Cross off your Christmas list with homemade, personal gifts picked up locally this year.
In the coming weeks, several organizations in the area will host craft and vendor fairs filled with handcrafted items, basket raffles, food and more, with many of the events raising money for local causes, too. Weekend Times has rounded up a few of the spots getting crafty this holiday season.

American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania Region Holiday Craft Show
This 24th annual event will feature more than 150 vendors selling handmade, homemade crafts such as soap, jewelry, food and clothing. Wine tastings and homemade cookies and candies also will be available. Proceeds support the Red Cross’ programs and services in the Wyoming Valley.
When: Saturday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Kingston Armory, 280 Market St.
Details: General admission costs $5, and children 12 and younger enter for free. Parking also is free. For more information, call 570-823-7161 or visit the Facebook event page.

Small Business Saturday Artisan Marketplace
Vendors at this event will sell only handmade products on two floors, and visitors also can enjoy live music.
When: Saturday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Anthracite Center at NBT, 41 N. Main St., Carbondale
Details: Admission costs $2. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Seventh annual Buy Local Holiday Marketplace
Guests will find sellers spread across five floors of Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple and can choose from items such as fine art, jewelry, wine, food, children’s accessories and pet gifts. The first 1,000 shoppers receive a free reusable shopping bag. Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase.
When: Sunday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
Details: Admission costs $2. Visit or the Facebook event page or call 570-346-7369 for more information.

Old-Fashioned Holiday Market
The two-day event will include not only arts and crafts but also food, entertainment and horse-drawn carriage rides. Proceeds benefit CASA of Luzerne County and Wyoming Valley Children’s Association.
When: Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Public Square, Wilkes-Barre
Details: Call 570-208-4149, email or visit the Facebook event page.

Alternative Christmas Craft Fair
The event features handmade crafts from local artisans, a white elephant table, fair-trade items and wreath-making using fresh greenery. Guests also can enjoy a light lunch.
When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 97 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre
Details: Call 570-824-2478 or visit the Facebook event page.

Abington Heights Education Association Craft Fair
In addition to vendors, the fair will hold basket raffles, offer pictures with Santa and host food trucks. Free basket raffle tickets with admission. Proceeds benefit AHEA’s scholarship fund.
When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Abington Heights Middle School, 1555 Newton Ransom Blvd., Newton Twp.
Details: Admission is $2 for adults and free for children under 12. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Jefferson Twp. Volunteer Fire Company annual Cookie Walk and Craft Fair
After you check out the various crafts
for sale, grab some homemade cookies
for $7.99 per pound, with proceeds
benefiting the fire company.
When: Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Jefferson Twp. Volunteer Fire
Company, 405 Cortez Road
Details: Visit the Facebook event page.

Cookie Walk & Victorian Luncheon
First Presbyterian Church of Hawley will sell more than 30 varieties of homemade cookies for $11 per pound. Gluten-free options will be available. The church also will host a reservations-only Victorian luncheon, which will feature scones, quiche, finger sandwiches, desserts, coffee and tea.
When: Saturday, Dec. 8; cookie walk, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until sell out; Victorian luncheon, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: First Presbyterian Church of Hawley, 815 Church St.
Details: Reservations are required for the luncheon; tickets cost $11 for adults and $6 for children under 10. Call 570-226-4835 for reservations or more information.

Frances Willard Elementary School PTA Craft Fair
The PTA’s inaugural craft fair will include numerous vendors selling items such as makeup, jewelry, essential oils and clothes.
When: Saturday, Dec. 1, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Frances Willard Elementary School, 1100 Eynon St., Scranton
Details: Visit the Facebook event page.

Greater Scranton YMCA Holiday Craft Fair
The YMCA aims to offer something for everyone at this annual event.
When: Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore
Details: Email jleshuk@greaterscranton, call 570-342-8115 or visit

Seventh annual Holiday Artisans’ Market
Pick up items made by artisans from across the Upper Delaware spread across two floors.
When: Sunday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main St., Honesdale
Details: Visit or call 570-253-2020.

Abington Heights High School Music Department Vendor Sale
Pick up some food, crafts, clothes and more in this weekday fundraising show. Part of the proceeds will benefit Abington Heights High School’s music department.
When: Thursday, Dec. 13, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Abington Heights High School, 222 Noble Road, South Abington Twp.
Details: Visit the Facebook event page.