Holiday Arts and Craft Shows in Albuquerque

Handmade Christmas ornaments in star and heart hanging on Christmas tree with lights and branches behind.

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Arts and craft shows in Albuquerque abound during the holiday season, offering shoppers a chance to pick up unique gifts. Albuquerque's annual arts and craft shows typically begin in early November and continue through December.

Don't forget to check out other holiday events in Albuquerque, such as Nutcracker performances and holiday music.

Craft Shows in November

UNM Arts & Crafts Fair
The middle of November
Student Union Building, University of New Mexico Campus

Occurring for more than 55 years, this three-day craft fair usually has more than 70 local vendors and students selling handmade goods.

Los Alamos Art Council Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
The Saturday before Thanksgiving
Los Alamos Middle School, 2101 Hawk Drive, Los Alamos

As one of the four arts and crafts fairs hosted by the Los Alamos Art Council, this event features work done by more than 100 juried artisans from the Southwest.

Bandelier Bazaar and Holiday Craft Fair
The weekend before Thanksgiving
Bandelier Elementary School, 3309 Pershing Ave. SE

Hosted by the Bandelier Elementary PTA, this holiday bazaar takes place in the school's cafeteria and gym. More than 50 local artists and crafters sell their arts and crafts, and shoppers can purchase student-made art. Neighborhood food trucks are also on-site.

Cibola High School Best Buddies Crafts Show
The weekend before Thanksgiving
Cibola High School, 1510 Ellison Drive NW

This craft fair features more than 80 vendors selling handcrafted items, face painting, and a raffle. Proceeds from the event benefit Cibola Best Buddies, which is an organization that promotes friendship between students with and without special needs.

St. Mark's  Hollyberry Arts & Crafts Fair
The weekend before Thanksgiving
St.

Mark's Episcopal Church, 431 Richmond Place NE

This two-day event features more than 30 vendors selling their arts and crafts, including paintings, photography, jewelry, woodworking, and religious items. Bake sale items are also available.

Sandia High School Band Annual Craft Fair
The weekend before Thanksgiving
Sandia High School, 7801 Candelaria Road NE

Held in the school's common area, this craft fair features more than 200 booths of handcrafted items.

Placitas Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Sale
The weekend before Thanksgiving
Three locations: Anasazi Fields, 26 Camino de los Pueblitos, Placitas; by Las Placitas Presbyterian Church at 7 Paseo de San Antonio, Placitas; and Placitas Elementary School, 5 Calle del Carbon, Placitas

For this two-day event, more than 80 artists come to these three locations. The juried event, which has taken place for more than 35 years, features jewelry, paintings, and photography.

Rio Grande Holiday Show
Thanksgiving weekend
Expo New Mexico's Manuel Lujan Building, 300 San Pedro Drive NE

The annual holiday show kicks off the holiday shopping season by featuring more than 175 artists, a variety of entertainment, food, and holiday music. This family-oriented event also has a Holiday Creation Station for kids where they can craft their own gifts.

Shows in December

Monte Vista Elementary School Annual Holiday Craft Fair
Monte Vista Elementary School, 3211 Monte Vista Blvd. NE
First Saturday in December

Walk the hallways at the elementary school and purchase items from local businesses, crafters, students, and artists. The fair also has wreaths available to bid on through a silent auction.

Winter Spanish Market
The first weekend in December
National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th Street SW

New Mexico artists gather at this two-day event, which also features local music, food, and demonstrations.

Albuquerque Garden Center Holiday Fair Plant & Craft Sale
First full weekend in December
Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd.

With more than 40 juried crafters, this two-day event includes crafts, fresh garlands, floral centerpieces, Christmas plants, and local food items.

Ernest Stapleton Elementary Holiday Craft Fair
Second Saturday of December
Ernest Stapleton Elementary, 3100 Stapleton Ave. NE, Rio Rancho

More than 50 vendors showcase their handmade jewelry, artwork, and other items.

JCC Hanukkah Fest
Second Sunday of December
Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque, 5520 Wyoming, NE

Shoppers can purchase arts and crafts, listen to live entertainment, enjoy Jewish food, and play games.

Cielo Azul Elementary Holiday Fair
Second Saturday of December
Cielo Azul Elementary, 3804 Shiloh Rd. NE, Rio Rancho

Held in the school's gymnasium and cafeteria, the holiday fair features numerous handmade holiday crafts.

Rail Yards and Downtown Growers' Market Holiday Market
Rail Yards Market, 777 1st St. SW
Third weekend of December

With almost 200 vendors selling numerous types of food products, this three-day holiday market typically has more than 30,000 visitors.