Inspired by century-old Christkindlmarkets of Europe and the successful holiday markets in New York and Chicago, the Atlanta Holiday Shops at Atlantic Station is back this year now through Dec. 31. The shops – featuring unique merchandise from designers, boutiques, cultural institutions and artisans – are open seven days a week and operate the same hours as Atlantic Stations retail shops. For more information, visit www.atlantaholidayshops.com.
On Saturday, Dec. 12, Janke Glassblowing Studios at Studioplex, 658 Auburn Ave., Studio G-9, will host WinterGlassFest 09 from noon to 6 p.m. The studios will have glassblowing exhibitions, flameworking demonstrations, live music, a kid’s craft corner and an Artists’ Market set up for visitors to browse and brainstorm unique holiday gifts. Customers can also enter to win a free glassblowing class. Admission is free. www.JankeStudios.com.
A Swedish Christmas Market will be held Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Trolley Barn in Inman Park, 963 Edgewood Ave. There will be a bake sale, Swedish Café, kids’ activities, choral performances and modern and traditionally designed goods for sale. Admission is $5 for adults, 18 and under free. The event benefits SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association).
Underground Atlanta is planning a host of holiday events this season. Drop by Friday, Dec. 4, at noon to witness Tuba Christmas, a holiday performance featuring more than 200 local tuba players at Fountain Plaza. While you’re there, don’t forget to bring a toy or two to the Toys for Tots drive. The Marine Corp Reserve will accept toy donations at drop-off locations in the parking garages and in the management office through Sunday, Dec. 20. www.Underground-Atlanta.com.
The Callanwolde Fine Arts Center will host a Land of the Sweets Afternoon Tea for children and parents on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. Kids will have a great time snacking on little tea sandwiches, cakes, and cookies with hot chocolate and tea while watching a holiday dance performance. Round out the afternoon with a special visit from Santa with his big bag of gifts. Tickets are $25 per person and sell out quickly, so reserve yours online soon. Children should be aged 4 and older. 980 Briarcliff Rd. (404) 872-5338 or www.Callanwolde.org.
If you’re looking for unique holiday gifts, visit the Holiday Open Studio Tour and Art Sale in the Little Five Points Community Center, 1083 Austin Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 6, from noon to 4 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the studios of artists Michelle Jordan, Chantal Gadd and Carla House, and TW Meyer to see their artwork, along with works of other local guest artists. Fine art and holiday gifts, including ceramic sculpture, paintings, photographs, gourd vessels, ornaments, jewelry and much more will be available for purchase. Michelle@jordanclaystudio.com.
Representatives from the Guadalupe Project will be at Mingei World Arts in Decatur, 427 Church St., on Friday, Dec. 11, to auction off a variety of figures of The Virgin of Guadalupe created by women artists. Proceeds from the auction, which will begin at 8 p.m., will benefit artisan refugee and immigrant women through Refugee Women’s Network Inc.’s microloan program. www.MingeiWorldArts.com.
Atlanta’s art enthusiasts will gather on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. for the Art for Adoption silent auction fundraiser at Art Space International. The auction will include almost 100 works of art from several artists. A $15 ticket includes light appetizers, beverages and a musical performance by The Conditionals. Proceeds from the event will benefit an orphanage in Kazakhstan. www.MojoArt.wordpress.com.