Sips & Shops


We love the hustle and bustle of the holiday season!  Finding that perfect gift for someone you care about, especially when it comes from a local shop or maker.  Here are some great ‘one-stop-shops’ for holiday gifts!

Holiday Zone at the Wow Zone

Local Vendors, Handmade Gifts, Silent Auction

November 4th & December 9th 9am-3pm

Wow Zone, Mankato

Holiday Shopping Opener

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at the Shops on Riverfront Drive

November 3rd- 5th

Riverfront Drive, Old Town Mankato

New Ulm Holiday Shopping Opener

Vendor Shows, Local Businesses, Various Events throughout New Ulm

November 3rd-5th

Downtown New Ulm

Holiday Open House – Mankato Vintage Market

November 3rd-4th 10am-6pm

North Riverfront Drive, Mankato

A Merry Mankato Christmas – Holiday Open House

4 Day Shopping Event with vendors, Restoration Market, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Special Guests and more!

November 9th-12th

Hilltop Florist and Greenhouse

Southern Minnesota Christmas Festival

Vendor booths, Local Businesses, Handmade Gifts

November 11th 11am-4pm

Verizon Center, Mankato

Holiday Expo

Vendors, Crafts, Bake Sale

November 18th 9am-4pm

Madison East Center, Mankato

Shop Small in the City Center

Support local businesses in Downtown Mankato.  Many stores will have specials and there is a passport that will give you chance to win prizes!

November 25th


Holiday Shopping Extravaganza 

Local Vendors, Prizes, Appetizers & Wine

December 7th 4pm-7pm

Regus Office Space, Profinium Building, Mankato

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Jessica is an Iowa native turned Minnesota girl. She relocated to Mankato for a job 10 years ago and has never turned back. Together, Jessica and her husband George host a morning radio show. They have a wonderful blended family that consists of a very talkative 5 year old boy and a sweet 6 month old girl. On weekends you can find Jessica in the kitchen trying new recipes (with the help of her husband, who is normally the chef of the family). She also loves doing Barre, reading, live music, and running. She is currently training for her 6th Half Marathon coming up this fall.