Top Picks of Brooklyn Holiday Markets: Christmas Presents, Hanukkah Gifts & Fun

Some of New York City's Best 2013 Holiday Craft Fairs, Markets Are in Brooklyn

Shop local this year. Explore nearly two dozen wonderful holiday markets and craft fairs, both indoor and outdoor, all over Brooklyn this holiday season. Check out the Brooklyn Night Bazaar in Greenpoint.  Don't miss Brooklyn Flea's  shopping extravaganza in Fort Greene.




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    ••• Vintage music score found at Brooklyn Flea. Vintage music score found at Brooklyn Flea. Photo Ellen Freudenheim
    You can't beat the classy Brooklyn Flea, a curated vintage marketplace that also has booths with crafts and wonderful artisanal food. For fun there are also games and scavenger hunts. During the winter, Brooklyn Flea is indoors. 200 vendors, including 75 food booths, so you'll finally be able to visit the Flea and Smorgasburg in one cozy location during the winter. Note: There won't be a "Gifted" market at Brooklyn Flea this year. Instead, the regular market will be open on three additional dates for Christmas shopping.
    • Where: 50,000 square feet on the second floor at North 5th St. and Wythe Ave. 
    • When: Every Saturday and Sunday from November 30/December 1 through April 13, 2014. 10am-7pm until Christmas.
    • Admission: Free
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    ••• Night Bazaar, held in Greenpoint, combines fun, entertainment, food, shopping... Courtesy of Night Bazaar 2013
    Not to be missed! The night bazaar idea, exotic and increasingly popular in Brooklyn, means you can take your date Christmas shopping this weekend, and still catch a concert. Have some wine or beer, check out the art installations, hear live music, and browse among the 100 food and craft vendors at this outdoor market. Note that entry is free but there are some ticketed music events.
    • Where: 45 North 5th St. between Wythe and Kent Aves, in Williamsburg
    • When: Weekends through Dec. 22, Friday and Saturday nights, 6 PM until midnight.
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    Sponsored by the recycling leader Build It Green, this market will host local artists and features interesting items that are off-the-grid for most major department stores or mainstream web stores. Look for reused items, fair trade items, hand and homemade items. The possibility of interesting finds here is matched by the possibility of interesting conversation.

    • Where: 69 9th Street, in Gowanus.
    • When: Dec. 6-7, 2013 10 A.M. – 5 P.M. Details
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    Dec 7: Various School Craft Fairs

    You can hit two great crafts fairs in  local Brooklyn schools today: the Winter Festival at Brooklyn Friends School (Downtown) and  PS 321 (Park Slope).

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    Dec 5-6: Plymouth Church School Craft Fair (Brooklyn Heights)

    A sweet local school fair, held on two consecutive evenings.
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    Sat Dec 7: Scandinavian Christmas Market (Bay Ridge)

    This special holiday event is organized in part by the Scandinavian East Coast Museum, along with a old-time Bay Ridge store, Nordic Delicacies, that specializes in, what else, Scandinavian goods.
    • Where: Nordic Delicacies, at 6909 Third Avenue in Bay Ridge.
    • When: Saturday,Dec 7, 2013 , from 10 A.M. - 3 P.M.
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    They're back for 2013! Visit this huge indoor flea market called Artists & Fleas this holiday season, in the heart of Williamsburg "

    • Where: 70 North 7th Street  between Kent & Wythe Avenues, 3 blocks from the Bedford Avenue L train. 1 block from Williamsburg's waterfront.
    • When:Saturdays and Sundays, 10-7
    • Admission: Free
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     PS 29 in Cobble Hill hosts their annual “Eat Pie and Shop” Holiday Gift Fair and Pie Social, to benefit the  local public school. Don't miss the pie contest!
    • Where: PS 29 in Cobble Hill.
    • When: Sunday Dec. 8 , 2013 from 11am to 4pm
    • Admission: Free
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     Brooklyn Exposed t and Brooklyn Makers have joined forces to create the first ever Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar with 30+ handpicked vendors with Brooklyn Makers and lots of hands on workshopy things to do courtesy of Brooklyn ARTery.  Food from local Dinosaur BBQ and Lavender Lake, specialty cocktails, fun.

    • Where: 501 Union venue in Carroll Gardens.195 Columbia St. (Sacket and Degraw)
    • When: December 8th from 11am until 6pm


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    Handmade Cavalcade is a biannual Craft Fair put together by Etsy New York- local New York metro area Etsy Sellers. You can shop the unique handmade gifts of your local Etsy Shops while snacking on locally made sweets and connecting with other small crafty businesses.

    • Where: 50 No. Third between Kent & Wythe
    • When: December  14-15th from 110 AM-5 PM


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    ••• Holiday Market in Greenpoint. 2013 Poster
    "Vintage modern" just about captures the aesthetic here in Greenpoint, where old world Polish residents mix with newly arrived hipsters. Visit this one-day craft market for gifts including handmade soaps, candles, apron gift sets, and more.
    • Where: Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell St.)
    • When: Dec. 8, 2013 noon – 5 P.M
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    ••• First ever Fine Craft Show in Brooklyn, at Brooklyn Museum 2013. Poster courtesy of Brooklyn Museum, 2013

    Craft aficionados can browse the collections of 90 jury-selected artists and artisans. Works will include ceramics, decorative and wearable fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, sculpture, and fine art, with many of the nation’s master craftspeople showing in New York for the first time.

