2012 Holiday Bazaars

Courtesy of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

OCT. 5-7

Women of the Moose Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 4211 Arctic Blvd. Look for 16 tables with lots of Christmas items, crafts and baked goods. Vendors are still needed. (563-7352)

Cha-Mai Bazaar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Al Aska Shrine Center, 1930 E. Northern Lights Blvd. Profits from the 35th annual event provide children with burn or orthopedic needs the funds to travel to stateside Shrine Hospitals and aid some local charities. Handcrafted articles include the very popular scrubbies, chocolate candies, jams, jewelry, scrapbooks, embroidered articles, quilts, jewelry boxes, winter hats, aprons, banners, table runners, scroll wood items, dog coats, baby hats, watercolor cards, scarves, ivory, baleen, knitted toys, casserole caddies, baby blankets, dolls and more. (561-0492)

Quilts and Creations, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, University Center Mall, 3901 Old Seward Highway. This is a fundraiser for Friends of Pets' spay and neuter assistance program. Offered are beautiful quilts in various sizes and themes, fiber and glass art, gift baskets created by local artists and business partners and more. Participants can participate in the silent auction or purchase items from the "cash and carry" table. (622-2332, friendsofpets.org)


Oct. 13

Fantastic Fall Rummage, Book and Bake Sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, First Congregational Church, 2610 E. Northern Lights Blvd. Huge sale of everything to help you get ready for winter and the holidays. Kids' toys, games and clothes; handicrafts; decorations; adults' winter clothing; costume jewelry; movies; all kinds of household items. Lots of books for adults and children. Yummy baked goods and beverages. None. (fccak.org)

Inunewok Doll Club Bazaar, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Guido's Pizza, 549 W. International Airport Road between Arctic Boulevard and C Street. Look for dolls, toys, linens, antiques, patterns and collectibles for sale. Free admission and parking. (Rose, 563-5212 or 248-7530)

Crafers Faire, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, First Christian Church, 3031 LaTouche St. Crafts of all types, Christmas items, jewlery, food items etc. Enjoy a lunch of baked potatoes with toppings, hot dogs, coffee and soft drinks. Booth space available. (Claudette Hixon, 333-8219, or church office, 272-0615)

Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Anchorage Family & Community Education and Our Lady of Guadelupe Catholic Church Bazaar, 3900 Wisconsin St. FCE Clubs will feature handmade children's gifts, iron totes, aprons, children's snuggy TV sleep bags, dog pads, homemade breads, cookies and pies and more. Other crafters will have jewelry, ornaments, dolls, jellies, Christmas items, knit items, afghans and so much more. Start your morning off with homemade cinnamon rolls and hot coffee. If you are here at lunch, try the bean soup, hot dogs and reuben sandwiches. Tables available for $30. (John, 248-2000)

Scandinavian Bazaar, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Viking Hall, 8141 Briarwood St. The 16th annual event is a cultural experience with many Scandinavian items for sale, rosemaling demonstrations and amazing food including the popular lefse for sale. The kitchen will serve the best lunch in town, delicious traditional soups and open-face sandwiches. (348-8556, sofnalaska.com)

Holiday Open House, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Stamp Attic, 9191 Old Seward Highway, Suite 13. Visit to get holiday paper crafting ideas. See sample holiday cards and projects on display at the store. Free make-and-take crafts, treats to eat and a prize drawing. (344-3227, stampatticalaska.com)

Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center Live and Silent Auction, 2-6 p.m. Saturday, 22424 Birchwood Loop Road. This auction benefits senior center. Look for furs, Harley Davidson merchandise, trip packages, art, collectibles, furnishings, memory baskets and much more. Come and and support the senior center. (688-2633, chugiak.org)


oct. 19-21

Rogers Park Craft Fair, 4-8 p.m. Friday, Rogers Park Elementary, 1400 E. Northern Lights Blvd. The seventh annual fair features local vendors, artists and crafters, food, fun activities for the kids, classroom fundraisers and more. Booth space available. (Denise Flake, neesiebeee@gmail.com)

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Annual Bazaar, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 2901 E. Huffman Road. Look for baked goods and crafts from about 90 vendors as well as quality items crafted by the church's Magi Group. Shop for banners, hand-knit items, placemats, jewelry, paintings, homemade ornaments, children's books, tote bags, baskets, jams and jellies, Native crafts and many other gift items. St. Elizabeth's kitchen will feature homemade cinnamon rolls, chili and hot dogs. Free parking, handicap accessible. Tables available for $45. (Shirley 345-1628 silver-fox@gci.net).

