Every year Portland, Oregon hosts many Christmas bazaars that offer holiday shopping for many unique, handcrafted products that can be purchased for you or to give as a gift. These items can be anything from delicious baked goodies to fashion to toys. Many of the items you would only find at these bazaars as they are made by local artisans and not available in any stores.
The Portland Christmas Bazaar has been treating customers and vendors since 1982. The bazaar touts itself as being “America’s Largest Christmas Bazaar” and a holiday tradition for the population of the Portland/Vancouver areas. The bazaar has a huge variety of vendors that provide you with products that can’t be found in shopping malls. They offer both commercial and juried handcrafted products. There are approximately 900 booths with 300 of these being set aside for handcrafted items, the other booths are filled with anything from jewelry vendors to vendors of skincare products. This event is typically held over two weekends in November at the Expo Center, 2060 N Marine Dr, Portland, OR.
There are many more Christmas Bazaars and Fairs that are held in and around Portland, some of these include:
Handmade NW Artisans Fair for The Holidays is held at the World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR. At this Christmas bazaar you will find lots of homemade treats, holly wreaths, eclectic gifts all handcrafted by artisans.
The Oregon College /Art and Craft (OCAC) Student and Alumni Holiday Sale is at the Oregon College of Art & Craft, 8245 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR. You will find lots of holiday shopping by artists in the community.
Portland Arts Bazaar that is held at the Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR. This bazaar features holiday crafts, unique and hip fashions, artwork, letterpress, jewelry, items for men, women and teens, bath and body products and much more.
The S.U.N. Holiday Bazaar that the Dexter McCarthy Middle School, 1400 SE 5th St., Gresham, OR holds is hosted by Handmade NW and Metropolitan Family Services as a fundraiser for S.U.N. (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods).
The Formal Holiday Artisans Fair is held at the The Chelsea Ballroom, 1510 SE 9th, Portland, OR. This event is located in a 1920’s historic ballroom and has live classical music, a gift wrapping table and all the vendors are local artisans with the artisans themselves at each table.