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🎁 Gift Alert: Save Christmas! Save Yourself! Last-Minute Markets Can Make Shopping Beachy Keen
T’was the week before Christmas, and the shopping was easy / Out on the Gulf Coast where it’s balmy and breezy…

By Patti Lou Ryland

December 16, 2022







Last-minute shopping? You’re certainly not alone! And you’re not out of options. There’s a variety of markets around the Gulf states, full of local flavor and fun, where you can still find that one-of-a-kind perfect gift for that special someone.

Click the title of each market to see the full Event Listing!


South Padre Island Farmers Market

Get your holidays cooking, start with farm fresh ingredients at South Padre’s very first farmers’ market! Open every Sunday, rain or shine.

December 18 • South Padre Island, TX

Salty Santa Vendor Fair and Party on SPI

Padre Island keeps it salty all year-round, but especially during the holidays. Click below to learn more about this unique event organized by Gulf Guardians, an environmental non-profit with a “Plastic-Free Padre” mission. Games, prizes, vendors, a Santa costume contest, and tons of holiday spirit, island-style!

December 17 • South Padre Island, TX

Holiday Craft Market at McAllen Farmers Market

Every Saturday, the McAllen Farmers Market offers locally grown vegetables and in December will be featuring unique hand crafted items created by local artists and crafters, including home decor, accessories, gifts and much more.

The McAllen Farmers Market knows folks are on a tight schedule. Christmas is just a few of days away, so they are hosting Crunch-Time! one of the season’s latest markets for last-minute shoppers!

December 17, Holiday Craft Market
December 22, Crunch-Time Market • McAllen, TX


Red Stick Farmers Market

Keep your holiday table fresh at this producer-only market in downtown Baton Rouge. Besides ingredients for your yuletide spread, there are plenty of nifty gift ideas, including plants, baked goods, and much more!

December 17, Farmers Market
December 22, Thursday Market • Baton Rouge, LA

Music Box Holiday Market New Orleans

An opportunity to check off that shopping list while enjoying the fanciful hand-crafted environs of the legendary Music Box Village of New Orleans. Heck, even if your shopping is all done, you should treat yourself and go!

December 18, New Orleans, LA


Biloxi Visitors Center Holiday Open House

The Biloxi Visitors Center is welcoming multiple vendors on the last shopping weekend before Christmas! Shopping on a weekday? The gift shop is open daily, offering coastal treasures from talented local artists.

December 17 & 18 • Biloxi, MS


Coastal Alabama Farmers & Fishermen’s Market with Santa

If your holidays need some small-town beach charm and low-key groovy vibes, check out this weekly market that features local produce, baked goods and fresh caught seafood, yum! Plus, this week, Santa is on the scene taking pics and names.

December 17 • Foley, AL


Big Cypress Holiday Market

Native arts, crafts, clothing, and jewelry will be featured and Seminole food vendors will be on site at this 2-day market, held at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum Festival Grounds on Big Cypress Seminole Reservation.

December 16 & 17 • Clewiston, FL

Lakewood Farmers Market with Santa

This Sarasota-area Market is open every Sunday, all year, but they really shine during the holidays! Besides fresh locally-grown ingredients for your yuletide or any-other-holiday time table, you’ll find unique gifts including pickles, jams, candles, succulents, honey, and much more!

December 18 • Lakewood Ranch, FL

Miccosukee Indian Arts & Crafts Festival

The New Year is also a time to get together and give gifts. So, if that’s your jam, or you’re just really late and still shopping, check out this indigenous artisan market in the heart of the Everglades. Part of a 3-day festival that includes music and dance performances, it is the perfect place to find unique handmade items and support the historic Miccosukee Indian Village.

December 29-31  • Miami, FL

To see more holiday event listings, click here!   🌊

About The Source

Patti Lou

5th generation Texan raised on home-baked bread, swimming holes, and cheap beer. Friend of the people. And friend of the Gulf Coast and Go! Gulf States.

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