It may have come as kind of a surprise to me, but it has become obvious everywhere you look that the “holidays” are coming. It is December now, unbelievably, so I feel I can brook the topic a little. It seems like every year, my family is all like, okay, this year we’re not doing presents, alright? Only for people to ask each other what everyone else wants for Christmas by the time Thanksgiving comes around again. I guess traditions die hard, especially for “the kids.” Fortunately, over the next few weekends, plenty of events are popping up all across the Twin Cities to celebrate local makers, artists, and craftspeople and support them through buying their wares.
Last Sunday, I stopped by a new one that just began this year, the Minneapolis Craft Market at Sociable Cider Werks, an event inspired by similar craft markets across the pond in London. Along with cidreries’ hot mulled wine, a few tents were set up in front of Sociable, making for an intimate and cozy little show, in spite of the chilly temperatures. Seriously, though, it’s been super warm this year, so far, hasn’t it? I picked up some nice gifts here, along with some of Sociable delicious Nice Ride rye cider, cider with a bit of body to it! There was plenty of parking available, whether for cars or bikes, and it will be continuing for the next few weekends, so take a look!
This Friday and Saturday in particular, there will be a veritable cavalcade of events around town offering all sorts of arts, crafts, and delicacies. I stopped in last year at a few of them, the Julmarknad at the American Swedish Institute and the Holiday No Coast Craft-O-Rama at Midtown Global Market. This year will be the No Coast’s 10 year anniversary, as it started way back in 2005! Wow, that was the year I graduated college. I’ll definitely be checking that out again this Saturday!
I’m also planning to head over to St. Paul on Saturday for another one I’ve never visited before, the European Christmas Market at Union Depot, inspired by the Christkindlmarkts in various Germanic countries. It also boasts Glüwein, a spiced mulled wine. Nothing better than a little alcoholic beverage to help you through the madness, eh? It seems if you’re interested in Euro-style Christmases, you’ve got Sweden, Germany-Austria, and the UK to choose from in Minneapolis this weekend. I’ve always maintained the desire to spend the holidays in Europe some time, so this is at least a taste of that.
Finally, the Art at Ramsey event in St. Paul, held at Ramsey Middle School will be returning on Saturday as well, which I talked about last year. This one seems to have the “highest end” crafts, though plenty of affordable gifts as well.
Art at Ramsey, Saturday December 5th, 10-5, free
Ramsey Middle School, 1700 Summit Ave, St. Paul
European Christmas Market, Friday December 4th 2 – 9, Saturday December 5th, 10-9, Sunday December 6th 10-3, plus the next weekend at same times, free
Union Depot, 214 4th St E, St Paul
Holiday No Coast Craft-O-Rama, Friday December 4th, 3-8, Saturday December 5th, 9-5, free
Midtown Global Market, 920 E Lake St, Minneapolis
Julmarknad- ASI Christmas Market, Saturday December 5th 10-5 and Sunday December 6th 12-5, $10 admission
American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave S, Minneapolis
Minneapolis Craft Market, Sundays in December, 11-5, free
Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Filmore St. NE, Minneapolis