As the holiday season approaches, the North Market always proves to be a fun place to spend the day with family and friends. On Dec. 3 and 4, the Short North hotspot is hosting their annual Holiday Open House & Craft Extravaganza with fun activities, handmade gifts, winter treats and more.

Cross some gifts off the shopping list with a wide array of options from local vendors and artists. Check out a large selection including jewelry, accessories, clothing and paper goods. And don't forget to choose your Christmas tree! Kids will have a great time, too. The youngsters can have their faces painted and enjoy the live music and entertainment throughout the weekend.

The festive event will take place on Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon-5 p.m. Visit www.northmarket.com for a full schedule of events and list of featured artisans.

--Heather Weekley