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High Country Holiday Markets Are Almost Here; Choose Local to Get the Best Gift for Every Last One on Your List

By Madison Fisler Lewis

Nov. 20, 2014. The holidays are quickly approaching, have you gotten started on your seasonal shopping yet? Not to worry, there are many local holiday markets in the High Country this year that will have exactly what you need to satisfy everyone on your list. Check out our listing to find out where to be this holiday season.

imgres-1The Watauga County Farmers’ Market will be open every Saturday in November from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The vendors will be carrying special holiday products such as wreaths, holiday foods and gifts. Customers can expect seasonal produce, meats, eggs, breads, jams and jellies, wreaths and unique crafts at this market, located in the Horn in the West parking lot in Boone.

The Ashe County Holiday Farmers’ Market will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Nov. 22, 29 and Dec. 6. in downtown West Jefferson. Admission is free, and items for sale will include holiday wreaths, handmade soaps, arts and crafts items, delicious homemade foodstuffs, quilts, produce and more. For more information about this event click here.

The eighth annual Beech Mountain Holiday Market will be held on Saturday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The market, hosted at Beech Mountain’s Buckeye Recreation Center, will offer copper and steel art work, pottery, woodwork, wire, glass and pearl jewelry, yarn art and accessories, gourmet food, gift baskets and much more. Also available will be kids games and activities, and a food drive will be held to benefit St. Bernadette’s Food Bank. As usual, Santa will be on hand to take photos and hear what every child wants for Christmas this year. For more information, call 828-387-3003.

A wonderful, eclectic collection of locally created, handmade arts and crafts awaits you in our Holiday Originals Exhibit at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace held every week through Dec. 6. Come get your holiday shopping underway and give gifts which are one-of-a-kind. Or come find treasures to enhance your holiday decor. Either way you’ll find the quality and the prices delightful! Select items in the gift shop are 25 percent off. The hours for the sale are Tuesday-Wednesday from 1:30-5:30 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. For more information please visit watauga-arts.org.

The Caldwell Arts Council will host Satie’s Holiday Sale every day except Sundays through Dec. 24. Artists and crafters from Caldwell and surrounding counties create lovely handmade items for holiday gifts. The entire house changes over to a gift shop during December, full of beautiful items for your shopping delight! Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- 5p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. during this sale, along with extended hours a few evenings. For more information visit www.caldwellarts.com.

The Boone Service League will host the 7th annual Holiday Market on Dec. 6. The event will take place at Watauga High School in Boone. Held in conjunction with the Watauga Education Foundation’s Flapjack Flip, customers can shop their holiday craft needs from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. while enjoying a pancake breakfast. For more information on the Boone Service League, visit  www.booneserviceleague.org.

Check out a holiday market this year and keep your holiday shopping local.