Sure, you can do your holiday shopping in your local mall. Nothing wrong with that. But if you want to have a more enjoyable experience, see unique offerings and become known as the best gift-giver in the family, try out one (or many!) of these holiday pop-up shops.
Dallas Arboretum Hoffman Family Gift Store
The store, just inside the Dallas Arboretum's main entrance, is filled with holiday decorations for sale along with gifts ranging from tchotchkes and jewelry to apparel and toys. It's open daily during arboretum hours, and open late during the "12 Days of Christmas" exhibit. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. Included with general garden admission: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for kids 3-12, free for kids 2 and younger. Parking is $15 ($9 if purchased online in advance). dallasarboretum.org.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Shop
Two pop-up shops will offer thousands of wonderfully tacky holiday sweaters in Dallas and Frisco. Most sweaters run from $19.99 to $27.99; the most intricate ones will cost you about $55. Open through Dec. 26 at Mockingbird Station, 5331 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas; and 3259 Preston Road, Frisco (next to Saks Off Fifth). Days and hours vary. uglychristmassweaterdallas.com
Texas Christkindl Market
After spending a year at Enchant Christmas, Arlington's long-running Texas Christkindl Market, modeled after the German Christmas tradition, has moved again. This year, it'll be at the new Texas Live event space -- and it'll be free to enter. The market will feature unique handmade gifts, including authentic German collectibles such as works by German artist Käthe Wohlfahrt. Nov. 23-Dec. 23 at Texas Live Plaza, 1650 E. Randol Mill Road, Arlington.Hours vary. Free admission. Free parking in Lot B when there are no stadium events at AT&T Stadium or Globe Life Park. On event days, guests may park in Lot B at event prices. txchristkindlmarket.com.
Denton Community Market's Holiday Market
Denton's last regular market of the season will coincide with Small Business Saturday and include local gift vendors, holiday music, a scavenger hunt, photos with Santa Claus and other holiday activities. Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Denton County Historical Park, 317 W. Mulberry St., Denton. Free admission and parking. Paid parking also available. facebook.com/
Small Business Saturday
Support local makers and local beer during Community Beer Co.'s annual celebration of Small Business Saturday, co-hosted by the Boho Market and the brewery. The family- and pet-friendly brewery will host local makers, curators and artisans. There'll also be seasonal beer tappings and food trucks to sate your food and drink cravings. Nov. 24 from noon to 6 p.m. at Community Beer Co., 1530 Inspiration Drive, Dallas. Free admission and parking; beer sold by the glass. communitybeer.com.
Randy Brodnax and Friends Christmas Show
Potter Randy Brodnax and over 30 other artists will sell pottery, glasswork, furniture, fabric, metal, paintings, jewelry and more. Nov. 30 from 5 to 9 p.m., Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sons of Hermann Hall, 3414 Elm St., Dallas. Free admission. Free valet parking on Nov. 30; otherwise, paid parking will be available nearby. randybroadnax.com/christmas_
Yule Bazaar and Lucia Celebration
Swea Dallas, a Swedish cultural group, will host a St. Lucia candlelight procession at 11 a.m., followed by the Yule Bazaar, which includes Swedish crafts, gift items, baked goods and sweets. Enjoy fika -- a Swedish coffee break -- with Swedish glögg, coffee, cinnamon rolls, traditional saffron buns and sandwiches. Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, 9200 Inwood Road, Dallas. Free admission and parking. facebook.com/sweadallas.
Jesuit Christmas Bazaar
More than 100 vendors will sell gourmet food, jewelry, clothing, household items, decor and more at this 25th-anniversary sale hosted by the Jesuit Women's Auxiliary. There'll also be religious and Catholic items for sale, a raffle, a bake sale and free photos with Santa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Jesuit College Preparatory School, 12345 Inwood Road, Dallas. Free admission and parking. facebook.com/JWADallas.
North Haven Gardens' Holiday Art and Gift Market
Shop handmade jewelry, visual art and more from local artists. There'll also be how-to demonstrations and holiday cocktails. Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Road, Dallas. Free admission and parking. nhg.com.
L.D. Bell High School Craft Fair
This shopping event with more than 300 vendors is held throughout the school's halls, cafeteria and other rooms. Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at L.D. Bell High School, 1601 Brown Trail, Hurst. Admission is free with a canned-good donation. (Search Google for website.)
