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November 20, 2023

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Stephanie Laur

Small Wonders: Exploring My Favorite Holiday Markets in Portland

Ah, the holidays! A season sprinkled with joy, a dash of celebration, and a generous helping of giving. The City of Roses sparkles even brighter during this time, inviting us all to gather, share, and support the heartbeat of our Pacific Northwest: local businesses and artisans. As someone who’s walked the twinkling streets and browsed the festive booths, I’m thrilled to share with you my cherished holiday markets in Portland, Oregon.

The Heartbeat of Portland: Portland Saturday Market

Nestled in the charming Old Town Chinatown, the Portland Saturday Market is a gem, a place where the spirit of Portland pulses. For over 40 years, this market has been a canvas for local artists and craftsmen, each booth a story, each creation a piece of heart. Here, amidst the melodies of live music and the aroma of mouth-watering treats, you’ll uncover treasures from handcrafted jewelry to masterful woodwork – perfect for gifting or adding a touch of Portland to your home.

Crafty Wonderland: A Whimsical Escape

Embark on a journey to the Crafty Wonderland Holiday Art + Craft Market, located at the Oregon Convention Center. This wonderland is a tribute to Portland’s DIY soul, featuring over 250 vendors whose hands weave magic into every product. Picture ceramics with a touch of whimsy, illustrations that dance with imagination – it’s a place where your holiday shopping list comes to life. Engage with craft workshops and live demos, a chance to peek behind the curtain of creativity.

The Made Here PDX: A Curated Delight

In the heart of the Pearl District, the Made Here PDX is like stepping into a carefully curated world of Portland’s finest. This boutique-style shop spotlights our city’s incredible designers, artists, and makers. Whether it’s fashion-forward clothing or unique home decor, each item in this shop tells a story of local talent and exquisite craftsmanship. And, the warm, knowledgeable staff are like your personal holiday elves, guiding you to the perfect, heartfelt gift.

The Portland Night Market: A Festive Evening Adventure

For those who love the sparkle of the night, the Portland Night Market is an enchanting experience. In the bustling Eastside, warehouses transform into a lively celebration of local vendors, food trucks, and enthralling entertainment. It’s a place where the night comes alive, where unique gifts are discovered under a canopy of stars and lights, offering a different hue to your holiday shopping.

Join the Celebration of Local Love

Here, our soul is our creativity, our heartbeat is our community, and our pride is in supporting local businesses. These holiday markets are more than just shopping destinations; they are a celebration of what makes Portland, Portland. Whether you’re on a quest for the perfect gift or simply wish to bask in the festive ambiance, these markets are a canvas of inspiration and holiday cheer. This holiday season, let’s step away from the commonplace and instead, embrace the enchanting, unique world of shopping local. Join me, and together, let’s make our holiday shopping an experience filled with local love and merry memories.

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