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Fairs, festivals combine shopping, holiday cheer

Santa Fe’s Neal Crosier will show his hand-carved gourd ornaments at the Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival on Thanksgiving weekend.

There’s no time to lose.

This year, because Thanksgiving falls on Nov. 28, the latest possible date it can be, the holiday shopping season has six fewer days than last year.

So, while you’re polishing off that second (or third) piece of pumpkin pie, draw up your game plan.

We’ve made it easy for you to do your part for the local economy with this lineup of holiday shopping fairs, festivals and strolls.

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1

Manuel Lujan Building at Expo New Mexico, 300 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque; parking $5

This popular event marks its 20th anniversary this year. It brings more than 185 artists and crafts people from all over the country under one roof, featuring jewelry, fine art, photography, leather, glasswork, woodworking, pottery and paintings in a wide range of prices. Sample specialty foods while enjoying seasonal music. Admission $8, kids under 12 free.

New Mexico Artisan Market

Noon-5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, 800 Rio Grande NW

Walk off turkey day meals and shop for holiday gifts. This three-day market features locally made and handcrafted goods from over 150 New Mexican artists and artisans, including jewelry, fine art and apparel. Tickets are $15.

Just in time for holiday gift-giving, Sue Orchant will show her original hand-painted silk designs at the 31st Annual Winter Craft Show, Dec. 6-8 in Corrales.

Nob Hill Shop & Stroll

5-10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5

Walk along Albuquerque’s Central Avenue from Girard to Washington while shopping, dining and enjoying entertainment and street performances. Many local businesses will be offering shopping discounts, special menu items and tastings. Enjoy the tree lighting at 6 p.m., a family photo booth, food trucks, luminarias and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Hosted by Nob Hill Business Center and New Mexico United.

Old Town Holiday Shop & Stroll

5 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6

Free for everyone to come and stroll around the Old Town Plaza and the shops along the surrounding streets. The annual lighting of Albuquerque’s largest Christmas tree is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Plaza Don Luis. Check for details.

Holiday Fair Craft and Plant Sale

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7

Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas NE

If you’re looking for some fresh greenery to decorate your home, this is the place to come. Shoppers can buy Christmas cacti, wreaths, poinsettias and garlands, enjoy Christmas music and sample local food items. The craft sale will have plenty of holiday-related decorations, ornaments and other gift items. Free.

31st Annual Winter Craft Show

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 6-8

Old San Ysidro Church, 966 Old Church Road, Corrales

This show features 50 New Mexico artists offering a wide range of gift possibilities, at price points from $5 to $500. Proceeds from the show go to preservation and maintenance of the Old Church. In addition to the church, a large heated tent will be on the grounds. Free admission and parking.

Pueblo Shop & Stroll

5-8 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 6-8

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th NW, Albuquerque

Native artists sell handcrafted clay ornaments, nativity sets, jewelry, art and gifts. The kids can enjoy holiday arts and crafts. At day’s end enjoy a special nighttime Native dance while sipping hot cocoa beside the bonfire or strolling among hundreds of luminarias. Included with regular admission.

North Fourth Stop and Shop

Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 7-8

Stores on Albuquerque’s North Fourth Street will be decked out for the holidays. Shop antiques, rustic furniture, soaps, pottery, Western wear, home d├ęcor, jewelry, artwork, feed stores or check out a brew yard. Sponsored by the Village of Los Ranchos.

Traditional Winter Spanish Market

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8

National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth SW, Albuquerque

The winter version of the longtime summer market features dozens of exhibitors who make traditional and innovative Spanish Colonial-style artwork like retablos, tinwork and weavings. Visitors can meet the artists and learn about their traditions while enjoying music, food and demonstrations. General admission is $6, two for $10, kids under 12 free.

Rail Yards Holiday Market

Noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 14-15

777 First SW (enter at gate near the corner of First and Hazeldine SW), Albuquerque

Nearly 200 vendors of made-from-scratch food, farms, handmade crafts and healers will convene. The event is co-presented by the Downtown Growers’ and Rail Yards Markets. Free.

Winter Indian Market

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15

La Fonda in Santa Fe

Do your holiday shopping with Native artists, in a festive environment at a downtown Santa Fe landmark, La Fonda on the Plaza. Market features 150 artists selling jewelry, pottery, paintings, weavings and much more; live music and dance and more. One-day pass for Saturday or Sunday, $10. Two-day pass $15. Tickets available at the door or in advance online at

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