    The craft show entrance fee includes Museum admission. Tickets are $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, $6 for students with valid ID, and free for children under 10.


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    Sat-Sun, Dec 14-15: Proteus Gowanus Fair/Books and Gifts for the Brain (Gowanus)

    Proteus Gowanus is the kind of place that hosts a writing group called the "Writhing Society." With their "Partner-In-Residence," Observatory, this iconoclastic outpost in Gowanus is also holding a little holiday fair. Free beer, DJ, and "lots of books and gifts" for holiday presents. Come support the local creative community. Looking afor something off the wall or at least off the beaten path? This is it. Free Brooklyn Brewery Beer, too.
    • Where: Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union Street in Gowanus.
    • When: Sunday, Dec. 15-16,2014, 12-6pm.
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    This is the 1st Annual Christmas Fair
    • Where: Knights of Columbus 3051 Nostrand Ave. at Quentin Road195 Columbia St. (Sacket and Degraw)
    • When:  Sunday Dec. 15, 2013 10am -4pm
     Find handmade jewelry, decoupage wine bottles, pendant lamps, driftwood art, gingerbread houses, vintage sports collectibles as well as beauty control products, edible arrangements, handbags and much more.


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    Started in 2007, the now-annual Lyceum Holiday Marketplace is held in an interesting basement of an old public bathhouse-turned-venue. You'll find a wide array of handcrafted items, many made by local Brooklyn artists. This is a good place to pick up $25 and under items for kids, family members and even pets.
    • Where: 227 4th Avenue.
    • When: 6th Annual Lyceum Holiday Marketplace - Dec 21/22, 2013 11AM-7PM
    You can also catch a live show performed by the “Superheroes Who Are Super " at 3 and 6 P.M., and again, in PG version, on Saturday at 9 P.M.
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    Make merry and have an ale while shopping the small holiday crafts fair, featuring local artisans and artists. Centrally located and near the L subway stop in Williamsburg.
    • Where: 103 Berry Street.
    • When: This event has been held in the past: stay tuned for info on when and whether it is happening in 2013. 
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    TBA: Craft Market at a Beer Garden at Loreley (Williamsburg)

    Once an institution on the lower east side of Manhattan, Loreley opened a biergarten in Brooklyn in 2010, and in 2011 offered use of their large space for a two-weekend, first-ever holiday market. The line up of vendors is impressive — and you can have beer while you shop!
    • Where: 64 Frost St. at Meeker Avenue.
    • When: This event has been held in the past: stay tuned for info on when and whether it is happening in 2013. 
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    TBA "Sip and Shop" Saturday Night (Prospect Heights)

    You can get wine, cupcakes, dance to a DJ and shop the great local stores in Prospect Heights. As a special bonus, you can take a free trolley ride from the Brooklyn Central Library at Grand Army Plaza and the Brooklyn Museum, stopping along Washington and Classon Avenues. Buy local, you'll make the neighborhood an even better place.
    • Where: Prospect Heights.
    • When: This event has been held in the past: stay tuned for info on when and whether it is happening in 2013. 
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    TBA: ArtsCetera Kiddie Market (Cobble Hill)

    Get a special gift for that little special someone in your life. The focus here is on cute, adorable, irresistible, gently made, hand-crafted items for babies, tots, and children. And, you can even rent-a-babysitter on site so you can get really serious about your shopping. Also, you can find gifts for adults.
    • Where: 212 Smith St., between Baltic & Butler Streets.
    • When: This event has been held in the past: stay tuned for info on when and whether it is happening in 2013. 
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    Buy local! About two dozen local stores are offering all sorts of goodies, from free cookies and cider to good discounts on items in their stores. It's the Annual Snowflake Festival in Park Slope, and part of the "Buy in Brooklyn" campaign. Check the website for a list of participating vendors and what they're offering.
    • Where: Park Slope
    • When: This event has been held in the past: stay tuned for info on when and whether it is happening in 2013. 
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    Past Event -Clayworks on Columbia-Holiday Ceramic Show and Sale

    Clayworks on Columbia is a wonderful place to find ceramics for holiday gifts. A few dozen local artists show their wares.
    • Where: 195 Columbia St. (Sacket and Degraw)
    • When: This event has been held in the past: stay tuned for info on when and whether it is happening in 2013. 



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    Past: Renegade Art Fair

    ••• 2013 Renegade Crafts Fair in Brooklyn is at One Hanson, near Atlantic Center mall and Barclays Center. Photo by E. Freudenheim
    highly curated events are always crowded and festive --and no wonder:  There's excellent indie food, a great vibe, enthusiastic shoppers, good prices, free workshops from experts,  and nearly two hundred different vendors selling items you might well wish someone would give you for a gift.