Seasonal Shopping


here’s little worse than an under-utilized PFD check—if there’s any unused PFD money still rattling around in your account (or pocket), make sure to schedule time to visit one of Alaska’s many craft fairs in November, all of which highlight Alaska artisans, products, and services—just in time for the holiday season.

This is the 50th anniversary of the Annual University Women’s Association Holiday Bazaar, which features local arts and crafts at the Pioneer Park Civic Center in Fairbanks on November 3-4.

The Bad Girls of the North Bazaar takes place this year on November 2-3 at the Lakefront Anchorage and November 9-10 in Wasilla at the Mat-Su Resort, offering up jewelry, handcrafted soaps, silk scarves, handmade clothing, pottery, leather purses, metal art, gourmet foods, home décor, and one-of-a-kind artwork.

The Coffman Cove Holiday Bazaar is located at the Howard Valentine School on November 10. The Bazaar features crafts, food, and fun and is sponsored by the “By The Sea” Arts & Seafood Festival Committee. Attendees can bring food items for donation to the Food Bank.

In Wasilla at the Curtis Menard Sports Center, the Mat-Su Holiday Marketplace takes place November 3 and 4. This bazaar is a one-stop holiday shopping extravaganza for the Valley, presenting an opportunity to shop for unique and one-of-a-kind gifts from more than one hundred vendors.

The Christmas Arts & Crafts Emporium is scheduled for November 17-18 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. This fair features strictly Alaskan-handmade items including clothing, jewelry, bath products, home décor, gourmet food, and more.

The Fairbanks Holiday Marketplace is held at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks and in 2018 runs November 9-11. This is a convenient, local shopping bazaar for Fairbanks residents and features everything from hand-made soaps to beaded jewelry and imported wool sweaters.

The Alaskan Christmas Bazaar takes place this year on Saturday, November 10. With more than one hundred vendors from all over the state of Alaska selling their handmade, distinctive items, this bazaar is the perfect place to begin holiday season shopping, taking place in Anchorage City Church.

Juneau Public Market is held at both Centennial Hall and the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on November 23-25. The market has taken place every Thanksgiving weekend since 1983 and includes arts, crafts, imports, photography, and wearable art, as well as food and a visit from Santa. Three-day admission to Centennial Hall is $7.50; admission is free the Public Market Annex in the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Ketchikan Arts and Humanities Winter Arts Faire takes place on November 24 and 25 at the Saxman Community Center. Guests can check off their entire gift list with new creations from more than eighty local artisans and kids can explore and learn at the Imagination Station while their parents shop.

On November 25, Downtown Anchorage is participating in Shop Small Business Saturday, a national event to promote shopping at local, small businesses. For 2018 Small Business Saturday will be followed by the Holiday Tree Lighting in Town Square Park. The Anchorage Downtown Partnership is gathering small businesses to offer deals, specials, and more.