Find unique gifts at these San Antonio holiday markets at the Pearl, Esperanza, La Cantera boutiques, La Villita and more

San Antonians locked down for nearly two years by the pandemic can make up for lost time by supporting local craftsmen and artisans at the holiday markets that are popping up around the city — mostly in outdoor venues.

Holiday markets make the most of festive settings by mixing shopping for good causes, live music, scenic spots or visits with Santa Claus.

Here are some of the upcoming markets:

Holiday Art Market: The Naylor Smith River Walk Plaza will be the outdoor venue for the annual Holiday Art Market featuring handcrafted items by local artists: unique gift items, home decor, gourmet dishes, accessories and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Circle Auditorium. tobincenter.org.

International Peace Market/Mercado de Paz: Esperanza combines economic sustainability, social awareness and international exchange in its annual market, which welcomes local artisans and traders with handcrafted gifts centered on themes of peace, social justice and cultural and environmental preservation. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave. Parking available at nearby San Antonio College parking lots. Free. A list of suppliers is available at esparanzacenter.org.

Holiday home at the Pop Up: Shop with over 60 vendors in St. Paul’s Square with unique artisans and holiday treats. Live Christmas music by Sunny & 75. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Sunday and December 12, Historic St. Paul’s Place, 1174 E. Commerce St. Dogs on leads are welcome. egcollaborations.com/thepopup .

Silver bells in the city: Christmas music, tree lighting, a visit from Santa, and shopping with local vendors are all part of the holiday fun. The Main Plaza Conservancy Christmas tree is dedicated to police officers. 4-9 p.m. December 4, Main Plaza, 115 N. Main Ave. near the courthouse. Mainplaza.org.

Christmas at the Village: This is a new event in the original settlement on the banks of the San Antonio River. Shoppers can take photos with Santa Claus, go “ice fishing” with elves, enjoy a few snow showers and listen to Christmas carols while enjoying food and drink. Free and family. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 4-5, La Villita Historic Arts Village, 418 Villita Street. Explorelavillita.com.

Holiday Showcase: Find unique and clever gifts in 30 specialized pop-up shops. Expect home decor, floral arrangements, fashion accessories, bath and body products, metal art and more. 10am-6pm Dec 4-5, 18-19 and 20-23, The Shops at La Cantera (near H&M). Free, Showcaseshows.com .

The Pearl’s Night Markets combine live music with local artisan stalls every Wednesday night before Christmas.

The Pearl

Holiday night markets: Vendors will sell unique gifts ranging from artisan chocolates to pottery and fine art. Live music is also part of the mix. On December 1, young people and Jews in San Antonio will come together to celebrate Chanukah with the lighting of the menorah and a special message from Rabbi Eli Block. Austin’s klezmer band Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour will perform at the illumination ceremony from 6-8 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Dec. 1, 8, 15, and 22, The Pearl, 303 Pearl Parkway. Atpearl.com .

Shop with local artists and vendors and enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea at the historic ornate Lambermont Manor.

Shop with local artists and vendors and enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea at the historic ornate Lambermont Manor.

The Lambermont

Snack and holiday shopping: Shop with local artists and vendors and enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea at the historic ornate Lambermont Manor. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. December 5, The Lambermont, 950 E. Grayson $65 per person, Lambermontevents.com .

Holiday craft show: Over 40 vendors will offer handmade items for sale including pottery, textiles, woodwork, paintings, beads and more. Enjoy the lights of River Walk and the Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias each day at dusk. Linger long enough and you might catch a boat full of singers passing by and spreading good cheer. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, River Walk, 602 E. Commerce St. thesanantonioriverwalk.com/events/

North Pole Nopal: This new outdoor market and concert is a family event sponsored by the San Antonio River Foundation. The San Antonio Brass Band will perform while shoppers visit artisans, a farmer’s market and food trucks. This event will focus on self-sufficient healthy products at affordable prices 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 11, Confluence Park, 310 W. Mitchell St. Parking is limited on Mitchell Street, but an off-site lot is nearby at CPS Energy, 613 Mission Road (a six-minute walk away). SARIverfound.org .

Public holiday market day at the Tower: Artisans, boutiques and food vendors from all over San Antonio will gather at the tower to sip hot chocolate while browsing the market. Free and family-friendly, with food and music. 11am-4pm December 18 Tour of the Americas, 739 E Boul. Cesar E. Chávez. Toweroftheamericas.com.

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