2023 Handmade Holiday Market

Saturday, November 25, 2023 (Small Business Saturday) 

10 a.m.-5 p.m. in The Exhibit Hall

Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts in Pioneer Park,

2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701

Craft community with Fairbanks Arts and Pioneer Park at the 2nd annual Handmade Holiday Market in the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts in Pioneer Park. The purpose of this gathering is to connect artists, makers, artisans, and creatives with the wider community and with one another. It is a celebratory Market and family-friendly event for the sharing of locally produced art, treats, and objects that result from time, skill, and creativity.

Nearly 70 artists & artisans will share a wide variety of handmade goods, from accessories to stickers, functional art, clothing, and more! Come out to support local artists and artisans on Small Business Saturday and celebrate handmade by bringing home unique, personal gifts! In addition to supporting numerous small local businesses, guests can enjoy live music, and opportunities to support Fairbanks Arts and other local nonprofit organizations. 

While at the Market, participate in family-friendly activities:

Crafts with Fairbanks Children’s Museum – 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

(Blue Room, 3rd floor AK Centennial Center for the Arts)

Free Train Rides & visit with Santa – 12-4 p.m.

(Tanana Valley Railroad Museum in Pioneer Park)

Enjoy Story Time with  Stars of Gold Readers

and pick up a FREE children’s book, courtesy of the Literacy Council of Alaska!

(3rd Floor Exhibit Hall in the AK Centennial Center for the Arts)

From 4:30 – 5 p.m. enjoy choral music and the lighting of the Pioneer Park Christmas Tree near the main entrance of Pioneer Park

YOU can Craft Community during the 2023 Handmade Holiday Market. Here are ways you can support your community arts organization, Fairbanks Arts Association, and other local nonprofit organizations! 

Visit Fairbanks Arts’ welcome table at the Market and: 

  • Make a year-end charitable donation to support the programs and efforts of Fairbanks Arts Association!
  • Purchase a snack at our bake sale and concession stand! 
  • Stop by Fairbanks Arts’ welcome table at the Market or the Bear Gallery on the third floor to purchase your raffle tickets to win two round-trip ticket vouchers for anywhere Alaska Airlines flies! The raffle entry period is open now through December 1st. The winning ticket will be drawn on Friday, Dec 1, 2023, in the Bear Gallery. You can learn more about the raffle and purchase tickets online here!
  • Learn about the several ways that you can get involved with Fairbanks Arts. The many programs and services of Fairbanks Arts are made possible by our members, volunteers, and community supporters like you!

Leave a gift under the CommuniTree

We will have a CommuniTREE designated for you to donate to the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living (IAC). 

The IAC’s vision is a safe and supportive community for all. IAC provides programs to intervene and prevent domestic violence, sexual assault, suicide, and other violent crimes that negatively impact our community and the surrounding interior villages. 

When you purchase a gift for IAC from the Handmade Holiday Market, you are supporting an initiative that can provide ease for Interiors Alaskan families during the holidays.  See IAC’s whole gift wishlist here.

Visit the Folk School’s Printmakers Fundraiser 

Discover the Folk School’s Printmaker’s Fundraiser during the 2023 Handmade Holiday Market between 10 am to 3 pm. The Folk School is located behind the Centennial Center on the way to the train museum. This event features a variety of handmade prints, showcasing the talent of local printmakers– whether you’re an art enthusiast or on the hunt for unique holiday gifts, this is a must-visit workshop! Support local artists and add creativity to your holiday season at this vibrant fundraiser, connecting you with the art of printmaking.

Visit the Bear Gallery and Gift Shop for even more local art, craft, and literature!

During the Handmade Holiday Market, Fairbanks Arts’ Bear Gallery (located on the third floor of the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts) will be open from 12-6 p.m. for the last day of the November exhibition featuring Alyssa Quintyne and Amy Reisland-Speer! Alyssa’s work, in her exhibition titled Please Take Care, focuses on people, their identities, and relaying their ethereal characteristics. Flora, life cycles, the figure, and social justice are common themes in Alyssa’s work. Her mediums include watercolor, ink, gold foil, and colored pencil. Amy’s exhibition, Fur, Feathers, and Petals to the Metal, features paintings and mixed media art that interpret how she perceives Alaska. Her work includes embellished paintings created with metal leaf, found objects, torn papers, vintage music paper, and stenciling.

Feel free to wander up the Bear Gallery to check out the exhibition and cruise the Gift Shop, which features a variety of local artists and their work, such as Literature, Cards, Prints, Pottery, Apparel, Jewelry and Accessories, Children’s Items and Other Artworks! By supporting works featured in the gift shop and gallery, you support local artists and your local non-profit arts organization. Access to the gallery for viewing is FREE and open to the public.

About Fairbanks Arts: 

Fairbanks Arts has served Interior Alaska for more than 50 years, believing that the arts are a crucial facet of community health and seeking to enhance lives by offering quality, accessible arts experiences and connecting others to build community success. We work with businesses and affiliate members to foster a vibrant arts community and offer quality visual, literary, performing, and arts education programming, and serve as a resource to artists, arts organizations, and arts participants.

If you have questions about the Handmade Holiday Market, please get in touch with events@fairbanksarts.org or (907) 251-8386 ext. 5.

Thank you to Fairbanks Arts Association’s event sponsors & partners: