December holiday markets are just around the corner

The leaves have turned, the heat advisories have ended, and we’re finally in the midst of the sweater weather we crave in Nebraska. The change in season also puts an end to many of the farmers’ markets. However, many other events are yet to come.

Holiday fairs and end-of-season Christmas markets are a great place to stock up on all your pumpkins, gourds, produce, and root vegetables for upcoming dinner parties and decorating, and to find someone the perfect local gift. Below is a short list of events in December.

The College View Farmers Market is hosting its annual indoor Christmas market on Sunday, December 18 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Graduate Hotel, 141 N. Ninth St. Here you will see many of the vendors who have come to know during market season, and will offer produce, cheese, baked goods, Christmas charcuterie boards, fresh ravioli, pasta, pesto, sauces, sweets, cakes, nuts, local honey, and other take-out items when guests show up. This event is free to the public.

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Wax Buffalo, in partnership with the Haymarket Association, will host its first annual Winter Market under the O Street Bridge on Sunday, December 4, from noon to 6pm, with vendors of all kinds selling items to set the festive mood. The focus will be on local manufacturers and downtown businesses, including a Christmas tree lot filled with beautiful trees, a friendly Christmas tree decorating contest among local downtown businesses (for public viewing and vote), carol serenades and holiday-inspired events. food and drink from vendors The Chocolate Season, Canyon Joe’s BBQ, The Bierhaus Maisschäler (I love their pretzels!), Lulubee Artisanal Chocolates, and The Coffee Roaster. Be sure to grab a German-style sausage with sauerkraut and mustard from Otillie Meats as you wander the stalls.

Cost is $10/$7 for early bird (children 5 and under are free).

Love the Locals will host a holiday market on Sunday, December 11 from 10am to 4pm at The Bay, 2005 Y St.

Love the Locals specializes in creating a community-oriented environment for shopping while supporting over 50 local manufacturers. The event will feature live music, multiple food and drink options, free balloons, and plenty of vendors, as well as beers from the Zipline, a coffee shop, and a hot chocolate station. Tickets are $5 at the door. Ticket price includes a free photo booth backdrop, live music, gift-wrapping station, and local shopping.

Lincoln Cooperative Kitchen’s Christmas Open House is scheduled for Friday, December 16 from 3-7 pm at 129 S. 27th St. (SW corner on alley next to H&R Block). The event will feature Otillie Meats, Capo di Tutto Pasta and Tasty Good Toffee. Stop in and see the commercial kitchen in action and meet the owners of these Lincoln businesses. While you’re there, try some samples. This event is free to the public.

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