NEPA is known for its community-oriented spirit. This time of year, get involved and support the community by shopping small and supporting local artisans and small business owners.
No matter what region you are in—from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area to Bloomsburg—we found a place for you to shop small on Small Business Saturday and throughout the holiday season. This time of year is packed-full with local pop-up shops and holiday markets. Here are some that are going on in the next few weeks:
You can start your holiday shopping early with the Midtown Village Holiday Pop-up Shops! Taking place at Midtown Village, 41 South Main Street in Downtown Wilkes-Barre, kicks off on Small Business Saturday (Nov. 24).
Made possible by the Diamond City Partnership, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Business Association, and the generosity of the PPL Foundation and Insalaco Development Group, a variety of vendors mean you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list!
The Holiday Pop-Up Shops times of operation take place starting on Saturday, November 24 and run until Sunday, December 23.
Learn more and add the event to your events calendar on Facebook here.
If you’re looking for food, entertainment, arts & crafts, and horse-drawn carriage rides, you’re going to want to me at the Old Fashioned Holiday Market.
Also located in Wilkes Barre, this event takes place on Public Square. With two dates to choose from (November 30 from or Dec 1 from 11 am to 7 pm), you have ample opportunity to enjoy some holiday shopping!
All proceeds will benefit CASA of Luzerne County and Wyoming Valley Children’s Association. Learn more here.
On December 7, in association with the First Friday and Festival of Wreaths, downtown Hazleton businesses and organizations will host over 20 guest vendors! Hosts will provide holiday drink samples (with a charge of $10 in advance or $12 the day of)—receive a tasting mug with your purchase!
Shopping is free if you opt out of the holiday drink tasting, and the event will start at 4 pm and run until 8 pm. The event is held in partnership with the Hazleton Elementary/Middle School PTA Night Market (700 N. Wyoming St.), who will host 30 additional vendors! Learn more here.
Located at the 900 building in Kingston, PA, the Last Chance Merry Market is your last chance to get your market fix in before the holidays! Taking place on Sunday, December 16 from 10 am to 4 pm, you can shop with over 60 vendors! We love this market and have attended their events many times before.
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Food trucks will be present at the event. For a full list of vendors selling at the Last Chance Merry Market, check out the event on Facebook here.
Visit the Woodlands Inn Resort on Sunday, December 16th for a local shopping event! Find vendors for everyone on your list (and for yourself!). There will also be a cash bar, light food, and basket raffles. Learn more here.
Presented by United Gilsonite Laboratories and sponsored by FNCB Bank and LT Verrastro, this holiday marketplace is hosted in the Scranton Cultural Center. With near 120 vendors, explore five floors of vendors with everything from wine and cheese, to jewelry and accessories! Admission is just $2 and the first 1,000 shoppers receive a free reusable shopping bag. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event. Learn more here.
Bloomsburg’s 2018 TreeFest will take place on November 23 – 25, and November 30 – December 2. Admission is $6 and free for children 12 and under. In addition to viewing beautiful, decorated holiday trees, you can start your holiday shopping with dozens of professional craft artisans and a silent auction. View the full schedule and learn more here.
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.