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NOLA Shopping Guide: Holiday Art Markets in New Orleans

For unique, handmade gifts this holiday season, visit one of the New Orleans arts markets featuring custom pieces made by local New Orleans artists.

Okay ladies and gents, here we are — less than 50 days from Christmas and within the month of Hanukkah. The time including the fall holidays from Halloween through Christmas is one of my favorite times in New Orleans. The air is crisp, the sun is shining, people are jovial, boots are back and the art of giving is in full effect. New Orleans has become an epicenter of creative types and it seems as though I uncover a new artist around every corner. From stationary makers to jewelry designers to T-Shirt gurus, New Orleans is its own creative entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Along with the creative backbone of the city also comes an array of art markets which are a wonderful place to shop local crafts and gifts while boosting and supporting our local economy. The introduction of the art market in New Orleans has been a key element for locals and visitors alike because they allow for multiple vendors to sell an array of crafty goods while also benefiting some great cause like the Louisiana Landmarks Society or The Arts Council of New Orleans.

Arts Markets and Holiday Shopping in New Orleans

Lake PonchARTrain Arts and Crafts Fair | A one day event on November 16, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the New Canal Lighthouse and Education Center located at 8001 Lakeshore Drive, this holiday art market will feature an array of one of a kind handmade jewelry, prints, candles, wood pieces, photography, pottery and much more.

Palmer Park Holiday Market | This New Orleans art market takes place at Palmer Park at the corner of South Carrollton and South Claiborne Avenues from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on November 30 – Decemeber 1 and December 21 – 22.

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Le Marche des Fetes at the Pitot House

The Pitot House’s Le Marché des Fêtes | Benefiting the historic c. 1799 Pitot House, the Marché provides visitors and shoppers with a chance to find one-of-a-kind handmade art and accessories, tasty local and exotic delicacies, as well as holiday plants. They also have live music, house tours, demonstrations, and a visit from Papa Noel. The event is a celebration of the Pitot House grapefruit harvest and Creole holiday traditions. The Pitot House is located at 1440 Moss St. and Le Marché des Fêtes takes place Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Harrison Avenue Marketplace | The first ever outdoor market in Lakeview was established by The Beacon of Hope in 2007 to create and support businesses along the Harrison Avenue corridor. As the Marketplace grew, they discovered that in addition to accomplishing their goal, they created a place where several generations of neighbors could reconnect. Join them for delicious local food, drinks, kids activities, live music, special guests, unique arts and crafts, and so much more.
The Marketplace is a family event with over 75 local vendors offering delicious meals, handmade crafts, and information. The Harrison Avenue holiday marketplaces take place Wednesday November 13 from 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Wednesday December 11 from 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m and is located at 801 Harrison Ave.

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Frenchmen Art Market in New Orleans (Photo from toddwshaffer on Flickr)

Frenchmen Street Art Market | I’ve seen this quirky little alley turn into what is is today a bustling art market and a wonderful place to meet the creative class that keeps this city buzzing. I was happy to find one of my favorite local jewelry designers there, Porter Lyons. If you mention you saw this article, she’s happy to give you 10% off your purchase! Score! The Frenchmen Art Market is located at 619 Frenchmen St., and is open weekly Thursdays – Saturdays from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m., and Sunday from 6 p.m. – midnight.

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