Anchorage Clay Arts Fall Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Alaska Zoo Gateway Building, 4731 O'Malley Road. Annual fall pottery sale and silent auction. Free admission. (272-0327)

Celebrate the Season Open House, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, And Other Fancy Stuff, 621 W. Dimond Blvd. Enjoy spiced tea, the fresh baked tastes and aromas of the season and relaxed holiday shopping for those elegant, whimisical, unusual and distinctive gifts. (770-1772)

Enchanted Village, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Winterberry Charter School, 4802 Bryn Mawr Court. This event includes a craft bazaar, Fairy Walk, and Gnome Stomp. Check out the school's new location on the east side of town. Wander the crafts booths to find handmade treasures, delight in local fare and find wholesome goods and services. Take your children through the Fairy Walk and the Gnome Stomp where they will receive an enchanted gift from the Fairy Queen and the King of the Gnomes. Try your hand at trades from the days of yore at the Pumpkin Festival. Free entry. $3 per person for the Gnome Stomp, Fairy Walk and Pumpkin Festival. (742-0129)

The Salvation Army Teddy Bear Tea and Auction, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, 401 E. Sixth Ave. Furry, cuddly teddy bears have been adopted by individuals and businesses in our community, dressed in one of nine categories and now are ready to find their forever homes at this family-friendly fundraiser. Many bears are matched with fabulous auction items including gift certificates, art, quilts and more, which makes this a great idea for holiday giving. Light hors d'oeuvres and dessert included. All proceeds from this event benefit Anchorage area Salvation Army programs. $25 per person. (276-2515, salvationarmy.org/alaska)


OCT. 25-28

Darae's Salon Spa Pre-Holiday gift sale, 4 p.m. Thursday, Darae's Salon & Spa, 3389 Minnesota Drive. Pre-packaged home-care spa gifts on sale, handmade gift boxes from women in Nepal, gift cards on sale, free special hot spiced cider and Christmas cookies and live music. Judge the Spa Girls' decorations, all made of recycled Aveda packaging. Day 1 of home made original ornament contest, pick up details at bazaar. Other beauty gifts. Free finishing touches. Live holiday music. Free. (Daraes.com)

Holiday Food & Gift Festvial, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center, 600 W. Seventh Ave. 25th Year of this fun event that now features Santa Land with Santa and his Elves posing with your child to allow you to take a great photograph on your own camera...at tno charge. About 175 booths with an assortment of Made In Alaska as well as imported gifts and foods. Free. (272-5634, anchoragemarkets.com)

Ozarks Holiday Open House, 4-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Ozarks, 4131 Old Seward Hwy. Come and join us for our annual Holiday Open House. Fall and Christmas decorations and gifts galore. Vera Bradley, A variety of handmade, vintage and new. We will have hot cider and a delicious assortment of cookies and baked goodies. Come and join the fun... this will be our kick off to the holiday season, we would love to see you. Free. (563-0900, ozarksalaska.blogspot.com)

Fall Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, St. John United Methodist Church, 1801 O'Malley Road. You'll find unique gifts created by Alaskan artists at one of Anchorage's longest running craft fairs. All on one level and plenty of parking. See your favorite artists who return year after year and meet our newest artists, too. Enjoy fresh coffee brewed cup-by-cup and goodies at our bake sale. All funds raised by St. John sales support a nurse's aide training center in Central Africa. See website for details. Free. (344-3025, cameroontaskforce.com)

Calvary Church's Annual Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Calvary Church, 3800 W. 80th Ave. See homemade, hand made and manufactured items for the holidays, home decorating and organizing, gifts, or for yourself. Refreshments available for purchase. (440-6376)

Permanent Fund Bazaar at Anchorage Aviation Museum, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Alaska Aviation Museum, 4721 Aircraft Drive. Here's your chance to see this incredible museum in warmth and comfort. Visit the food trailer for hot dogs and cupcakes. Handcrafted items, unique jewelry designs, Party Lite candles, Cookie Lee, Scentsy, jams and jellies from Sexton Farms and Three Bears, aviation art and collectibles, kitchen art, baby hats, buckles, belts, silver coins, kuspuks, fleece hats, crystals galore. Free admission. (Liza99507@aol.com, 866-228-8440)

Anchorage Pioneer Home Bazaar Registration, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 923 W. 11th Ave. Booth space available. Email or call for an application. $25 per table. (mznea68@yahoo.com, julie.goode@alaska.gov or 952-6206, pioneerhomes.alaska.gov)

Holiday Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 2311 Pembroke St. In its 18th year, this is one of the smaller bazaars but a don't-miss event with many returning vendors and a friendly, fun and festive holiday atmosphere. There will be 20-25 vendors with a wide variety of crafts and products for sale. The church will hold a bake sale during the bazaar to raise funds for a holiday service project. Booth space available, $15-$20. (Patti, 694-3130 for information or to reserve a space.)


