Your essential guide to Brooklyn’s 2014 holiday markets

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You won’t come up empty doing your holiday shopping at the Bust Holiday Craftacular or any of these other Brooklyn holiday markets. via Facebook

OMG it’s the holidays again, and it’s less then a month until Christmas and Hanukkah! Your holiday shopping is done, right? You’ve found the perfect, unique, and handmade gift for everyone on your naughty and nice lists, right? No? Don’t you fret friends, there are now more holiday markets then ever right in the comfort of your own Brooklyn backyard. This year’s markets feature sugar (pies from Eat Pie Shop) spice (cider from Roberta’s Holiday Market) and everything nice (free gift-wrapping at Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar).

Why go to the city and deal with the tourists blocking the sidewalks while they stare up at all the big tall Starbucks shops in the sky if you can just travel around on Santa’s preferred sleigh, the G train.  Stay in Brooklyn, shop local at any of these markets, and we promise your holiday shopping list will be taken care of faster than you can say…happy holidays.


Kalio Workshop’s Holiday Pop Up 
226 South 1st St.
Dec. 11 – 24
Thursdays noon-7, Fridays noon-9, Saturdays noon-7, Sundays noon-5
Celebrate this retail and workshop studio’s two weekend long Holiday Pop-Up that features sustainable apparel, jewelry, home goods, and food. Erica Recto will also be teaching a workshop series on sustainable design techniques that are open to the entire family, get on the mailing list for workshop information.


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Lola Star
193 Bedford Ave.
Daily, 11-7
This pop-up of the popular Coney Island Boutique Lola Star will sell a new collection of Brooklyn themed T-shirts, jewelry, and collectibles, along side other gifts accessories, and novelty items. Be sure to check out their line of Coney Island themed nail polishes, and unicorn T-shirts.

Punk Rock Heavy Metal Flea Market
Sage Bar, 299 Graham Ave.
Dec. 14, noon-6
This is a holiday edition of Sage Bar’s Punk Rock Heavy Metal Flea Market. Featuring: clothing, music, artwork, jewelry, taxidermy, toys, and more. Food and drinks will be available to order, and there will be live DJ sets throughout the day.


Bust Holiday Craftacular Brooklyn
Brooklyn Expo Center, 79 Franklin St.
December 6 & 7, 11-6, $3
Visit Brooklyn’s longest running indie craft fair in this new location. Admission is  $3, but includes a copy of Bust magazine. Be sure to check out whimsical holiday cards from Paper Generation, and cute jewelry handcrafted in NYC from Anomaly Jewelry.


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Greenpointers Holiday Market
Greenpoint Loft, 67 West St., 5th Floor
December 7, 1-7
This market features a variety of vendors alongside a photo booth, free nail art station, and free massages. There will also be a raffle, and a screening of the trailer for Gasper & Son, a short documentary film about neon signs.

St. Vitus Holiday Flea Market
1120 Manhattan Ave.
Dec. 7, 3-8
This event at a bar features an eclectic mix of goods: vintage and new designer clothing, hard-to-find records, heavy metal art and t-shirts, rock photography, handmade accessories, specialty-blended tea, books, and mid-century kitsch. There will also be DJ’s spinning heavy music, and drink specials.

Calicornicopia 3
67 West St. #203
December 5, 7-10 opening
Open most Saturdays and Sundays until Dec. 31
Come visit Calico’s annual holiday exhibition, which features over one hundred pieces of artwork priced at $300 or less by artists from Brooklyn and beyond. Featuring artwork from Adams Puryear, Allison Maletz, Amanda Browder, and many more.


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Brooklyn Night Bazaar
165 Banker St.
Fridays and Saturdays, 7pm-1am
This Greenpoint staple (year round market!) offers the best in after hours shopping.  Be sure to head there for gifts and food, and take a shopping break by playing black light mini golf, or table tennis. Check out the website for the upcoming music calendar.


Roberta’s Holiday Market
261 Moore St.
Dec. 12, 5-10 & Dec. 13, noon-6
This holiday market will take place in Roberta’s backyard under a heated tent. The market will have food, spiced cider, and a “Bad Santa” portrait studio. For sale, there will be vintage items, graphic sweatshirts, letterpress prints, and more.


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Schwick Holiday Pop Up
6 Charles Pl.
Daily, 11-7
This new market will have more than 100 vendors. It was founded by a husband and wife team who used their knowledge of flea markets and craft fairs to start their own. Buy unique gift items such as soap from Wicked Apothecary and NYC photo jewelry from The BQE.


