All the holiday markets in Pittsburgh where you can shop local for handmade gifts

Start early Downtown, or wait till the last minute and head to Ross.



Courtesy of Handmade Arcade
MJ Slaby

Updated, Nov. 20

The holidays are basically here.

Comcast Light Up Night is Friday, and from there it’s “fa la la la” until the end of the year. With the cheer and festivities of the holiday season also comes gift giving. Heading to the mall or buying gifts online is great, but why not head to a local holiday market to find that perfect, unique gift?

There are plenty to choose from, and The Incline rounded them up into this list just for your shopping needs.

Know of a market we missed? Let us know.

If you’re starting early and feeling festive

Visit Europe at the Peoples Gas Holiday Market

Shop gifts from around the world as Market Square is transformed into a European-style village inspired by German Christkindlmarkts. The market opens on Comcast Light Up Night and is open daily, except for Thanksgiving. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Where:Market Square at (Downtown)

When:November 16, 2018 to December 23, 2018

How much:Free

Find the perfect gifts at Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center

The annual holiday shop at Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts opens Nov. 16. The opening reception is 5:30 to 9 p.m. and in addition to shopping, includes a fall fashion show at 7 p.m. The shop's hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The shop is also open on Mondays in December from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Where:PCA Galleries at 6300 Fifth Ave. (Squirrel Hill)

When:November 16, 2018 to December 30, 2018

How much:Free

If you’re waiting till December and want one-stop shopping

Start December at the Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft show

Shop for original, handmade gifts from local arts and crafters at this show. A portion of the admission will benefit Girls on the Run.

Where:Teamsters Local Union 249 Banquet Hall at 4701 Butler St. (Lawrenceville)

When:December 1, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How much:$3; Children under 12 are free

From department store to market … I Made It!

I Made It! — aka Pittsburgh's "nomadic indie craft marketplace" — is taking over the former Macy's at The Waterfront. Find gifts from more than 100 local artists at the holiday edition of the market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2.

Where:Former Macy's at 162 East Bridge St. (Homestead)

When:December 1, 2018 to December 2, 2018

How much:Free

Shop more than 230 vendors at Handmade Arcade

This year's Handmade Arcade has more than 230 vendors, including 83 first-time vendors and a showcase of 12 young artists ages 16 to 18. In addition to shopping, there's a hands-on activity area for all ages. "Early Birdie" tickets ($20) are available for those who want to shop an hour before the event opens to the public. Plus, new this year is a fundraiser for Handmade Arcade from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Attendees will be able to shop early from more than 130 vendors and meet and mingle with makers. Tickets start at $30.

Where:David L. Lawrence Convention Center at 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd. (Downtown)

When:December 8, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

How much:Free

Get cozy at the HyperLocal Queer Craft Market

With all things cozy in mind, this craft market features local queer makers. You'll be able to shop in two locations — Assemble and Level Up.

Where:Assemble and Level up at 4824 and 4836 Penn Ave. (Bloomfield)

When:December 9, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How much:Free

Sneak in shopping at Wintermarket at Hotel Monaco

Whether it's on your lunch break or after work, stop at Hotel Monaco for the second annual Wintermarket. You can shop for locally made gifts, eat and drink, and listen to live holiday tunes.  The market is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.

Where:Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh at 620 William Penn Place (Downtown)

When:December 10, 2018 to December 11, 2018

How much:Free

If you’re panicked for a few more gifts and need options

Do last-minute shopping with I Made It!

Perfect for last-minute finds, I Made It! is having a pop-up market in the North Hills. Expect more than 90 vendors plus food, kids' activities and more. Find the market in the south atrium, near DSW.

Where:The Block Northway at 8013 McKnight Road (Ross Township)

When:December 15, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

How much:Free

Discover vintage presents at Made + Found Holiday Market

Fifty of the region's vintage and handmade vendors will be at this holiday market by Made + Found.

Where:Ace Hotel Pittsburgh at 120 S. Whitfield St. (East Liberty)

When:December 16, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How much:Free