Nov. 2-4

24th Annual Make It Alaskan Festival, noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Sullivan Arena, 1600 Gambell St. Featuring uniquely Alaskan-made arts, crafts, gifts, food and much more. Nibble on tasty treats from food vendors, explore hundreds of booths and start your holiday shopping early. Enjoy live music, sample flavors from Denali Brewing Company and take a journey on the GCI Alaskan Fun Safari for a chance to win prizes. $7; children 12 and younger, free. Free parking. (279-0618, makeitalaskanfestival.com)

Bad Girls of the North, 4-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Millennium Alaskan Hotel, 4800 Spenard Road. Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts from Alaskan artists and artisans. You will find jewelry, leather bags, soaps, gourmet foods, pottery, fused glass, home decor and much more. Free. (688-0505, badgirlsofthenorth.com)

Global Mission Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, St. Mark Lutheran Church, 3230 Lake Otis Parkway. Look for arts, crafts, holiday items, bake sale, etc. Start your holiday shopping early. Visit vendors like Pampered Chef and Scentsy. Tables are available for $50. The cafe will be open during the event for snacks and lunch. (276-6231, stmarkalaska.org)

Holy Family Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Holy Family Cathedral, 800 E. Fifth Ave. Arts, crafts, baked goods and lunch plus games for kids. On street parking; no meters on Saturday. (Elaine, 243-2418)

Anchorage Lutheran Church Bazaar, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1420 N St. Craft booths, photography, woodwork, jewelry, quilts, ugly dolls, candies, knitting and more. Bake sale, live music, lunch cafe. Vendors needed: $100 per table. Tables, table coverings and chairs provided. (anchoragelc.ctsmemberconnect.net)

Christ Church Episcopal Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 5101 O'Malley Road. Pick a bowl and have it filled with a warming soup. Shop for hand-knitted items, handmade gifts and homemade jams and jellies. Bake sale and coffee, too. Free. (345-7914, facebook.com, search for Christ Church Episcopal Anchorage)

Festival of Angels Craft Bazaar, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Lumen Christi High School, 8110 Jewel Lake Road. This is the school's first bazaar. Look for knitted scarves, Scentsy, coasters, wildlife cards, Native masks, Partylite, 31 Bags, ornaments, handmade jewelry and more. Come see Santa from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and enjoy delicious food from the concession stand. Free admission, free parking, handicap accessible. Tables are still available for $45. (mwgoodwin@gci.net, 336-2384)

Chugiak Elementary School PTA Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 19932 Old Glenn Highway. Lots of vendors with one-of-a-kind holiday gifts for everyone on your list. Booth space available. (Kris, 688-0500)

Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center Annual Christmas Bazaar, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center, 22424 Birchwood Loop Road. Vendors needed. (688-2685, chugiak.org)

Christmas Town Bazaar, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, South Anchorage High School, 13400 Elmore Road. The craft bazaar includes 125 booths of handcrafted items, perfect for holiday gift giving. Look for paper crafts, sewn and quilted items, art, clothing, decor, jewelry, pottery, glass and wood items. Visit the Cookie Caper as well as other local food booths. Enjoy the sounds of local school musical programs while shopping for special one-of-a-kind gifts. Sponsored by Rabbit Creek Community Association. Free admission. (742-5722, rabbitcreek.info)

Holiday Craft Fair & Bazaar, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, River of Life Lutheran Church, 21301 Voyles Blvd. Handmade and home decorating items, nativities from around the world, fair trade items, homemade food items and gifts for every person on your list. (688-6677)


Nov. 9-10

Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, Providence Extended Care Center, 4900 Eagle St. Small annual holiday bazaar features homemade items crafted by Providence employees. Bazaar is held in the lobby of Providence Extended Care Center. Tables for vendors are available to Providence employees only. Everyone is welcome to come and shop.

