Here come the holidays! In case you don’t already have too much going on this month, there’s lots of events on our calendar. Follow on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram for all the latest Dutchtown happenings.

December starts off with a busy Saturday the 1st on Cherokee Street, and there’s plenty more going on throughout the rest of the month.

Print Bazaar on Cherokee

Print Bazaar on Cherokee

The 2018 Print Bazaar on Cherokee Street is on Saturday, December 1st from 10am to 6pm. Over 100 artists set up shop at more than two dozen businesses along Cherokee from Virginia to Lemp. It’s a fantastic opportunity to find one-of-a-kind gifts while supporting local artists and shops.

Antique Row Cookie Spree

The 35th annual Cherokee Antique Row Cookie Spree is also on Saturday, December 1st. Your favorite shops on Antique Row will be offering unique treats and hot drinks. There will also be live music, carolers, pictures with Santa, and more.

Flowers and Weeds Winter Bazaar

At the other end of Cherokee, Flowers and Weeds hosts their annual Winter Bazaar. A variety of vendors will have handmade and vintage goods available for sale, in addition to all the gift options Flowers and Weeds has to offer. Plus you can grab your wreaths and trees.

Dutchtown Holiday Passport.

Dutchtown Holiday Passport

You’ve already been out and about collecting your stamps and racking up savings, but you surely have more holiday shopping to do! The Dutchtown Holiday Passport gets you special deals at nearly two dozen shops, restaurants, and bars in Dutchtown. Get your Passport stamped at ten or more shops for chances to win great prizes like a 42-inch TV, gift baskets, and more!

Downtown Dutchtown Holiday Shop Hop

Saturday, December 15th is the Downtown Dutchtown Holiday Shop Hop, and it’s a particularly good day to collect your Passport stamps! While you’re getting those great deals with your Passport, you’ll also be able to enjoy treats from the various shops and hear holiday songs from carolers. Kids can get their photo taken with Santa Claus at the Twice Blessed Annex. And Urban Eats will host a variety of pop-up vendors, as well as potter David McBeth crafting bowls for the Empty Bowls Project. Speaking of Empty Bowls…

Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls 2018

Urban Eats Cafe’s annual Empty Bowls Project to support St. Anthony’s Food Pantry kicks off on Sunday, December 2nd with a sharing celebration soup and salad lunch. Visit the cafe, make your donation, and receive a handcrafted bowl which you can then fill with a variety of soup and chili.

On Saturday, December 15th, during the Dutchtown Holiday Shop Hop, artist David McBeth will have his potter’s wheel on site to create the bowls he generously donates. Make a donation and fill your bowl with soup and chili from Urban Eats’ staff’s favorite recipes.

The Empty Bowls finale coincides with the DT2 Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 19th. With a recommended donation of $15 or more you’ll get a bowl and a voucher to fill it at Urban Eats. And about that holiday party…

DT2 Holiday Party

DT2‘s annual Holiday Party is Wednesday, December 19th at the Liermann Loft above Urban Eats. Guests are asked to bring a shareable dish and consider making a minimum $15 donation to the Empty Bowls Project. All proceeds go to St. Anthony’s Food Pantry.

In addition to food and plenty to drink, there will be live music and you can get your photo taken with Santa, Snowy Chloe the Christmas Chihuahua, and Santa’s Spicy Elves and Holiday Hunks.

A reservation is required. You can RSVP and make your donation at Eventbrite. The holiday party is also a great time to establish or renew your DT2 membership.

South City Sipsters Sparkling Sampling

Back again this year and just in time for the holidays, it’s the popular South City Sipsters Sparkling, Champagne, and Cider Tasting at the Feasting Fox on Wednesday, December 12th. Try nine sparkling wines or champagnes plus three ciders. Take advantage of special to-go pricing and stock up for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Tickets are $30 and available through the Facebook event page.

Dutchtown CID Meetings

The committees of the Dutchtown Community Improvement District hold their quarterly meetings in December. The Maintenance and Beautification Committee meets Thursday, December 6th at 5:30pm at Anthony Duncan’s studio in the old Stork Inn. The Marketing and Development Committee meets Thursday, December 13th, 6pm at Original Crusoe’s. And the Safety and Security Committee meets on Thursday, December 20th at 5:30pm, also at Crusoe’s 6:30pm at Urban Eats, following the CID board meeting.

The full Dutchtown CID Board of Directors continues to meet monthly on the fourth Thursday of each month. In December that’s on the 27th at 5:30pm at Urban Eats Cafe however in December the Board will meet on the third Thursday, December 20th, 5:30pm at Urban Eats. The Safety Committee meeting will immediately follow.

Thomas Dunn Learning Center. Photo by Nick Findley.

Thomas Dunn Learning Center

The South Side Youth Council meets every Monday at 4pm at Thomas Dunn. The South Side Youth Council aims to contribute to the South Side community by creating and organizing youth led programs and events.

Every Monday at 7pm the Thomas Dunn hosts Practicing Mindfulness: Introduction to Meditation. Discuss and practice different meditation techniques. Come early for dinner or stay late for Laughter Club.

TDLC’s Winter Artists Market is Saturday, December 8th from 10am to 4pm. Handcrafted paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and other art will be available for sale. There will also be a puppet show by Jeanie Bryan Puppets at 11am.

The Thomas Dunn Young Professionals Board hosts a Paint and Sip Party on Wednesday, December 12th. Come learn how to serve the community, or just enjoy some beer, wine, and painting for all skill levels.

For more events and activities at Thomas Dunn, check out their calendar.

You can find more events on the regularly updated Dutchtown calendarLet us know if you’ve got an event coming up. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram for even more news, events, and everything else Dutchtown. And don’t forget to sign up for the DutchtownSTL mailing list!

Top photo courtesy of Paul Sableman.