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Phoestivus Takes Holiday Shopping From Chore To Cheer With Local Vendors, Hipster Santa

by Taylor Bishop
Arts & Culture Community Family Music & Events Travel, Shopping & Leisure Taylor Bishop December 11, 2019

(Photo: Lauren Potter)

Falling behind on your holiday shopping? Phoestivus has you covered.

Returning at the Phoenix Public Market for its tenth year, the jam-packed holiday market will take place on Thursday, Dec. 12 and 19.

What is Phoestivus?

The two festive evenings feature handcrafted gifts from more than 200 small businesses ⁠— plus food trucks and picture-perfect photo ops.

Inspired by both the famed Christmas markets in Germany, Weihnachtsmarkt, and Seinfeld’s Festivus, the Downtown Phoenix event boasts traditions like the Pheats of Strength and the Airing of Grievances — and has created its own traditions unique to DTPHX.

What you can expect this year

At Phoestivus, you can shop and sip local with PHX Beer Co.’s Phoestivus Ale, brewed just for the event.

The market showcases a variety of jewelry, home goods, clothing and decorations by Arizona artists. You’ll also find a long list of locally grown and prepared foods, like farmer’s market favorites Los Muertos Salsa, Iconic Cocktail Co. and Proof Bread.

This year welcomes several new vendors, such as jeweler Little Fang Silver, and long-time Phoestivus artists like Tom Budzak.

In addition to some new things, Downtown Phoenix Inc. is bringing back the ever-popular “Hipster Santa,” with free photos in his Antique Sugar-decorated vintage studio. Other Instagram ops include the Arizona Federal photo bus and Phreddy the Yeti.

Does wrapping gifts make you feel like The Grinch? Get your newly-purchased gifts wrapped for free by Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange.

Getting to Phoestivus

A shuttle will run during Phoestivus from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., picking up at Arizona Center valet (across from Sheraton) and dropping off at the northwest corner of First and McKinley streets.

There is also a light rail stop at Roosevelt Street and Central Avenue, only a few minutes from Phoenix Public Market by e-scooter or bike.

COST: Free

DATE:  Thursday, Dec. 12 and 19, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Phoenix Public Market, 721 N. Central Avenue