Christmas Craft and Food Bazaar, noon-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Muldoon Community Assembly, 7041 DeBarr Road. Shop with us for handmade crafts, jewelry, collectibles, scarves and hats, cosmetics, jams and jellies, and lots of good food. Vendor space is available. Six-foot table rental is $75 for both days. (337-9495 or email kimcarlson@mcaonline.org.)

St. Nicholas Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 2200 Arctic Blvd. Shop early for handmade Christmas presents. There will be delicious homemade treats and nut rolls at the bake sale table. A silent auction with a variety of themed gift baskets of every kind. Vendor tables available. (Judy, 748-4079 or 333-4183)

North Star Craft Bazaar, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, North Star Elementary School, 605 W. Fireweed Lane. Vendor space available for $25. (Sheryl, 223-2785 or smorrison@ak.net)

Alaskan Christmas Bazaar, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Anchorage City Church, 1301 W. 100th Ave. This 10th annual event features more than 90 booths with vendors selling handmade items from all over the state. A delicious food court, gourmet espresso, live music, and even a visit from Santa are sure to delight everyone in your family. Shop for gifts, holiday decorations and hard-to-find items. Join the many who make this bazaar an annual tradition. Free. (344-2141, www.AlaskanChristmas.com)


Nov. 17

St. Mary's Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 2222 E. Tudor Road. This event features only goods produced and handmade by the artisans and crafts people of St. Mary's Church. Look for knitted goods, quilted humbug bags, renewed treasures jewelry, casserole carriers, handmade fishing flies, wool ornaments, Creature Comforts pet boutique, doll house, Country Store soup mixes, jams, jellies, salsa, fudge, baked goods. Souper Cafe offers hot soup, cornbread, pie. No vendors. (344-7730)

Holiday Bazaar at the Anchorage Aviation Museum, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Alaska Aviation Museum, 4721 Aircraft Drive. Your chance to see the inside of this incredible museum in warmth and comfort. Food trailer with hot dogs. Artist Cindy Pendleton shares watercolors, cards, ornaments, children's books. Handcrafted items, unique jewelry designs, candles, Cookie Lee, Scentsy, etc. Three Bears jams and jellies, aviation art and collectibles, kitchen art, baby hats, fleece hats, kuspuks, crystals galore. Free. (Liza99507@aol.com, 866-228-8440)

Christmas Arts and Crafts Emporium, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Denaina Center, 600 W. Seventh Ave. Arts & Crafts Emporium is Anchorage's Premier Showcase for Alaskan artists and crafters to display and sell their products during the holiday season. The two-day Arts and Crafts Emporium is the largest Alaskan-made products show. Free. (272-5634, anchoragemarkets.com)

Julie Matthews and M. Kaye Denkewalter Studio Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 131 W. Klatt Road. Matthews will have functional pottery and individual tiles. See her latest tile designs. Denkewalter will have all new work in brass, copper and silver. (317-5766, juliematthewsstudio.com)

Celebrate the Season Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Eagle River Elementary School, 10900 Old Eagle River Road. This Victorian themed event will feature homemade items as well as name brands, a silent auction, baked treats, kids games/activities and many more delights. (cmk@mtaonline.net)

All Saints' Episcopal Church Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, This is the longest running holiday bazaar in Anchorage. Shop for crafts, homemade baked goods and jams and jellies. Check out the silent auction and a cafe where shoppers can visit over homemade soups, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and pie. All proceeds fund the missions and outreach ministries of the Church Women. Admission is free. No vendor booths. (279-3924, allsaintsalaska.org)


Nov. 23-25

Crafts Weekend, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Anchorage Museum, 625 C St. Buy local, save money and beat the holiday rush at Anchorage's premier juried crafts event. Shop a wide selection of jewelry, pottery, wearable art, glass, woodwork and more created by 50 Alaska artists including Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Lisa McCormick and K.C. Lowe. A portion of each sale helps support the Anchorage Museum. Free. (929-9200, anchoragemuseum.org)

ReadAlaska Book Fair, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Anchorage Museum, 625 C St. Alaska's largest book fair features hundreds of titles from Alaska publishers with special sales, new releases and continuous author signings. Runs jointly with Crafts Weekend at the Anchorage Museum. Free. (337-1234)

Whispering Bird Studio Christmas Open House, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Mile 100.2 Seward Highway. Join Laura Walter at her fused glass studio in Bird Creek (22 miles south of Anchorage). You will find a wide variety of glass ornaments, plates, bowls, mirrors, window and wall hangings and other gifts. Outside, see large metal garden art pieces that are perfect for holding a bird feeder in winter and a beautiful plant in the summer. Enjoy some cider and a homemade cookie while you shop and visit with Laura. (653-1926)


Dec. 1-2

Lake Otis Elementary Craft Fair and Pancake Breakfast, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Lake Otis Elementary School, 3331 Lake Otis Parkway. Vendors needed. Space is $25 or $35 with table. Request application by emailing. (lakeotispta@gmail.com or leave message at 742-7419.

Holy Spirit Handmade Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, 17545 N. Eagle River Loop Road. Handmade gifts, sweet and savory treasures, teacher gifts. Pictures with Santa and magic show, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Soup and bread served all day. Vendor booths available for $35. (Ruth, 694-3432)

Julie Matthews and M. Kaye Denkewalter Studio Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 131 W. Klatt Road. Matthews will have functional pottery and individual tiles. See her latest tile designs. Denkewalter will have all new work in brass, copper and silver. (317-5766, juliematthewsstudio.com)

Lake Hood Holiday Craft Bazaar, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Lake Hood Elementary School, 3601 W. 40th Ave. Lake Hood PTA is hosting a fun filled day of holiday shopping and free craft activities for kids. Vendor space is available for $35. (Heather, 440-794-1776)

Native People's Bazaar, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Alaska Native Medical Center, 4315 Diplomacy Drive. Native vintage table, collector's table, masks, baskets, dance fans, ivory, whalebone carvings, slippers, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, dolls, gift certificates. Entertainment includes singing, drumming and dancing. Free. (729-1120)

Mitzvah Mall, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Congregation Beth Sholom, 7525 E. Northern Lights Blvd. Think bizarre holiday bazaar. The "vendors" are nonprofit organizations and charities. Instead of buying more material gifts, shoppers donate to local non-profits on behalf of people on their holiday gift list."Gifts" are in various price ranges from $5-$100. Shoppers receive gift cards for the person in whose honor the gift was purchased. You can do your shopping, help others and have fun too. Free admission.


Dec. 7-9

Homemade Holiday Cookie Sale & Craft Bazaar, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 8427 Jewel Lake Road. No time to bake? Buy your homemade cookies and baked goods. Shop for holiday crafts, gifts, church cookbooks, CDs, baby quilts, doll quilts, jewelry, table runners, stockings and more. Delicious homemade lunch available, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit the new re-gifting room. Vendors welcome. This event benefits the Nick Indahl Memorial Scholarship Fund at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Free. (243-2301, gloriadeilutheran.net)

Alaska Native Lutheran Church Christmas Native Crafts Bazaar, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Central Lutheran Church, 1420 Cordova St. Alaskan Native artwork to include "Christ Signs" (Christmas ornaments), sealskin slippers and baby booties, crocheted and knitted items, kuspuks, beaded barrettes, earrings and ivory jewelry. Stop by and have a cup of coffee or tea while browsing the crafts. All items offered are handcrafted by members along with an assortment of homemade cookies, jams, jellies and holiday baked goods. A portion of the proceeds support the Alaska Native Women's Group to support ministries within the church. (277-3930)

Centennial Village 11th Annual Crafts Fair, 10 a.m. Saturday, Chickaloon Landing, 8901 Peck Ave. From Muldoon Road, take Peck Avenue to the end. Plenty of free parking. Find unique, hand-crafted gifts including beadwork, carvings, pottery and crotchet items made by the talented residents of Centennial Village. (Arnold Hague, 793-3752)

Whispering Bird Studio Christmas Open House, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Mile 100.2 Seward Highway. Join Laura Walter at her fused glass studio in Bird Creek (22 miles south of Anchorage). You will find a wide variety of glass ornaments, plates, bowls, mirrors, window and wall hangings and other gifts. Outside, see large metal garden art pieces that are perfect for holding a bird feeder in winter and a beautiful plant in the summer. Enjoy some cider and a homemade cookie. (653-1926)


dec. 15

Christmas Village, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dena'ina Center, 600 W. Seventh Ave. It's the perfect time to buy those last-minute gifts. Take a picture with Santa and his elves. Enjoy Christmas tunes and peruse a large selection of Alaskan-made crafts. Free admission. (272-5634, anchoragemarkets.com)


dec. 22

Last Minute Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Alaska Aviation Museum, 4721 Aircraft Drive. Get last-minute one-of-a-kind gifts. Douglas DeVries signs his children's books. Handcrafted items, unique jewelry designs, Cookie Lee, Scentsy, etc. Three Bears jams and jellies, aviation art and collectibles, kitchen art, baby hats, fleece hats, kuspuks, crystals galore. Free. (Liza99507@aol.com, 866-228-8440)

