As if Amazon’s anti-small-business tactics weren’t enough to convince you, here are more than a dozen reasons to ignore e-tailer spam and shop locally in Brooklyn. This year, holiday markets are popping up around Brooklyn like Swedish espresso shops, with added inducements like concerts, performances and booze. At Dekalb market, Santa’s even posing for photos in a shipping container. Beat that, internetz. Markets are free unless otherwise noted.
NY Creates Holiday Craft Festival
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St. at Clinton
Dec. 7 – 11
Weekdays 11 -7, Weekends 10 – 5
Ceramics, jewelry, apparel, plush toys, organic cosmetics, glass works, photo art, home goods. Bonus: Museum is open for free admission during the craft fair hours.
Crafted on the Canal
Built It Green! NYC- Gowanus
69 9th Street, Brooklyn NY
Dec 9, 5 – 9 • Dec 10 & 11, 10 – 5 • Dec. 17 & 18, 10 – 5
Featuring artists selling fair trade, handmade, or reuse items. Special Event: Launch Party Co-sponsored with BKLYN Green Drinks on Friday Dec. 9 from 5-9
Brooklyn Craft Central’s 4th Annual Holiday Market
December 17 & 18, noon – 6
Littlefield, 633 Degraw St.
Featuring 65 artists and crafters, food trucks, and drinks. Each day features different vendors, see website to see which day each vendor will be selling. Events: Collaborative Gingerbread Construction, DJ sets and live music, and a few short sets by comedians. Note: $6 cover charge, $5 if you bring a can of food for CHIPS soup kitchen OR something for the gingerbread house
Clayworks on Columbia-Holiday Ceramic Show and Sale
Dec. 10, 1 – 5
195 Columbia St. (Sacket and Degraw)
Featuring over 20 ceramic artists showing and selling handmade ceramics, pottery, sculpture, jewelry and home décor. Snacks: hot cider, wine, cheese, and sweets.
Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Dec. 10 & 11, 2-8
330 Berry St., Between south 4th and south 5th street
Featuring hand-made jewelry, knitwear, paper goods, fine art, toys, LED art, photography, and more. Treats, Holiday cocktails, and music by local musicians while you shop.
The Fifth Annual 3rd Ward Handmade Holiday Craft Fair
Dec. 10, noon – 6
195 Morgan Ave.
Featuring handmade jewelry, bags, paper goods, housewares, toys, and clothing. There will also be a DJ, live music, cocktails and food. The first 300 attendees will receive 3rd Ward tote bags filled with giveaways from the vendors. RSVP at 3rdward.com/rsvp
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
149 Kent Ave.
Dec. 15 – 17, 5 – 1
Featuring over 100 local merchants and food vendors, films, projections, art installations, and a beer and wine garden. The fair is free but there are ticketed music events including James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), The Crystal Ark, Midnight Magic, The Hold Steady, Titus Andronicus, and Wakey!Wakey!
Scandinavian Christmas Market
Dec. 10 & 17, 10 – 3
Nordic Delicacies, at 6909 Third Ave. [CROSS STREET] in Bay Ridge
Sponsored by the Scandinavian East Coast Museum, and featuring Scandinavian Christmas items and gifts. The Brass Trio will perform on Dec 10, and on Dec 17 there will be holiday music by the Christ Church After School Center.
South Slope Craft Fair
Dec 10, 11 – 5
PS 10 in Park Slope 511 Seventh Ave. between Prospect Avenue and 17th Street
Featuring jewelry, apparel, ceramics and more. There will be snacks from local restaurants, a raffle, and activities for kids. Events: 11:30-2 Button making workshop; noon: Performance by the Brooklyn Music Studio; 1 Performance by the New York Guitar Academy
The 4th Annual Lyceum Holiday Marketplace
December 17 & 18, 11 – 7
227 4th Ave. at
Featuring soaps, books, clothing for adults and children, jewelry, fine art, and food. Performances by “Superheroes Who Are Super” at 3 and 6 both days, and a PG version at 9 p.m. on Saturday
ArtsCetera’s Indie Artisan Market
Dec. 10 & 11, Dec. 17 & 18, Saturdays 1 – 7, Sundays noon – 6
212 Smith St., between Baltic & Butler
Featuring mostly handmade accessories for adults, babies, and toddlers. Their list of sellers varies each weekend. For $10 you can have hands-free shopping with the provided daycare of an open play center.
Greenpointers Holiday Market
Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell St.)
Dec. 17, noon – 5
Featuring art, crafts, and food vendors.
Artists & Fleas, 70 N. 7th St., between Wythe and Kent, Williamsburg
Dec. 23 12 – 7, Dec. 24, 10-5
Featuring vintage clothing, jewelry, and other crafts, and art.
Brooklyn Flea, Skylight One Hanson, 1 Hanson Place (at Ashland), Fort Greene
Every Saturday & Sunday 10 – 5, thru March 2012
Extended hours – Dec. 16, Dec. 21, Dec. 22 2-9
Vendors change weekly, see website for line-up.
8AM -10PM (Market Hours) 10 – 7(Sat and Sunday weekend vendors) 138 Willoughby St., Downtown
Featuring food and gift vendors selling daily. Stop by to visit Santa in a decorated shipping container and be ready to pose for pictures! Santa’s hours: weekends, 11 – 4 through Dec. 24.