If you are looking for a break this Christmas season from overcrowded department stores and big-box retailers, opt for a more homegrown alternative by shopping at a local holiday gift market.

Not only do seasonal markets offer unique, one-a-kind gifts you won’t find at the mall, they also give North Texans the chance to support their community by purchasing goods directly from local artisans, small business owners and even high school organizations.

Here are some holiday gift markets in Dallas-Fort Worth to check out:

Shop Small Fort Worth Holiday Market (Nov. 11-12)

The Shop Small Fort Worth Holiday Market is back for another year of holiday fun. This year’s event takes place at The 4 Eleven and features curated items from local artists, craftsman and small businesses, plus a cash bar, food trucks and music. $10 (children 12 and under are free). 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 411 S. Main St., Fort Worth, http://shopsmallfortworth.com.

Central Lightning Dancers Craft Show (Nov. 11-12)

The Central High School Lightning Dancers invite you to attend their 15th annual craft show, which includes over 200 vendors selling items ranging from clothing and holiday decor to food and sports memorabilia. The event also will feature pictures with Santa, plus a craft and play area for children. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 9450 Ray White Road, Keller, www.ldso.rocks.

The Boho Market (Nov. 11-12)

The annual two-day holiday event takes place at the Dallas Farmers Market and features over 80 local vendors, crafts, games and live music. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 920 S. Hardwood, Dallas, 214-293-4981, http://thebohomarket.co.

Waxahachie High School Pre-Christmas Craft Fair (Nov. 18)

Don’t forget to stop by Waxahachie High School’s Pre-Christmas Craft Fair for some holiday shopping. Proceeds from the annual event go to the school’s Student in Need/Sunshine Fund. $1. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 1000 N. Highway 77, Waxahachie, 214-463-5101, www.facebook.com/waxahachieprechristmascraftfair.

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