Why shop online this holiday season when you can lose yourself IRL in the handmade and vintage gloriousness of L.A.’s myriad holiday craft markets? You’ll find unique offerings by the creative people of the city — think innovative jewelry, spun yarns, silk screened prints and tees, hand bound books, stationery, ‘zines, one of a kind housewares — not to mention all manner of Santas to sit on, from traditional to black metal. Shopping at a craft fair means not only will you be supporting the small and independent artisans of L.A. — karma points — you’ll also ensure your gift stands out. Win win.
Taking place every Sunday from Nov. 26 to Dec. 17, Smorgasburg L.A.’s Holiday Market will be the perfect place to find holiday gifts. The Sunday after Thanksgiving was Opening Day (aka Black Sunday), which featured flash sales and killer specials offered by food and shopping vendors. Family Day is Dec. 3, and Santa will at Smorgasburg on Dec. 10 for photos in the Holiday Photobooth.
For gifts sure to delight the chefs and gourmands on your gift list, check out the one of a kind kitchen, pantry and handmade goodies at the fourth annual Grand Central Market Holiday Marketplace on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3. Think design-forward floral arrangements by Birch & Bone, hard to find cookbooks by Brown Bag Books, urban paper goods by Ink + Smog, "confections for your correspondence" by Paper Pastries, and organic, vegan, gluten free peanut butter from Spread the Love. A hit from last year’s Marketplace returns in 2017 with Birch & Bone’s wreath-making pop-up with trendsetting floral artist Amelia Posada.
Grand Central Market eateries will join in the festivities with seasonal bites such as tamales from Chiles Secos; beef ribs smoked for 18 hours from Horse Thief BBQ; "Giorno di Lagro" holiday pizza with fennel spice shrimp, fire roasted vegetables, spicy tomato sauce and three cheese blend at Olio; holiday on a hoagie sandwich at Belcampo; butternut winter clam chowder from Prawn; turkey melt with fig jam at Golden Road; seasonal cheese plates at DTLA; and fruitcake, Christmas jam, seasonal chocolates and hot chocolate from Valerie Confections.
The Market will also host special musical guests, including Mexican bolero trio Tres Souls , Afro-Cuban dance music ensemble Sitara Son, swing band The HiFi Honeydrops , steel drumming, a klezmer band and carolers. There's also ornament making with Little Junebugs from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday and holiday face-painting on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Last but not least, on both days the Market will host a meet-and-greet with Santa Claus from 1-3 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 2-3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Downtown L.A.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Unique LA Holiday Market features 400 independent designers, artists, and emerging brands at the California Market Center (CMC). With home decor, clothing, art, baby gifts, jewelry, beauty and apothecary goods and so much more, you'll find gifts for everyone on your list!
In addition to great shopping, the Holiday Market has loads of fun perks and amenities so you can stay all day (kids 12 and under are always free). Enjoy a delicious meal, grab a free drink or cocktail, explore interactive augmented reality art installations, get creative and make a fun DIY project, take a holiday portrait and more. General Admission is $15 and VIP (includes access to the VIP lounge) is $35. Both tickets include a free tote bag.
Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 2-3 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
California Market Center, 110 E 9th St, Downtown L.A.
For the hippie, trippy, crafty, witchy, tattooed, underground music-loving Wild West outlaw pagan cousin on your holiday list, the Bitchcraft Winter Faire is a must. Where else would black metal Santa Claus choose to set up shop? Founded by mainstays of the L.A. underground art and music scene, you’ll find vintage items and accessories curated by artist Kime Buzzelli, crowns by Loschy Designs, Hellbent Leather goods by Brooke Worrel and ceramic art by Tina Brugnoletti of Little Cat Pottery. Plus handmade soaps, magic candles, artisanal scents, organic and teaware. Enjoy food by The Pagan Feast and drinks by Brujas Borrachas, who will be serving Santa sangria, krampus Kool Aid, and PBR.
Saturday, Dec 9 from noon-7 p.m.
Kinship Studios, 5612 N Figueroa St, Highland Park
The traveling Renegade Craft Fair has been showcasing the best and brightest in indie craft and design since 2003, and will be returning to L.A. for the ninth year just in time for the holidays. Boasting more than 250 local and global artisans, the outdoor fair is taking place on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9-10 at Los Angeles State Historic Park in Downtown L.A.
Vendors include: jewelry by Alyson Iwamoto; small ceramics handmade in Laurel Canyon by Fun Size; coasters, chopping boards and pepper mills by Mac Cutting Boards; pet gear for the modern family by Wildebeest; small batch hot sauces by Baby Clydesdale; and small batch, ethically sourced teas by Sage & Stone. Eats include Donut Snob, Falasophy, LA Puff, Mandoline Grill, and Okamoto Kitchen. Magbooth (aka "the world’s greatest photo booth") will be on hand so you can commemorate the occasion. Doggies on leash are allowed.
Admission to the fair is free. Go Metro and take the Gold Line to the Chinatown Station, or ride the Metro Bike Share.
Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine)
Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N Spring St., Downtown L.A.
If you want to know what makes L.A. artists tick, immerse yourself in their world at the Echo Park Craft Fair, taking place the second weekend of December at the 5,000 square-foot Mack Sennett Studios. Spanning two soundstages and an entire block outside the historic venue, the fair celebrates innovators in ceramics, jewelry, perfumery, clothing design, woodworking and fabric art. Most of the vendors are from L.A., as well as Malibu, Big Sur and Joshua Tree—outposts that embody the bohemian spirit of Los Angeles.
You’ll find flower remedies by Alexis Smart (Robert Paint is a fan); gorgeous geometric jewelry by Annie Costello Brown; analog, limited edition, and hand-made musical artifacts by Big Sur’s Gnome Life Records; functional art by Rebel & Quill; small batch almond butters by Solstice Canyon; and first-time participants like Baserange and Kissweh. Enjoy mind expanding juices by Goop-favorite Moon Juice and cocktails by Pharmacie.
Admission is $10 for a one-day pass and $16 for a weekend pass. Kids are free!
Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mack Sennett Studios, 1215 Bates Ave., Silver Lake
Taking place 52 weekends a year, Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles is a permanent artisan marketplace spanning more than 100 artists, crafters and food makers in a restored 1940s warehouse. Crafted is hosting its first European-style Christmas Market on Friday-Sunday, Dec. 15-17. Taking place from 11am to 9pm each day, the Christmas Market features specialty holiday artists, seasonal items from open-air stalls, a Christmas tree lot, and festive foods served by local vendors. Enjoy DIY holiday crafts, live holiday music and dancing in the courtyard, wines in the marketplace and Brouwerij West’s Holiday Brew, holiday-themed photo booths, and a photo op with Santa Claus! Check out the Crafted event calendar for classes on making Christmas wreaths, ornaments and holidays cards.
Friday-Sunday, Dec. 15-17 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro
Taking place every 2nd and 4th Saturday in the vibrant, artistic community of Venice, Artists & Fleas features a fabulous line-up of art, design and vintage merchants. If you miss the one-off holiday craft fairs in December, or if you’re in the market for last-minute gifts, Artists & Fleas might be just the place for you. You'll love the home decor that's handmade in Africa from Baobab, designer eyewear sold in the Promised Land blue VW, blankets handmade by the Quechua of Peru from Rimanku, and kimonos by Sacred LA. Admission to Artists & Fleas is free.
Every 2nd & 4th Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Westminster Avenue Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice