So, you’ve made your list, you’ve checked it twice, and now it’s time to go forth and shop. May we humbly suggest skipping the big-box stores and mega-online-retailer shipping delays this year in favor of some of the many pop-up shops and holiday markets, happening throughout the city between now and New Year’s? (Lots of these come from businesses that are usually online-only, so here’s your chance to check out the goods in person.)
Here are some holiday markets and pop-ups around the Portland area that shouldn’t be missed this season.
11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat–Sun, Dec 3–18; 4636 NE 42nd Ave
A recurring pop-up, the holiday iteration of this Native marketplace will be held in the Cully space slated to become a retail shop for NAYA Family Center.
5–9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday–Sunday, Dec 9–11; Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Hundreds of vendors pack the Oregon Convention Center for this 16-year-old event, touted as "the largest handmade craft show in the Northwest." Timed tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $2 plus a $2 fee, while Friday night's "pre-show first pick party" costs $23. If you can't make it, Crafty Wonderland's shops on SW 10th Avenue and on NE Alberta Street are there for you, too.
Noon–7 p.m. Sat, Dec 10, NE Sandy Boulevard
Daffodill Studios, Dava Bead, Sonny's House, and other Kerns businesses team up for this event along Sandy. Grab a punchcard at a participating business—four punches or more, and you're eligible for a prize.
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat–Sun, Dec 10–11; Viking Pavilion at Portland State University, $10 tickets
This fundraiser for the Portland Audubon Society, presented by Backyard Bird Shop, features works from artists and authors around the Northwest, plus a silent action.
Noon–6 p.m. Sat, Nov 26, Dec 10 & Dec 17; 2377 NW Wilson St
Pop-up pros Assemblage and Hammer & Stitch Brewing are bringing back this holiday market featuring 10 different local vendors on three different Saturdays, for 30 total. Recharge after shopping with some soft pretzel sticks and a Weizen beer from Hammer & Stitch's taproom, open till 9.
11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun, Nov 27, at Pioneer Courthouse Square, SW Sixth Ave & Morrison St, and 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat–Sun, Dec 10–11 & 17–18, at Premier Gear & Machine Works Building, 1715 NW 17th Ave
Catch a mini-version of the Portland Bazaar when 30 vendors set up shop at Pioneer Courthouse Square until the newly lit tree on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and then find five times that many sellers at the indoor event in Northwest two weekends in December.
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat & 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sun, Dec 10–11, $12 for ages 12 and up, $6 ages 6-11, and under 5 free on Eventbrite; 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Scandinavian food (think meatballs, Æbleskiver, and cardamom buns), drink (aquavit, anyone?), and entertainment await, alongside an impressive list of Nordic-themed vendors. The lineup includes textiles, candles, wood crafts, felted items, chocolates, and more.
10 a.m.–3 p.m. Sun, Dec 11; 3350 SE Morrison St
Makers and vendors such as Jenny Rice Ceramics, Oracle Perfumes, and Madre Linens pile in for this holiday market, with wine, beer, and oysters on offer, too.
Mimi’s Fresh Tees Holiday Collection
11 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon–Sat through New Year's; 730 SW 10th Ave, next to Compound
Kamelah Adams of Mimi's Fresh Tees has invited some other women-owned companies to show and sell their wares at Mimi's Fresh Tees' holiday pop-up. The guest items—inlcuding Essance Skincare, Crystal Ball Botanicals, and Vietnamese sauces from Tân Tân in Beaverton—join Adams's house line of antiracist, pro-social-justice T-shirts, stickers, and more.
11 a.m.–6 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday, through Dec 31 (closed Christmas Day); 300 SW Yamhill St
The nonprofit Oregon Potters Association will be once again be selling handmade ceramic creations from at this pop-up retail gallery. Last year's event included Kim Hui-Yong’s stunning vases that can get as small as a dime and as big as your torso, Joung Pak’s kitchenware, Natasha Irvine’s mugs, bowls, and unique vases, and much more.
11 a.m.–3 p.m. Thu–Sun through Dec 19, and Tue–Fri Dec 20–23; Japanese American Museum of Oregon, 411 NW Flanders St
The Japanese American Museum of Oregon in Old Town hosts a holiday pop-up packed with Japanese-inspired items from local makers, including jewelry, home accessories, cards, origami creations, and books, as well as some curated vintage items.
10 a.m.–6 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday, through Dec 31 (closed Christmas Day); 421 SW Sixth Ave
Reeba Daniel grew up suffering from a painful chronic skin condition that ate into her confidence. When her infant started to experience the same condition, she started her own business with a focus on wellness, self-care, and Black, Indigenous, and POC makers of natural products with recognizable ingredients. Products include small-batch skin-care items like body butter and exfoliating scrubs, teas, and candles. This annual pop-up space will be shared among many small businesses, making for a wide range of gifts to choose from.