By: Brittany Racca
There will be lots of opportunities this holiday season to get your holiday shopping done early before the Christmas rush, and Iberia Parish's local markets are the best places to shop for original and unique gifts.
Various businesses in Iberia will offer Shop Berry Blue deals throughout November and December in addition to the special holiday vendor events.
1. Starting the fun will be the New Iberia Holiday Vendor Event on Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Cyr Gates Community Center in New Iberia City Park. Shoppers will find beauty, weight loss and health products along with handmade items such as jewelry, crafts and artwork. For the chef at heart, buy Tupperware, cookware and kitchen accessories to suit all their cooking needs. Candles and more from local small businesses will be available to make your home look and smell like a warm winter's night. Food trucks will be on site, and princesses and storybook characters will take pictures with the kids, which will surely make for great Christmas cards.
2. Delcambre's new dock and pavilion will be getting an icy touch on Nov. 13 from 5 - 9 p.m. The Bayou Carlin Cove Holiday Market will offer various Christmas crafts and gifts.
3. Shop Iberia Nov. 29! In celebration of Shop Small Day, participating local businesses, shops, restaurants and salons will offer promotions, special events and special offers. So, if you're looking for great deals this is the day to shop 'till you drop! Various Iberia Parish businesses will offer Shop Berry Blue deals throughout November and December to add to the great savings.
4. On Nov. 30, come shop for loved ones at the Christmas Shoppe. Local crafters will help make the Christmas season a little brighter with handcrafted jewelry, beauty products, handmade candles, soap and food products.
All of the regularly scheduled farmers markets will also have holiday themed offerings. The regular times apply and the dates include:
- Delcambre Seafood and Farmers Market (Nov. 1 and Dec. 6)
- Teche Area Farmers Market (Nov. 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25 and 29; and Dec. 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27 and 30)
- GLC Farmers Market (Nov. 5, 12, 19 and 26; and Dec. 3, 10, and 17)
- Jeanerette Farmers Market (Nov. 8 and Dec. 13)
- BestLife Iberia Flash Market (Nov. 20 and Dec. 18)