The gift-giving season is here, so it’s time to start checking off the peeps on your “good” list now.
To make it super easy, we've rounded up all of the best holiday pop-up shops and markets going down around Downtown. In addition to locally-made jewelry and crafts, vintage finds, artfully curated fashions, home items and other things we didn’t know we needed, these hip retail outposts sparkle with drinks, food, workshops, music and family fun to keep shoppers’ spirits bright.
Seasoned fashion influencer Sydney Dao created LAUNCH, which “launched” pre-Super Bowl earlier this year. This exclusive boutique showcases Houston’s growing and thriving fashion and design community.
The shop rotates through different local designers and artisans each month, allowing a variety of pros the opportunity to showcase their products in the trendy space. At any given time, merchandise includes a mix of jewelry, men’s and women’s fashion and accessories plus all the smelly good stuff like handmade candles, soaps and lotions.
GHP Building, 701 Avenida de las Americas
Monday- Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday, 12 to 5 pm
Just in the nick of time, GreenStreet has opened an all-female-owned pop-up shop, Make(her) Boutique!
In a shark-tank inspired competition, four female founders pitched their retail concepts and in a surprise twist, all the presenters received offers to transfer their start-up enterprises into brick-and-mortar space at GreenStreet, with three of them teaming up to open Make(her).
The collaborative boutique features beautiful jewelry by Brenda Grands, healing skincare products from Camellia Alise and trendy Texas-centric apparel by State Line Designs.
1201 Fannin, Suite 137
Monday- Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm
THE TIPPING POINT
Not just a super-cool limited-edition sneaker store, The Tipping Point is a lifestyle destination. Footwear, books, art, apparel, music and accessories are all curated by the owners for a hand-picked audience.
Although, they do have items for gals, it's the perfect place to get the perfect gift for the men in your life.
Monday- Friday, 11 am to 6 pm, Sunday, noon to 5 pm
PHOENICIA SPECIALTY FOODS
A foodie paradise, Phoenicia is also a great place to buy amazing housewares gifts, not to mention wine and gourmet treats.
From unique ceramics from Spain, Poland and Bulgaria to modern and innovative designs from up-and-coming innovators. Let your creative culinary juices flow when you are in the presence of unique tools such as Italian Pezzelle Irons, wooden semolina maamoul cookie molds, Le Creuset tangines or paella pans.
1001 Austin between McKinney and Lamar
Monday- Friday, 7 am to 9 pm, Saturday- Sunday, 9 am to 8 pm
HOLIDAY ARTS MARKETS
POPSHOP HOUSTON HOLIDAY FESTIVAL
A weekend of artfully curated artisan goods from over 120+ artists. Experience the biggest art market in Houston and enjoy modern handmade craft shopping, art exhibitions, art activities, beauty bar demos, live music and more.
Main St Studio at GreenStreet, 1201 Main
Dec 1-3: Friday, 6 to 10 pm, Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm & Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm
DesignCraft at Market Square Park is AIGA Houston's 8th Annual Holiday Market featuring the work of local artists, crafters, creatives and more. Find the perfect gifts and enjoy demonstrations by local artisans, live music and local food trucks.
Market Square Park, 301 Milam
Saturday, Dec 2 10 am to 5 pm
WINTER FLEA BY NIGHT presented by Green Mountain Energy®
This popular flea market expands to a weekly event for the winter! The destination market features an array of artful kitsch, vintage items, recycled and repurposed objects and collectibles with live music, food trucks and more!
Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney
Saturdays, Dec 2, 9 & 16, 6 to 10 pm
HEARTMADE HOLIDAY ART MARKET
Explore the work of over 50 local artists, crafters and creatives with work ranging from jewelry and apparel to home goods and art along Main Street Square. The fun-filled event will host a little something for everyone including live music, strolling Christmas carolers, photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Clause, food truck fare and more!
Main Street Square, Main & McKinney
Saturday, Dec 9, 11 am to 6 pm
HTX BOSS BABES HOLIDAY MARKET
Celebrate the talents of with 70+ women owned businesses by spending a fun evening of shopping, good eats, music, photo booths and champagne at GreenStreet’s Main St Studio.
Main St. Studio atGreenStreet, 1201 Main
Saturday, Dec 9 3 to 9 pm
GETTING AROUND DOWNTOWN
Daily, catch GREENLINK to get to your holiday destinations for FREE!
Ditch your car and ride a bike to all your holiday hot spots this season! Daily, weekly and annual memberships available with over twelve convenient stations located throughout Downtown Houston. houston.bcycle.com
There are affordable parking options—garages, surface lots and on-street parking— convenient to your destination, whether it be a restaurant or event. On-street, metered parking is available during the day on most downtown streets. The meters accept cash and credit cards or you can pay-by-phone; hourly prices vary depending on location. Meters are FREE after 6 pm Monday-Saturday and all day Sunday. DO NOT park in valet zones or commercial zones (marked with red meters or red striping on the street). Please always read the signs before you park! For help finding surface lots, garage parking or on-street meters, visit downtownhoustonparking.org.
Tip: On-street parking is free all day on City of Houston holidays—Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.