Pandemic Friendly Holiday Shopping

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As the nation experiences a resurgence of COVID that is possibly worse than what we endured last spring, we are all desperate to avert our attention. Alas, there is nothing like a little retail therapy, especially when the holidays are fast-approaching. To assist, we want to share a list from our friends at 5280 magazine of the best outdoor and virtual holiday markets to shop this season. Get in the spirit and stock up on the best local and hand-crafted gifts all from six feet away or even the comfort of your home.


16th Street Mall Holiday Festival
The blocks between Welton Street and Glenarm Place along 16th Street Mall are hosting vendor booths with hand-crafted, locally-sourced food and gifts through December. Near Union Station, explore the heart of Downtown for the holidays from a safe distance. View the brightly lit 110 ft Mile High Tree, take a guided Lights & Sights Walking Tour, or enjoy floats from the Annual Parade of Lights.


Cherry Creek Holiday Market
Fillmore Plaza in Cherry Creek will be lined with shipping containers in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Each with artisan gifts, food, libations, and live music. Vendors rotate weekly so you’ll find something new with each visit. Reservations are encouraged.


Denver Christkindl Market
Free and in wide open Civic Center Park, is this holiday German-inspired market relocated. Enjoy European-style coffee, Bavarian pretzels, and of course lots of German-crafted beer.


Après Holiday Market
In the heated alleyway behind Denver’s ever-popular Dairy Block you’ll find several national and local retailers with home goods, sports gear, clothing and more! Find gifts and inspiration for the beloved skiers in your life at this charming market channeling cozy European ski village vibes.


Georgetown Christmas Market 
A vintage market to take you back in time this Christmas is just a half hour drive away. The first weekend of December requires a visit to quaint Georgetown where you will find a traditional Santa, wagon rides, and carolers in Victorian garb. Visit the local vendors, shops, restaurants, and breweries that dot the streets of this nostalgic town.


Larimer Square Holiday Market
It is more important than ever to shop local this Holiday season and there is no better way than to support the small businesses of our beloved downtown Larimer Square. Explore the curios and cookery of 40 makers among two levels of the Larimer Square Parking Garage.


Holiday BAZAAR at Belleview Station
Beginning this week and running until Christmas, you can spend a weekend at the Belleview Station Dog Park in the Denver Tech Center to shop 40 local vendors. Make your shopping extra festive at the open bar serving holiday-themed cocktails.


Denver BAZAAR Online
Shop this market even more safely from the comfort and convenience of your very own couch. Browse gifts in apothecary, wellness, apparel and jewelry from more than 60 local vendors. Orders over $100 ship for free!


Mile High Holiday Market
The Junior League’s annual holiday market can be found online this year. Shop 60+ vendors and check off your list in one safe stop this holiday season. Open now through the end of December.


Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair
Another annual festive fair going virtual this year. Starting on Small Business Saturday, the first weekend after Thanksgiving, shop over 100 artisan goods including ceramics, paper products, jewelry, and clothing. Find all of the earthy, organic, natural feels here. As an added bonus, enjoy an Instagram Live series to meet many of the talented makers involved in this unique shopping experience.


Corken + Company encourages you to stay safe and healthy this holiday season! We hope these events offer plenty of ways to soak up the holiday cheer from afar. In addition, we also encourage you to shop local. Many small shops, restaurants, and creators are bearing the brunt of the economic strain this pandemic has caused. As expected, these next few weeks are some of their busiest and most fruitful weeks of the year. Let’s try to ensure this year (at least in that regard) is no different. Remember, shop small and shop safely!  


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