Surely you know what comes immediately after Halloween has passed? That’s right, Christmas – and we say that with sincerest apologies to Thanksgiving.
Seems crazy, right, what with fall really just getting started in these parts? But the holiday spirit waits for no leaves to drop, so it’s time to start thinking décor, gifts and tasty treats. Enter the pop-up Christmas shop – more traditionally known as the holiday craft fair.
The peddling of all things festive begins with numerous organizations, communities and churches setting up shop now and over weekends through early December. Artists, crafters, bakers and other talented folks will sell their wares.
Whether called a craft fair, boutique, bazaar, marketplace or show, there will be plenty of places to peruse throughout the greater Modesto region and Mother Lode; here’s a look at some planned:
SEASONS IN THE WOODS CRAFT FAIRE – Oct. 29: Hand crafted items, homemade candies, jams, quilts, paper art. Refreshments available for purchase. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Independence Hall, 1445 Blagen Road, Arnold. www.gocalaveras.com.
HOLIDAY ARTS AND CRAFT FAIR – Nov. 3-4: Handmade arts and crafts, lunch available. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Grace Lutheran Church, 617 W. Orangeburg Ave., Modesto. 209-522-8890.
HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE – Nov. 4: Hand-crafted items including jewelry, macramé, cards, aprons, quilts, woodwork, more. Snack bar available. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Hilmar Country Club Estates clubhouse, 19667 American Ave., Hilmar
HOLIDAY SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA – Saturday, Nov. 4: Vendors, entertainment, food available, crafts, jewelry, clothing, toys, household goods and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mother Lode Fairground, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora. www.mymotherlode.com/community/events.
HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE – Nov. 4: Baked goods, jewelry, clothing, crafts, candles, décor items, café and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Neighborhood Church of Modesto, 5921 Stoddard Road. www.youmnc.com/marketplace or 209-380-2582.
WINTER RUMMAGE SALE – Nov. 4: Holiday decorations, coats, winter clothes, more. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Livingston United Methodist Church, 11695 Olive Ave., Livingston. 209-394-2264.
COUNTRY FOLK ART SHOW – Nov. 4-5: Decorating accents and gift items, art, metalwork, chandeliers, holiday decor, vintage items, florals, handcrafted furniture, textiles, candles and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $6. Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock. 209-668-8861.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR – Nov. 9-11: Handcrafted items include quilts, holiday items, aprons, homemade jams, jellies, candy and more. Lunch available to buy, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Proceeds to go to local charities. Nov. 9-10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Hall, 640 Minaret Ave., Turlock. 209-667-7712.
KRIS KRINGLE MARKET – Nov. 11: Holiday crafts, goods and baked items. Santa available for pictures with kids. Lunch available. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saron Lutheran Church, 1742 North St., Escalon.
HOLIDAY BAZAAR – Nov. 11: Vendors with gifts, fashion, décor, crafts and more. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Victory Assembly of God, Family Life Center, 1960 E Hatch Road, Ceres. 209-658-3171.
HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE – Nov. 11: Handcrafted and other items for sale; light lunch available for purchase. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Prescott Church, 3000 Prescott Road, Modesto. 209-529-7200.
ST. MARY’S YOUNG LADIES INSTITUTE CRAFT FAIR – Nov. 11-12: More than 57 booths with handmade items, toys, quilts, jewelry, leather goods, home decor, commercial photos with Santa, more. Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Center, 55 Oak St., Oakdale. 209-985-1486.
MINNIE’S HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIRE – Nov. 12: Vendors, glass crafts, handmade soaps, skin care, ornaments, woodcrafts, refreshments and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Minnie’s Restaurant, 107 McHenry Ave., Modesto. 209-985-4171.
CRAFTY CHICS ROAD SHOW – Nov. 18: More than 60 vendors with home decor, vintage and handcrafted items, jewelry, gifts and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angels Camp. $1 admission. www.facebook.com/craftychicksroadshow
VALLEY’S FINEST CRAFT AND GOODS FAIR – Nov. 18: Dozens of hand-made or re-purposed crafts. Breakfast and lunch, as well as baked items for purchase. Benefits American Heritage Girls and Trail Life Boys scouting programs. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church’s Father O’Hare Hall, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto. 209-551-5973 or www.stjmod.com.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS BOUTIQUE – Nov. 18: Holiday arts and crafts, baked goods, jewelry, antiques, kids corner and more. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 16th and I streets, Modesto. 209-522-9046.
HUGHSON ARTS & CRAFTS FAIRE – Nov. 18-19: 20th Century Club’s annual event with handcrafted arts and crafts. Food court and goodie booth also offered. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Hughson High School, 7419 E. Whitmore Ave. 209-874-5012.
HOLIDAY CRAFT SALE – Nov. 18-19: Proceeds benefit needy families through St. Vincent de Paul. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon Sunday. St. Patrick’s Church Parish Hall, 19399 E. Highway 120, Ripon. 209-838-2133.
COWBOY CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW – Nov. 24-25: Oakdale Cowboy Museum holiday event with more than 40 booths western art, jewelry, apparel, cowboy grub and entertainment. Cowboy Santa arrives on horseback at 11 a.m. Saturday and will be available for photos. 5-8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale. 209-847-7049.
SONORA CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL – Nov. 24-26: The 43rd annual festival features more than 150 craft artists, music, street performers, costumed elves, carolers, festival kitchens and bake shops. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Adults $8; ages 13-18 $5; 6-12 $2; under age 6 free. Mother Lode County Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora. www.fireonthemountain.com.
RIVERBANK CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL – Nov. 25: Craft fair with handmade items from noon-6 p.m. Electrical parade begins 5:30 p.m. at the corner of 6th and Santa Fe with tree-lighting ceremony and Santa Claus to follow. Downtown Riverbank, 6707 Third St. 209-863-7122.
MOD SHOP INDIE CRAFTERS MARKET – Nov. 25: Multiple vendors set up at participating downtown businesses including Deva Cafe, Concetta, Preservation Coffee & Tea, Peer Recovery, Mod Spot, Health Plan San Joaquin Community Room, Tresetti’s, Mistlin Gallery, Mira Bridal Couture and Ralston’s Goat. Live street entertainment. 5-9 p.m. J Street, between 10th and I streets, Modesto. www.modshop209.com.
CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY CRAFT FAIRE BAKE SALE & LUNCHEON – Nov. 25: Artists with handmade original goods, bake sale. Lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mountain Ranch Community Hall, 8049 Washington St., Mountain Ranch. www.gocalaveras.com.
HOMETOWN CRAFTERS CHRISTMAS FAIRE – Nov. 25-26: Local crafters. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Sonora Opera Hall, 250 S. Washington St., Sonora. 209-256-2576.
DICKENS FAIRE – Dec. 2: Inside and outside McHenry Mansion, which will be decorated in Christmas splendor. Costumed carolers, street fair with crafts, Modesto farmers market. Horse-drawn wagon rides 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for $2-$3. Free festival runs 7 a.m.-3 p.m. McHenry Mansion, 906 15th St., Modesto, and outside down 15th Street. www.mchenrymuseum.org.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR – Dec. 2: Featuring 36 vendors with homemade and other items. Homemade lunch and other treats available for purchase. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuolumne River Lodge, 2429 River Road, Modesto. 209-537-6651.
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS FAIRE AND BOUTIQUE – Dec. 9: Vendors and barbecue for eat-in or take-out. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Modesto Free Methodist Church, 1520 Rose Avenue.