By Christopher Millard

The gift that keeps on giving? Your Sacto holiday memories, no doubt.Come make you holiday shopping experience more than just shopping. Here’s a guide to help you on your way.

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Downtown Roseville Farmers Market Holiday Craft Show
311 Vernon St.
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 484-7000

On December 9th, get your holiday season in gear at the Roseville Farmers Market Holiday Craft Show. Over 100+ artisans and crafters will be on display demonstrating unique hand-made holiday gift choices. It doesn’t end there as Santa shows from 10am-Noon. Enjoy free hot chocolate, enter to win one of the many holiday gift baskets and enjoy ready to eat specialty foods. You can even pick up your seasonal groceries for all your holiday celebrations. And it’ FREE!

Sierra 2 Holiday Craft Fair
2791 24th St.
Sacramento, CA 95818

Speaking of free, if you don’t want to go all the way to Roseville on the 9th, just head to Curtis Hall for the annual Sierra 2 Holiday Craft Fair.The fair features 20 local artisans, makers, and crafters as they show of their holiday wares. It all supports the Sierra 2 Senior Center, as handmade jewelry, soaps, ceramics, fiber arts and even items for the home and garden will be in tow. Festive food and drinks will be available while raffle prizes will be handed out all the while.

Meet Your Village Christmas Market
Antioch Progressive Baptist Church
7650 Amherst St.
Sacramento, CA 95832

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This is probably the coolest event of the Sacto holiday season. Meet Your Village is an organization committed to building community ties across platforms, and tthey think the Holiday season is simply perfect for just that. Their Christmas Market features vendors with a wide variety of items. From wonderful gifts to keen last minute shopping ideas. Clothing, jewelry, gift baskets, cosmetics, housewares, and much more will be on display, and activities for the whole family will keep you entertained. Cookie decorating, photos with Santa Claus, gingerbread house construction, hot chocolate and cider, and many more will make the day before Christmas eve unforgettable. The event is free, but you’ll have to reserve a spot.

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Pence Gallery Holiday Market
212 D St.
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 758-3370

Enjoy a prime atmosphere while shopping at the Pence Gallery Holiday Market. Items from over forty participating artists dealing in handmade glass. jewelry, textiles, clothing, and more are on display this year. Entertain the little kids, and have them showcase their creativity, while they create holiday cards, or fill a festive stocking with small gifts for a special someone. Annual Pence gift memberships make perfect gifts, and earn 10% off all gifts (if you are a Pence member)! Get you shopping done in style this year.

Handcrafted Winter Wonderland Ornaments
Artists’ Collaborative Gallery
129 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 444-7125

If you haven’t noticed, the holidays are about arts and crafts, not eggnog lattes. But you can sip those lattes while you peruse the Artists’ Collaborative Gallery. Decorate and gift one of a kind handcrafted ornaments tailored to the holiday season. Roam the gallery floor, discovering new and wonderful ornaments, while a holiday tree full of the unusual dons the gallery. Come one, come all, and make this unique experience your own!

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