Done with your holiday shopping? If not, visit one of these five pop-up markets in the Charlotte area to find gifts for everyone on your list.
That’s right; it’s December already. November might’ve flown by, but that’s nothing compared to how quickly we’ll reach the holidays. Instead of stressing over an online order that may or may not make it here in time, why not give your loved ones something truly unique? Come to one of Charlotte’s holiday pop-up markets to buy special gifts that support local businesses—and look better than last-minute gift cards.
Cork and Crate: Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m.
Thought it’s only been open a few years, Cork and Crate has become one of Plaza Midwood’s best-kept secrets. The cozy wine tasting bar has become a gathering place for locals looking to catch up with friends or buy a bottle to go. The Cork and Crate holiday pop-up market will feature local Charlotte vendors, live music and, of course, refreshing wine.
Mingle at the Mint: Dec. 5, 6:00 p.m.
The Mint Museum is known for more than just its stunning galleries. It’s also known for bringing the Charlotte community together whenever possible. This year, visit the Mint Museum Randolph location to shop from retailers like Artisanal Lab and Catalyst Collections. You can also enter raffles, taste food from exclusive restaurants, and even win doorbusters. Don’t forget to sneak a peek of their newest art exhibit, African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization, And Style. General attendance is free, and VIP tickets are $15.
Winter Wonderland SouthPark Mall: Dec. 8-9, 1:00 p.m.
If you’re looking for a pop-up market with something for the whole family, then SouthPark Mall’s Winter Wonderland is for you. While you shop through the mall’s retail stores and temporary local vendors, the kids can join Anna and Elsa from Frozen for story time and pictures. South Park’s Winter Wonderland also features a hot cocoa bar and an ornament-making station, so your kid will have something fun to bring home, too. Get there early to receive a free popsicle from King of Pops.
Liz Shea Designs: Dec. 13, 11:00 a.m.
Liz Shea Designs is a Charlotte-based business that sells custom stationary, calendars and candles. Created to raise money and awareness for ALS organizations, Liz Shea Designs makes it easy for the Charlotte community to support good causes. Proceeds from their holiday pop-up will benefit the mental illness treatment center HopeWay. As one of the only treatment centers of its kind in North Carolina, HopeWay has helped countless people find acceptance and care. Stop by this all-day pop-up to give back while you buy your holiday gifts.
Girl Tribe Pop-Up: Dec 15, 10:00 a.m.; Dec. 16, 12:00 p.m.
No holiday pop-up list would be complete with Charlotte’s very own Girl Tribe Co. In addition to hosting annual holiday pop-ups in their hometown of Charlotte, Girl Tribe Co. also travels across the state to host pop-up markets throughout other cities. This December, they’ll bring together over 90 women-led local businesses for a two-day event. Don’t forget to stop by the food trucks and cocktail bar while you shop.