays. Catch him at one of the upcoming holiday markets this season or visit Santa from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays starting Dec. 1 at his study on the Bank of the West lawn.

Small Business Saturday

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Saturday, Nov. 24 | Lincoln Avenue, downtown Steamboat Springs

As part of the national movement to shop local, celebrate Steamboat’s own small businesses this holiday season. People are encouraged to kick off the holidays by shopping at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, which also gives shoppers the chance to see what stores have available this season.

Holiday Pottery

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Friday, Nov. 30 | Warehome Studios, 2520 Copper Ridge Dr., Unit C2

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Sunday, Dec. 2 | Warehome Studios, 2520 Copper Ridge Dr., Unit C2

A variety of functional and decorative work will be offered ranging from serving bowls, vases, teapots, mugs jars and Christmas ornaments all made by local potters, Kathy Thayer, Bill Sanders, Babs Sullivan, Julie Anderson, Savannah Sterne, Neely Hatchel and others. Artists will demonstrate their processes. Light snacks, beverages and holiday cheer will be offered. 

Booths at The Barley: Makers Market

6 to 9 p.m. | Wednesday, Dec. 5 |The Barley Tap & Tavern, 635 Lincoln Ave.

The Young Bloods Collective artists will turn a corner of The Barley into a pop-up market with local artists selling their creations from paintings to flower boxes to jewelry. Markets will be offered on the first Wednesday of each month.

Holidays in the Rockies Artisan Market

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Saturday, Dec. 1 | Strawberry Park Elementary, 39620 Amethyst St.

Shop for handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts at the Steamboat Springs Arts Council’s and Steamboat Creates’ annual Holidays in the Rockies Artisan Market. More than 50 local and regional vendors will display their favorite holiday crafts. The community fundraising event will also include live music and photos with Santa between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. along with refreshments as well as a holiday ornament and card craft area. Carolers will also be singing throughout the day. The event is free and open to the public.

Holiday ornaments and card workshops

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Saturday, Dec. 8 | Colorado Mountain College, 1275 Crawford Ave.

Make your own hand-blown glass ornament to hang on your tree or give as a holiday gift under the guidance of a studio glass artist to design, shape and blow your unique ornament. This is a great opportunity to try hands-on glass blowing without too much heat. Sign up with family members or a group of friends. Ornaments will be ready for pick up three days after workshop or may be shipped for an additional fee.

Art Makes a Great Gift First Friday

5 to 8 p.m. | Friday, Dec. 7 | Downtown Lincoln Avenue
For the First Friday Artwalk in December, local artists and artisans invite the community into their studios to buy affordable small artworks and handmade gifts direct from the makers.

Young Bloods Collective 2nd annual Holiday Market

3 to 6 p.m. | Saturday, Dec. 15 | Storm Peak Brewing Co., 1885 Elk River Plaza

Do some holiday shopping at the Young Blood Collective’s Holiday Market offering handmade and locally designed gifts and artwork, from originals and prints of drawings, watercolor, ink and mixed media works, wire wrapped and leather jewelry, photography, essential oils, cards and much more. A total of 15 artists will be featured.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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