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Brooklyn Holiday Pop Up Market
Bat Haus, 279 Starr St.
Through Dec. 21, Friday 8pm-midnight, Saturday-Sunday noon-6
This market has a new location in Bushwick, featuring inexpensive goods by many Brooklyn makers. Be sure to go early to grab a (FREE) glass of sangria or a mimosa while you shop.


Pop² Brooklyn
200 Livingston St.
December 12, 4-10 & December 13, noon-8
This market will feature 25 Brooklyn based vendors, DJ’s, art, and food trucks like Mexicue, Mamu Thai Noodle, and Red Hook Lobster Pound; and Brooklyn Brewery beer. Be sure to look at the walls because artists JC in NYC and Praxis, will be painting multiple full-length murals for the market. RSVP on the website for free tickets.

Brooklyn Friends School Winter Fest
375 Pearl St.
December 6, 10:30am-5
This event is the school’s 35th annual Winter Fest and Artisan Crafts Fair. It will feature an artisan crafts fair, music, a plant sale, a book fair, a carnival and other activities as well as food. If you aren’t set with all of your holiday tidings yet, you can pre-order wreaths, poinsettias, and holiday plants to pick them up at the fair.


BK Accelerator Holiday Pop-Up
630 Flushing Ave., 7th Floor
December 17, 3pm-9pm

Stop by the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator’s new space in the Pfizer building, and visit this friends and family holiday pop-up shop where apparel, accessories; such as Metro Cuffs from Designhype, and local food will be for sale.

Crown Heights

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Brooklyn Flea Winter Flea
1000 Dean St.
Saturdays and Sundays, 10-6
This popular flea moves inside and down the block from its usual location. There will be 100 vendors selling vintage, antiques, and more, and 25 food vendors. Be sure to take advantage of the stroller and coat check, and grab a beer at the new beer hall Berg’n. Berg’n has a dozen drafts on tap, 50+ bottles and cans, bloody marys, and natural wine, and food from Asia Dog, Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, Pizza Moto, and Ramen Burger.

Fort Greene

Fort Greene Holiday Market
Arts & Letters Building, entrance on Clermont Avenue
December 6, 11-5
The Holiday Market features a carefully curated selection of gifts. Professional portrait photographers from A&L Photo Studio will be on hand to take pics of you and/or your family. All proceeds go towards funding the arts program at Arts & Letters, a public school.

Brooklyn Heights

NYCreates Holiday Craft Fair
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St.
December 6, noon-6; December 7, 11-5
This is NY Creates 11th Holiday Craft Fair in the Brooklyn Historical Society’s Great Hall. The fair features 40 artisans, fine artists, and photographers. See the tabletop works of Judith Eloise Hooper, and pieces from the urban landscape artist Alicia Degener, both women co-manage the Holiday Fair together.


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Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
501 Union Ave.
December 14, 11-6
A free holiday bazaar hosted by the Brooklyn Makers. There will be 35 local artists, food, music, a DIY Workshop Corner, photo booth, a free gift-wrap station, and complimentary drinks! Be sure to get a sweet snack before you leave from Got Cake!, and a caffeine pick-me-up from Drift Away Coffee.

Cobble Hill

Eat Pie and Shop
PS 29, 425 Henry St.
December 7, 11-4
Come t this event to being encouraged to eat while you shop. This event includes a Holiday Gift Fair, Pie Social and celebrity judged baking contest, a kids pie contest with kid judges, professional portraits, as well as free crafts and face painting. Members of the US Marines will be on hand collecting Toys for Tots donations, if you don’t bring a toy you can purchase one from fork + pencil who will be donating all profits to PS 29.

Park Slope

Third Annual Brooklyn Holiday Book Fair
The Old Stone House, 336 Third St.
December 6, 11-5
This book fair founded by Heather O’Donnell (owner of Honey and Wax Books) is back for its third year filling the historic Old Stone House with rare, vintage, and out-of-print books from independent booksellers all over Brooklyn. Check out books from Windsor Terrace’s Terrace Books, and Brooklyn Height’s Freebird Books.

PS 321 Holiday Shop
180 Seventh Ave.
December 13, 10-5
This is a one-day only holiday shop featuring such goods as handmade and fair-trade products from Rain Lily, and cat themed jewelry from Cat Parade. There will be activities to keep kids busy, such as gingerbread house-shaped cookie making.

Red Hook

Ti Art Studios Holiday Market
Treasure Island Storage Building, 183 Lorraine St.
December 6-7, noon-6
This holiday market brings together artists/artisans from Red Hook, Gowanus, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens and members of the Ti Art Studios to offer a wide variety of products for sale. Featuring plush items from Erika Barrett Design, ceramic from Jen Sessions, clocks made from recycled items by New York Clocks, and more.

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