Christmas Market Guide
Where to find Kirsten Manzi Jewellery This Christmas
It’s that time of year again. There’s a chill in the air, the Christmas ads are on TV, songs are on the radio and we all try to forget that it’s December this weekend! If you’re anything like me, you’ll already be thinking about what to give your family and friends this year and adding festive events to your calendar for the next month.
I love a good festive market. There’s nothing better to get you in a festive mood than soaking up the yuletide atmosphere with a hot drink in hand, while you browse handmade gifts in a beautiful setting. As a jeweller, taking part in festive markets is a great way to spend a weekend out of the workshop. It’s always lovely seeing friendly faces, chatting to other makers and it's a fantastic opportunity to actually meet and talk to customers.
To help make your shopping a bit easier, I've put together a guide to all of the markets and pop-ups I’ll be taking part in this year, as well as my top picks for each one. Come along and say hello if you can!
Tea Green Pop Up Boutique
The Stables at Taypark House, Dundee
Thursday 30th November 5 pm - 9 pm
Friday 1st December - Sunday 24th December 10 am - 5 pm
Kirsten Manzi Jeweller’s first festive event of the year is Tea Green Events unique pop-up boutique, at the stunning Taypark House in Dundee’s West End. Taypark House is a unique historical building and one of Dundee’s breathtaking baronial mansions, with spectacular views across the River Tay. Tea Green will be taking over the gorgeous Stables, which has been recently renovated to be a truly unique and stunning space beside the mansion.
This boutique will open on the 30th of November with an evening of live music, food and drink, free tastings & of course shopping. There will then be a similar, special evening shopping events every Thursday until Christmas and the pop-up boutique will be open every day from 10 am - 5 pm until December 24th!
My Top Picks
Dundee Contemporary Arts
Saturday 2nd December 12pm - 5pm
Dundee Contemporary Arts' (DCA) CRAFTED Christmas Market returns on Saturday 2nd December at DCA with a fantastic lineup of contemporary craft and design exhibitors. My BALANCE collection will be available to buy at the market, however, I won’t be there on the day (I’ll be in Glasgow). My lovely friend Paula, will be looking after my stall and be on hand to help you find the perfect gift! Find out more about the artist’s who’ll be there in this blog,
The DCA is a hub for art and culture in Dundee, with its program of exhibitions, fantastic classes, cinema, bar and restaurant. Why not spend a morning or afternoon doing a bit of Christmas shopping and checking out the current exhibition, before relaxing in the bar or going to see a film. There is a great selection of films on throughout December, take a look at the Cinema Guide here. That’s your Saturday sorted!
My Top Picks
I.D Pop - Up Store
The LightHouse, Glasgow
Saturday 2nd December 10:30 am - 5 pm
Sunday 3rd December 11am - 4:45pm
Coming together with Granny Would Be Proud; the I.D store presents you with a new way of shopping local and supporting independent businesses. The 6 floors in this historical building will be filled with brilliant artists, designers and makers creating a unique Pop - Up shop throughout the whole building. I'll be there with my new B A L A N C E Collection, in the jewellery department!
The Lighthouse, situated in Mitchell Lane, just off the Style Mile in the heart of Glasgow, is Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture. The Lighthouse was the first public commission completed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It now acts as a beacon for Scotland’s creative industries. Spend your Saturday or Sunday browsing the 6 floors of unique gifts and while you’re there visit the Lighthouse exhibitions and the Mackintosh centre!
My Top Picks
Tea Green Pop Up
Kibble Palace, Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Sunday 10th December
Taking place at the tranquil and beautiful Kibble Palace in Glasgow Botanic Garden’s Tea Green’s festive market is open both Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December.
Kibble Palace is a spectacular 19th-century wrought iron framed glasshouse which opened in Glasgow in 1873. Then its interior was lit by 600 gas lamps which could be coloured for effect! It was initially used as an exhibition and concert venue, before being used for growing plants from the 1880s. Now, the building houses a large collection of orchids, carnivorous plants and tree ferns.
I’ll be there on Sunday 10th with a stall full of handmade silver jewellery for you to browse, try on and buy. There’s a jaw-dropping line up of artists, designers and makers over both days! Come along and enjoy a whole weekend of relaxed festive shopping surrounded by fabulous plants, in a stunning setting!