Deck the Paws
This two-day pet-topia of fun provides holiday shopping for pets and pet lovers, a Santa's village with photo op-paw-tunities with old St. Nick himself; North Texas' first art exhibit for dogs; performances by the Furtastic K9s; music and other holiday entertainment; Paw-tastic Kids' Zone, including a petting zoo; a beer and wine garden; and Simba's Barkery Holiday #DogBar. Produced by Dallas-based Unleashed Paws, the celebration will raise money and awareness for local nonprofits Artists for Animals, DFW Pup Patrol and Operation Kindness. Dec. 1-2 from 11 am. to 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall at Fair Park, 1001 Washington St., Dallas. $8-$10 general admission, $45-$50 VIP. Free for kids 12 and younger and seniors 65 and older. Parking in Lot 5 and Lot 6 is $10. unleashedpaws.com/deck-paws.
Panther City Bar Bazaar Christmas Extravaganza
The Panther City Bar Bazaar returns with a holiday shopping event featuring local vendors selling gift and holiday items, art, handcrafted items, vintage clothing and records. At 6 p.m., a Dreamy Life Records showcase will feature Christmas music from several bands. Dec. 2 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Tin Panther, 937 Woodward St., Fort Worth. Free admission and parking. Search "Panther City Bar Bazaar" on Facebook.
CultureMap Holiday Pop-Up Shop
News and entertainment website CultureMap will host a boutique with cocktails, photos with Santa and 25 retailers selling items for men, women, children and pets. Dec. 2 from noon to 4 p.m. at Sixty Five Hundred, 6500 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas. $10. eventbrite.com (search for CultureMap Dallas).
Bishop Lynch High School Christmas Bazaar
The Catholic high school will host a variety of vendors selling gifts, artwork, collectibles, foods and Christmas items. Proceeds will benefit the school's drill team. Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bishop Lynch High School, 9750 Ferguson Road, Dallas. Free admission and parking. Search "Bishop Lynch Christmas Bazaar" on Facebook.
The Urban Flea
This monthly market ends its season with a final chance to shop handcrafted items, vintage goods and gourmet foods amid live music and food trucks in and around a plaza filled with mom-and-pop shops on Garland's downtown square. A percentage of the proceeds go toward the Church @ the Square local mission. Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 509 State St. in historic downtown Garland. Free admission and parking. facebook.com/theurbanfleatx.
White Rock Holiday Market
In addition to its usual farmers market vendors, Good Local Market's final East Dallas market of the season will include people selling locally crafted gifts and items for holiday meals. Dec. 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Pointe Church White Rock, 9150 Garland Road, Dallas. Free admission. facebook.com/goodlocalmarkets.
Holiday Local Night Market and Christmas Celebration
Experience a festive holiday night market at Highland Park Village. Expect carolers, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, carriage rides, extended store hours and specials. Dec. 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Highland Park Village, 47 Highland Park Village, Dallas. Free admission. hpvillage.com/event-list.
Christian World Marketplace Christmas Gift Shops
Shoppers will find unique gifts at this pop-up shop, which offers free swag bags to the first 1,000 shoppers, free hourly gift-card giveaways, face painting, photos with Santa and more. Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. Free. Parking is $10. facebook.com (search for Christian World Christmas Gift Shops).
Farmers Branch Holiday Markets
Shop for handmade and vintage items, gifts and decorations. There'll also be concessions and holiday music by the Franchesca Collins Duo. Take your own camera for photos with Santa. Dec. 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Grove at Mustang Crossing, 12700 Denton Drive, Farmers Branch. Free admission. farmersbranchmarket.com/
Lola's Rock 'N' Roll Rummage Sale/Christmas Edition
Shop collectibles, original art, vintage, vinyl, handmade goods and the downright odd and unusual at a special holiday event at Lola's Trailer Park. Food trucks, libations and live music will add to the fun. The sale is rain or shine, kid- and animal-friendly. Dec. 16 from noon to 7 p.m. at Lola's Trailer Park, 2735 W. Fifth St., Fort Worth. Free admission. lolassaloon.com.
Visit the second annual Mistletoe Market in downtown Plano for great deals and special offers from shops and restaurants. Sip hot cocoa or mimosas while you shop. Dec. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. in downtown Plano, 15th Street and K Avenue. Free admission; paid parking lots nearby. visitdowntownplano.com/
It's Christmas Market Expo
Shop thousands of handcrafted goods and food items while enjoying live holiday music. Dec. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $5, free for kids under 12. Parking is $10. facebook.com/
Treats of Christmas
Gourmet cakes, sweets, pies and cookies created by Dallas-area top chefs and caterers will be available at NorthPark's ultimate holiday bake sale. The sale, presented by the Texas Chefs Association, benefits the North Texas Food Bank. On Level 1 near Macy's and Level 2 between Nordstrom and Macy's. Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas. Free admission and parking. northparkcenter.com.