Mall is a four-letter word. Online shopping can be surprising, in a bad way. But you don't have to be a Grinch or a gift-card giver. Here are more than three dozen holiday markets and pop-up shops where shopping can be cheery, crafty and charitable. From funky to fashionable, handmade to Hermès, this list has options for just about everyone on your list. And Santa himself will visit some of these, which makes these events the next best things to visiting the North Pole. Find even more shopping events here in our full listings.
Happy Holidays Pop-Up Market
The Sleepy Cottage boutique will host a pop-up shop featuring makers from 817 Arts Alliance working in a variety of media, including painting, jewelry-making, embroidery, illustration and ceramics. Through Dec. 23 on Mondays through Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. at the Sleepy Cottage, 500 E. Front St., Arlington. facebook.com/817ArtsAlliance.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Shop
Three pop-up shops will offer thousands of wonderfully tacky holiday sweaters. The average prices are $19 for basic designs and $48 for more intricate ones. Like to have a new-to-you treasure each season? Simply return this year's find by Christmas Eve to receive a reimbursement for half of the purchase price. Open through Dec. 24 at 5331 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas; 3259 Preston Road, Frisco; and 3020 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth. Days and hours vary. uglychristmassweaterdallas.com.
For 2017, Arlington's Texas Christkindl Market, which was modeled after traditional German Christmas markets, will be incorporated into Enchant, an attraction with what's billed as the world's largest light maze. Christkindl Lane, which will be just one section of an 85-vendor marketplace, will include just over a dozen German Christmas vendors, including Käthe Wohlfahrt. Through Dec. 31 in Lot F at Globe Life Park, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington. $29.95 for adults, $21.95 for children 5-14, $21.95 for those 65 and older, free for kids 4 and younger. enchantchristmas.com.
Deep Ellum Wine Walk
Sip wine while exploring small businesses in Deep Ellum. For $10 in advance, you'll receive a Christmas-themed wine glass designed by local artist William "Bubba" Flint. During the event, participating businesses will have wine in-store, along with events and special promotions. Dec. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Deep Ellum, 2650 Main St., Dallas. Glasses are $10; no purchase required. facebook.com/DiscoverDeepEllum.
Sippin' and Shoppin'
Explore 20 of the Fort Worth Stockyards' shops with wine in hand. For $12, receive a souvenir glass and five wine tastings from Cowtown Winery to enjoy while shopping Western ware, gifts and other items at participating retailers within Stockyards Station. Dec. 21 starting at 6 p.m. at Stockyards Station, 140 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. $12 per person. Parking is free. stockyardsstation.com.
Bibliobar's Pop-Up Bookstore
Bibliobar, an independent bookstore that's in its crowdfunding stage, will visit several breweries to offer pop-up bookstores featuring books and related gift items. Dec. 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery, 509 W. State St., Garland. Free admission. facebook.com/bibliobarTX.
Noble Rey Holiday Markets
The craft brewery will host six vendors each Saturday through Christmas, including local makers, designers and cooks, as well as retailers of products from LuLaRoe, Scentsy and Avon. There'll also be a food truck visiting each week and beer in Noble Rey's taproom. Dec. 23 starting at noon at Noble Rey Brewing Company, 2636 Farrington St., Dallas. Free admission. facebook.com/NobleReyBrewingCompanyLlc.
Patina Green Holiday Pop-Up Shops
The restaurant and market on the McKinney square will host one-day sales by local makers, including Deaux Baker, who will have holiday cookies, bars and more, on Dec. 23 from 10 a.m. until everything is sold. Dec. 23 at Patina Green Home and Market, 116 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. patinagreenhomeandmarket.com.