If you’re wanting to knock out your Christmas list in one fell swoop, this would be the weekend to do it. There are so many local shopping events happening the next few days, it makes our job difficult to round them all up. But sometimes, we just have to pull up our Santa pants and get to work.
Some of these feature art, some feature antiques and others feature everything from the Louisville skyline etched onto a bourbon barrel stave to an old ABBA record from 1976. It’s best to approach these shows with an open mind — while you won’t find Apple Wireless Earbuds, you just might find a hedgehog wearing a Santa hat Christmas tree ornament.
Because there are so many events, we’re going to highlight a few first and then throw everything else at you so you can pick and choose how you’d like to spend your time.
The Big Three
Fleur de Flea Holiday Market — Kentucky Center for African American Heritage — Saturday, Dec. 9
The Fleur de Flea takes place only a handful of times a year, and it’s usually held at Waterfront Park when the weather is warm. But this year, for their Holiday Market, they’re taking over the African American Heritage Center, which should be a great venue to shop and socialize. More than 150 vendors will be there with vintage and handmade items, and organizers promise food trucks, a beverage bar, holiday music and giveaways all day long.
Admission is $3, and it runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The KCAAH is located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.
The Umteenth Annual $20 Art Show — Copper & Kings — Saturday, Dec. 9
This annual event is always packed with artists and those who love to collect work from those artists. It’s also a great chance to get something unique for someone on your list instead of stuffing another Olive Garden gift card in her stocking. More than 30 artists are participating this year, and all artwork is priced at $20 (or under … or sometimes two for $20).
Admission is free, and it runs from 6-9 p.m. Copper & Kings is located at 1121 E. Washington St.
Flea Off Market Holiday Bazaar — Art Sanctuary — Dec. 9-10
The fifth annual Flea Off Holiday Bazaar takes place indoors, thank goodness, at Germantown’s Art Sanctuary. You can expect hundreds of items from local art to clothing to handmade candles. We stopped by last weekend when it began, and this is where we found the Louisville skyline painted on a bourbon barrel stave. It was only $20, and we’re still kicking ourselves that we didn’t grab it. But maybe Santa is reading this.
Admission is free, and it runs from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. Art Sanctuary is located at 1433 S. Shelby St.
The Best of the Rest
Holiday Shopping Extravaganza — KMAC Museum — Dec. 7-24
If you can’t get enough local art, stop by KMAC Museum’s gift shop starting Thursday for a selection of both local and international art. It opens with the free event Martinis & Mistletoe on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 5-9 p.m. KMAC is located at 715 W. Main St.
Christmas Gift and Décor Show — Kentucky Expo Center — Dec. 8-10
Promoters are calling this the largest free-admission Christmas show in the country. We can’t verify that, but we can let you know about it. More than 750 booths will take over the Expo Center for three days, and there also will be free pictures with Santa for kids. More than 50,000 people checked this out last year, and the good news is admission is free (although parking is $8/car). Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Louisville Area Furniture Society Show — Tim Faulkner Gallery — Saturday, Dec. 9
The top furniture designers in the city are hosting “Functional Design 2017” Saturday evening in case someone on your list needs a chair or couch stuffed down their chimney.
The members use many methods to make the furniture, including using reclaimed wood, live-edge designs and mixed-media, and they’ve made pieces for places like 21c, Scout and Repurposed Modern. Admission is free, and it runs from 5-10 p.m. Faulkner Gallery is located at 1512 Portland Ave.
Holiday Antiques Show — Locust Grove — Dec. 8-9
This annual holiday show features antiques from vendors in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Ohio. Most will be holiday-themed, but there will be many others. Also, it gives you a chance to check out this historic house. Admission is free, and hours are 2-8 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Locust Grove is located at 561 Blankenbaker Lane.
Louisville Empowered Women Open House — Beaded Treasures Project — Wednesday, Dec. 13
This nonprofit helps provide refugee women with tools and resources to better their lives and the lives of their families. The open house will showcase a wide variety of handcrafted jewelry and accessories from these women, and you’ll get a chance to learn more about the organization. Admission is free, and it runs from 3-7 p.m. Beaded Treasures is located at 659 S. Eighth St.