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Holiday markets are popping up all over Indiana. Here’s a look at a sampling from around our state. Remember, your RIPEA membership includes travel discounts on rental cars, dining, hotels and more! Check out our Membership Benefits page for details.

Indianapolis Holiday Mart
Wednesday-Sunday November 18-22
The Junior League of Indianapolis Holiday Mart is one of the largest shows in the Midwest. Holiday Mart will feature unique merchants from across the country in one venue. The Holiday Mart merchants will offer women and children's apparel, men's specialty items, gifts, holiday decor, gourmet food items, jewelry and more. Hours: Wednesday (Shopper’s Eve): 6 – 10 pm; Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm; Friday: 10 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm.

Festival of Gingerbread
Fort Wayne, Indiana
November 27-December 13
This year's Festival runs from November 27 to December 13 at the History Center. Special Holiday Exhibits include Wolf and Dessauer storefront display featuring the original Phil Steigerwald Santa suit and newly restored animatronic children and elves, Patterson-Fletcher 'A Christmas Carol' watercolors, and historic holidays photographs. Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9:00 am-5:00pm, Friday: 9:00 am-8:00 pm, Saturday: 9:00-5:00 pm, Sunday: Noon-5:00 pm.

Parke County Covered Bridge Christmas
Bridgeton, Indiana
Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6
Festivities around the county to welcome the holiday season. Rockville, Bridgeton, Mansfield, Montezuma and other communities host activities to make the season right. Fresh Stone Ground Products for your holidays. Parke County Products, Amish Products, and more at the Bridgeton Mill. See booths in North Pole barn and South Pole barn. The 1878 House, Case Log Cabin (1822) and the 1878 Barn will be decorated for Christmas and full of gifts and exhibitors. Plus other fine shops will be open in downtown Bridgeton.

Chesterton’s Mistletoe European Market
Chesterton, Indiana
Saturday, December 5
Chesterton’s European Market dresses up for the holidays! This extraordinary shopping experience has become a beloved holiday tradition for the European Market community. Many favorite Market merchants, artists and chefs come together during this special event to provide the perfect opportunity to gather favorite Market goodies for holiday gifting. Visitors are also treated to festive holiday music, plenty of scrumptious baked goods and photos with Santa for the kids.

Munster Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
Munster, Indiana
Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6
This perennial favorite, drawing vendors from four surrounding states, is a must see holiday event. Unlike shopping at the mall, you will find unique gifts as well as home decor to make your season bright. Attend this festive fair to deck your halls and find one-of-a-kind homemade gifts your friends and family will enjoy.  The majority of the attendees are adults, making this a wonderful special event complete with wine tastings and live music. Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

2015 Santa Claus Arts and Crafts Show
Santa Claus, Indiana
Saturday, December 12
Santa Claus Arts and Crafts Show will be held on December 12 at Santa Claus American Legion. Shop for special handmade items during the annual Santa Claus Arts and Crafts Show. Discover festive finds, one-of-a-kind artisan items, and more at two locations throughout the town. Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.