9 Madison-Area Holiday Markets to Check Out

By Olivia Mizelle | Photo courtesy Fair Trade Holiday Festival

Gift giving can be one of the more stressful parts of the holiday season, but these Madison-area holiday markets are here to make it a bit easier. Shop local art, food products, jewelry and more while getting in the spirit of giving (and maybe getting something for yourself, too).

Downtown Madison Holiday Open House, Nov. 24-26

State Street and Capitol Square, Madison

Explore downtown Madison and its shops right after Thanksgiving. Hop on the Holiday Trolley (Nov. 24 & 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.), listen to carolers and partake in specials from businesses.


Holiday Craftacular, Nov. 26

Garver Feed Mill, 3241 Garver Green, Madison

Shop candles, artwork, jewelry, home goods and more at this fun holiday market, hosted by Glitter Workshop.


Handmade Holiday Gift Market, Dec. 1-2

1031 North Edge Trail, Verona

Hosted by Crimson Artist Collective, a Verona gallery and art studio specializing in ceramic art, this market has a varied selection of pottery, handmade soap and other work by local artists.


New Glarus Christkindli Market, Dec. 1-3

Downtown New Glarus

The locally-made and festive gifts are not the only attraction this market has to offer — take a sleigh ride, meet Santa and listen to carolers at this third annual event. New Glarus is charming any time of year, but it’s especially festive during the holidays. swisstown.com/events-ng

Fair Trade Holiday Festival, Dec. 2

Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Dr., Madison

Celebrate the 27th year of this beloved Madison tradition, which offers internationally sourced, ethically-made goods from jewelry to chocolate. fairtrademadison.org

Holiday Art Market at Food Concepts, Inc., Dec. 2-3

2551 Parmenter St., Middleton

More than 50 artists will sell handmade pottery, jewelry, paintings, home goods and more at this festive market to kick off the holidays. And, in the spirit of the season, at least 20% of every vendor’s sales will be donated to the event’s host, WayForward Resources, a Middleton nonprofit that works with families on food security and housing accessibility. wayforwardresources.org/events

Holiday Dane County Farmers’ Market, Dec. 2, Dec. 9 & Dec. 16

Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Dr., Madison

One of Madison’s favorite traditions gets a holiday boost! On three upcoming Saturdays, shop local produce and handmade goods with a bit of festive flair. dcfm.org/markets/holiday-market

Four Winds Farm Winter Night Market, Dec. 8

5725 Adams Rd., Fitchburg

For a warm, rustic holiday shopping experience, peruse this market at Four Winds Farm. Shop art, baked goods and even dog treats while enjoying a local farm!


The Very Merry Holiday Fair, Dec. 8-9

323 Water St., Baraboo

This market has 60 artisans that craft everything from quilts to wicker baskets. On Dec. 8, the first 50 customers will receive a $5 Very Merry Moolah Gift Certificate. On Dec. 9, wear plaid to show support for small businesses. theverymerryholidayfair.com

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