Last Chance Bazaar, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, St. Innocent's Orthodox Cathedral, 401 Turpin St. The ladies of our Sisterhood provide some of the most delicious food and pastries. Lunch will include clam chowder, borscht, fish pies (Perok), piroshky, fried bread and whatever else we think of. Cookie trays, specialty pastries and breads will be available. Tables may be rented for $30. (Cindy Wolkoff at 338-1440 or 929-7365)



OCT. 6

Annual Craft Bazaar, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Palmer Senior Citizens Center, 1132 S. Chugach St. (907-745-5454)

First Annual Sustina Valley High Early Bird Holiday Craft Bazaar, 9 a.m. Saturday, Mile 98, Parks Highway. Handmade items to fill your gift giving list by Alaskan artists. Quilts, beads, jewelry, soap, socks, pottery, herbs, wood crafts, photographs, prints and much more. Booth rental, $35. (907-733-9300)


OCT. 13

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Arts and Crafts Bazaar, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 501 E. Bogard Road, next to Wasilla High School. More than 40 vendors with high quality arts and crafts, food, door prizes, raffle, two-floors of vendors. Donate non-perishable food for Food Pantry of Wasilla to receive extra door prize ticket. Free. (907-376-2608)

Valley Artists Guild Arts and Craft Bazaar, 10 a.m. Saturday, 1301 S. Century Circle Drive, Wasilla. Local handmade arts and crafts and baked goods. (907-315-2840)

Salvation Army Home League Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 209 W. Evergreen Ave., Palmer. There will be handcrafts, baked goods, lunch and several vendors at the bazaar. Get a head start on your Christmas shopping. (907-745-7079)


OCT. 27-28

Alaska State Fair Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Raven Hall, Alaska State Fairgrounds, 2075 Glenn Highway. This bazaar boasts more than 120 booths. Plan to eat lunch at our concession dining area. Our artists, crafters and vendors provide a wide variety of paintings, carvings, woodwork, jewelry, quilts, clothing, glasswork, food items and much more. $1 admission fee includes a door prize ticket. (907-745-4827)


NOV. 3-4

Fall Holiday Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Wasilla Area Senior Campus, 1301 S. Century Circle. Artists and crafters from around the Valley gather together to bring a large collection of unique treasures for your holiday shopping pleasure. (907-376-3104)

Talkeetna's St. Bernard's Catholic Church Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sheldon Community Arts Hanger, downtown Talkeetna. Local crafts, beads, pottery, fabric art, photography, lots of unique items and a silent auction. Lunch and baked goods also for sale. Booth rental, $30. (907-733-1212)

Mat-Su Holiday Marketplace, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Curtis Menard Memorial Sports Center, 1001 S. Mack Drive. More than 110 vendors with thousands of gift ideas. Local and statewide artists, craftsman, photographers, fiber and clay artists displaying Native artwork, antler carving, botanical syrups, fleece outerwear, pottery tableware, glassware, jewelry, iron work, original artwork, handmade soap, head-to-toe fur, Native Alaskan dolls, Christmas ornaments, candles, specialty foods, metal sculptures, handcrafted wood boxes, stained glass and much more. All in one location with lots of free parking. $4 for adults, free for children under 12; and free on Sunday with military ID. (907-474-9082, fairbanksevents.com)


NOV. 10

St. David's Episcopal Church Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m. Saturday, St. David's Episcopal Church, Mile 2.2 Wasilla-Fishhook Road. Shop for great handcrafted holiday gifts, table linens, delicious baked goods and more. Get in the spirit and search out unique items sure to please someone special on your list. Free admission.

