I like the holidays
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A wool area rug by Zapotec Indian Porfirio Sosa of Oaxaca, Mexico, at Bazar Sabado.
I like the holidays. For someone not particularly religious, I still manage to get completely gooey inside over the decorating, the parties, the downtown lights. But I understand where all the Bah Humbug comes from: the soul-wrenching, Darwinian escapade devoid of all human decency that is holiday gift shopping (what a reality show that would make. Best Buy Island.). Here’s hoping you stayed home on Black Friday, and will stay away from the big boxes until the January sales, because San Antonio’s holiday market scene is all you really need.

Hecho a Mano
6-9 p.m. Friday, December 1, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, December 2 & Sunday, December 3
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
1300 Guadalupe, 271-3151

Free for GCAC members; suggested donation is $2 or two cans of food for Our Lady of Guadalupe Social Services
Handmade (as the name implies) textiles, jewelry, and crafts help keep your gifts from the heart even if you lack the talent. Get a head start on preview night, Thursday, November 30, from 6-9 p.m. $15 a head or $20 per couple.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, December 2
Beethoven Maennerchor
422 Pereida, 222-1521
Free admission

Everyone’s favorite biergarten offers more than just oompa at the holidays. Kristkindlmarkt captures King William’s German heritage with unusual crafts like gingerbread houses and a visit from Nikolaus for the kids. If the Old World style quilts and pottery aren’t on your gift list, come for the food anyway. The menu includes Erbsensuppe (split-pea soup), brats with sauerkraut, Ruebens, Kaffee und Kuchen, and my favorite, gluehwein, warm red wine spiced with cinnamon and cloves.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, December 9
Gallery Shop and environs, Ursuline Campus, Southwest School of Art & Craft
300 Augusta, 224-1848
Free admission

If it’s funk over folk you want, head to art.i.copia at the Southwest School for sensuous textiles, contemporary painted tin, stone clocks, ceramics, and glass by national artisans. Holiday nibbles, free parking, and even free gift-wrapping make this an easy one-stop shop, and SSAC members get a 20-percent discount!

Bazar Sabado
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, December 9
San Antonio Museum of Art
200 West Jones, 978-8100
$3, free for children 11 and under

This Latin-inspired market is such a cult favorite folks stand in line for hours to get in to the packed warehouse across the street from SAMA (and I’m not just a fan because I work at the Museum). Or maybe it’s the free hot chocolate and buñelos — a good enough reason to hang out in the crisp weather getting to know your line mates. Once inside, items from Peru, Ecuador, and Mexico include ceremonial hats and exotic ponchos, but many don’t know the market also contains items from non-Latin locales like Afghanistan, Morocco, and Malaysia.



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