Have a merry time completing your holiday shopping in Rochester, MN with several festive and unique shopping events.  Find the perfect gifts for your friends and family--and get in the holiday spirit--at holiday shows, sales, and open houses starting in mid-November.  

Mayo Clinic Employee Craft Show - Sat., Nov. 17, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Visit tables filled with hand crafted items for everyone on your shopping list, including you! The show is open to the public. Spread the word about this great show and the hundreds of beautiful hand-crafted items for sale. Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester

Small Business Saturday at Shops at University Square - Sat., Nov. 24, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. #ShoppingSmall has never been more fun! Say "cheese," shop, support small businesses (and save)! Snap your picture with your family, friends or favorite shopping buddy in the Shops' photo booth, and your photo strip becomes your exclusive coupon for great Small Business Saturday deals from your some of your favorite Shops at University Square stores! (List of participating stores here.) 111 South Broadway, Rochester 

Pet Night at Santa's Workshop (Apache Mall) - Nov. 19, 26 & Dec. 3, 10, 17, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Bring your furry friends in for a pic with Santa, because pets are family too! Capture a special moment with your dog or cat to cherish for years to come. Apache Mall, intersection of US 52 & US Route 14.

Nature Art Show and Sale at Quarry Hill Nature Center - Sat., Dec. 1, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. & Sun., Dec. 2, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. You’ll see pottery, jewelry, paintings, photography, glass, woodworking and more. Admission is free and ten percent of all sales are donated to the Friends of Quarry Hill in support of nature education programs. 701 Silver Creek Road NE, Rochester

Feast! Local Food Marketplace - Sat., Dec. 1, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Come sip, sample, and stock up on locally-made foods, from Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Discover new flavors made with local ingredients to stock your pantry or gift your favorite foodie. Besides the market, also enjoy cooking demos featuring locally sourced recipes and children’s activities featuring exhibits from the Rochester Children’s Museum. Spring for a VIP wristband to sample locally-crafted beer, wine and hard cider. Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN

First Unitarian Universalist Handcrafted Bazaar - Fri., Dec. 7 & Sat., Dec. 8, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Over 35 local artisans come together to show their creations. Celebrate the creativity of our community while supporting the local artists, and buying handmade this holiday! 1727 Walden Lane SW, Rochester

Gift-Quality Book and Bake Sale at the Rochester Public Library - Fri., Dec. 7, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 8, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Great selection of gift-quality books for all ages! Delicious home-baked goods and other items. 101 2nd St SE, Rochester, 55904

Christmas Open House at Rochester Harley Davidson - Sat., Dec. 8, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Annual Christmas open house at Rochester Harley Davidson. Come enjoy the celebration with good holiday cheer & fun! Food, drinks, prizes & Santa! 7180 Highway 14 East, Rochester

Ho-Ho-Holiday Crafts and Vendors  - Sat., Dec. 15, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Shop from local crafters, artists, handmade , re-purposers and also direct sales consultants. Vendors include Mary Kay, Color Street Nails, 31 Gifts, Norwex, Tubby Tactical, Annabelle Creations, and more. Graham Arena Complex, 1570 Fairgrounds Avenue SE, Rochester, MN 

Holiday Pop Up Market at Forager Brewery - Sun., Dec. 16, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The holiday pop up market connects local creators with the community. Support local artists by purchasing quality handmade items. 1005 6th Street NW, Rochester, MN 

The holiday season isn't the only time you'll want to shop in Rochester, MN. From unique gift boutiques to beloved local apparel shops, the shopping scene in Rochester, MN features a premier mall as well as one-of-a-kind independent establishments offering only-in-Rochester merchandise. (And here's one extra benefit of shopping in Rochester, MN: no sales tax on clothing!)