Throughout Michigan’s Great Lakes coastal towns and inland villages, the shops will be filled with Christmas crafts and decorative items, but it’s the annual craft fairs and shows that draw visitors from far and wide to the region. From Detroit’s Urban Craft Fair to the quaint fairs of towns like Saugatuck, shoppers can stock up on extraordinary holiday craft items to add to their holiday décor. Be sure to search for Christmas centerpieces to fill with fresh cut flowers for your December celebrations or ornaments for your Christmas tree.
52 nd Holiday Arts and Crafts Show, 12/5, East Lansing
With more than 50 years to its credit, the East Lansing Holiday Arts and Crafts Show is a celebrated regional event. You’ll find tables and booths aplenty filled with tinsel, holly, and glitter. From purely decorative holiday crafts to functional items like holiday tableware and handmade basketry, you’re sure to find plenty to pick to showcase in your home. Fill a painted piece of pottery with a bouquet of grocery-story flowers or springs of evergreen.
10 th Annual Detroit Urban Craft Fair, 12/6, Detroit
Be sure to attend Detroit’s celebrated Urban Craft Fair now in its 10th year. The show features hundreds of crafters and artisans that feature a myriad of arts and crafts. Not surprising, many of the booths you’ll see are filled with Christmas and Hanukah-themed crafts. This is a great fair to shop for holiday gifts including blown-glass vases that can be filled with fresh flowers, jewelry, ceramics, artworks, and more.
Art and Craft Show, 12/11, Bay City
The Bay City Art and Craft Show is a great time to venture into the cold for the festive show that is studded with craft booths and all manner of arts. From delicate glass ornaments to ceramic vases, the event showcases the regional talent in works that reflect the holiday season. If you’re planning to decorate for the holidays, be sure to pick up some of the showy crafts to place on your mantle or under your tree.
Holiday Art and Craft Show, Saginaw, 12/12
From handmade manger sets to outdoor decorative items, you’ll find lots of eye-catching craft exhibits in Saginaw. Like the other listed craft fairs, this one is ideal for finding gifts for friends, family, and colleagues. Choose a holiday basket for a Christmas plant or a hand-painted tin that can be filled with fresh flowers. Flowers, of course, remain a popular holiday hostess gift. You can also find decorative tins to fill with baked goods and figurines to top holiday gift packages.
Other December craft shows and fairs can be found in Michigan towns like Dearborn, Kalamazoo, Manistee, and Farmington Hills. If you’re looking for a pleasant outing to enjoy with family or friends, the fairs often boast homemade food, coffee, cocoa, and baked goods. Michigan loves its holiday craft expos and you will too if you choose to attend. Don’t forget to keep a look out for crafty vessels that you can fill with fresh flowers to perk up your holiday displays or to present as attractive gifts.