Palmer Elks Lodge #1842 Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 2600 N. Barrys Resort Drive. This is a great chance to get some holiday shopping done or if you are a vendor, to sell your wares. Registration forms are available at palmerelks.org/crafts.htm and we have spaces available. Food will be available for purchase. Vendor spaces are $35 and as always, buyers are admitted free. (907-242-1865, palmerelks.org/crafts.htm)

Upper Susitna Seniors Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Upper Susitna Seniors Holiday Bazaar, Mile 98.2 Parks Highway, Helena Drive, Talkeetna. This is a great time to get a jump on your Christmas list with over 26 vendor tables. There will be a silent auction with many items donated by local businesses and artists. Get your homemade goodies from the bake sale. Everything from cookies to homemade breads and pies or just take a break and enjoy a good bowl of homemade soup from the kitchen. (907-495-1346)


NOV. 16-17

A Holiday Moment for Me, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Wasilla Senior Center, 1301 S. Century Circle. A women's event to include shopping for a variety of handmade crafts, silent auction, dinner, hors d'oeuvres, beverages and desserts with proceeds of the auction and tickets to benefit the Mat-Su Special Santa Program. Enjoy a relaxing evening out with the ladies and find those special gifts for yourself and others. $30 per person. (907-354-3064)

Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m. Saturday, Sacred Heart Church, 1201 E. Bogard Road, Wasilla. Browse handmade quilts, table runners, placemats, aprons and many more handcrafted items including jewelry, leather craft, wood working, paintings and gifts for youngsters. Free hot chocolate and coffee. (357-3571)

Annual Bazaar, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Palmer Depot, 610 S. Valley Way. The Women's Ministry of Palmer Church of the Nazarene is hosting its. There are a limited number of spaces available: back wall, $55; hall or center of room, $45; table rental additional $5. (907-746-0261)


NOV. 23-25

Colony High School's Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9550 E. Colony Schools Drive. This is a wonderful one-day event put on by the students and staff of Colony High School. The school is packed to the brim with vendors selling great gifts. Come out and enjoy the food and fun. (907-861-5500)

Emporium Decorium Holiday Bazaar in Talkeetna, 4-8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sheldon Community Arts Hangar, 22249 S. D St. Not your everyday craft show. On the contrary, the Emporium Decorium is as interesting and sophisticated as the name suggests. Shopping willl be fun with live music and refreshments, and we are not talking jingle bells and sugar cookies. Visit with your favorite local artists and craft vendors. This year, give your friends and relatives locally made items and gifts, useful as well as beautiful. Free family event. (907-733-7929, denaliartscouncil.org)


DEC. 1-2

Big Lake Lions Christmas Bazaar, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, East Lake Mall, 3261 S. Big Lake Road. More than 50 local vendors who sell exotic crystals, wood bowls, designer dolls and more. Look for homemade fudge, honey and jams, too. Bring the kids from 1-4 p.m. to visit with Santa and purchase a picture of your child sitting on Santa's lap. Free to all. (907-892-7268)


DEC. 7-8

Colony Christmas, 11 a.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, Palmer Depot, 610 S. Valley Way. Multiple bazaars and craft fairs in downtown Palmer. Celebrate Colony Christmas with many vendors at multiple locations along with lots of activities throughout the community including a parade and fireworks. Visit the website for times for venues. Free. (907-745-2880, palmerchamber.org)



OCT. 20

Christmas Boutique, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Kenai Senior Center, 361 Senior Court. Browse 15 local artisans and crafts people who offer fused and stained glass, fabric crafts, quilts, lots of ornaments, jewelry, handmade soaps, pottery, turned wooden bowls and other wood items, doll clothes, cards, magnets, wooden toys, tole painting, braided rugs, cribbage boards and lots of other great gift items, Door prizes, free coffee and cookies, Free admission. (907-262-9170)


NOV. 23-24

Peninsula Art Guild Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Kenai Central High School, 9583 Kenai Spur Highway. This is one of the largest holiday arts and crafts fairs in Alaska, second only to Anchorage and features unique creations, locally made and handcrafted. Live music, Santa Claus and door prizes are all part of the festivities. Vendor booths available, $100. (Laura, 907-776-4008, kenaifinearts.com)


NOV. 30-DEC. 1

2012 Seward Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, 5-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Alaska Railroad Seward Cruise Ship Terminal, Port Ave. This fair showcases local and Southcentral Alaskan artisans, Santa Claus and food booths. Vendor registration due Nov. 1. Booths, $60-$70. Free to the shopping public. (907-362-3433, kenaicrewsers.org)


DEC. 8

Annual Christmas Bazaar, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Kenai Peninsula Fair Grounds, Carol Bock Hall, Sterling Highway. Booth space available. (Lara McGinnis, 567-3670; kenaipeninsulafair.com)