We barely race through the snow – heck, we don’t even crunch over fall leaves – but it’s October so it’s time to talk about Christmas shopping.

The “Bah Humbug” of COVID-19 forced online holiday shopping last year, including several esteemed Christmas markets across Dallas-Fort Worth. While point-and-click shopping is convenient and safe, there’s nothing like a Christmas market where you can browse tons of jewelry and treasure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Bonus for supporting local small businesses and raising money for local charities.

Here are three popular Christmas markets that are back for personal events this year.

Christmas in Cowtown 13-17 October

The Junior League of Fort Worth shopped online last year, but the highly anticipated Christmas event is back, in person for its 15th edition at the Amon G. Carter Exhibition Halls in the Will Rogers Memorial Center. More than 200 retailers from around the country will sell home accessories, jewelry, clothing, children’s products, gourmet foods and more.

The whole event begins with the exclusive Boots & Bowties Preview Party on Wednesday October 13th (tickets: $ 100). The City of Culture & The Cowboy Brunch is another private shopping affair on October 14th (tickets: $ 65). General shopping admission ($ 15) is open daily October 14-17, but hours vary. Timetables, tickets and other information can be found on the website.

Christmas in Cowtown is one of the largest annual fundraising drives by JLFW, which annually supports the organization’s areas of activity: art & culture, education, health & nutrition and willingness to live. To date, the market has raised nearly $ 5 million for the Fort Worth community.

Chi Omega Christmas Market, 17.-20. November

The 44 year old Dallas vacation tradition is returning to a hybrid format this year from a purely virtual event in 2020. The personal market will take place from Wednesday, November 17 (Chi Omega Christmas Market Premier Shopping Night) to Saturday, November 20, in a new location: the automobile building in Fair Park. A virtual shopping experience offers extended shopping days, additional dealers and special offers via the website.

The 2021 market will feature 200 retailers selling Christmas decorations, women’s clothing / accessories, home accessories, children’s clothing / toys, groceries and more. All proceeds from ticket sales go to local beneficiaries; In its 43-year history, the Chi Omega Christmas Market has supported 120 different local agencies in North Texas and donated more than $ 9 million.

General admission is $ 15, with early Thursday admission for $ 25; Tickets for the Premier Shopping Night are $ 100. Tickets, timetables and further information are now available on the website.

The Texas Christkindl Market, November 18th – January 2nd

Arlington’s annual outdoor shopping event went online last year, but it’s back in person for a long holiday season. According to the city of Arlington’s website, the German-style Christmas market – one of the largest open-air holiday markets in the Southwest – takes place at Choctaw Stadium (formerly Globe Life Park) from November 18 to January 2.

The market coincides with the new event, The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey, an immersive experience that takes place across the stadium. Tickets for Elf on the Shelf start at $ 19.95 for children and $ 24.95 for adults, but according to the website, entry to the Texas Christkindl Market is free.

Buyers can look forward to goodies, gifts and handmade collector’s items, including exclusive K├Ąthe Wohlfahrt items and designs from the legendary Christmas village of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany.