10 Brooklyn holiday markets to hit this season
Crunch time is approaching for holiday shopping, but you can still get it all done without running around town… or spending money at a certain online retail giant. Instead, stop by one of Brooklyn’s many one-stop-shop holiday markets to pick up handmade gifts from hundreds of local vendors and artisans. If you’re looking for a cozy scarf, a one-of-a-kind necklace, some home-spun ceramics or some local food and wine, you can find it all at one of the markets below. There’s even a market that specializes in false eyeballs and taxidermic critters.
Without further ado, here are the top holiday markets coming to Brooklyn:
Greenpointers Holiday Market
This Nutcracker-themed market promises festive food, tons of activities and handmade gifts from more than 60 sellers. Local artist Colleen Blackard has decked out the rustic Greenpoint Loft venue in gumdrops and tinsel to look like the “Land of Sweets” from “The Nutcracker” ballet. Weary shoppers can try some acupuncture, get a manicure, have their fortune read or kick back with some hot mulled wine.
Dec. 8 from 1-7 p.m. at Greenpoint Loft, 67 West St., Fifth Floor. More here.
Brooklyn Navy Yard Holiday Market
In addition to ready-made gifts on sale from more than 40 vendors, this market will feature a “create-your-own-gift” section, with cookie decorating, ornament engraving and screen-printing workshops. Shop for home goods, art, food and wine, skincare, fashion and more.
The last day for the Navy Yard’s annual coat and toy drive will coincide with the holiday market on Saturday, so bring your gently used coats, scarves, hats and gloves, as well as new, unwrapped toys for kids aged 0-18, which will be delivered to local NYCHA residents.
The holiday market is Dec. 7-8 from 12-6 p.m. at the Navy Yard Admirals Row, 1 Flushing Ave. The coat and toy drive is Dec. 7 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Building 77, Flushing Avenue at Vanderbilt Avenue, and at BLDG 92, Flushing Avenue at Carlton Avenue. More here.
Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
The seventh edition of the annual fair will showcase Brooklyn-based artisans, food and drinks from local eateries like Baba’s Pierogies and Samosa Shack, live music, DIY workshops and more. Hand-knit goods, eyewear, ceramics, textiles and jewelry will be on sale from local makers.
Sunday, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 501 Union St. More here.
Brooklyn Museum’s Holiday Market
The Brooklyn Museum will hold its usual night market on the first Saturday evening of the month, as well as a special pop-up holiday market this Sunday. Shop one-of-a-kind artwork, apothecary goods, jewelry, décor and more from more than 30 local artisans.
Saturday, Dec. 7, from 6-10 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy. More here.
BUST Craftacular at Industry City
Industry City will be overrun this weekend with crafty women and holiday shoppers eager to purchase their wares. The BUST Craftacular, New York City’s longest-running indie craft fair, will feature over 150 women-owned companies offering handmade gifts and bespoke items, as well as workshops from experts on subjects ranging from belly dancing to astrology.
Dec. 7-8, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Industry City’s Factory Floor, 268 36th St. Entry is free and workshops are $15 each. More here.
City Point FAD Market Holiday Pop-Up
The City Point building in Downtown Brooklyn will transform into a massive holiday bazaar for two weekends this month, with more than 120 crafters, designers and food makers selling a curated selection of handmade goods. Shop for home furnishings, fashion, tableware and jewelry. When your shopping is done, bite into something tasty from one of the 40+ food vendors downstairs in Dekalb Market Hall.
Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-15, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at City Point, 445 Albee Square West.
Holiday Handmade Cavalcade
More than 50 talented New York-based crafters will take part this weekend in a special Brooklyn Historical Society edition of this Chelsea Market mainstay. Not only will you find DIY jewelry, fashion and beauty products, but vendors at this Etsy-sponsored market are known for giving out free goody bags, coupons and other surprises.
Dec. 7-8, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St.
Oddities Flea Market Holiday of Wonders
Looking for a holiday market that’s a little less… vanilla? Artist, osteologist and self-professed weirdo Ryan Cohn has you covered. Cohn is hosting a holiday version of his seasonal Oddities Flea Market in Greenpoint this weekend, with everything from taxidermic critters and medical curiosities, to more run-of-the-mill goth gear on offer.
Dec. 7-8 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Villain in Greenpoint, 307 Kent Ave. VIP tickets are $30, general admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Kids under 10 are free. More here.
Strange and Unusual Holiday Market at Freak Bar
Serpentina’s Craft is presenting a “strange and unusual” holiday market in Coney Island next weekend. Shop for novel artwork and unusual creations from local artists, and meet some adoptable local rescues while you’re there.
Dec. 14, 12-7 p.m. and Dec. 15, 12-6 p.m. at Freak Bar at the Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Ave.
Remezcla Winter Market
If you’d like to support local Latinx business owners while accomplishing your holiday shopping, stop by the Remezcla Winter Market in Bushwick. You’ll find not only gourmet goodies like coquito, a coconut flavored Puerto Rican holiday drink, but street wear, beauty products, jewelry and more, all from local Latino vendors. Enjoy tunes from vinyl DJ sets, get pics in the photo booth and take a workshop in mixology or CBD.
Dec. 7-8 from 12-8 p.m. at Remezcla HQ, 203 Moore St.
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