It might not quite feel believable, but Christmas is right around the corner once again. This festive season, we want to give local makers and designers a helping hand where we can. If you’re in a position to, we’d encourage you to do the same! And where better to shop than in one of the many festive markets taking place across the city?
Below is a list of the ones we know of—if we’ve missed any, give us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know! We’ll update the list as we go.
When: Sat 5 & Sun 6 November, Sat 3 & Sun 4 December and Sat 17 & Sun 18 December, all 11:00am–4:00pm
Where: 71 Brewing Beer Garden, Ure St, DD1 5HZ
Kicking off the season early, monthly market favourites The Yard are hosting a series of additional dates in the Christmas run-up. With their usual all-encompassing lineup of local makers, businesses, food and drink all in attendance, it’s perfect for any last-minute shoppers who still want to shop local.
When: A range of dates between Sat 19 November–Thu 22 December
Where: 7 Ward Road, DD1 1LP
Once again, Double Door Studios are transforming its studio space into a pop-up Christmas shop, filling it full of handmade products by Scottish makers to help you shop local and support independent creative businesses this festive season! Open for a range of dates in the run-up to Christmas, you’ll be sure to be able to find time to nip in and browse their beautiful range of jewellery and other gift options.
When: Fri 25 November, 10:00am–8:00pm & Sat 26–Sun 27 November, 10:00am–5:00pm
Where: 1 Riverside Esplanade, DD1 4EZ
V&A Dundee’s Festive Design Market is back! Curated by the brilliant Tea Green Events, this year the market will feature work from some of Scotland’s best independent designers and makers—including brand-new graduate talent from DJCAD. With handcrafted items at a wide range of price points, it’s the perfect place to pop in and pick up some gifts and festive goodies.
Head along on Friday between 4:00 and 8:00pm for late-night shopping and festive refreshments, with offers for V&A Dundee members (including first come, first served giveaways, and 10% off all items!)
When: Sat 26 November, 11:00am–5:30pm
Where: 152 Nethergate, DD1 4EA
CRAFTED, the DCA’s yearly Festive Market, is back and bigger than ever. Taking over even more of the space than ever before, it’ll be filled with a selection of the best contemporary makers from across Scotland. Expect talented designers of jewellery, textiles, illustration, print, homeware and more, all offering a wide range of great gift ideas.
When: Sat 26 & Sun 27 November, 11:00am–4:00pm
Where: West Henderson’s Wynd, DD1 5BT
For a festive market for the whole family, make a visit to Verdant Works Christmas Fayre. As well as a host of local businesses and makers taking over the beautiful High Mill space, there’ll be plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained and a range of local and homemade Christmas treats available from their cafe.
When: Sat 26 & Sun 27 November, 10:00am–3:00pm
Where: Discovery Point, Discovery Quay, Dundee, DD1 4XA
Head to the newly transformed Discovery Point for a beautiful Christmas market and a wonderful selection of food and crafts all handmade in Scotland.
When: Sun 27 November, 12:00–6:00pm
Where: Unit 25, 26 Mid Wynd, DD1 4JG
GENERATORprojects’ annual winter market is back! For one day only, pop along to their space just off Perth Road to browse and buy gifts directly from local artists and craftspeople, drinking soup and listening to music whilst you do it. All sales go directly to the artists!
When: Thu 1 December, 4:00–8:00pm
Where: Miller’s Wynd Car Park (next to Community Fridge), Perth Rd, DD1 4HY
Browse festive gifts, grab hot food and drink and enjoy some music and entertainment before the West End Christmas light switch on!
When: Sat 3 & Sun 4 December, 12:00–4:00pm
Where: Meadow Mill, West Henderson’s Wynd, DD1 5BY
When: Sat 3 & Sun 4 December
Where: Creative Studios Dundee, 4–6 Staffa Place, DD2 3SX
#ShopLocal from a fantastic selection of small businesses at this pop up festive market led by local clothing brand Andie.
When: Sat 3 & Sun 4 December and Sat 10 & Sun 11 December, 10:00am–4:00pm
Where: Balruddery Cottages, following signs from Fowlis
A cosy, festive pop up open for two weekends this December and focusing on luxury local brands who celebrate Scottish making in knitwear, jewellery, homeware and apothecary.
When: Thurs 8 December, 6:00–8:00pm
Where: Birkhill Primary School, Dronley Rd, DD2 5QD
Get into the spirit of the season with a night of live music, mince pies and whole range of local businesses and makers to shop from at the Birkhill Primary School Christmas Fayre.
When: Sat 10 December, 12:00–4:00pm
Where: ScrapAntics Community Space, Wellgate Centre, DD1 2DB
Prioritising businesses and makers of eco-friendly products and traders who are LGBTQ+, disabled, and/or people of colour, this Fair in ScrapAntic’s community space will be featuring a brilliant variety of art, craft, and upcycled gifting options.
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